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La Fortuna Waterfall

Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 106-4417, Costa Rica
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USD 57.00*
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La Fortuna Waterfall Hike by Car
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Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna Waterfall Nature Hike
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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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“lots of steps” (128 reviews)
“swimming area” (69 reviews)
“la fortuna” (498 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

This activity takes about 1 hour. Depends if you choose to take a dip in the water. Lots of steps down and then up. Not for people with canes or walking challenges!

Thank Russelldevans
Reviewed yesterday

The park grounds are well maintained making the walk relatively easy. Coming back up from the waterfall's base can get a little strenuous.

Thank Keith S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We are seniors and we managed the 500 (I counted 467) or so steps down and back up to this beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle. If you wear a bathing suit, you can splash around in the pool at the bottom of the falls,...More

Thank Kathryn M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The falls are nice, a bit expensive considering it’s just to access the falls. But there’s a swimming area that is nice on a hot day, great place to take some pictures. Worth a visit!

Thank Justin S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is a natural wonder not to miss. Breathtaking!! Wonderful to get to experience it from both top and bottom of the falls. Plus, you can swim near the bottom of the falls.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great walk down really impressive steps and infrastructure, meaning it was really well built with some creative details. The waterfall itself was beautiful and swimming in the pool around the waterfall was a really cool experience. Fabulous energy all around!

Thank Maura C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This waterfall was pretty, and the water was refreshing. A friend tried to count the stairs and it was close to 500. So beware. If you are out of shape you may end up like many people we passed in the way down, laying down...More

Thank adnahsl
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Well worth the hike down to the waterfall. A lot of stairs but a well cared for trail and a beautiful swim in the waterfall. Easy for kids to do as well.

Thank JMorg1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Absolutely gorgeous. A must in the area. Be advised, it is worth the trek but you need to walk down AND back up several hundred steps...

Thank Ariel R
Reviewed 5 days ago

This place is really heaven on earth! Walking down the 500 steps was totally worth it. Pictures really can't describe how amazingly beautiful La Fortuna Waterfall is. We went in November and the water was a little cold, but you get used to it after...More

Thank gagnierj1
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6 November 2017|
Response from andreaslovakia2016 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Kaydee ... I would say shorts, because it is quite a lot of stairs and you will really get hot on the way up...but don't forget mosquito repellent 😀
Kat.e. D
2 November 2017|
Response from andreaslovakia2016 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Kat 😀 I haven't used the lockers, but I saw them in front of the cafe inside of the park. They seemed big enough for a day backpack....but even if they don't fit in, the parking is only 100 metres from lockers, so I... More
24 September 2017|
Response from Jim L | Reviewed this property |
Not sure what you mean by safe. The site is safe to walk down to the falls. They were working on enhancing the steps and rails when we were there this week. The stairs all have hand rails and are very good quality walk... More