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“Quite a hike! But worth it!!”

La Fortuna Waterfall
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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: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed December 1, 2012

The waterfall is quite breath-taking. Though as grand as the Niagara, the pristine surroundings make the experience very peaceful and calming.

Be prepared for the long hike up. One could easily get winded.

If you are physically able, it's worth the hike.

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

A quick little hike down the mountain takes you to this beautiful waterfall. Make sure you walk 20m down to the river on the other side where you can take a frigid swim with the view of the waterfall. Don't ask reception for a taxi, they're very very very very very rude.

Thank Artemis G
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

We went in November in low season and I liked that there was barely anyone there. We went down, it took about 10-15 min. The way down could be difficult for people with knee problems since it is mostly uneven steps the whole way down. We swam in the waterfall and it is pretty powerful. Be careful not to slip on the rocks, the water will push you hard. I f you go further down the river, the water is very calm and clean and it is easier to swim. The water temperature was really comfortable. They close at 5pm. It cost the usual park fee $10 USD to enter.

Thank AcVl
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

You will want to bring your swimsuit with you, even if you thought the water would be cold. It’s a hike down and by the time of seeing the wonder, you will most likely be sweaty and want to jump into the crystal water.

First you will see the waterfall from a viewpoint, thinking it was just a waterfall from afar. By the time you get to the bottom of it, as we were also lucky, we got to see a family of howler monkeys playing around at the top of the trees.

Take some more steps and you can take a dive in the slower downstream. It’s a bit chilly at first but once you emerge your whole self in the stream, you will actually feel warmer!

The great thing about this waterfall is that the water is not very deep (about 4 feet or so) if you stay a few feet from the base.

Think of a shampoo commercial with the water rush flowing down your hair and to your body, refreshing!

There's also a gift shop right by there and carry lots of cute souvenirs such as bookmarks, wooden boxes, all sorts of toucan decorations, t-shirts and essential stuff like ponchos.

I am grateful that we had a great tour guide (booked through Anywhere Costa Rica) who knew the waterfall well so that we can have some amazing fun!

Thank TaminatorSF
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

This was one of the best parts of our visit to this area. After the hike down its like you have arrived in paradise. Don't be afraid to take a dip. There is a life guard onsite. The cold water is so invigorating. You will not regret it. AWESOME!

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