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. Use our La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner to add La Fortuna Waterfall and other attractions to your La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation plans.
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  • This is a fairly easy walk down 100-150 steps to a waterfall with amazing force. You can get close to the waterfall-but cannot go in due to the strength of the falls. To the left of the falls you can....  more »
  • Expensive to get into the park but the waterfall is beautiful and swimming is allowed! It was busy but not over crowded. Friendly environment.  more »
  • The waterfall is very pretty, but it cost 25 CAD to visit and I decided it wasn't worth the price. It is a well mantained attraction, but you essentially just walk down the 500 stairs to see the...  more »
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  • This waterfall is reason enough to spend a day or two in La Fortuna At 200 feet high with a pool to swim in at the bottom or a stream for children this is the perfect place. I was able to have 90 minutes of fun with my 10 month old. 500 steps down and up is not an exaggeration. The cost of 20USD is worth it however you could not spend more then about 2 hours here without getting bored.
  • Awesome waterfall located in Costa Rica. The hike is quite long so come prepared with hiking shoes and sportswear. All ages can do it, just good physical condition is recommended. All right early to avoid the crowds as it gets crowded in high season. Very famous spots for travelers and tourist
  • Absolutely breathtaking!!! The scenery is amazing here and is definitely a MUST if you are visiting the area. My only complaint is it is a twenty minute walk up and down around 500 stairs, so if you are not fit, it is a very, very hard challenge.
  • The waterfall is a must go in Costa Rica. The hike has a tremendous structure in order for you to get to the fall and it's totally worth it. The water drop was really strong when we went there in November, so we're not able to swim on the main drop but down the river was ok
  • This 75ft waterfall is an image from your dreams. You walk down 500 stairs and can dip into the water to swim at the base of the waterfall. Or you can float in the water around a small bend where the current is calmer and the scene still breathtakingly beautiful with the jungle everywhere.
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