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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  • A great place, just a few minutes from the center of la Fortuna. To get you must download a few steps, crossing bridges and breaks, get to the waterfall! and have a good time surrounded by the beautiful nature of costa rica.
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  • Beautiful waterfall surrounded by nature! Absolutely recommend a visit, just keep in mind that to get there you have to walk down a path of very long treads that then you have to go back)
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  • At $15US per person, it's an expensive swim and water fall viewing. Water fall is picturesque; falling out of the jungle (but no match for Rio Celeste). The water is cool and the rocks surrounding it ...  more »