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“Beatiful”

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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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“Beatiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

It was challenging to walk up and down but very nice once you are downthere and jump in the water fall.
Very close from Fbortuna down town

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful Rain forest Waterfall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

This is absolutely a beautiful place, but be aware - there are 480 steep steps down which is not too much of a problem, but coming back up is pretty strenuous. Just take your time and take breaks. Worth it though! Water was very cold in October.

Visited October 2013
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“gotta go!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

if you are in La Fortuna, must see.... take a dip in the main pool.... take pics... not guide needed, just take a cab and bathing suit... ENJOY!

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

This is absolutely beautiful, but be aware - there are a lot of steep steps down which is not a problem - coming back out is pretty strenuous! Worth it though! Water was very cold in April!

Visited April 2013
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“Must Go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

I went during "wet" season and I must say- 90% of the time was still nice enough to explore.
La Fortuna waterfall was easy to get to and worth the trip. It was my personal highlight of the trip.
There is a nice place to the left of the waterfall itself where you can swim around and enjoy the view. TRULY magical.

Visited October 2013
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