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Address: La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 106-4417, Costa Rica
07:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

La Fortuna Waterfall Ecological Reserve

Our fortune of crystalline waters...

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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The waterfall was nice and cold! If you like walking steps this is the place to walk down 500 steps to get to the waterfall. Just be careful with sharp rocks when getting... read more

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Downey, California
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The waterfall was nice and cold! If you like walking steps this is the place to walk down 500 steps to get to the waterfall. Just be careful with sharp rocks when getting out. There is also a side where young children can play in the low water with sand. Take water shoes and towels! Have fun!

Thank Rodrigul70
Stony Brook, NY
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A beautiful walk down through the jungle to an almost surreal waterfall pool. The water is extremely refreshing and the falls provide a lovely backdrop for photos. For an extra workout, walk back to downtown La Fortuna (it took us about an hour).

Thank Ginny M
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Yes its a lot of steps up and down but it doesn't take longer than 10 minutes each way and you can stop and rest on benches on the way back up if you must. But it is so worth it, very beautiful waterfall.

Thank Shawna2004
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The waterfall is amazing and everyone but me swam and it was hypnotizing in its power. But the climb up is very intense , more then 500 steps. It takes time

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15 dollars (US) to enter and worth it! Unlike some other waterfalls you are free to swim and jump in the water. The view of it from the top of the observation deck is worth your entry fee alone. Was told the water is freezing, but as a Canadian in the Jungle I felt like the water temperature was perfect... More 

Thank Sam B
Guelph, Ontario
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We visited this waterfall and the hike down 500 stairs was beautiful. The water fall is beautiful and if you can get through the crowd, you may get a good picture. That's all it is though. A waterfall with 200 people standing around looking at. In my opinion, I would only spend the $15 pp once just to say I... More 

Thank CampinTrav
Los Angeles, California, United States
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

great waterfall steep hike down and up. mostly stairs. waterfall is picturesque. deep wide pool for swimming. DEF BRING WATER SHOES OR TEVAs. lots of rocks to climb down to pool. go early or late do go with the hords of people.

Thank Jeremy W
San Clemente, California
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Beautiful. You need to walk many stairs to get down to the falls, and then remember, you have to come back up. Take it slow. It is worth it!

Thank Allyson C
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La Fortuna waterfall was our second stop on an all day set of hikes (the first was the amazing hanging bridges). It is breathtaking to see from a distant and just as cool up close. However, to get to the bottom of the falls (where you can swim), you have to take steps down the side of the mountain ....... More 

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This place is very beautiful and quite easy to access (for a waterfall). You should definitely consider swimming in the crystal clear waterfall pool, the water tends to be a little cold, but since the weather is usually hot and humid, it's actually very enjoyable.

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