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“Awesome and refreshing waterfall”

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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

The waterfall was awesome. The water was so cool and refreshing. The waterfall was definitely worth the hike up and down the steps. There were a lot of fish by the swimming area. Btw, the rocks were very slippery.

Thank SaiManasa
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Well worth the 500 steps down and 500 steps back to the top. Get there early and bring a towel. They have a butterfly path as well as a orchid path.

Thank Jay T
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Nice waterfall as part of trail.Seen little frogs.insects and bird life.very good guide's who usually are bottonists

Thank Allison H
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

This is an amazing waterfall experience. Something like a 200' fall. There is an observation deck at the top before you walk down. This is a great place to take pictures, also a great place for those not as athletic for the journey to the bottom. Yes, it is a journey because you have to walk down to the base to really experience this waterfall, but you also have to walk back up. 500 steps. I don't know the calculations but your looking at close to 10 stories down and up. They do have plenty of seating along the way, bring water.

Thank FunLife411
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Came in the late afternoon. It wasnt too crowded but there were people all around. There is security watching for people not to swim in the waterfall area due to its high pressure. There is a separate area that you can swim & wade in the river and HIGHLY suggest wearing water shoes to protect your feet.
It was really beautiful & would absolutely come back.

Thank mojonrd22
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