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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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“swimming area” (87 reviews)
“la fortuna” (556 reviews)
“take your time” (154 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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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 is a must see!!! The cool swim in the water after the climb down was great!! Go to the souvenir shop also, best prices we found in the whole vacation.

Thank Claudia W
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is yet another item on my bucket list! viewing this majestic waterfall of seventy meters high in this tropical setting was breathtaking! Bring a waterproof backpack, raincoats and make sure you have your swimmers to jump in! You will need to cool down to...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

480 steps are how many a visitor must descend to reach Fortuna Falls, but the falls are worth the steps. My family and I visited in July. The weather was quite muggy, but after we made it to the bottom, the spray from the falls...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So beautiful! The views are awesome. You can swim at the bottom of the falls. Nice little hike down.

Thank FranTacc
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

500 steps down and back up again but well worth it! Lovely pool to swim in, the noise is breathtaking.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Family Trip to Costa Rica. Road horses to La Fortuna falls ... fun for the whole all. Nice little hike down to the falls. Highly recommend a visit

Thank pdw07
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Not to busy and a nice trail. You can swim there. There is also a butterflygarden and orchidgarden but it was raining so we didn’t any butterfly at all

Thank avdkreke
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The waterfall is incredible! It is awesome to sit and watch how much power the water has when it hits the bottom. It is certainly not a short hike, but my wife and I (both 25 and in good health, on our honeymoon) were able...More

Thank Landon E
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We went down 500 + stairs to reach the base of the falls. The water is delightfully cool, but not cold. We swam for about an hour amongst the fish. There are hooks to hang your belongings by the swimming area. There are also changing...More

Thank smurawski
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great stop to see a beautiful local waterfall, very refreshing swim! The hike down is fun, and coming back up is easy as long as you are reasonably fit.

Thank Mark A
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Elizabeth N
6 July 2018|
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Response from Luis A | Reviewed this property |
If you feel that you are in a good shape then you can expend an hour going down and going back. But let me tell you the view is amazing and a lot of people use to swimming there so you easily can be down there around two... More
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Karen O
13 March 2018|
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Response from bizgrrl | Reviewed this property |
You can just show up! I don't remember seeing any zip lining or hiking.
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Rob B
8 March 2018|
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Response from Tsturgess | Reviewed this property |
Self guide it's really only down 500 steps and up, restaurant/cafe at top will call you a cab
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