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La Fortuna Waterfall
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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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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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I visited the falls last week. The hike in and out is short but fairly strenuous. They are in the process of putting in some very nice steps that will make the walking much safer and more secure. Definitely worth the hike if you are in the area!

Visited January 2014
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“awesome”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

Beautiful! Hide down to the waterfall was fun! Not suggested for people who have a hard time walking. 500 stairs to the bottom.

Visited June 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Go to Waterfall with Alberto's Horses”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

We traveled to the waterfall via Alberto's Horses and it was across the board the most favorite thing we did on our 12 day trip to Costa Rica. See my more detailed review of Alberto's Horses on the La Fortuna Attractions link. Great Time.. The hike down and up back up to the top is a somewhat intense experience but dont loose faith my 3 1/2 year old Daughter and 4 1/2 year old son both did it with only 1 short rest stop.

Visited January 2014
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Waterloo, Canada
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“Probably shouldn't swim at the base...but man it was fun”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

This is a great Waterfall. We hiked Cerro Chato from Arenal Observatory Lodge and ended the hike with a swim at the Waterfall. Its a very full day, but was my favorite of my whole trip :)

Visited November 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Beautiful and cold!”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

It was incredible! However, it costs $10 per person and you have to be willing to hike 20 minutes down uneven steep trail/stairs in order to reach the water. It's worth it! you can even jump in and swim if you can handle some cold yet refreshing waving water.

Visited January 2014
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