La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Waterfall
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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  • WOW, what a great time we had in La Fortuna. one favorite afternoon trip was the beautiful waterfall. it was truly an amazing site, the waterfall can be seen almost the whole walk down which lets you ...  more »
  • This essentially a 500 stair walkway through a lush jungle to the bottom of a waterfall. There is a pool at the bottom of this gorgeous waterfall. The water was cold, but you can not pass up taking a ...  more »
  • We visited La Fortuna Waterfall during our stay in Arenal. And I couldn't believe my eyes, it was beautiful. Pictures does not do the waterfall justice. Wear comfortable shoes due to the fact you have...  more »
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  • This place is like coming out of a movie. When you get at the entrance to this area, you are aware that you'' come across a few minutes later. After you pass the ticket office, you start descending a long set of steps, built on the side of a cliff, covered with lush vegetation. A few minutes later, once you realize that there seems to be no end in sight (for the steps), you start thinking about the way up. Keep going! You will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful scenes once you get to the end of the steps. At the end of the steps, the waterfall lies to your right, while if you go to your left (just a few meters) you can swim in crystal-clear pools that have formed by the flow of the river. These pools are calm (not affected by the falling water) and are crystal-clear. Then, you can follow the river, up-stream, for a few meters and you get to the main lagoon where the water falls into. It's quite magical as you are the the level of the lagoon's water and you have a unique perspective when you look up to the falling water.... Enjoy!
  • If you wanted to show someone what makes Costa Rica so fun in less than an hour-and-a-half, the waterfall at La Fortuna is it. The $15 USD entry fee per person is a bit steep, but I'd say it's worth it. My biggest concern was how the kids would handle the return hike back up, but they had absolutely no problems. Great photo opportunities!
  • We bough t the ticket in our hotel, so we "only" paid 12$. The view is fantastic, we also enjoyed the orchids very much. The price for a waterfall is pretty steep though. I can only recommend to go there early in the morning - we got there 20 minutes after the opened and there was no one else!
  • Insanely beautiful, totally worth the $15 per person. Be prepared for some stairs. Bring some good water shoes. You can walk around barefoot if your feet aren't that sensitive but it can get a bit painful walking on rocks in the river. There are also some paths across the river, one leads to a hanging bridge. It was a pretty hike and not that far to the bridge.
  • Very Beautiful. Though it costs $15 to see it. You have to take many stairs down to the waterfall (20 min). My legs were trembling since it was such a hike. But the view was amazing. Make sure to bring a swim suit.