The Arenal Volcano & La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
The Arenal Volcano & La Fortuna Waterfall – The road to La Fortuna was long and hot with temperatures topping out at 41°c. Between Aguas Zarcas and Quesada, we got stuck behind a truck maxing out around 15kph, traffic through Florencia was abysmal, and major construction on Route 142 outside Arenal stopped travel in both directions for an hour. But we couldn’t complain about the Costa Rican scenery along the way.
La Fortuna is located in the hills of northwestern Costa Rica and the home and gateway to the Arenal Volcano and the national park. “When the volcano violently erupted on the morning of July 29th, 1968, it spewed ash, rocks and gas for three consecutive days. As the smoke cleared, the villages of Tabacon, Pueblo Nuevo, and San Luis were found buried under the debris, with 87 people dead. Out of this tragedy, La Fortuna (The Fortune) was born as the central town in the Arenal Volcano area.”