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La Fortuna Waterfall

Closed Now: 07:00 - 17:00
Open today: 07:00 - 17:00
La Fortuna Waterfall Admission Ticket
from US$15.00*
La Fortuna Waterfall Admission Ticket
from US$15.00*
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“swimming area”(85 reviews)
“la fortuna”(534 reviews)
“take your time”(149 reviews)
La Fortuna Waterfall Ecological Reserve Our fortune of crystalline waters Located in Central America, Costa Rica, in the northern plains, just 4 kilometers from La Fortuna, a piece of nature is hidden, a bit of green gold, which sustains our...more
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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 106-4417, Costa Rica
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 January 2016

We really enjoyed the waterfall. I went in the big plunge pool and both my boyfriend and I went in the gentler pools a bit further down. We took a taxi which was $8 (so $16 return) and the entry for us both was $10...More

7  Thank Caroline K
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 April 2012

I understand Costa Roca's main industry is tourism, but to charge $10 for the view of a water fall, is too much. I saw so many waterfalls in USA. The same size as that one, or wider, higher than this one, or just more impressive....More

6  Thank AStephy
FortunaWaterfall, Public Relations Manager at La Fortuna Waterfall, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2012

Dear AStephy, I appreciate your time dedicated in this review and I respect your comments and opinion. I am replying to your review only to inform you and the numerous gracious visitors to the waterfall that this is a unique community project. The La Fortuna...More

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Reviewed today via mobile

To see the waterfall you need to be able bodied and not have mobility issues. Many stairs down and then up!! The waterfall is in sort of a bowl with a swimming area for the brave hearted. There is also a more tame area where...More

Thank Nadineayc
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful waterfall of course but loads of people go there and I find it quite expensive to pay $15US just for the access. Nice to be able to go for a swim but I found it annoying to go around with all the people. Definitely...More

Thank Danyboy8
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It’s 500 steep steps, but totally worth it! Don’t get too close to the waterfall, it will suck you in. Also, it’s best to bring a surfer or diver’s shirt, the water is pretty cold.

Thank Reinhard-HIS
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the waterfall and got to swim in both the waterfall and river while we were there. It was a lot of fun and were impressed with how well done it was (i.e upscale facilities, paths, and staff on site). Definitely check out...More

Thank ryanfromcanada1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful, tranquil paradise. Reminded me of the film The Beach. Although it’s a little pricey, the organisation is a not-for-profit and maintains the infrastructure well. It’s clear you pay for it so you and others can enjoy it.

Thank david_t_wavell
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great experience, great jungle, great water! Got a really good time visiting this beautiful place!!!

Thank Mikhail M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything about this place is beautiful. Swimming is amazing, yes water is not super warm but very swimmable. The steps and railing leading to the waterfall are very well designed. True rain forest experience. Only $15 USD per person. No need to pay for tour...More

2  Thank Karin A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The stairs are a hike and the water was cold. We enjoyed swimming and the waterfall was awesome. Great views

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 1 week ago

No tour guide needed, just pay the fee to get in and hike yourself. Trail is very easy to follow. The waterfall is gorgeous and you can also go for a nice swim.

Thank Queenginab21
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great walk down trough 800 steps. You reach a amazing waterfall where you can swim in fresh water. I recommend to go! I would come back. As most places in Costa Rica price is a little bit high.

Thank Agustinsilva
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Elizabeth N
5 July 2018|
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Response from nikeshka | Reviewed this property |
20 minutes to go down, 1 hour hanging out and about 40 minutes climb back! It’s 500 steps.
Karen O
12 March 2018|
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Response from bizgrrl | Reviewed this property |
You can just show up! I don't remember seeing any zip lining or hiking.
Rob B
7 March 2018|
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Response from Tsturgess | Reviewed this property |
Self guide it's really only down 500 steps and up, restaurant/cafe at top will call you a cab