La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall
4.5
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Fortuna River Waterfall is a natural area managed sustainably by Integral Development Association of La Fortuna (ADIFORT), a non-profit organization, having as its main objective to ensure the well-being and growth of La Fortuna community; projects that are possible to run thanks to funds raised by the visit of each tourist to this natural space. La Fortuna Waterfall is located in a biological reserve with an area of 210 acres of transition premontane tropical wet forest, part of the Arenal Volcano National Park and is located at 520 meters over the sea level, where there are sources of our mountains and the waters of La Fortuna River. To observe this splendid 70 meters high waterfall, visitors must pass a path of approximately 530 steps, which offers greater security to its passage and comfortable areas for rest and hydration through a forest with native trees of the area.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Georgia M
    Lincoln, United Kingdom483 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit!
    A really beautiful and impressive waterfall! A short walk down a series of stairs will take you straight to the fall. Though do beware, it gets VERY busy, very early! We got there for just after 8am (a few people already there) and by the time we were leaving closer to 9am it was already filling up with plenty of people.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Mynelle H
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-do in Costa Rica!
    We stayed in La Fortuna Costa Rica, and the first site we visited was the Waterfall there. We ate in their cafeteria. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was traditional, the service was good. Because we also wanted to see Arenal Volcano that afternoon, and because I walk with a cane, we opted not to ascend and descend the 500+ steps to "play in" and see the waterfall up close, but instead walked to the first platform for viewing or Mirador for disabled people. We got an excellent view of the waterfall, be it at a distance. We would recommend La Foruna Waterfall to anyone going to Costa Rica.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Jorge V
    San Jose, Costa Rica481 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sights, but a bit of a climb back up
    The path down to the waterfall is well set up and safe to do for pretty much anyone. I saw people with small kids and older folks doing it. Just keep in mind that it's a very vertical hike, so there are lots of steps (about 500, I think they say). That's not much of a problem on the way down, but coming back up requires quite a bit of effort! The waterfall is totally worth the descent. It's really and beautiful, and you can spend sometime at the base and swim, relax, and cool off (the water is cold!). It's a fun outdoor activity that takes at least a couple of hours.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Stephanie C
    New Jersey42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely stunning!
    Be prepared to walk down a lot of steps and then back up. I forget exactly how many… I think 600. Beautiful scenery and then you arrive at the falls which are breathtaking. You can enjoy a swim as well! The water was cold at first but it feels refreshing after walking all those steps. Definitely a must see
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 November 2023
  • Phileas Fogg
    Paris, France673 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    A wonderful outing well deserved by a shuttle service. After a little walk with beautiful views you can swim in fresh water. I recommend to come early morning to avoid the crowd. It's stunning and very relaxing. It's definitely a must do while around the Arenal volcano. Outstanding!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 December 2023
  • CSS
    Apex, North Carolina16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful waterfall, but 500+ steps to climb.
    Beautiful waterfall but the toughest part is climbing up back after the visit with 500+ steps. It is around 70 meters high. So it looks good and the area where it falls is small and we can enjoy the mist coming out. It is Little Rock’s going towards the water and also slippery.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 January 2024
  • Mike R
    Aurora, Illinois67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    La Fortuna Waterfall
    We did this one by ourselves. Family loved getting down there and jumping in the waters (although very cold) and to see the amazing views of the waterfall. There are a lot of steps, so that is what makes this a 4 star. But worth the effort if you are going to go into the waters.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 January 2024
  • chattygirl7491
    11,307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    lots of stairs but very cool waterfall.
    We took expensive ride to get to the waterfall. we had read it was over 500 stairs. there where areas to sit and rest and we definitely did. I was literally worried one or both of us would have a cardiac incident. but the falls were amazing and I dont regret doing it. my husband totally didn't want to do the stairs but I'd hate to go there and just see the view from the top. bring some water and ya never know if might rain.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 January 2024
  • PJD65
    2,106 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great to see but not easy if you are not fit
    The La Fortuna waterfall is definitely worth a visit and is very impressive. At $20USD entry an adult, it may seem overpriced but it goes toward the protection and upkeep of the place. We went around 3 in the afternoon so not too busy and we enjoyed a swim. In La Fortuna, it is a must do
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 January 2024
  • Olivia P
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get there early and have the falls to yourself!
    Highly recommend this experience! We thought the admission price was a bit steep, but it was worth every penny, especially if you spend some time down there around the waterfall! We arrived right when they open (7:00 AM) and we had the entire trail and waterfall to ourselves for 30 minutes! I highly recommend arriving early to beat the crowd -- imagine having a 246 foot waterfall to yourself! It was amazing. We swam (carefully) in the foot of the falls also. 10/10!!!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 January 2024
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Adi M
Boise, ID8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Highly recommended hike, easy 500 steps down. Bring your bathing suits.
There are benches down there to change cloths. Enjoy
Written 12 July 2024
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Amy F
Dover, NH25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We visited the waterfall after a night of rain but were still able to swim although, we only went in so far as the water from the falls was so strong. We are New Englanders so the water felt very refreshing and not too cold.
We took lots of photos and enjoyed the falls. It was very crowded with people. Be aware that there are 500+ stairs to go down and come back up. Our Guide was very patient and encouraging as we climbed but it was a lot but definitely worth it!
Written 11 July 2024
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PaulColman
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Fantastic place, be prepared for the steps down, but it's worth it.
I don't like cold water, it's cold . Just go for it & jump in & swim with the fish 🐟
Written 11 July 2024
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Alison C
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My partner and I had a romantic visit to La Fortuna Waterfall. The jungle hike was enchanting, and the waterfall was mesmerizing. Swimming in the clear waters together was a highlight. It was moderately crowded, but the natural beauty made it memorable. Perfect for couples seeking a romantic escape!
Written 2 July 2024
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Storyteller700618
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Very powerful waterfall close to town. View is amazing. I don't have proper stats but it didn't feel like 600meter elevation loss/gain that the signs advertise. Felt much less of a hike down or up. Also, if it's not raining hard you can swim in the waterfall but only in theory. The water is very powerful there are lots of waves and it doesn't look like a gentle swim at all. However, just 100ft downstream there is a calmer pond that everyone can swim in.
Written 27 June 2024
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amber m
Whitesburg, KY20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful place but you better be ready for tons of steps and be in shape. 572 steps down, 572 steps straight up. Lots of swimming at the bottom though water stays very cold
Written 27 June 2024
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Anthony32865
Hermitage, PA75 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We were visiting the waterfall which was wonderful. My issue was with the staff working there. After visiting the waterfall my wife was getting changed in the changing rooms. She accidentally forget her phone. She realized this when we got back to our hotel. The manager said the falls were closed and they said that they searched where she said she had left it but it was not there. We did find it on my iPhones and saw it was there. We made arrangements to go back the next morning when it first opened. Later that evening we noticed it had left the waterfall and gone to a small nearby town. We had already locked it remotely and left a message on the screen that it was lost and to please call my number. Our concierge contacted the local police but they said they couldn’t help that evening and to contact them again the next day. When we got up the next day, it was still in the small town. We planned on going to the police station to file a report and show them where the phone was located. In the mean time, the phone went back to the waterfall. Our concierge called them again and they said there had been no phones found. She told them we had contacted the police and had the location on my cell phone and were on our way there to try to help locate it. In the ten minutes it took to get to the waterfall when we got there the manager said one cellphone had been turned in. She said it had fallen behind a toilet area. Surprisingly it was missing the case. We were happy to get it back but disappointed about the circumstances and lack of accountability.
Written 24 June 2024
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sean r
Midwest City, OK125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
There’s 500 steps down and 500 back up but the view is worth every step. You can get reservations and expedite the entry, we didn’t and felt it only added a few minutes on to our adventure.
Written 24 June 2024
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Johnny Trekkie
San Diego, CA11,204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This might be the most popular thing to do in Arenal? While there are entitled tourists whom think it might be too organized, too monetized, too touristy, too well mapped out, and too expensive...La Fortuna Waterfall is still a great visit! The short steep hike is well paved with lots of safe steps and handrails. There are nice benches along the way, as this is an exhausting hike due to the heat and humidity! The end is worth it, the waterfall is spectacular! Unfortunately it was closed for swimming due to the strong currents.

$20 entry fee does seem a little much, but you've probably noticed by now that most Costa Ricans are living pretty poor overall compared to us spoiled Americans.
Written 16 June 2024
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margaretyantraveler
Dallas, TX2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
La Fortuna Waterfall offers a serene escape into Costa Rica's rainforests. The hike to its base reveals exotic flora and fauna, while the cascading waters create a mesmerizing spectacle. It's a tranquil spot to unwind and reconnect with nature's beauty.
Written 12 June 2024
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