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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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Hours Today: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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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This is a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. Be prepared for a cardio work out. There are maintained stairs going down, but remember, you have to come back up. There are approximately 500 steps and before you head down there's a sign that warns you...More

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This waterfall was better than expected. Very tall and roaring plus great place to swim after long trip down. Just know that it is 562 steps down and the same back up. If you have bad knees or not in fair shape, you will find...More

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Reviewed today via mobile

Enjoyed the hike. Sore calves next two days! Did not swim but heard water was nice. Not allowed to swim in the waterfall.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When they say 500 steps, they were not kidding. Once you get to the bottom, your knees will shake so bad. However, the waterfall was beautiful and we got some photos. It was very hot that day but I wouldn't really want to swim in...More

Thank Phuong H
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did the combination tour that also visited La Fortuna Waterfall, has lunch and volcano tour The waterfall was amazing. When the tour guide says 500 steps down and 500 steps back up she means it. The swim in the water at the bottom was...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Believe me when I say this waterfall is amazing!! The hike there is not for you if you are not physically fit or faint-hearted! However, if you don’t mind doing about a mile hike in and a mile out with lots of incline you must...More

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The waterfall was one of the best things I did in La Fortuna. It has incredible views and you can even go swimming in the river next to the waterfall. It's a great place to visit for all ages. Highly recommend.

Thank Kelly W
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Reviewed yesterday

Went first thing in the morning to snag a free parking space close-by. The overflow parking is marked as 1$ per hour of parking. I don't think you need to spend more than two hours maximum here. The waterfall is beautiful and the swimming portion...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a climb of 513 steps to get to the waterfall. There is an area where you can swim at the bottom and the water is refreshing. Be sure to wear water shoes and bathing suit or clothes you don't mind getting wet. The...More

Thank Lori P
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My two teenage daughters and I hiked down to the waterfall as part of a separate excursion. The girls were not pleased with how physically challenging the hike down or back up was. When we went, the water was very cold, but refreshing after the...More

Thank Rebecca Y
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Karen O
March 12, 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
March 7, 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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amandacroe
February 18, 2018|
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Response from green_em24 | Reviewed this property |
We walked across a hanging bridge on our hike to La Fortuna Waterfall. We booked the "Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall and Indigenous Village" through Desafio Tours so this was a guided hike. I believe I remember the... More
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