Travel time from Tamarindo to La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano) is approximately 4 hours one way. This time could increase depending on traffic and weather conditions. Even though the drive is 4 hours, this scenic route makes the trip go faster. So, don’t be put off by the driving time and have your camera ready as you go around Lake Arenal on your way to La Fortuna. Also keep an eye out for wildlife like howler monkeys and coatimundis.