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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  • August 16, 2017
    We went to see the waterfall of the River Fortune. It dropped us to the 500 steps down but gave us the same... most authentic. The spectacular views. Fresh water and the great waterfall. A highly recommended excursion!
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  • August 16, 2017
    If you are near you must visit this place, it will take you no more than 2 hours and you will get a great view from the top and from the river, it is very easy to walk down to the river and back. You ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    My boyfriend and I took over and swam by the waterfall since we arrived in La Fortuna. The waterfall is located in a beautiful rainforest, which you have to go down through to get to it. It can be a bit difficult to get down to the water as there is stone mainly around, but clearly worth it, although the water was cold.
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  • June 13, 2017
    An amazing place you need to see! Kids are free. They take credit and adults are $15. Try to go early as it gets crowded later in day. Easy stair hike down and up. Saw howler monkeys and lots of bird, hummingbird and butterfly species. Nice gift shop.
  • June 11, 2017
    Super fun place. Worth the 15$/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.
  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 6, 2017
    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.
  • June 20, 2017
    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.

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