La Fortuna 'top destination on the rise'

2nd Jan 2014

Holidaymakers visiting Costa Rica's sun-kissed La Fortuna now officially know it is one of the planet's best emerging hotspots.

The small town has been placed second in TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice top Destinations on the Rise.

The scenery surrounding this rural city just a few hours' drive from the capital of San Jose is jaw-dropping, nestling in the shadow of the spectacular Arenal volcano.

The destination offers an almost boundless list of activities, including hot springs, horse riding, bird watching, lava walks and volcano climbing.

La Fortuna offers pure indulgence in the shape of hot springs, which help you chill out in the warm volcanic waters.

Several spas have sprung up in the region, transforming the natural volcanic springs into a bathing venue, accompanied by massage parlours and swimming pools. A gentle horse ride across the slopes is a completely organic way to savour the beauty of the lush volcanic scenery.

Bird watching takes advantage of one of Costa Rica's biggest tourist trump cards: its amazing bio-diversity.

There are hundreds and hundreds of bird species to be seen.

Keel-billed toucans, hummingbirds and the blue-grey tanager are among the wondrous species you can witness during a trip through the forest.

Visitors on trekking holidays can enjoy a trip to Volcan Arenal. This active volcano staged nightly lava shows until a few years ago.

It has previously erupted in spectacular style and you can stroll across the hardened black lava flows on its slopes.

Although Arenal is much too risky to scale, the adjacent dormant Cerro Chato offers climbing opportunities to fitness-loving visitors able to cope with the heat and humidity.

Their reward at the summit is the view of a gorgeous crater lake secreted among the foliage.

Only Havana pipped La Fortuna to first spot in the top 10 list.

TripAdvisor said the Cuban capital "has been experiencing a cultural renaissance".

Copyright Press Association 2014

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