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“OMG !!! This place is AMAZING.”

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.
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Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States
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“OMG !!! This place is AMAZING.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

Great place to visit and very affordable $10, the ride is very bumpy but it was sooooo worth it. Crystal clear frio, frio water and amazing waterfall, great swimming. This is NOT for people out of shape, you have to go down over 500 steps that you must crawl back UP ! Great experience, very nice and friendly people.

Visited June 2013
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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“The 500 steps to Bliss !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

Totally worth it... We spent about 3 hours here and arrived later in the afternoon. There were about 15 people there very quiet. Tried on several occassions to swim to the waterfall, but failed ! The power was just amazing. Cold water, but so very refreshing. There is a huge tree that has fallen and you can jump from it, but please note it is only about 5-6ft deep so I do not suggest a dive and jump as far out as you can. We packed our small back packs with towels, water, camera's and light snacks. You may want bug spray too as they loved me !! The hike back up the steps was fun and once at the top I was sure my legs had been left behind as I could not feel them. Once again this is a must. No guide needed, but I do suggest hiking boots or tennis shoes. Not flip flops.

Visited June 2013
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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“Quite an incline! But worth every step!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

It is quite a climb and the reason it gets crowded at times is the tour buses stop there. Go before noon and the crowds are less. I think the tour buses bring people there in the afternoon to cool off. The stairs are really steep going down and of course high coming up. The waterfall is beautiful and the water really clean and beautiful. You need to be in some shape to make it but there is no hurry so you can take your time. Remember you are in a rain forest so be prepared. There are about 500 stairs one way.

Visited June 2013
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Alexandria, Va
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“Stunning must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

This was a short hike and an amazing view. If it's hot enough out, a swim here would have been amazing.

Visited June 2013
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Arkansas
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“Beautiful But Touristy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

The waterfall is beautiful. The water was cool but refreshing. My problem was that it was fairly crowded. It was like a big tourist attraction (which is exactly what it is.) It is a very long and steep hike to the waterfall and back. The stairs are very tall in places and you will definitely want to be in somewhat decent shape if you attempt the climb.
Would I go back? No. I'd look for more secluded ways to experience Costa Rica, but if you don't mind the crowd it will probably be very enjoyable.

Visited June 2013
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