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La Fortuna Waterfall

Open Now: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
La Fortuna Waterfall Admission Ticket
From US$ 15.00*
La Fortuna Waterfall Admission Ticket
From US$ 15.00*
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“swimming area”(85 reviews)
“la fortuna”(535 reviews)
“take your time”(149 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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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 worth the trip water shoes nice hike the river horseback ride costa rica steps base pool
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our first day in Costa Rica did not disappoint with a trip to the La Fortuna waterfall. I had low expectations purely based on any other waterfall I’ve been to visit BUT this particular waterfall is breathtaking. The hike down is a nice stroll and...More

1  Thank Hutclis
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Easy 500 stairs down. 3 year old tackled it no problem. Good restaurant. Beautiful falls. Nice swim. In and out in 2 hours.

1  Thank mikematika
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

La Fortuna is a beautiful waterfall! Well worth the hike down to see it's beauty. My wife and I got great pictures at the falls (yes there is two waterfalls) even though it was raining. Be aware that the restaurant and gift shop are over...More

1  Thank 34brandond
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful waterfall...but you have to get to it. 500 steps down, with scenic beauty enroute....but, no ride back up...so,be prepared. You can swim near the falls depending on the water level. Watch the rocks..they are slippery.

Thank WorldTvlerParker_CO
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful area, better waterfall at llanos de Cortez, but still worth the trip. Nice swimming area and exercise for the day.

Thank Carmen512
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a nice place to visit, though it is a really touristic attraction, I mean it is an easy place to visit because the environment is prepared but it is not as natural as it may seem in the picture because probably you'll have...More

Thank MarM933
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To see the waterfall you need to be able bodied and not have mobility issues. Many stairs down and then up!! The waterfall is in sort of a bowl with a swimming area for the brave hearted. There is also a more tame area where...More

Thank Nadineayc
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful waterfall of course but loads of people go there and I find it quite expensive to pay $15US just for the access. Nice to be able to go for a swim but I found it annoying to go around with all the people. Definitely...More

Thank Danyboy8
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s 500 steep steps, but totally worth it! Don’t get too close to the waterfall, it will suck you in. Also, it’s best to bring a surfer or diver’s shirt, the water is pretty cold.

Thank Reinhard-HIS
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the waterfall and got to swim in both the waterfall and river while we were there. It was a lot of fun and were impressed with how well done it was (i.e upscale facilities, paths, and staff on site). Definitely check out...More

Thank ryanfromcanada1
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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.
Rob B
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