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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 November 2, 2016

It was worth every step down and step up to see this beautiful Costa Rica Waterfall and River ! The walk down was so pretty in the trees and to smell the fresh spray of the waterfall in the air and to swim was very...More

Thank sharesa2015
Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful waterfall. Water was cold. Tons of steps. Worth the climb though ! Make sure to go to the area off to the left. Bring a bathing suit and towel. Glad we went !

Thank phyllisz2014
Reviewed November 1, 2016

easy to reach by car, enough parking space.they have a well organize facility with clean restrooms and other services. too many steps to go up, safe.

1  Thank Margarita R
Reviewed November 1, 2016

It may take some effort to get to the waterfall, but it is absolutely beautiful. You can even swim at its base. Definitely worth the climb down to it!!

1  Thank beachx4me
Reviewed November 1, 2016

Many steps down to view this beautiful waterfall with swimming hole, make sure you bring a jacket for sudden downpours

1  Thank RunningGirlVancouver
Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

Waterfall is a fun experience. Water fall is powerful during rainy season and the splash is refreshing within the outer areas . Be careful if you have bad back . Climbing down and up stairs is a moderate workout . Also rocks surrounding water fall...More

Thank douglasangulo
Reviewed November 1, 2016

You have to go down some 400 steps to see it. It's very beautiful especially after rain when you can see 2 waterfalls instead of only one.

Thank Darina H
Reviewed November 1, 2016

The way up is challenging... (500 steps), but worth it. Carry swimwear, stunning pools at the foot of the waterfall.

Thank Mati B
Reviewed October 31, 2016

The waterfall is beautiful and the swim was refreshing. The water is cold and there are rocks to climb over to get in the water by the falls. To my surprise, there was also a pretty strong current from the falls pushing towards you. Be...More

Thank Michael J
Reviewed October 30, 2016

The falls are pretty neat. I'm relatively well-traveled and have seen plenty of waterfalls, and this one is beautiful. The stairs seemed a little more challenging than they likely were, as it was extremely humid when we went. Didn't see much wildlife outside of giant...More

Thank Ryan E
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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