La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna de San Carlos: Hours, Address, La Fortuna Waterfall Reviews: 4.5/5

La Fortuna Waterfall
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Waterfalls
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Fortuna River Waterfall is a natural area managed sustainably by Integral Development Association of La Fortuna (ADIFORT), a non-profit organization, having as its main objective to ensure the well-being and growth of La Fortuna community; projects that are possible to run thanks to funds raised by the visit of each tourist to this natural space. La Fortuna Waterfall is located in a biological reserve with an area of 210 acres of transition premontane tropical wet forest, part of the Arenal Volcano National Park and is located at 520 meters over the sea level, where there are sources of our mountains and the waters of La Fortuna River. To observe this splendid 70 meters high waterfall, visitors must pass a path of approximately 530 steps, which offers greater security to its passage and comfortable areas for rest and hydration through a forest with native trees of the area.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Admission tickets
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brit
Texas8 contributions
Def go
I saw this waterfall and Rio Celeste and, not to downplaythe beauty if Rio Celeste, if you have to pick one or the other I would more recommend seeing La Fortuna waterfall. You can swim in the La Fortuna waterfall as well as in the river near it and it is truly breathtaking
Written June 14, 2021
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Gina M
Missouri71 contributions
Pretty but $ and not really swimmable
Jun 2021 • Family
The waterfall was beautiful but I wouldn't do it again. $18 pp, 500 steps down then back up- which was fine for our group, but we didn't want to swim there. By the fall itself was dangerous, in the calmer spot it was freezing and many rocks. We spent less than an hour there
Written June 9, 2021
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Kirsten D
Albuquerque, NM33 contributions
Beautiful Must See Waterfall!
May 2021
This was probably the number one thing I wanted to see in La Fortuna and it didn't disappoint. It is absolutely gorgeous and the pictures do not even do it justice. I was very impressed at the beauty of the area around the waterfall as well.

Just be careful when you put in your GPS how to get to the waterfall. There are two different locations that will sometimes show up. One location is right next to the falls and you just walk down some stairs for about 10-15 minutes and you are there. The other location which I believe is called Arenal Mundo Aventura Park is on the other side of the river and it is a one hour (or longer) hike to get to the falls or you can take a tractor ride to the falls entrance. We accidentally went to that location thinking it was the shorter one but realized after hiking for about 30 minutes that it was not. So we hopped on the tractor the rest of the way and still had about a 20 minute hike to get to the falls! So exhausted by the end of it! And the tractor only goes at certain times so we just walked back up to the other location after we were done at the falls and hitchhiked back to our car at the Arenal Mundo Park.
Written June 8, 2021
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Orlandolawyer
Orlando, FL75 contributions
Beautiful! Easy to get to via taxi!
May 2021
We grabbed a taxi from our hotel and enjoyed a beautiful hike to the waterfall! Its gorgeous! Highly recommend
Written June 8, 2021
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kooikermom
Mission Viejo, CA1,117 contributions
500 steps down & up to a nice, secluded waterfall
May 2021
The attraction signage is absolutely clear that you must have some degree of fitness to manage the 500 steps down and more so, up from the falls. The pathway is well done and safe, but you do have to have some stamina. There were seats along the climb at a couple of spots that we found welcome. The falls itself is fairly high, but we didn't think it really all that exceptional. There were swimmers in the pool at the base of the falls, but again, to enter you had to navigate tricky rocks.
Best part of the whole affair was the cafe at the top when we got back up. Pleasant setting and nice service with decent food. Bottom line, the falls is a place to see but not a must see by any means.
Written June 2, 2021
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Georgia78
Griffin, GA50 contributions
Worth the steps
May 2021
The walk down was an easy walk. The waterfall is really beautiful. The water refreshing. Great for amazing photos. The hike back up the 500 steps was a challenge for most people we saw.
Written June 1, 2021
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Omahprx
Omaha, NE113 contributions
Wow. What a current!
A beautiful hike down well made stairs leads to the base of this enormous falls. The pool opens up in a cavelike way with plant growth everywhere and water seeping through the mountainous overhangs. The falls are gorgeous and offer stunning photograph options. I was surprised how few people decided to swim. The water is comfortable and swimming toward the waterfall is such a unique experience. The current is so powerful! Our family are all experienced swimmers and could barely close half the distance to the waterfall. We weren’t intending to get all the way there to be safe but it was nearly impossible to move at all! It was such s rush of an experience. Be careful with the rocks though! They warned us they were slippery but they were the slipperiest rocks I’ve ever encountered so use caution! Totally worth it and highly recommend!
Written June 1, 2021
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Amanda
Columbus, OH21 contributions
A fun afternoon!
May 2021 • Couples
A really fun and refreshing way to spend a couple of hours! Wear your suit down to the falls and wear water shoes- I watched a person sleep and hit hard on the rocks because he had flip flops on. The water is cold, but not too cold to enjoy. A great place to relax.

Covid: Temperature checks, hand-washing for everyone and masks in the ticket/concession/changing room areas.
Written May 25, 2021
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Leah P
Longmont, CO33 contributions
So much fun, even in the rain!
May 2021
Coming during the rainy season didn’t stop us from doing anything. If anything-if made hiking in the rainforest and swimming under the waterfall all the more fun. Definitely bring a bathing suit, the water isn’t cold and it’s so much fun to swim and meet new people. There are two areas at the waterfall the enjoy. The waterfall itself, and a turnoff just the right—where the water was more calm. I’d suggest wearing sneakers to get to the waterfall since it’s a 15 min walk up / down steep stairs. And bring a waterproof bag to keep your stuff in. Definitely safe to leave stuff out since you’ll be able to keep an eye on it the entire time you’re there. Only bring your phone if its waterproof (I have Lifeproof FRE case)
Written May 25, 2021
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wmelnyk
Havertown, PA45 contributions
Long but amazing hike
May 2021 • Couples
We did a hike up a mountain for about 1.5 hours, another 30 minutes down the stairs, trails and bridges. I know that does not sound like much, but it was a very steep hike. But the view in the end, simply amazing. Definitely worth it!
Written May 24, 2021
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