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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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful and "steppy"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Amazingly beautiful with alot of steps. You could swim right into the cascade but hope no trees or rocks are coming with the water.

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

It was a long walk to get to the falls, but definitely worth it! Such a beautiful area. You can stay as long as you like and swim around the falls. You can also wade through the creek leading away from the falls.

Visited February 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Lots of steps, lovely falls”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

Be prepared for a lot of steps - but it's worth it. Really impressive falls.

You can - either through swimming or *very careful* rock climbing - get across the stream and onto the far bank, which leads behind the waterfall. Not sure if it's technically allowed (a park operator called us back when we got partway around) but it's spectacular from the rear side.

Visited March 2013
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winchcombe
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“Good experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

You don't need to go on a guided tour!! Lots of people were being persuaded to do this as a tour, but you can just turn up ( pay your entrance fee) and walk down yourself. We felt sorry for those there with a guide, hovering whilst they enjoyed the cool waters. We were able to take our time and stay as long as we wished - and it was a lot cheaper to DIY!

Visited March 2013
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“Beautifull waterfall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

Horseback ridding to the Fall, walk through the gorge to the falls ...amazing scenery and view complete with swimming at base ... it doesnt get any better !

Visited April 2012
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