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La Fortuna Waterfall
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$15.00*
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La Fortuna Waterfall Admission Ticket
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$57.00*
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La Fortuna Waterfall Hike by Car
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$108.00*
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Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna Waterfall Nature Hike
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed October 5, 2012

The hike down and back to the falls and the $10 entry fee were all worth it the minute we saw the falls! Nature creates the best attractions and this is definitely the case here. I would highly recommend bringing a swimsuit as the river an pool at the base of the falls were a lot of fun to swim in.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

I enjoyed the hike down slightly more than up, but it was good to get the heart pumping a little. The falls are awesome. I suggest a video camera for the full effect. The highlight of my Arenal leg of Costa Rica.

Thank bakaroma
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

This is a neat place to visit. The walk if pretty reasonable, and one definitely should wear their suit. When we were there there was one section that was pretty to keep one's balance on. This was likely because a recent earthquake took out the regular bridge.

Thank HappyInItaly
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

totally cool place to visit. the hike down was no problem at all the hike up was a bit much lol as you are hiking up A LOT of stairs. the entrance was $10 make sure to buy water before you start your hike down there is nothing at the bottom to purchase.

1  Thank Nick C
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Well worth the ten dollars they charge. If you walk past the river and continue on the trail you come across an unexpected and very cool hanging bridge.

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