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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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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 106-4417, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place,,, wonderful! I went there in motorcycle was beautiful nice view and close to town, just great!

Thank Javi P
Reviewed 2 days ago

On our last day in the La Fortuna area, we visited the waterfall. It was beautiful and a great experience, the pools were chilly, but refreshing after the trek down to the waterfall. The hike back up to the entrance is difficult and I would...More

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very good facilities. 500 steps down to the waterfall where you can swim just in front of the falls. There was a member of staff there forbidding it when we visited due to the heavy rain and obvious danger. The closure of the swimming area...More

Thank ivorbigun2013
Reviewed 2 days ago

Many many steps down,like around 600 steps or more... you see a beautiful waterfall that then you climb the steps all the way up! we didn't have bathing suits so we didn't swim. I suppose it is really beautiful if you get to swim, although...More

Thank Di_El19
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice afternoon hike. Be prepared for VERY cold water. I counted the steps back to the top (sorry, I've forgotten already).. but it's a hike..

Thank kpincastaic
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Easy trek up and down 600m of stairs to magnificent falls. We took taxi to park from town and walked back to Fortuna. $15 us pp to get into park. We were there on a busy Saturday and there was plenty of room to play...More

Thank TrishaLou
Reviewed 4 days ago

We hiked to the water fall after ziplining at Arenal Mundo Aventura. The waterfall is one of the best things I have ever seen.

Thank Elena G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful waterfall, nice orchids garden and good exercise. The view from the top of the stairs and near the base was amazing, even when it's raining.

Thank Geraldo G
Reviewed 5 days ago

It does cost a little to get in to see the waterfall, but it isn't much. You can also rent a locker for $2 if you go to its base to swim. It is around 500 steps down and up to get to the base,...More

Thank kennedykemp
Reviewed 5 days ago

I think the price to visit the waterfall is pricey but I'm glad we still went. You should be indecent shape to climb up and down the stairs. I recommend going early, we went around 3 in the afternoon and within half an hour of...More

Thank Vanessa V
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June 10, 2017|
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Response from lee905 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response... I think he will be ok. I work out regularly and am in decent shape which made the hike easier. You don't have to go fast, you can take your time going up and there are spots to sit and rest of... More
March 17, 2017|
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Response from mmart29 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry I just saw your question not sure if is still helpful the answer but I believe the best is to have rental car , walk takes to much time , the places are not so closely to each other or to the hotel where I stay.
March 6, 2017|
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Response from Shawna L | Reviewed this property |
It is doable but I would not do it because the hike back up from the waterfall can be very very taxing