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La Fortuna Waterfall
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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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed April 4, 2018

A parkinglot with changing facilities, restrooms, snachbar, softdrinks. Downstairs a beautiful waterfall into a pool with cold water , but once you are in it’s fine and refreshing . Not to much people . Up it goes again , 500 stairs . Beautiful place

Thank Christiane B
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Though the price may be much for some, the experience is worth it!! Just know... what walks down...must walk up!

Thank Rich C
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Took a nice walk down here to the waterfall and climbed around the rocks and took a dip. Visually stunning. Water was refreshing but not cold. Walk down and back was not too bad, break a sweat cooking back up but there are little rest areas with inspirational saying... nice touch. Orchid area was very nice, not too many in bloom when we were there but beautiful nonetheless. Nice little Cafe and the usual gift shop. Easy parking. Fun!

Thank Pete B
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Not too far out of La Fortuna town this is a tourist trap with a difference. There is a good reception area with facilities and then it's downhill using a combination of concrete steps and ramps to a waterfall. The path is high above a forested valley and disappointingly there's a zip wire which passes directly overhead. The waterfall plunges directly into a pool where there are dangerous currents but the viewing platforms are well above and offer superb photo shots. Downstream there are a number of bathing pools in the very chilly waters. On the way back up the 500 steps there are seats and viewing spots which meant that the climb was relatively easy.

Thank William899
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful waterfall. Ice cold water. You do not need a guide. Warning: Climbing back up the hundreds of stairs is not enjoyable.

Thank Yaccova
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