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“Only for the Fittest”

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, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 3 May 2018

500 steps down and 500 back up! Yes, you can see the waterfall from a platform without climbing but you will miss the experience of swimming/paddling in the clear waters of the waterfall.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

My wife and I drove from Tamarindo to check out La Fortuna and Lake Arenal. We went to the Waterfall and enjoyed the stunning view, and had a quick refreshing dip in the water at the base of the waterfall. Warning: if you are not in great health the trek up and down the steps is dangerous. Approximately 600 steps down and then back up of course. Overall it was worth it as it was stunning.

1  Thank Stephen D
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

It was a great “hike” down to the bottom of the waterfall and absolutely wonderful to swim in the water just in front of it. Definitely make the walk down!

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

I wouldn't hire a tour company to take you here. It's literally $15 to get in and you walk down to swim. The walk back up is fun too! But you really don't need a tour company for this one as you can get here easily by cab and then just walk down.

If you're in La Fortuna though, go here and don't miss the chance to swim. It's cold, but you get used to the temp quickly and you can get some epic photos of yourself in the water next to the waterfall. Definitely visit this place while you're there!

1  Thank garyvfl
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

This was an easy walk down many steps to a great waterfall where you can swim and the water was delightful. Unfortunately, it was really crowded. A little pricey but they definitely do a nice job with the upkeep of the property.

Thank carpaydm
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