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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 25, 2016 via mobile

Gorgeous !!! Be prepared to walk down 500 steps and then back up at the end . Very tiring . However , the views are amazing .

Thank Lauren C
Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

I had been to La Fortuna 18 years ago traveling alone. I took my girl there and she literally started crying as we approached the waterfall. It is the most beautiful thing she had ever seen. Just go!

Thank danyulmc
Reviewed November 24, 2016

My family of 4 visited in November 2016. Warm weather and no rain while we were there. It is quite a climb down and up all those stairs, but we did not find them slippery and there were places to stop and sit along the...More

Thank The4Monkeys
Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

We paid $14 to visit the waterfall which I think was a little bit pricey for what it was. The waterfall is beautiful but I wasn't brave enough to swim. It can get quite crowded at the bottom with people taking photos in front of...More

Thank ReviewsByAbby
Reviewed November 23, 2016

14 USD for the entrance fees, which i found a bit expensive.... There is a butterfly garden, an orchidea garden and the amazing waterfall !! You can totally swim and take amazing pictures. It gets a bit packed though We didnt try the restaurant.

1  Thank JuliaPeral
Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

The water was amazing! You can swim and relax!! It's about 15 min down 500 steps. Then you get to swim either close to the waterfall or in the river that flows afterwards. Then you have to take those 500 steps back up

Thank Andrea T
Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

For me the waterfall wasn't really worth the money. It was pretty, but not the best water fall. If you've never seen a waterfall I'd say go but if you've seen one before I'd say skip it. The hike back up wasn't bad. There are...More

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

This place is great, since you arrive at the parking lot the entrance is very clear and the stairs/trail have improve so much since always, there are many bathrooms and changing rooms up stairs, a good restaurants very open with a nice natural view, I...More

Thank Andres L
Reviewed November 21, 2016

I've never had to pay to walk to a waterfall. It was beautiful and you could swim in it, but it is surprising to pay $16 to walk down several stairs to get to it. I'd prefer a hike but maybe its good that its...More

Reviewed November 21, 2016

Make sure your camera takes slow motion shots of the waterfall! Beautiful scenery. If you are brave, you can swim near the fall. Tilapia fish can be seen. Nice way to spend a few hours and get a good workout from the steps.

Thank planetkaren
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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