La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall
4.5
07:00 - 17:00
Monday
07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 17:00
Thursday
07:00 - 17:00
Friday
07:00 - 17:00
Saturday
07:00 - 17:00
Sunday
07:00 - 17:00
About
The Fortuna River Waterfall is a natural area managed sustainably by Integral Development Association of La Fortuna (ADIFORT), a non-profit organization, having as its main objective to ensure the well-being and growth of La Fortuna community; projects that are possible to run thanks to funds raised by the visit of each tourist to this natural space. La Fortuna Waterfall is located in a biological reserve with an area of 210 acres of transition premontane tropical wet forest, part of the Arenal Volcano National Park and is located at 520 meters over the sea level, where there are sources of our mountains and the waters of La Fortuna River. To observe this splendid 70 meters high waterfall, visitors must pass a path of approximately 530 steps, which offers greater security to its passage and comfortable areas for rest and hydration through a forest with native trees of the area.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Cara C
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Waterfall
    beautiful waterfall. Lots of stairs but didn’t feel rushed going up or down if you need to take your time. We came ready to swim but due to the heavy rains , swimming was prohibited that day. Still felt the experience was worth the price of admission.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Casey
    Portland, Maine20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved this! Refreshing swim! A nice activity to do without a tour
    It’s definitely worth a visit to the waterfall! No need for a tour, you can easily do this on your own and just pay the entrance fee. The stairs are a lot, but manageable. And it makes the swim that much more refreshing and enjoyable! The views are incredible!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2023
  • krawner
    Chicago, Illinois1,129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do in La Fortuna!
    Enjoy the waterfall for $18 USD per perso . Approximately 500 steps down (and back up). Can swim in the cold water pools nearby (but not directly around the waterfall). Has lockers $2 USD, showers, and bathrooms. Skip-the-line ticket wasn't necessary. A required stop for your Arenal / La Fortuna adventure.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 May 2023
  • Kurt R
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full body experience
    Want a full body experience? This is it.. from the hike in and out to the many pools that are activated by the waterfall, you will have your senses and spirit elevated. Can't imagine a more satisfying experience. Know that the gift shop/restaurant is very pricey otherwise admission is the only fee.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 May 2023
  • ChicagoMom0411
    Chicago, Illinois41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stretch before going!
    The waterfall and surrounding are beautiful! I swam in the river below the rapids and it was wonderful! My kids (18 &22) loved climbing on the rocks. All of our calfs were sore after the walk down (483 steps) and REALLY sore after going back up. I have some health issues, so I left before the rest of the group and took my time climbing back up and was glad I did.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Camper08201634457
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Amazing! Quite a few stairs down, but no hiking otherwise. The waterfall itself is beautiful, and swimming in the pool at its base surrounded by lush green is like something out of a fantasy book. Most reviews said to only plan on spending an hour or two here, but I could have easily have packed snacks and spent half a day or more. Highly suggest checking this one out!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Nishka M
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking!
    Breathtaking waterfall! Lots of steps however, but definitely worth the hike. Be careful by the rocks near the waterfall, they are covered in algae and very slippery so I didn’t feel comfortable going too much into the water. But the surrounding river is much calmer and you can enjoy a swim there! Couldn’t stop taking photos, and make sure to check out the viewpoint from the top!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Georgia M
    Lincoln, United Kingdom270 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit!
    A really beautiful and impressive waterfall! A short walk down a series of stairs will take you straight to the fall. Though do beware, it gets VERY busy, very early! We got there for just after 8am (a few people already there) and by the time we were leaving closer to 9am it was already filling up with plenty of people.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Mynelle H
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-do in Costa Rica!
    We stayed in La Fortuna Costa Rica, and the first site we visited was the Waterfall there. We ate in their cafeteria. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was traditional, the service was good. Because we also wanted to see Arenal Volcano that afternoon, and because I walk with a cane, we opted not to ascend and descend the 500+ steps to "play in" and see the waterfall up close, but instead walked to the first platform for viewing or Mirador for disabled people. We got an excellent view of the waterfall, be it at a distance. We would recommend La Foruna Waterfall to anyone going to Costa Rica.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Jorge V
    San Jose, Costa Rica497 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sights, but a bit of a climb back up
    The path down to the waterfall is well set up and safe to do for pretty much anyone. I saw people with small kids and older folks doing it. Just keep in mind that it's a very vertical hike, so there are lots of steps (about 500, I think they say). That's not much of a problem on the way down, but coming back up requires quite a bit of effort! The waterfall is totally worth the descent. It's really and beautiful, and you can spend sometime at the base and swim, relax, and cool off (the water is cold!). It's a fun outdoor activity that takes at least a couple of hours.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
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Johanna A
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Be prepared for 500 steps! The current was too strong to swim while we were there, it was still magical. The rangers are kind helpful and informative.
Written 12 April 2024
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Sebastian y Tatiana
San Jose, Costa Rica6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Excellent view from the start of the walk.
Really easy to go down and the time went by quickly, however, when going up it gets more difficult due to the altitude and if you're not used to this kinds of walks. It is definitely worth the trip down the 500 stairs, as it is an amazing view to check out!
Be prepared if the weather is not sunny, because you will get wet. Go with a change of clothes and towels.
If you buy the tickets online, there's no need to wait in line, you can ask the people on the counter and they will check out the information with your name and give you the bracelet to start your journey!
Written 10 April 2024
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Heather L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We decided to tour the waterfall on our own, and that was fine - no guide needed. You arrive, pay for your ticket ($20 per ticket) and off you go' I will say we read to go first thing I the morning or around 3:30 pm as it gets crowded. We got there around opening and walked down the 500 steps. We stopped at the various viewing areas and took pictures, and then went swimming. Make sure you wear rugged closed toe sandals (Keens)or water shoes a the focus are very slippery. The water is cold, but so refreshing in the heat after the climb down. It took about 15 minutes to get down, longer to climb up and that climb is not for the faint of heart. If you can't handle a few flights of stairs on a regular basis, you will have a very hard time with this. I hike and walk a ton and my calfs were sore for 3 days! It was worth it though - it's beautiful.
Written 8 April 2024
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JohnH
Cambridge, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
From the bossy child telling us where and how to park and then criticising the quality of my parking to the $100 entry fee for my family to take a short easy walk to a nice waterfall this place is certainly one to avoid. They claim the high price is because they support a local charity. If true the charity should be concerned to be associated with this business.
Written 4 April 2024
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Bob R
San Diego, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Recommend making prior reservations to this great place. Beautiful waterfall, easy to access but save a little energy for the 500 steps that you climb to leave. Great experience.
Written 4 April 2024
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Parul D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was a lovely experience. Just warning you: steep hike down and steep hike back up. But the waterfall was gorgeous. Plenty of space to sprawl out and enjoy the view. Water was cold but refreshing. I would recommend just come in your bathing suit and water shoes.
Written 3 April 2024
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LeRouleur
Near the M25167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
really Enjoyed our visit, yes it was very busy, but that did not spoil the occasion. The 500 steps down are manageable, with plenty of spaces to rest.
Once at the bottom, take a minute to enjoy your surroundings, before taking the plunge in either one of the river pools or the main pool under the waterfall itself (round the edge only!).
Once back up at the top, the restaurant served unexpectedly good food, try the excellent smoothies. Also, the toy Sloth in the gift shop was the cheapest we found anywhere during our trip ($15).
Highly Recommended.
Written 3 April 2024
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Gregory B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful, powerful. Worth the climb. Like most everything we experienced in Costa Rica the staff was friendly and professional—well worth the stop.
Written 1 April 2024
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Julie S
Burlington, NC113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
La Fortuna Waterfall was a fun morning activity. The pathway to the waterfall is a series of well maintained steps that are easy to navigate. The steps have resting points along the way and signs letting you know your progress. The walk down is fairly easy and the walk back up is doable, just go at your own pace depending on your level of fitness. The area is very well maintained and very clean. It can get crowded but even when it is crowded, it is a great experience. There is a swimming area by the waterfall and more shallow area on the other side of some rocks. I felt comfortable swimming on the waterfall side but I would not have swam on that side if I wasn't a confident swimmer. The force of the waterfall is strong and can knock you around a bit.
Written 31 March 2024
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Jackie R
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Worth the walk down to waterfall. Water was clear & refreshing Restaurant was fantastic. The food, drinks and service are top class.
Written 31 March 2024
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La Fortuna Waterfall admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost €18.43, while a popular guided tour starts around €18.43 per person.

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