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“Long way down but worth it”

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: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Over 500 steps down....I recommend packing a lunch...walk down and enjoy the view have lunch...while resting and enjoying the view..then take the hike back up...

Thank chowjudge
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Well worth the hike if you are in La Fortuna, great falls, not the best for swimming, kind of dangerous.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

For a family of 11, it was not worth it. It cost us $90 to enter the park. The 400+ stairs leading down to the waterfall was too much for my mom, so she had to stay back, even after paying her $10. The waterfall was lovely, but I have had the good fortune to see many other waterfalls that were more beautiful and more impressive. It was rainy and a bit chilly, so our kids didn't want to swim in the river below the falls. I know many people love this excursion. It had come highly recommended to us. I would not repeat it and would be reluctant to recommend it.

Thank Lisa P
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is not a difficult hike, but it is many steps down and back so do yourself a favor and wear appropriate footwear! We went early in the morning, and loved the hike and the waterfall! Beautiful area and well worth the $10 per person!

Thank Chacogreen
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Really beautiful spot. Walk to and from was a little irritating as the steps are exactly the wrong height and they are made of these uneven paving squares that are hard to walk on.

Thank eajs
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