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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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The waterfall is in a beautiful rainforest close to the volcano and is spectacular. If you visit early in the morning you miss the crowds and can enjoy the walk and scenery in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed April 4, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

The waterfall is in a beautiful rainforest close to the volcano and is spectacular. If you visit early in the morning you miss the crowds and can enjoy the walk and scenery in peace. The 500 steps have recently been refurbished although a few at the bottom were slippery. We didn't swim but wish we had. The water is refreshing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

We visited the waterfall one morning that we had nothing planned. Having been to Hawaii and seeing some of the greatest waterfalls on earth, we didn't expect much. We were pleasantly surprised! The waterfall is massive and what a beautiful sight! Yes there are about 500 steps down, but it is not treacherous. And there are sections of stairs with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

This waterfall is incredible, and we'll worth the climb back up afterwards. It was awesome to swim at the base of the falls and the pool below the main one was great for kids especially since you could get up close and personal with the fish. We also enjoyed a relaxing and delicious lunch at the top after. The boys... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016

The waterfall was beautiful! Swimming at the bottom was a very cool part of the experience for me and my family. You will have to traverse over 500 "stairs" and I recommend wearing shoes in the water.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016

Great place and natural beauty. Good walk down to bottom of waterfall lake. There are stairs and steps while walking down and up

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016

First off, the hike and the price is well worth it and expect a fair number of people. The "hike" down (comfortably stairs that is) is easy and relaxed with numerous places to sit down for the less agile ones, but before your hike down be sure to get the view from the lookoutpoint, it´s quite nice. When down at... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

Incredible waterfall. Disappointed they charge full price for children over 8. Life's incredible natural wonders should be free to children of the world. Can't even imagine how the locals can afford to see this wonder for $12, which includes nothing but entrance through the gates. No towels, transport, security or anything else. When I asked the attendants where we paid,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016

On our second day in La Fortuna, it didn't stop raining. We decided to do something local, so went to the nearby waterfall. Once there, the walk through the forest was beautiful - the rain didn't bother us at all under the canopy. The views were so amazing, and the waterfall itself was very powerful due to the rain so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016

A must for those visiting the Fortuna area, excellent day hike from Fortuna or easily accesible by car.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016

This site requires you to descend and then climb back up 492 steps. You can easily do it taking your time. PROS: 1 - Beautiful. Picturesque. You will post these photos. 2 - Take a taxi here and walk down on your own. You don't need a guide. 3 - If you don't swim near the main falls, there is... More 

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