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La Fortuna Waterfall
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La Fortuna Waterfall Hike by Car
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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: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Gorgeous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

worth the brief hike back up ('500 steps') and touristy nature to go see... hope your fillings are in tight for the road in/out!

Visited October 2012
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“Hiking”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Loved the waterfall, and all the wildlife. Take water the trip down to the falls is ok the climb out will hurt.

Visited October 2012
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“worth the hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

pretty easy hike, option to swim at the bottom, gorgeous waterfall. if you can't make rio celeste, this is a great alternative

Visited October 2012
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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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“unique waterfall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

Although we have seen waterfalls all around the world, but this one still make you feel otherwise. A long trial deep in rain forest will lead you to this mystic waterfall. You could swim in the pond and get a closer contact with the fall, so make sure bring your suits here or you will regret it.

Visited September 2012
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Philadelphia, PA
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“So pretty and refreshing dip on a hot day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

A walk down and down and down steps is rewarded by a dip in an amazingly clear and cold pool at the bottom of the waterfall. The water was so cold it took my breath away, but on a hot day, it was glorious. People go and hang out for hours, you could tell from the picnic lunches. Take your swim suit and go!

Visited October 2012
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