La Fortuna de San Carlos is located in Alajuela province, This area has an enviable natural richness. Its uneven topography includes the rainforest and exuberant plains to the north.
La Fortuna is easily accessible from the capital city San Jose, and offers some panoramic views of the spectacular Arenal Volcano, Costa's Rica's most active volcano. Sitting around 10 kilometers away from town and regularly spewing smoke and ash for some time now, the Arenal Volcano is the country's top rated tourist attraction and is indeed a sight to behold.
Arenal Volcano, listed among the 10 most active volcanoes in the world and for a good reason: It regularly puts on a spectacle, showing off with strong rumbling sounds and occasional rock avalanches, as well as smoke, ash and lava eruptions that descend its slope.
Arenal Volcano's last great eruption took place in 1968. Until then, it was assumed that the volcano was just another peak of the mountain range. The mountain and surrounding area were declared a national park in 1994. Thermal hot springs are now the area's main attraction, most of which boast nearby trails and numerous lookout points.