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“$10 for a wonderful sight”

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.
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“$10 for a wonderful sight”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

In Costa Rica they charge you $10 for about anything. It is a somewhat difficult hike down the stairs (and back up) if you are in less than average shape. It is very beautiful though. Best time to go is when they open between 8 and 9 am to avoid the crowds.

Visited April 2013
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“Majestic Nature”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

After a short treck down to the base of this awe-inspiring waterfall, we went for a short dip in the pool surrounding it. Water was cooollld! Also--be sure to wear proper water foot-gear, as getting into the water was a bit tricky, and there are only rocks to sit on, you must leave your belongings on the rocks. Be prepared for a steep hike back up, but it was totally worth it!

Visited April 2013
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“Great view but 450 steps are hard in hot weather.”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

The waterfall was beautiful and the water was refreshingly cold at the bottom. The hike is tough though.

Visited April 2013
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Raleigh, NC
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“Beautiful, but be prepared!”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is a spectacular waterfall .... well worth the treacherous hike down and strenuous walk back up the numerous steps!! But be aware that this isn't for everyone .... I actually thought that the walk down was more dangerous. There are numerous places where one could take a serious fall; at the time we were going down it was raining heavily, adding to the slippery conditions. Going back up was more strenuous, but didn't feel as dangerous. Just make certain you wear shoes with good soles .... not a place for flip flops. This is worth the walk if you are in good condition and are wearing proper shoes.

Visited April 2013
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“Amazing Waterfall”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

The most amazing waterfall I have seen in Costa Rica. It is quite a hike down to the waterfall and even more challenging getting back up, but it is worth the sweat and hard breathing. You will need to cross the river to get to see the full effect of the waterfall, so you may want to come with bathing suit and water shoes; we did not.
Once on the other side of the rocks, you will see a spectacular waterfall!
We also did the horseback riding available and visited some local Indian tribe. They also have zip line which go high above the waterfall but we did not do these.

Visited March 2013
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