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La Fortuna Waterfall

Open Now: 07:00 - 17:00
Open today: 07:00 - 17:00
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“swimming area”(94 reviews)
“la fortuna”(573 reviews)
“take your time”(161 reviews)
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...more
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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 106-4417, Costa Rica
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All reviews swimming area la fortuna take your time steep hike entrance fee worth the effort cold water slippery rocks water shoes worth the trip nice hike the river flip flops horseback ride costa rica steps base
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Reviewed today via mobile

It’s a hike down to the waterfall but it is very worth it. The views are amazing and the water is crystal clear. Saw many fish in the river and lizards on the trails. It has a lot of tourists and is a little pricey...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ashlynen2018
Reviewed today via mobile

Definitely must do in the arenal area. Worth every one for he 500 steps! Beautiful! The stairs are well maintained and we were able to go up no problem. Kids swam in the pools near waterfall.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank donnasbtravel
Reviewed yesterday

We went through Way to Go Tours and weren't sure it would be worth it but it was my 4 kids (ages 15, 13, 11 and 10) favorite outing. We were met by a friendly guide (I can't remember his name but he was great...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jen R
Reviewed yesterday

I loved this waterfall, it was so large and natural. You can swim in the waterfall and its pools as well. You do have to climb a bunch of stairs down and back up. I booked a tour with a nearby horse stable where they...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank noraeqb
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely views of the waterfall and the surrounding area I think it's well worth the amount of steps to see it especially if you decided to take a dip it the water below,

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank michaelpF3505IY
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's the most expensive waterfall I have ever visited in my life (I saw 200+ waterfalls), and not the most spectacular one. While charging $15 per person, they don't even bother to say they your have to walk hundreds of stairs. Some people who can't...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank aqua-aqua-aqua
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful falls! 509 steps down then back up. Bring water and swimsuit. Takes about 15- 20 minutes to get down or less depending on how long you break for.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank vamartinez05
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of steps to get to the falls. 500 steps according to the brochure, but they are easy to do. Modern and safe to get to the falls. The experience at the falls is worth the hike!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 72keriu
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a must see spot. Absolutely beautiful! My bf and i came here and it was definitely worth it. Entrance fee is very reasonable, and the veiws are incredible. There were quite a few people around, but it was still worth the trip. You...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TAKthevikingprincess
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This water Fall is beautiful. The height is only surpassed by the roar of the water at the bottom. It is a must do when visiting La Fortuna. Make sure your camera is water resistant as the bottom of the falls is misty.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Anthony R
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Elizabeth N
5 July 2018|
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Response from nikeshka | Reviewed this property |
20 minutes to go down, 1 hour hanging out and about 40 minutes climb back! It’s 500 steps.
Karen O
12 March 2018|
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Response from bizgrrl | Reviewed this property |
You can just show up! I don't remember seeing any zip lining or hiking.
7 March 2018|
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Response from Tsturgess | Reviewed this property |
Self guide it's really only down 500 steps and up, restaurant/cafe at top will call you a cab