La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall
4.5
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Fortuna River Waterfall is a natural area managed sustainably by Integral Development Association of La Fortuna (ADIFORT), a non-profit organization, having as its main objective to ensure the well-being and growth of La Fortuna community; projects that are possible to run thanks to funds raised by the visit of each tourist to this natural space. La Fortuna Waterfall is located in a biological reserve with an area of 210 acres of transition premontane tropical wet forest, part of the Arenal Volcano National Park and is located at 520 meters over the sea level, where there are sources of our mountains and the waters of La Fortuna River. To observe this splendid 70 meters high waterfall, visitors must pass a path of approximately 530 steps, which offers greater security to its passage and comfortable areas for rest and hydration through a forest with native trees of the area.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Joe S
    Alden, Iowa7 contributions
    Amazing waterfall
    You hear the waterfall from above. You walk down the 500+ steps, and it gets louder. Beautiful vegetation all around. And you reach the bottom and feel the cool spray and the roar of the water in your chest. Simply awe inspiring. Take a cool dip in the turbulent water and feel energized! Or relax in stream below and ponder the beauty. It is totally worth the descent!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 March 2023
  • PaulKassell
    Guildford, United Kingdom31 contributions
    Good, but busy in high season and weekends
    A very pleasant walk downhill to the waterfall. As a fairly fit 70 year old I found the walk back ok. Note that when you are told buying your ticket that it is only 500m to the falls, it is an 80m climb down and obviously an 80 m climb up all steps. I visited on a Saturday in high season, and it was quite busy I did not think there was really room to swim. I think this would be an amazing place to visit off peak when it is quiet
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 March 2023
  • Vanessa G
    Idaho17 contributions
    Worth it!
    We went on a hot afternoon. I bought tickets online the night before so I was able to skip the ticket line and just get our wristbands. There are 500+ stairs down and I had just injured my knee, but the stairs are in really good shape and I was able to make it down and back up. They say it takes most people 15-20 minutes to get down. I think it took my teens 10 minutes and it only took me 20 even with my injured knee. The waterfall is beautiful! The water is cold but felt very refreshing on a hot day. To swim at the bottom of the waterfall you need to be a decent swimmer because of the force of the falls, but you can also swim downstream just a tad and the water is still. The whole family really enjoyed this visit and we would all recommend! We walked partway down the orchid path and nothing was in bloom. Because of my injured knee we didn’t venture down the whole thing when we didn’t see any blooms at the beginning. There may have been some further down or maybe it was just the wrong time of year. There are clean restrooms and changing rooms at the top as well as a restaurant, but we didn’t eat there.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 24 March 2023
  • Hanna D
    4 contributions
    Recommended
    Don’t be put off by a full car park! We almost thought it was going to be too busy when we struggled to park but there is more than enough room for everyone. We went with our young child who loves water and had a great time. It’s a great place to swim and wonderful to see the waterfall. Really well run and a great experience!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 March 2023
  • jamiey325
    12 contributions
    I highly recommend seeing this beautiful falls
    To get to the waterfall just walk down man-made stairs and there are about 500 steps. It was pretty crowded when we went in the morning. I didn’t bother as much though, because once we saw those falls are breath was taken. We swim at the bottom of the falls in the adjoining river. It was super enjoyable, and we stayed for probably two hours because we were having so much fun. My favorite was sunny on the rocks because where we live we haven’t had much sun lately. We felt safe, leaving our belongings, and they even have a place for you to hang your stuff if you can find a spot. They do have guards that are watching out for safety and will let you know if you are doing something that is dangerous. It is absolutely gorgeous and I highly recommend.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 April 2023
  • Cara C
    6 contributions
    Beautiful Waterfall
    beautiful waterfall. Lots of stairs but didn’t feel rushed going up or down if you need to take your time. We came ready to swim but due to the heavy rains , swimming was prohibited that day. Still felt the experience was worth the price of admission.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Casey
    Portland, Maine20 contributions
    Loved this! Refreshing swim! A nice activity to do without a tour
    It’s definitely worth a visit to the waterfall! No need for a tour, you can easily do this on your own and just pay the entrance fee. The stairs are a lot, but manageable. And it makes the swim that much more refreshing and enjoyable! The views are incredible!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2023
  • krawner
    Chicago, Illinois1,096 contributions
    Must do in La Fortuna!
    Enjoy the waterfall for $18 USD per perso . Approximately 500 steps down (and back up). Can swim in the cold water pools nearby (but not directly around the waterfall). Has lockers $2 USD, showers, and bathrooms. Skip-the-line ticket wasn't necessary. A required stop for your Arenal / La Fortuna adventure.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 May 2023
  • Kurt R
    6 contributions
    Full body experience
    Want a full body experience? This is it.. from the hike in and out to the many pools that are activated by the waterfall, you will have your senses and spirit elevated. Can't imagine a more satisfying experience. Know that the gift shop/restaurant is very pricey otherwise admission is the only fee.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 May 2023
  • ChicagoMom0411
    Chicago, Illinois41 contributions
    Stretch before going!
    The waterfall and surrounding are beautiful! I swam in the river below the rapids and it was wonderful! My kids (18 &22) loved climbing on the rocks. All of our calfs were sore after the walk down (483 steps) and REALLY sore after going back up. I have some health issues, so I left before the rest of the group and took my time climbing back up and was glad I did.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 22 May 2023
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Capette123
Winnipeg, Canada118 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Amazing. It is not a tourist trap. The money is to maintain this gorgeous place. It poured the whole time and there were lots of people but if you pay attention to what’s important? I can’t even tell you how many people were there. We went in to the pool next to the falls because the main area was intense with the amount of water coming down. When you swim to the middle and look up? Majestic. Ethereal. No words. I’ll never forget. However…there are 500 steps down and the same number back up. No elevator. I left my lungs and my youth on those steps. I’d still do it again.
Written 23 February 2024
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Janice S
Hudson, NH64 contributions
Even though we were in the rain most of the hike down 500 steps to the bottom of the waterfall and then 500 stairs back to the top, this was a must do if you visit Costa Rica. The scenery, flowers, trees and waterfall are stunning. We met some people along the hike and everyone was very friendly.
Written 20 February 2024
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greeny76
Chepstow, UK16 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Stunning waterfall, go early to avoid crowds. We went in the morning and whilst it was busy, there was no queue and we had a lovely swim. As we were leaving (11ish), large crowds were arriving. We travelled in February which is a busy time so may be ok out of season. No need to take a tour, taxis are very cheap in la Fortuna and access is very easy.
Written 19 February 2024
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Kate B
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Friends
If I could give this zero stars I would. ENORMOUS TOURIST TRAP! From the cheap gift shop, to the droves of people filtering up and down the stairs like cattle, to the beautiful waterfall, swarming with tourists, this place was a huge disappointment. Huge waste of money. Avoid this (and La fortuna in general) if you’re looking for a less touristy experience.
Written 18 February 2024
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Roberto Z
Alafaya, FL40 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Very nice waterfall. Just be aware that to get to the bottom you need to go down about 500 steps, and then go up. The way up is a bit tiring, but there are some resting areas and some with drinking water.
If you plan to go into the water, be aware that the water is very cold and the main “pool” has very strong currents and it is deep (about 20 ft), so it is recommended for good swimmers, also to get into the water it is a bit tricky because of the lot of rocks (some very slippery).
There is a second “pool” in where the enter is more easy and almost no currents.
Written 14 February 2024
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Michael T
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
With these tickets, I was able to skip the line of folks purchasing tickets to see the waterfall. The waterfall is amazing!! There are several stairs down to get to the waterfall but it is definitely worth it! And don't forget that you will have to climb back up those approximately 600 steps 🙂.
Written 6 February 2024
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lindstk
Winnipeg, Canada12 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We visited the La Fortuna waterfalls in January with our 1.5 and 3 year old. After reading many reviews about how challenging the hike was and people telling us it would be too hard for young children - we are here to say we did and it was fine! My 3 year old hiked the steps all by herself of course slowly with some water breaks! The water was cold which was nice at the end of the stairs. The kiddos didn’t love the cold water, but after they adjusted they were ok and enjoyed the swim! If you are an active family and don’t mind some steps - you will be fine! Beautiful waterfall.
Written 6 February 2024
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JLDSKIS
Overland Park, KS9 contributions
554 steps down, then up. A few overlooks and benches to rest. Enjoyed making it all the way down, but not necessary for a nice view. Many stops and views on your way down. We chose this since we didn't plan on swimming. Taxi each way was 20 from our La Fortuna lodge near the Volcano area. A great choice when in the area.
Written 6 February 2024
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John H
Salem, OR16 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful scenery and well worth the entrance fee. Do not let the 500 steps intimidate you. The path is entirely paved steps and steel bridges. There are landings about every 75-100 steps. At the bottom you will find the deep pool, which is pretty rocky, or you can bear left and walk down to the lower river where there is east access to the refreshing water. Bring a towel and wear shoes or sandals you can get wet. Once back at the top there is a restaurant and lots of opportunity for pictures of the view and May flowers. We took an Uber from La Fortuna and the cost was $2,200 CRC. ($5-6).
Written 3 February 2024
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STACI S
3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Costa Rican waterfalls, sigh. This one is as spectacular as any of the others. Word to the wise though, get on a stairmaster everyday for a month to condition to make it back up afterwards. It's a workout, but so worth it. Just gorgeous!
Written 29 January 2024
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LA FORTUNA WATERFALL: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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La Fortuna Waterfall admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost S$26.92, while a popular guided tour starts around S$26.92 per person.

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