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La Fortuna Waterfall

Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 106-4417, Costa Rica
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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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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 106-4417, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday

Your hotel can get this arranged for you, but there is a corral on the main road and you ride to the top of the falls and hike down. You have to take a moment to take in the view from the overlook. It something...More

Thank sweeper7
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful waterfall! Clean and cold water. Not a place for children or old people as the rocks are very slippery and the steps aren't done in all areas

Thank Noemi G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The most beautiful waterfall I have ever seen! I am glad we got to see and swim in it!! It's different from the US waterfalls because sometimes you aren't allowed to swim in them! It was a perfect way to get our Costa Rica trip...More

Thank DylanDPra
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you're in the area, definitely stop by La Fortuna Waterfall. The sheer power of the waterfall is incredible. After entering the park, you'll have a decent hike down to the waterfall, so be sure to take appropriate shoes (would recommend water shoes). You can...More

Thank TylerHeff
Reviewed 4 days ago

The hike down to the waterfall is a bit of work but definitely worth it! You can wade in the water near the waterfall as wall as in the calmer creek area.

Thank mikeronorato
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The waterfalls was beautiful. Quiet at the time I went. Had the waterfall almost to myself. Just 500 steps to the falls!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

A must see in Costa Rica. It wasn't very crowded when we were there. You can swim in the water. Very refreshing after the hike.

Thank Lori R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had the amazing opportunity to visit Arenal's majestic & powerful waterfall while on a Nature Lover's Combo Tour with the lady. We had a blast! The awesome sight of the waterfall cutting through the spectacular landscape is unforgettable. Taking a swim is highly encouraged so...More

Thank Christopher C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Head up the road north from La Fortuna, and turn left onto the road marked for the waterfall. Its a pleasant walk past the coffee plantation (also superb), and the Arenal Lodge (with free walking amongst its grounds, giving us our first sightings of toucans)....More

Thank Julian F
Reviewed 5 days ago

The La Fortuna falls were beautiful and nice to visit but were one of the most crowded attractions we visited during our stay in Costa Rica. There is a parking lot out front if you have your own car and we found a spot fairly...More

Thank JimHam4
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18 September 2017|
Response from sohler00 | Reviewed this property |
Everything is expensive! I think the bus is your cheapest option. We rented a car and it was well over $400 for the week. However, we enjoyed having our own transportation.
11 June 2017|
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Response from lee905 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response... I think he will be ok. I work out regularly and am in decent shape which made the hike easier. You don't have to go fast, you can take your time going up and there are spots to sit and rest of... More