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La Fortuna Waterfall

Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 106-4417, Costa Rica
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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 community and makes us proud of its beauty: The La Fortuna Waterfall. A place so near, and yet so far from the sounds of the quaint town. The Waterfall Ecological Reserve is complete with a parking lot, souvenir shop, restrooms, changing rooms, and a snack shop. The reserve is visited by more than 1000 tourists a year, who come to enjoy this piece of heaven, a continuous water flow which fascinates all who behold it. From the time of your arrival, the staff will treat you with the full attention that you deserve. The initial bridge will allow you to observe the marvelous flora and fauna as you reach the first observation point, giving you a preview of what you will discover after descending 600 meters. Once you begin your journey down, you will observe all kinds of birds, including the ever popular toucan, which is often found in this area, feeding on insects. Along the expedition, you will discover the true colors of nature and the adrenaline felt climbing down and back up 480 natural steps, with appropriate rest areas along the way. Later, the view will clear, allowing you to admire our true fortune of crystalline waters. As you continue down, you will discover a dry waterfall, over 5000 years old, in which water flows only during the rainy season, in addition to our waterfall with a constant water flow, both of which are studied each year by Canadian geology students. Both rock formations were formed by the magma poured out of the Arenal Volcano, thousands of years ago. Finally, we can fully enjoy this splendid touch of nature; the pure waters of the La Fortuna Waterfall and its 70 meters of height, which reflect the magnificent power of Mother Nature. More than 100,000 tourists from around the world have come for a simple visit, to film movies and TV programs, and even to celebrate their wedding, each leaving with incredible memories. Once you climb down to the base of the waterfall, you can fully enjoy the refreshing crystal clear waters, a desire of all human life. Take the time to enjoy safe and fun recreation in harmony with our natural resources, including coexistence with the fish which nurture this piece of heaven…our fortune of crystalline waters. We are non-profit organization runs the waterfall, using the entrance fee to help maintain different projects for improving the life of the population of La Fortuna. Our work are focus on social projects, infrastructure improving and protection and maintenance of natural resources of La Fortuna.
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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 106-4417, Costa Rica
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"swimming area"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Today I asked my girlfriend to marry me beneath the waterfall at La Fortuna. She said yes! This is a very beautiful spot; clean, modern facilities; and very friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you along the way. Highly recommend for a family/couples/friends visit. You...More

Thank Cameron P
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The waterfall is about 220 ft tall. It took about 15 minutes to hike down the path and twice that to come back up. The water was chilly and very refreshing.

Thank Robert R
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Reviewed yesterday

yes it's a waterfall, but it is massive and unlike anything I have ever experienced. If you are fit the steps down/up should take about 5min. If you are taking your time it will prob take you 10min or so. In any case, it's one...More

Thank Claude J
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A beautiful waterfall! Easy to get to, but free parking lot fills up. There is additional parking for a small fee. Park is well managed, clean, and safe. It is about 480 steps to the bottom, so remember you have to walk back up! Swimming...More

Thank Steve D
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very nice, entrance fee is $15 dollars. It is about 500 steps down. 20 minutes by car from La Fortuna.

Thank Sonia K
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful waterfall. Not for the faint of heart when going down and coming up stairs though. Plan to spend a couple hours there to make it worth while. Can get crowded more as they day goes on.

Thank Shannon A
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went right when they opened and hiked the 500 steps down. We were the only ones swimming for the first 30 minutes, then we started the walk back up passing tours of large groups. The area to swim is not very large so it...More

Thank matt w
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful waterfall that you can swim at the base of. 500 steps up/down. Wear water shoes as it is rocky and slippery in the water.

Thank LoveToTravel20152015
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Lots of steps to lovely waterfalls. Loved the little cairns everywhere. And the fish. Swimable places when you get there.

Thank MsLazyboy
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Came here with a few friends for a swim, picnic and gentle hike to the observatory. The initial 500m climb down is a bit of a workout (the ascend more so!) You can come without a guide for $15 entrance fee and enjoy the day....More

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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.
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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
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amandacroe
19 February 2018|
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Response from green_em24 | Reviewed this property |
We walked across a hanging bridge on our hike to La Fortuna Waterfall. We booked the "Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall and Indigenous Village" through Desafio Tours so this was a guided hike. I believe I remember the... More
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