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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 yesterday via mobile

If you do nothing else in La Fortuna, take the trip down the 500 steps to this amazing place. It is truly an experience and one that lasts. Words can't describe, just do it.

Thank elsakapsinow
Reviewed yesterday

There are quite a few steps down to the waterfall over an approximate 2km return journey, although they are properly firmed stairs. On the way down keep an eye out for the small bats who chew around the leaf of a large tuber type plant...More

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went while it was raining but in the canopy, barely got wet and we wore our suits down there. Go when it's raining, it was empty. Got great pictures there too and swimming in the pool under the Waterfall was an experience we have...More

Thank Jennifer D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed the place very much - it's incredible to see this big and huge waterfall coming down with all its strengths. The way up back to the parking is quite exhausting and the entrance fee is not cheap but it's worth going!

Thank Ganyme
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you're going to Costa Rica, you might as well do the steps and see this sight. It is definitely a lot of physical activity so make sure you're up to it but if you can handle the approx 500 steps, it's a beautiful sight.

Thank ajlesq2017
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Exactly what everyone has said. Quick walk down, beautiful falls and swimming, manageable climb back up. Lots of landings to rest. Spent about an hour. Glad we were wearing water shoes on the rocks. $15pp. Definitely worth it!

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We loved this. It's a walk, up and down, but there are places to rest. There are even places to hang your clothes. I would suggest wearing your shoes in or bringing swim shoes. Swimming in the Base of the falls was a highlight of...More

Thank hcg123
Reviewed 4 days ago

The waterfall is absolutely breathtaking but we were slightly disappointed that the pool around it isn't big enough to easily swim (the current is very strong, and it has a rocky bottom, so it is challenging to stand and swim). There is however a lower...More

Thank Darrell D
Reviewed 4 days ago

Many tour companies will package the waterfall entrance to a horseback riding experience. We chose to rent bikes from our hotel and make the ride uphill to the waterfalls, not really knowing what we were getting into. It took about 1.5 hours and was extremely...More

Thank Kevin Y
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There were a number of steps to take to get up and down, so be aware. But once down at the bottom it's an incredible sight. We got in the water. It was cold but still worth it.

Thank Jo C
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11 June 2017|
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Response from lee905 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response... I think he will be ok. I work out regularly and am in decent shape which made the hike easier. You don't have to go fast, you can take your time going up and there are spots to sit and rest of... More
18 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.
7 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