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“Pretty powerful”

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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Pretty powerful”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

We went during rainy season so there was no way to get in and enjoy the water as it was too powerful, but just looking at it was enough for us. Its a bit of a hike to get down to, but its not too bad.

Visited June 2014
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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Really Cool”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

Great place to take the family. Really cool place! Cant wait to return. The water is freezing, but its very refreashing. Nice change from the hot springs that are also really cool. Must Go!

Visited July 2014
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london
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

Would certainly recommend a visit to the waterfall, but would check first whether the water level is suitable for getting into the water which was what made it most fun.
We wanted to return, but the day we wanted to do so, they forbade swimming.

Visited July 2014
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Montclair, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful!!”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

Amazing waterfall. It is massive. Really a must see. We loved it. We went there as part of our ziplining package with Mundo adventura. But you can get there by hiking. Great swimming spot. Totally beautiful.

Visited July 2014
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Menton, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fortuna waterfall”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

Great waterfall, very tall, and you can swim when you get there. Water was a bit murky but not too cold even in rainy season

Visited July 2014
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