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“Up close and personal with animals”

La Fortuna Waterfall
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La Fortuna Waterfall Admission Ticket
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US$57.00*
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La Fortuna Waterfall Hike by Car
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Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna Waterfall Nature Hike
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Mesa, Arizona, USA
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3 reviews
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“Up close and personal with animals”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

We loved seeing the beautiful colors of the native birds. Walking in the atrium with them flying nearby was fun. Many other amazing animals there too and the biggest reason for going is the waterfall. Beautiful!

Visited February 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Beautiful and worth hiking from town”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

We hiked from La Fortuna to the waterfall and the hike (4 kms from town) was great (and a great workout), which the waterfall being an awesome reward.

Visited February 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed 3 March 2012

very pictureque - make sure you wear your swim gear and take a waterproof camera!

Visited February 2012
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New York City, New York
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“A nice photo op,,,, not necessary to hike down”
Reviewed 3 March 2012

When you get to the waterfall, there is a viewing platform that allows you to take lovely pictures of the waterfall. So we took about a dozen pictrures in front of the falls. After speaking to so many tourists who told us the water was freesing cold, we decided not to waste the morning there. We used the time to take another hike around the Arenal area to view fabulous wildlife. Glad we make that choice. The climb down and up looked rather steep, i would not recommend it for young children or seniors. Since the town is named for the falls, we felt obligated to see it and take the picture. We have traveled the world and as far as waterfalls go, its just an average waterfall. But i suppose if you have never seen one, then go and visit for yourself. Or do like we did and take the photo from the viewing platform,,,,, and you can tell everyone you hiked down to the bottom and back LOL!).

Visited March 2012
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Riverside, California
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“This place awsome!!!”
Reviewed 2 March 2012

do not miss this place if you are in La Fortuna, not recomended for Seniors in bad shape, it is more than 200 steps to go back!!!

Visited March 2012
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