Nature & Wildlife Areas • Waterfalls
Hot Springs & Geysers
Admission tickets from HK$585.39
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What travellers are saying
- Great hike. We saw lots of butterflies including a blue morpho. The waterfall is spectacular. We could not swim in the waterfall due to currents, but they let you swim a little down river. The hike back up is a ton of steps, be readyWritten 26 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Carlos is such an amazing guide!!! He is so enthusiastic and knowledgable about all of the animals. He has a great personality and had us laughing alot. It was so interesting and we learned so much! John was also very informative on the sloth tour. Again, he taught us a ton of information and also had a great personality. What a wonderful place they are able to have in Costa Rica and help so many animals!! One of my favorite parts of the trip!! Thanks for all you do guys!!!!Written 16 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Crossing my his lake from La fortuna to Monteverde was an absolute highlight of our trip. We used Swiss Travels to book our ferry and it was a breeze. Stopped along the way to see nature and animals. Love the lake, the breeze, and the smells.This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- My family visited the free hot springs one day after our excursions. We took a taxi so we wouldn't have to park. It was pretty crowed around 4-5 PM. My boys (9,13) had an absolute blast sliding around with the current. It was very rocky though so I do agree with wearing water shoes. We did not feel unsafe at all while we were there and definitely had a great time.Written 13 November 2022
- Can’t say enough. This place has many cold and hot thermal pools, perfectly manicured gardens. You could spend your vacation here without leaving. Serving staff at the Lemmon bar are very fun as well as restaurant staff. Rooms are a bit dated.Written 17 November 2022
- So you know the numerous hot springs people pay up to 80USD to visit? They all come from this one stream. The water comes down from the volcanoes, getting heated on the way down. The various resorts syphon it off into their man made structures and charge tourists a heap for visiting it.
If you don’t want pay anything for hot springs you can just come here for free. If you believe everything you read on wikitravel this stream was actually formerly owned and managed by the Tabacon hotel and was known as the Tabaconcito Hot Springs. However they subsequently had to abandoned it when they lost a lawsuit which argued that streams belong to the public. As such it’s free to access for the public. There is still some remnants of the hotel with a building about 100m from the entrance guarded by a security guard. But the rest is free range.
To get here we just got an Uber from la Fortuna town. It cost 4060 colon. Unfortunately once at the site we did not have any phone reception to order a return Uber but just walked up to the adjacent tacacon hotel and was able to access their wifi from the driveway (it’s free and doesn’t have a password). Got an Uber back. In the Uber app we just put Tabacon Hot Springs and that landed us where we need to go. You’ll see the cars on the side of the road.
In terms of the springs they were nice! It’s the worst kept secret in La Fortuna though so just be aware there will be plenty of other people there. I would describe the temperature as warm, not hot. We had a 2 hour soak.
Hot tip would be to consider bringing some booze. There are no stores here. There is no regulation either so you can bring whatever you want.
- We did the night tour with Brandon as many of the animals are nocturnal. It was amazing and Brandon helped my 17 year get some unbelievable photos that his fiends tagged as National Geographic. I think what made the tour even better was Brandon's passion as a guide. He LOVES his "office"! It was pitch black and he would say look over here and there was a viper hanging on a big leaf and the same color as the leaf. Great tour.
- With American teens used to water parks this is not the place. Small kids and couples would be perfect. It’s a very good price and very clean. The fact that you can bring your own food and drinks make it enjoyable. We spent about 3 hrs.
Frequently Asked Questions about La Fortuna de San Carlos
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