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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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Do it!”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

We combined a visit with a horse ride. The waterfalls are amazing! PLease note that you have a 20min walk down some steep steps to get to the falls and be aware that you have to walk back up! However it was worth it. Take some sandals / dive shoes if you want a dip as the rocks get slippy!

Visited August 2013
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San Carlos, California
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“Great Hike / Beautiful Waterfall”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Totally work the visit and hike! Parked at trailhead park. Easy to find, family friendly. First part of the trail is steep. Waterfall pool is great for swimming.

Visited July 2013
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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“La Fortuna Waterfall”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Great attraction need to have a good condition to climb the stairs but its worth it. The community of La Fortuna are doing a great job with the place still needs work but its a breath taking expirience.

Visited September 2013
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DC
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“Gorgeous”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

$10 per person admission fee, but the hike is fast and the water is crystal clear, perfect temperature and the falls are beautiful. If you are in La fortuna, you should not miss this.

Visited September 2013
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Rochester, Minnesota
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“Waterfall hike and swim”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Loved the hike to the falls. It is a fabulous workout with a gorgeous view. If you are not able to do 10 minutes on a stair stepper at a pretty good pace, you might want to consider getting in shape BEFORE attempting this trail. (or plan on taking a very long time to get back to the top) We passed more than a few very winded tourists standing red faced and gasping for air on the stairs at various points on the way back up. Our group two women 44 & 47 and two teenaged girls, both 17, found it quite doable, but we could have used more water for the climb back up. So worth the hike. The swim at the bottom was exhilarating. Lots of good energy.

Visited June 2013
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