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“Cold water but good karma”

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, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spectacular waterfall with two swimming pools. One right below the waterfall if you are a strong swimmer and one lower down with calm water and fishes. Both have lifeguards. Free entry for children 8 and under. Definitely a bucket list activity to swim in a waterfall plunge pool!

Thank Joe C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

500 steps down to thundering beautiful waterfall and cold water swim, then 500 steps back up. Definitely worth 2-3hr visit if you’re reasonably fit!

Thank Russell O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The waterfall is so beautiful! It's a popular attraction and was pretty busy when we visited. This attraction is worth seeing in my opinion. It is quite a hike down and especially back up. Swimming is allowed but the rocks are slippery and the water is ridiculously cold, The climb back up is challenging with nearly 500 steps back to the top. If you have health issues don't make the climb but still make the visit. There is a great observation deck with a lovely view at the top.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When visited during the off season, and this was a easy fun stop on our exploration. Here you find a large parking lot, paved paths with hardy rails down to the falls. There are many steps, so make sure everyone in your group is ready. Both the orchid path and path to the falls are worth while!
I can easily see this place being very crowded during the tourist season.

Thank Rainy l
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A parkinglot with changing facilities, restrooms, snachbar, softdrinks. Downstairs a beautiful waterfall into a pool with cold water , but once you are in it’s fine and refreshing . Not to much people . Up it goes again , 500 stairs . Beautiful place

Thank Christiane B
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