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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 Admission Ticket
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USD 57.00*
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La Fortuna Waterfall Hike by Car
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USD 108.00*
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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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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 106-4417, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday

This was a fun experience- we hiked down the steep stairs along the mountain side to a beautiful, refreshing waterfall for a swim :) Doesn't get much better!

Thank Kellycf78
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a great time going to the waterfall. We didn’t get in the water but others did. There was a life guard warning people where they should go and not go. There’s a strong current and the water is coming down fast! Bring water...More

Thank Marlina D
Reviewed 3 days ago

It's a pretty good little walk down 500 steps to the base of the falls, but it is well worth it. The rocks are slippery, but it was a refreshing dip into the cold fresh water. Nothing like this in Georgia where I am from!

Thank Scott N
Reviewed 3 days ago

This Waterfall was absolutely amazing. The views and the whole scenery. Worth the trip and the stairs. Be careful on the rocks!

Thank dsr4ever
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was one of my favorite activities in the La Fortuna area. I wish I would have taken my bathing suit, I didn't realize there would be bathrooms/shower rooms to change in - next time I will do that. The waterfall is really breathtaking and...More

Thank Shannon R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I were looking for an affordable, clean, and safe place to rest our heads after a long day, and luckily we got more than we were expecting. We were pleasantly surprised at the beautiful ambience, which included live music, full bar and...More

1  Thank ReynaSinLA_Mi2014
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We did zipline over the waterfall, it was beautiful! Highly recommend. I also recommend doing rapelling and horseback riding at the area.

Thank Afiqah Y
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Getting down there is easy but coming up 500 stairs not so much but definitely worth it. It was definitely the most powerful waterfall I have ever seen.

Thank Sabrina O
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We actually walked to the waterfalls from our cabin at rancho cerro azul. The walk was about 2.5 miles and was a bit steep. But you pass many vendors and artisan stands in their homes. Waterfall is beautiful. I definitely recommend that you get in...More

Thank juliejilly
Reviewed 6 days ago

We hiked down to the waterfall right when it opened and before it got too hot. The falls are spectacular and more powerful than I was expecting. There were only 2 other people there when we arrived. We swam in the small pool off to...More

Thank DawnM160
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Jesse L
23 September 2017|
Response from Julian F | Reviewed this property |
I'm afraid I have no idea! It's steep going down, but steps all the way and handrails, actually rather tastefully done. Rest areas as you go down. 500-600 steps, my wife has just found out on Google.....
18 September 2017|
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Response from MY517303 | Reviewed this property |
we rented a car as well which was an adventure but the insurance fee's got us too. Does Tabacon Resort have a shuttle option?