La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna de San Carlos
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A short drive from town, La Fortuna Waterfall offers an idyllic place for swimming, picnicking, and relaxing. Fed by the Arenal River, which winds its way through the rainforest before plunging dramatically over a steep cliff, this waterfall forms a large pool at the base of a dormant volcano. Lifeguards remain on duty throughout the day, while modern facilities like restrooms and showers ensure a comfortable visit in a lush area noted for thick vegetation and abundant wildlife. Prepare for a short but arduous hike to the base of the waterfall by wearing shoes suitable for slippery and uneven terrain. To visit La Fortuna Waterfall on your holiday in La Fortuna de San Carlos, and find out what else La Fortuna de San Carlos has to offer, use our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner.
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  • There are many stairs for ascent (and descent, but these are easy...), however there is an area beside the waterfall for swimming and is appreciated. There are also changing rooms up to get the swimsuit. It is a recommended excursion for nature.
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  • The views are absolutely beautiful! It's about 500 steps down & then back up but totally worth it! Depending on the weather you can soak up in the natural water. Must do! 
  • Long climb down to the bottom, approximately 500 steps. Lovely spot for a swim at the bottom... tough climb up. Changing facilities available at the top.