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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Most of the 485 steps are paved and easy for any age. There's about 30 steps that have a cement structure on the floor instead of stairs but they plan to fix that eventually. The shop is a little expensive but they have cute sloths....More

Thank Tiffany S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Like Baldi Hot Springs, it feels like Disney world with young teenagers and families. If you are in your 20s, you'll still find it cool and staff is friendly!

Thank alexvamos
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you are in La Fortuna and you don't go to the falls you are making a huge mistake. Nature at it finest. Also wonderful facilities with clean showers when done. You Have to be able to climb down 500 steps and eventually back up....More

Thank Jeff N
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Shila was very nice and helpful during our car ride she was very nice during our trip She also gave very good recommendations

Thank Ivonne M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Its a not a very long walk down. Only a bit exhausting on the way back because you have to climb 500 steps upwards. But its really beautiful. The waterfall is so powerful when you get next to it in the water. When we were...More

Thank Krystle A
Reviewed 3 days ago

the waterfalls are beautiful. Being able to swim in the stream is a refreshing way to spend a warm afternoon. The area is clean and improvements are made to the steps going down. Well worth the entrance fee

Thank 1a2000
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is not to long a hike so many can do this easily, there are stairs down so you must be able to do them to get back to the top, waterfall is beautiful, worth going to see.

Thank Susan O
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You pay 15 bucks to get in, but the area is well maintained. The waterfall is beautiful and clean. Well kept. Good for a full afternoon, or an hour. Strong currents so be very careful when in the water!!! Taxi is very cheap there and...More

Thank Alexandra C
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was part of a package trip we did with Casa Luna / EcoTerra. Amazing experience --- lotta steps down so I would not recommend for folks that cannot do a lot of stairs. The views were amazing and I would definitely recommend.

Thank JPaulR-MD
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We have 8 and 6 year old daughters. We made the trip and back quite easily. The water was a bit on the cold side but a definite do not miss when in la fortuna.

Thank Lead S
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Do you think this is a good hike for a man who is a little over 300lbs and a little wider but works out regularly and is in decent health and shape???
11 June 2017|
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Response from ThomasGreen3 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There are many platforms to stop and rest making the hike more than bearable.
What is within walking distance to the waterfall? I am trying to see as much as I can while there. Can I walk to another wildlife area, hanging bridges or something similar?
17 March 2017|
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Response from mmart29 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry I just saw your question not sure if is still helpful the answer but I believe the best is to have rental car , walk takes to much time , the places are not so closely to each other or to the hotel where I stay.
I am travelling with my 10 month old daughter, would the hike to the waterfall be safe for me to take her in a baby carrier? Thanks
6 March 2017|
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Response from Shawna L | Reviewed this property |
It is doable but I would not do it because the hike back up from the waterfall can be very very taxing