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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  • We loved seeing the view of the waterfall. We were hoping to do some actual hiking. The experience is 500 steps down to see the amazing waterfall on a platform and then the 500 steps back up. Worth th...  more »
  • Beautiful place. They charge you for the entrance to the park. The road is 530 steps approx. the place is very careful and signposted, there are rest points, and at the entrance a hydration point. The waterfall is beautiful worth every step, there is a viewpoint and you can also bathe in it. A beautiful adventure. There are bathrooms and a restaurant. Recommendation to go with comfortable shoes, insect repellent, swimsuit and sunscreen.
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  • Absolutely beautiful - definitely worth visiting. $18 per person. There is a nice cafe with decent food and drinks a platform where you can see the waterfall. Then you can make your way down to the water which is quite a few steps so I definitely recommend good grip shoes or trainers. You can also swim in the water by the waterfall however the stones can be quite slippery so take care. 10/10
  • Magical & refreshing! Beautiful waterfall with a lovely view on top & trail to reach down. The natural pool on the left is very refreshing but lovely on a warm day. Must see!
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