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La Fortuna Waterfall

Open Now: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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La Fortuna Waterfall Admission Ticket
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La Fortuna Waterfall Admission Ticket
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  • Average7%
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“swimming area”(94 reviews)
“la fortuna”(580 reviews)
“take your time”(163 reviews)
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...more
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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 106-4417, Costa Rica
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Reviewed today via mobile

There are 500 steps down and up. There is entrance fee $18. Waterfall is nice and very tall. Great coffee in the area.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 860jakubf
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Took a taxi from the centre of La Fortuna and arrived in about 20 mins. Taxi cost 4,000 Colones. It’s $18 each entry but well worth it. You could take a picnic and spend all day. There are two gift shops and also a really...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Clachangirl
Reviewed yesterday

Group of 6 adults. We arrived around 9:30 a.m. and it was not busy. There are a lot of steps, but take your time and you won't have any issues. The waterfall is beautiful, and you can get into the water to swim. We just...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Q1319CUrachelr
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful falls.Surprisingly cold water.%00 steps down but lots of landings to rest or let others pass.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank snookytrox
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I highly recommend this waterfall for your visit in the Arenal area. If you want some exercise it is possible to walk from La Fortuna to the waterfall and then you only have to pay for the entrance fee. The walk is about 5km but...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TiannaSummer
Reviewed 2 days ago

Easy enough for just about anyone. At the entrance you'll pay $18 per person and you are on your way...500 steps to the bottom for an amazing view of the waterfall. If you are brave/can swim.. jump in the water! Just be cautious as the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lnryan11
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I can't understand how anyone would rate this less than 5 stars. Yes, you have to walk down 500 steps - but the steps are in perfect condition with railings. The scenery is spectacular and the change facilities are spotless. It is somewhat difficult to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank b0b2019
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It’s about 70 meters in height ... very scenic and beautiful. You can swim in the lagoon . Be cautious, it’s about 500 stairs down and hence up 500 stairs up.. can be challenging for some Rest , it’s definitely a worth going for

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank amits390
Reviewed 3 days ago

Slowly up-and-down the 600 steps to the turbulent water fall. Tifakara Hotel in the vicinity carved a walking stick for me, a senior traveling alone. I made it!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Hanne H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very nice, scenic location. Great for swimming and tranquil in some areas. Be prepared for many stairs.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Larry M
January 17, 2019|
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Response from cataratalafortuna | Property representative |
Hola, gracias por tu consulta, desgraciadamente en este caso la única ruta hasta la catarata es por la carretera ya que las zonas de bosques son propiedades privadas y no es recomendable caminar por estos terrenos.
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Elizabeth N
July 5, 2018|
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Response from nikeshka | Reviewed this property |
20 minutes to go down, 1 hour hanging out and about 40 minutes climb back! It’s 500 steps.
March 12, 2018|
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Response from bizgrrl | Reviewed this property |
You can just show up! I don't remember seeing any zip lining or hiking.