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La Fortuna Waterfall
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US$15.00*
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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 young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Beautiful waterfall and lovely refreshing swimming hole at the bottom! I debated whether I could manage the stairs, as I had an injured knee. With walking poles, taking it slow I managed fine thanks to the well kept stairs and trail and the sturdy hand rail. So happy I didn't miss out!

Thank Joannecalder
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

It’s quite a trip down and an exhausting trip back up (600+ stair like steps) but worth it! You may swim at the bottom but it is cold! Bring water, towel, and water shoes. There’s also a gift shop and snack bar there.

Thank Traveling_with_3kidz
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Wonderful sight to see in La Fortuna. Within the rainforest, the waterfall offers a magnificent view and a place to take a refreshing dip on the hot days.

When we went price was $15 a person just to enter. Not a place where I’d say a tour is necessary, but it may be included in a tour you book with a company for La Fortuna.

The entrance is at the top of the hill/mountain and requires you to take a lot of stairs down to the waterfall. This also means you have to go back up the stairs which may be difficult for some so be forewarned.

Once at the waterfall you can swim in the area after the long journey down! Overall probably a 2-hr experience depending on how long you want to stick around and swim in the waters.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

We've been to the waterfalls years ago and it is nice to see they have upgraded the stairs and raliling to get down. They are busy so go early when the tour busses have not arrived yet. A must do/see when in the area.

Thank MT5700
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

The hike up from La Fortuna and then down to the waterfall was totally worth it. The currents are intense but there are life guards on spot so you're safe while cooling down.

Thank Dennis S
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