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“Take a bathing suit and plenty of water”

La Fortuna Waterfall
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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 young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed March 14, 2014

This was our second activity after hanging bridges. The waterfall itself is lovely. Make sure you wear water shoes and take a bathing suit so you can enjoy a dip near the waterfall. Also make sure you have plenty of water for the trip back up those stairs.There are a lot of stairs so if you are not in good health, be careful and pace yourself. And don't plan any other physically taxing activity for the day.

Thank Jaya T
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

This was the first, as well as the largest waterfall in Costa Rica that we saw on this trip. It was definitely a sight to see, from so many different angles. The only disadvantage of this was the stairs! It was probably about a five minute walk to get there, but it was almost straight down. The view is beautiful, but you just have to be careful not to slip or fall. However, while we were there they were in mid-construction of putting in a new, much nicer sidewalk down to the waterfall. So that is definitely a plus for the future.

I would 110% make sure that you have water shoes when you go. Without them it will be really rough. There were a few people in our group that didn't have them and they were really regretting it. They aren't very expensive and you'll most likely use them again on your trip.

Lastly, I loved that you were able to go as far down stream as you wanted. We hung out by the waterfall for a good amount of time and then we started exploring. We encountered some small fish, beautiful mini waterfalls and some nice rocks that we sprawled out and relaxed on for a while.

I would love to go back if i could, and would recommend this for sure.

Thank MikeMode1856
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Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

As part of our tour in Arenal , our Costa Rica Expeditions guide led us down the steep trail to the beautiful waterfall . Some travelers swam in the pools. We saw a Blue mondo butterfly here!

Thank northwoodsgal61
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

This is very cool piece of nature to experience.The pathway down to the waterfall is a fairly difficult. Once you make it to the bottom the pool at the base of the waterfall is very beautiful. Access to the pool is somewhat difficult (I recommend having some water shoes with a hard sole). The current is very strong in the pool, and it will push you back onto the rocks you climbed over to get in the water so be careful. There is another side at the base of the steps that you can swim in as well. This side is much easier to access than the other (but not as fun). Overall great and cheap experience, and the best $5 deal I had in Costa Rica.

Thank Jake B
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

Beautiful Site and worth a visit. Not a lot of places where you can experience this, its almost serene.

PROS:
- Beautiful Scenery
- Amazing Hike Down the trail with the waterfall in the background

CONS:
- Long hike back up the trail, very steep and rocky so if you're not very healthy, I would recommend taking your time
- Swimming can be dangerous if you're not a good swimmer. The way the falls come down, there's the possibility it could pull you under but a lifeguard was near by making sure you come no where close :)

TIPS:
- Bring comfortable shoes hiking down and back
- If the kids want to play by the water, there's a separate path to the left of the waterfall with shallow water where kids can play.
- Bathrooms only available at the top, so go before you hike down.

Thank jvmoney
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