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“A must-see, but might be busy”

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 young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Great little walk for only about $10 per person. Lovely views, but it was incredibly busy when we were there.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

The waterfall is beautiful and worth the climb back up afterwards! Past the waterfall is a private little beach that is worth the time to wade and rest at.

Thank ykonash
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

The description of the tour led us to believe that we would be riding to the falls. This was not to be. We ended up taking a pretty strenuous hike down approx. 500 steps to get to the falls, and then found that we could not cross over the stream directly to the base of the falls because it is reserved for another tour group. We managed to get there anyway, and the falls are beautiful. I was taken by surprise because the scene is a duplicate of Bash Bish Falls in Copake, NY, except that it does not split at the bottom. Beautifully clear water.

Thank Stephen S
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

It was steep to get to, hot, and humid (June), but refreshing when we arrived. A bit crowded with few places to sit near the swimming hole at the bottom of the falls.

Thank Michelle J
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Don't leave Arenal without experiencing La Fortuna Waterfall. It's beautiful, swimming is fun and it's an opportunity to meet new people. The hike down is a breeze, but the hike upwards can be challenging, but it's worth it. There's not a race to the top, so don't worry about the hike. I left inspired to get more in shape! This attraction was a part of a 4-in1 tour I found on - http://www.anywherecostarica.com/tours.

Thank Dataqueen333
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