La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall
4.5
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Fortuna River Waterfall is a natural area managed sustainably by Integral Development Association of La Fortuna (ADIFORT), a non-profit organization, having as its main objective to ensure the well-being and growth of La Fortuna community; projects that are possible to run thanks to funds raised by the visit of each tourist to this natural space. La Fortuna Waterfall is located in a biological reserve with an area of 210 acres of transition premontane tropical wet forest, part of the Arenal Volcano National Park and is located at 520 meters over the sea level, where there are sources of our mountains and the waters of La Fortuna River. To observe this splendid 70 meters high waterfall, visitors must pass a path of approximately 530 steps, which offers greater security to its passage and comfortable areas for rest and hydration through a forest with native trees of the area.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • ChicagoMom0411
    Chicago, Illinois40 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stretch before going!
    The waterfall and surrounding are beautiful! I swam in the river below the rapids and it was wonderful! My kids (18 &22) loved climbing on the rocks. All of our calfs were sore after the walk down (483 steps) and REALLY sore after going back up. I have some health issues, so I left before the rest of the group and took my time climbing back up and was glad I did.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Camper08201634457
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Amazing! Quite a few stairs down, but no hiking otherwise. The waterfall itself is beautiful, and swimming in the pool at its base surrounded by lush green is like something out of a fantasy book. Most reviews said to only plan on spending an hour or two here, but I could have easily have packed snacks and spent half a day or more. Highly suggest checking this one out!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Nishka M
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking!
    Breathtaking waterfall! Lots of steps however, but definitely worth the hike. Be careful by the rocks near the waterfall, they are covered in algae and very slippery so I didn’t feel comfortable going too much into the water. But the surrounding river is much calmer and you can enjoy a swim there! Couldn’t stop taking photos, and make sure to check out the viewpoint from the top!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Georgia M
    Lincoln, United Kingdom483 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit!
    A really beautiful and impressive waterfall! A short walk down a series of stairs will take you straight to the fall. Though do beware, it gets VERY busy, very early! We got there for just after 8am (a few people already there) and by the time we were leaving closer to 9am it was already filling up with plenty of people.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Mynelle H
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-do in Costa Rica!
    We stayed in La Fortuna Costa Rica, and the first site we visited was the Waterfall there. We ate in their cafeteria. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was traditional, the service was good. Because we also wanted to see Arenal Volcano that afternoon, and because I walk with a cane, we opted not to ascend and descend the 500+ steps to "play in" and see the waterfall up close, but instead walked to the first platform for viewing or Mirador for disabled people. We got an excellent view of the waterfall, be it at a distance. We would recommend La Foruna Waterfall to anyone going to Costa Rica.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Jorge V
    San Jose, Costa Rica476 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sights, but a bit of a climb back up
    The path down to the waterfall is well set up and safe to do for pretty much anyone. I saw people with small kids and older folks doing it. Just keep in mind that it's a very vertical hike, so there are lots of steps (about 500, I think they say). That's not much of a problem on the way down, but coming back up requires quite a bit of effort! The waterfall is totally worth the descent. It's really and beautiful, and you can spend sometime at the base and swim, relax, and cool off (the water is cold!). It's a fun outdoor activity that takes at least a couple of hours.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Stephanie C
    New Jersey42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely stunning!
    Be prepared to walk down a lot of steps and then back up. I forget exactly how many… I think 600. Beautiful scenery and then you arrive at the falls which are breathtaking. You can enjoy a swim as well! The water was cold at first but it feels refreshing after walking all those steps. Definitely a must see
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 November 2023
  • Phileas Fogg
    Paris, France625 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    A wonderful outing well deserved by a shuttle service. After a little walk with beautiful views you can swim in fresh water. I recommend to come early morning to avoid the crowd. It's stunning and very relaxing. It's definitely a must do while around the Arenal volcano. Outstanding!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 December 2023
  • CSS
    Apex, North Carolina16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful waterfall, but 500+ steps to climb.
    Beautiful waterfall but the toughest part is climbing up back after the visit with 500+ steps. It is around 70 meters high. So it looks good and the area where it falls is small and we can enjoy the mist coming out. It is Little Rock’s going towards the water and also slippery.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 January 2024
  • Mike R
    Aurora, Illinois67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    La Fortuna Waterfall
    We did this one by ourselves. Family loved getting down there and jumping in the waters (although very cold) and to see the amazing views of the waterfall. There are a lot of steps, so that is what makes this a 4 star. But worth the effort if you are going to go into the waters.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 January 2024
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Costa Rica45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We have been to La Fortuna numerous times and we always make time to visit La Fortuna Waterfall . You can drive there yourself and buy a ticket (cheap) at the park entrance. The hike down is about 15 minutes or so and it's gorgeous. The waterfall is stunning and the sound of the water . You can swim at the waterfall beware it's cold but the water is so refreshing
Written 12 May 2024
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Dan E
Denver, CO87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I would say this is worth a stop. It is definitely a hike back up the 500 stairs. Swimming in the pool really gives you a sense for how powerful the waterfall is. Was definitely something I would recommend. Some complain about the $20 per person but I would disagree that it isn't worth it. Out of everything we did on our trip to the area I would put this at #2 behind the hanging bridges.
Written 3 May 2024
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Nancy S
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautiful waterfall, an impressive force of nature. Slippery rocks to get in and out to swim but worth the effort! Make sure to investigate the pools further down stream for a more leisurely dip. The steps down to the waterfall were well constructed with hand rails and resting stops for the way back up.
Written 2 May 2024
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Volkan O
12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Because of the security we couldn’t visit the place,ther didn’t permite to park over big bikes in the parking lot and send us back,so said that a security can refuse a grupo of 30 people and lose money for the company hue runs the place.
Written 28 April 2024
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Judi M
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Wonderful experience. I’m 62 and made the steps! 😁. My daughter went with me and swam in the water around the waterfall. Water was a little cold but refreshing. Lots of large boulders to get from steps to the water. The waterfall is magnificent and a must do. 500 steps down and up, cannot get there by car.
Written 22 April 2024
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Suzy F
Longmont, CO21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It's an impressive waterfall but $25/pp? There are better, less crowded, cheaper falls. Felt like an over-priced amusement park
Written 20 April 2024
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Nadina P
New York City, NY526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We kept having an unseasonable amount of rainfall, so I was very worried. When we arrived, they told us that the river water was too high, so we couldn't go down. I couldn't come back the next day. As we were deciding what to do, the lifeguards called up and opened the river--beware, this can happen on a very rainy day!

I'm so glad we lucked out, because this ended up being a great experience. It was a huge joy to watch the waterfall.

There are a lot of stairs, but I didn't think it was that bad--unless you have a disability, I wouldn't let this deter you from visiting. I think we were back up in about 15 minutes, and we're healthy but not gym rats.

**Pro Tips**
1. The parking lot is guarded
2. There are lockers about backpack sized; I don't know if you need to pay for them, but I would bring your own lick if you want to use these, just in case. Photo attached
3. Invest in a waterproof phone pouch! Seriously! They're like $7, and so many people asked me if I bought mine in the gift shop because they regretted not getting one. Even if you don't take photos, do you really want to leave your phone unguarded on shore? On that note, also get a lanyard; trust me, it's not fun if you drop it in the water. But get a brightly colored pouch, in case you drop it. Trust me on that one.
4. The orchid trail is not a real trail, you can do it in flip flops. When you're walking around there and up or down to the waterfall in the late morning through late lunch time, look up--there are dozens of monkeys, and they're very active at those times
5. The restaurant there is pretty good, and fairly priced. If you dine there, sit near the trees and keep your eyes peeled; I spotted a toucan and chicken in the tree
6. Bring a quick dry towel; I'm surprised more people don't know about these, but they're excellent
Written 15 April 2024
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Johanna A
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Be prepared for 500 steps! The current was too strong to swim while we were there, it was still magical. The rangers are kind helpful and informative.
Written 12 April 2024
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Sebastian y Tatiana
San Jose, Costa Rica22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Excellent view from the start of the walk.
Really easy to go down and the time went by quickly, however, when going up it gets more difficult due to the altitude and if you're not used to this kinds of walks. It is definitely worth the trip down the 500 stairs, as it is an amazing view to check out!
Be prepared if the weather is not sunny, because you will get wet. Go with a change of clothes and towels.
If you buy the tickets online, there's no need to wait in line, you can ask the people on the counter and they will check out the information with your name and give you the bracelet to start your journey!
Written 10 April 2024
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Heather L
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We decided to tour the waterfall on our own, and that was fine - no guide needed. You arrive, pay for your ticket ($20 per ticket) and off you go' I will say we read to go first thing I the morning or around 3:30 pm as it gets crowded. We got there around opening and walked down the 500 steps. We stopped at the various viewing areas and took pictures, and then went swimming. Make sure you wear rugged closed toe sandals (Keens)or water shoes a the focus are very slippery. The water is cold, but so refreshing in the heat after the climb down. It took about 15 minutes to get down, longer to climb up and that climb is not for the faint of heart. If you can't handle a few flights of stairs on a regular basis, you will have a very hard time with this. I hike and walk a ton and my calfs were sore for 3 days! It was worth it though - it's beautiful.
Written 8 April 2024
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La Fortuna Waterfall admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost HK$156.57, while a popular guided tour starts around HK$156.57 per person.

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