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Address: , La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Just awesome!!! We rented a car and drove ourselves there. Not hard to find. The walk down was fun, up not so much. It will be once they finish the renovations on the stairs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Just awesome!!! We rented a car and drove ourselves there. Not hard to find. The walk down was fun, up not so much. It will be once they finish the renovations on the stairs. I did it in flip flops. BRING WATER SHOES! I forgot and was find but it would have made it more comfortable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

It's 500 steps but it's beautiful and easy for kids. Took the off beaten path to the waterfall. Someone brought a drone--did not understand that.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Going up and down the stairs was fun and enjoyable but once you arrive to the place there is a grade of deception. It is just an small water fall.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great experience. A must see and swim when in Arenal. It's a long walk up and down but worth the trek.

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South Riding, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This was one the awesome place to visit. The waterfall is just amazing. If you have looked at pictures of waterfalls in magazines and calendars.. well the fall will just wow you. Please keep in mind the 500 steps down is fun.. Coming up, well that was another story. Go dressed for a dive in the water. You don't want... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My brother and sister-in-law renewed their vows at the La Fortuna Waterfall, and it provided a magical backdrop for the ceremony. The falls are gorgeous, and was so nice to be able to swim in the river near the base of the falls. However, be warned that it is a steep hike to get back UP after you hike down... More 

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This was the hardest hike I ever took!!! I'm a 57 female in decent shape and found it extremely hard. There is a 15 min walk down 300 hard rock steps and 300 gruesome steps up! Than a 50 min walk back to the station in direct sun. The waterfall was gorgeous ,so go if you are very fit.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This was an amazing waterfall and we enjoyed walking down the 500 stairs. However when you go down you must come back up - this could pose to be a challenge if you have small children or health issues. There is a nice view from the top that people with limited mobility could enjoy and not risk the walk. My... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend allocating a morning to this activity. Regardless of what you are told and read- take your swim suit. You will get a good stretch on your legs on your way back from the fall. After reading negative comments about the stairs I was afraid I was not gonna be able to do it- but I saw a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

To see the waterfall, you have to pay $11 at the front. We had seen pictures of people swimming around the waterfall before. So we assumed that we could hike down there and swim. Well after we hiked down the 400-500 steps, we saw that the waterfall was flowing extremely fast!! There was no way anyone could swim near the... More 

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