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La Fortuna Waterfall

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“swimming area”(95 reviews)
“la fortuna”(585 reviews)
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 106-4417, Costa Rica
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All reviews swimming area la fortuna take your time steep hike entrance fee worth the effort cold water slippery rocks water shoes worth the trip nice hike the river horseback ride costa rica steps base pool
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Reviewed yesterday

We thought that the price to enter the park was very expensive just to see a waterfall. There is nothing much more to explore in the park. There are a lot of other waterfalls in the country that are just as nice and far less...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank CharmaineT40
Reviewed yesterday

The price to just go to the waterfall is quite expensive at $18usd - the best way to see it is to book a zipline tour (if your up for adventure) in the morning and then spend the afternoon going to the waterfall. To get...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Larisa286
Reviewed yesterday

We visited the falls as part of a combined tour. The climb down and up can be a bit challenging for anyone unused to stairs. But the view is worth it. If you want to swim beneath the falls then you have to climb down...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BiffL4
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Having read the rave reviews, we were really disappointed here. Firstly the entrance fee had increased to $18. Secondly, you are made to sign a disclaimer that says that if anything goes wrong the company cannot be held responsible, but surely they would be responsible...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank avril w
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is a long climb down to the waterfall (500 steps we were told) But the 75m waterfall was impressive, even in February when it’s not in full flood. We did have a swim which was refreshing before the climb back up. Not much else...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank GeraldineUK
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a adventure. Worth every penny. If you have small children and we do not. Be prepared to carry them. This is a steep and li g walk. I went into pool at bottom but it is a dangerous over the rocks crossing g. You...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Prior to us attempting the La Fortuna waterfall hike we read the various reviews on trip advisor. It sounds like a lot of people are very discouraged by the way they experienced this. It appears that they have used a different tour operator than we...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Gert H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Totally worth all the stairs (they're not that bad) The waterfall itself is so beautiful and swimming feels amazing, but it is very cold. You can't swim so close to the waterfall because they will blow the whistle at you. Definitely a must see.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 800dash
Reviewed 3 days ago

the waterfall is very beautiful, worth seeing. the swimming was fun, but they don't let you get too close to the waterfall for safety reasons (which was a let down). water is pristine. the hike down, and then back up the stairs to get there...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kurt H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful scenery and the people are very nice... Great food and drinks as well... The HOT water springs is a must to do!!

Date of experience: May 2018
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Michelle F
February 9, 2019|
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Response from aland704 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The public car park had a security guard on patrol, but try to park where your car can easily be seen.
January 30, 2019|
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Response from cataratalafortuna | Property representative |
Good morning dear visitor, the current rate to the waterfall is $ 18, you can pay in cash or also with a credit card, thanks for your inquiry.
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Larry M
January 17, 2019|
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Response from cataratalafortuna | Property representative |
Hola, gracias por tu consulta, desgraciadamente en este caso la única ruta hasta la catarata es por la carretera ya que las zonas de bosques son propiedades privadas y no es recomendable caminar por estos terrenos.
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