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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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“la fortuna” (469 reviews)
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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

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
Reviewed yesterday

Breathtaking place! You can swim in the crystal clear waters that flow from the waterfall. Have many pictures that we will have on our walls for years to come. The hike back up is a challenge once it is warm out!

Thank Mike O
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The visit to La Fortuna waterfall was worth all 500 steps (down and back up!). It towers above swimmers in a crystal blue pool surrounded by black rocks. Bring a pair of amphibian hikers or water shoes!

Thank Amanda G
Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I went to the La Fortuna waterfall in June 2017 for our honeymoon. The entrance to the waterfall seemed really touristy so we weren't totally sure what we were getting ourselves into but once we got down into the gorge we realized...More

Thank alexsullivan22
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After we checked into our hotel we headed straight to the waterfall. Views from the top before you head down are beautiful, you can take a nice picture with the waterfall at a distance with the mountains behind you. Cost is $15 per person to...More

Thank 70sgirl
Reviewed 2 days ago

The 500 steps it takes to get to & from this waterfall is well worth it!!! Make sure to bring water shoes & also to get in the water downstream from the waterfall!

Thank ohtotravel5
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is a beautiful waterfall, but the hike to get to it is very tough. Not an easy hike at all. Going down is one thing, coming back up you have to climb over 750 steps up. Once you are at the waterfall it is...More

Thank SoCalGuy01
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful waterfall with along path down on 45 degrees stairs, must see, can swim, in the waterfall itself and a little down to the left where the waterfall river is calm

Thank slishnevsky
Reviewed 3 days ago

Have been twice now. I love the hike and the waterfall - not the biggest waterfall I've ever seen, but this place is magical. And the Costa Ricans care about keeping this place clean and safe. When the park guide walked up to me at...More

Thank lwhittington2017
Reviewed 3 days ago

Loved, loved, loved the waterfall! I had apprehensions about going due to the 500 steps that you need to climb but do not let that stop you from visiting. I wasn't even sore the next day from climbing back up. I had so much fun...More

Thank Devani D
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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