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Address: La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 106-4417, Costa Rica
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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La Fortuna Waterfall Ecological Reserve

Our fortune of crystalline waters...

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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Great tour to the waterfall

Visited as part of a larger tour - waterfall was quite something to experience. The hike down and back up does require some effort

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Visited as part of a larger tour - waterfall was quite something to experience. The hike down and back up does require some effort

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La Fortuna is amazing to see! Such a large & powerful waterfall with breathtaking views of both up above & farther away but also to experience up close & swim in. This to me is a must see when at Arenal area. It is a trek - down 500 stairs & back up 500 stairs but completely worth it &... More 

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We took horseback riding and hike and it was worth the trek. Beautiful waterfall, great for pictures and cold water to refresh you from the hike there. I couldn't take my eyes from this wonderful natural beauty!!

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Worth the 600 steps up and down! Good swimming. Lots of hummingbirds, fish and butterflies. Huge trek up and down

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Its a short walk to see this waterfall. Cold water, and be carefull not to swim close to the waterfall. Its stunning. Best to visit around 1pm.

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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Fabulous waterfall with a safe swimming area around it. It is literally 500 steps down to get to it, but it is all nicely paved so you aren't walking through mud or slipping with each step. You have to climb over many large rocks to get to the water if you want to go in, and they are rather slippery,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was not sure about going to this place because of the price (15 USD) but and because I was already in the area I decided to do it and it was totally worth it ! This is the most beautiful waterfall that I ever seen in my life. The waterfall drops 60-70 m and its BIG ! It has... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A hike down to the waterfall, about 500 steps but worth it to take a plunge into the waterfall and river. Wear comfortable shoes!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We walked down the stairs to the Waterfall where we both jump in and had a few photos , its quite a busy place so probably best to go early, i suppose you can spend a couple of hours here max , but theres not many places you can get this close in the water to a waterfall so enjoy... More 

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A must-see while you are in La Fortuna! The waterfall is huge, and the river is relaxing and enjoyable!

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