My husband and I recently visited the La Fortuna Waterfall together. This was one of the places in Costa Rica that actually took the American National Parks system model and made a natural wonder accessible. It is NOT for those with mobility issues, however. The 480 steps down must be retraced on the ascent; additionally, you can cross the river at a designated point and continue along several other paths with more stairs, also which need retracing, as there are no loops in the park. (Finding the suspension bridge at the end of the trail was a treat, though!) Needless to say, you will get in a great lower body workout if you are game for it! There are also a few benches along the way for those who need a rest, and a couple of viewpoints that help you keep going.
I will agree with the other reviewers who commented about the open pavers making the walk more difficult. Athletic shoes would have been a better choice tan the casual sandals we wore. We kept those on in the water, too, as the way leading down to the waterfall pool and the beach along the swimming hole further down are constructed of large boulders that make barefoot walking uncomfortable.
Any inconvenience is worth the breathtaking view of this waterfall and the surrounding blue-green water. The water was cool to swim in, but not cold. This is not a prime area for wildlife viewing, but we did see a hummingbird flitting above the swimming hole. For $10 per person, it was one of our favorite stops of our trip! I would suggest arriving early for a quieter experience, as more people arrived as the morning wore on.
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