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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  • It's a looong trek down to the falls and an even longer trek up. But the falls are definitely worth it. It's also a really great place for a refreshing swim, either right by the falls or in calmer low...  more »
  • The waterfall was quite the hike down, and even more work getting back up - but wow, it was worth it! The water was really refreshing and we spent time just sitting and people watching. The waterfall ...  more »
  • We visited La Fortuna, it's a beautiful place to go, but the web offers discount for students. No specification are made if local or international. My kids bring the students ID from USA and they do n...  more »
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  • An amazing place you need to see! Kids are free. They take credit and adults are $15. Try to go early as it gets crowded later in day. Easy stair hike down and up. Saw howler monkeys and lots of bird, hummingbird and butterfly species. Nice gift shop.
  • Super fun place. Worth the 15$/person price. Swim in the waterfall and the stream after a 500 step hike down to the waterfall. The coffee at the store up top is good too.
  • Stunning falls, but can get a little busy with coach trips. If you're lucky, and early in the day, you could have much of the falls to yourself. Well worth a visit though.
  • Great place to visit and take a bath near the waterfall. A bit expensive as any touristic place in Costa Rica. 500 steps down to get to the waterfall and 500 more to get back to the restaurant and parking but it's worth. One of the best waterfalls in Costa Rica. Highly recommended.
  • Beautiful waterfall. Only a lot of tourist en really crowded.. and overpriced. If you cross the river there are opportunities to swim where is more quiet.