How to Reach La Fortuna


By Air: By domestic flight Nature Air, you can find easy and quick flights from most locations within Costa Rica! There is a transit system available from Manuel Antonio/Quepos to La Fortuna for roughly $50.00 each way.

By Boat: The fastest route between Monteverde–Santa Elena and La Fortuna is a jeep-boat-jeep combo (around US$30, three hours), which can be arranged through almost any hotel or tour operator in either town. A taxi from Monteverde takes you to the edge of the lake, meeting a boat that crosses the lake, where a taxi on the other side continues to La Fortuna. This is increasingly becoming the primary transportation between La Fortuna and Monteverde as it’s incredibly scenic, reasonably priced and it’ll save you half a day of rough travel.

By Taxi: By car, intersections are poorly mapped. Bring a good map or a GPS loaded with Costa Rica, or hire a taxi with a reliable driver. Drive is 3.5 hours from San Jose and 3 hours from Liberia Airport.


By Taxi: Taxis can be rented at any of the major hotels in La Fortuna, either on a daily basis or for the entire duration of your trip. However, since most of the attractions in Fortuna are quite close to each other, visitors prefer taking cars instead as it gives them more flexibility and there is less to navigate.

By Bicycle: Some hotels rent bikes to their guests, though Bike Arenal. It also offers guided bike tours. Note that cycling after dark is illegal in La Fortuna.

Route Distance Time
San jose to La Fortuna 62.59 km 1 hour 2 mins
Liberia to La Fortuna 88.7 km 1 hour 28 mins
Panama city to La Fortuna 215.16 km 3 hours 35 mins
Acworth to La Fortuna 242.4 km 4 hours 2 mins
Atlanta to La Fortuna 247.16 km 4 hours 7 mins
Nashville to La Fortuna 314.36 km 5 hours 14 mins
Fort myers to La Fortuna 370.36 km 6 hours 10 mins
Winter haven to La Fortuna 394.08 km 6 hours 34 mins
Chicago to La Fortuna 396.22 km 6 hours 36 mins
Reynoldsburg to La Fortuna 405.15 km 6 hours 45 mins