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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 2 days ago

We were concerned after reading all the reviews about whether or not our 2-year old son would be ok doing this hike (or whether or not I could carry him all that way) but our fears were pretty unfounded. He did great and walked almost...More

Thank Heather S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband and I went in the afternoon and it was pretty cool! Be ready for stairs! The views are great and the workers are very friendly. It's a must do if you are in the area! It was about an hour in total to...More

Thank Lluis A
Reviewed 4 days ago

We hiked down to the waterfall and swam in the splash pool. It was quite chilly, but also very refreshing after the long (500 steps) hike down into the canyon. This is one of the most beautiful natural waterfalls in Costa Rica that is also...More

Thank GrantWalsh
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The waterfall was pretty, but water was not clear we went in November. It took us about an hour each way walking up and down stairsto reach the waterfall. It was about 15usd. The water was chilly but bareable (you are outside of course) The...More

Thank Priscilla M
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's a simple fall (in you have been to other falls, say Niagara Falls or Iguazu Falls, this is a small one, a very small one). The attraction is the rain forest. But the walk through the rain forest (down 500 steps & then up...More

Thank Rauli-tx
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were originally just going to hike to the falls, when we got sidetracked into the Orchid garden. We spent more time exploring all of the wide variety of orchids than at the waterfall. The trail to the water fall was well maintained and a...More

Thank EricJ2856
Reviewed 5 days ago

We really liked this waterfall hike, but compared to some others we had done (Viento Fresco, Bajos de Toro) this one was really busy. This is a good waterfall if you are concerned about slippery paths or stone steps of doom ... because the stairs...More

Thank Laura W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Simply beautiful. We trekked down on horseback, then started the long meandering path over to the waterfall. But my god was it worth it! Incredible sight, and the force of the water is something to experience! Take your bathing suit and get in the water...More

Thank Andy J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice little park. There is a beautiful butterfly and orchid garden. The falls are cool to look at but you can’t swim by them for safety reasons. The swimming area is gorgeous! Lovely scenery and definitely worth the $14 USD entry fee. You have to...More

Thank Andie H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This waterfall was quite big and spectacular. You can swim a bit downstream which is nice too and get some excellent photographs of the area.

Thank Reece W
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Judi B
23 November 2017|
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Response from andreaslovakia2016 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Judi...yes there were few benches,I think it was on two of three places along the stairs, one even had a drinking fountain, and there were few places where you can just stop and read some information about the plants... More
5 November 2017|
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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