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La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Waterfall · Nature / Park
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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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  • Must do. Walking down and up the stairs is fine - even for those with injuries. Swim in the pools if you can! Visited end of the day on a Friday - was relatively quiet. 
    Must do. Walking down and up the stairs is fine - even for those with injuries. Swim in the pools if you can! Visited end of the day on a Friday - was relatively quiet.  more »
  • Cell was our guide and he was fabulous ! He was so patient with me as I have some trouble climbing steps. He stayed by my side the whole 500 stairs to the top! He is an excellent horseback riding... 
    Cell was our guide and he was fabulous ! He was so patient with me as I have some trouble climbing steps. He stayed by my side the whole 500 stairs to the top! He is an excellent horseback riding...  more »
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  • Beautiful waterfall with a swimming area at the bottom. I loved seeing the plant diversity. The walk to the bottom is a series of stairs, thought not the most difficult hike, it would be hard for those with mobility issues and your calves may feel it the next day. There is a segmented walk for orchids and butterflies. The cafe at the start has a decent selection of drinks and food.
  • More than I expected. Great place to walk and explore. If climbing stairs isn't your thing you can see it from afar. But I would recommend making your way to the base of the falls. You can swim near the falls and enjoy the cool water or you can stand and admire the beautiful surroundings in which the waterfall accompanies. Sheer rock cliff, abundant green vegetation, cool clear water. Stay as long as the park is open. I believe the falls close around 4pm.

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