Enjoy a marvelous crystal-clear waterfall seventy meters high, characterized by a rainy tropical climate, a vast scenic beauty, abundant vegetation and diversity of flora and fauna.
La Fortuna Waterfall is produced by the waters of the Fortuna River and by tributaries located in the mountains of the area, located just 5 kilometers from the town of La Fortuna and 70 meters high, and to reach the base you must go down (and then climb) the more than 500 steps that bridge the gap from the entrance to the bathing area of the waterfall with a total of 20 minutes of travel.
La Fortuna Waterfall it is a must-do excursion.
First it is done with trained horses, on whose way you can see pastures, forest and high hills, in addition to perceiving an extraordinary view of the San Carlos Valley. Then there will be a walk through duly marked trails and volcanic rocks will be observed in the vicinity of the waterfall.
It is an excursion to spend the day, the schedule to access the waterfall is from 8am to 5pm.
You will find free parking service, bathrooms, dressing rooms, showers, lockers, souvenir shop, a couple of viewpoints, a path that runs through an orchid garden and restaurant service.
Frequently asked questions about visiting La Fortuna Waterfall
We leave you the answer to some of the most frequently asked questions when spending the day at La Fortuna Waterfall.
- What clothes do I have to wear?
If you want to bathe, remember to bring a swimsuit and towel as well as a waterproof bag to store valuables.
- Do I have to wear special shoes?
Although it is not essential, it is advisable to wear booties since the bathing area is quite slippery and full of stones.
- What services are there on the premises?
In the La Fortuna Waterfall area there are bathrooms, showers, a souvenir shop and a restaurant.
- I can bathe?
Yes. You can bathe in the area at the base of the waterfall.
- How long will it take me to go down the stairs?
It depends a lot on the pace you have but initially it will not be more than 10-15 minutes. To go up it normally takes a little longer but don’t worry as each flight of steps has an area to rest.
- What is the best time to go?
You can go at any time of the day, although if you want to swim, it would be best to go when the sun is already a little hot.
- If it rains, do you recommend the visit?
Honestly: yes. It is important to be clear that in Costa Rica it usually rains a lot and it is not unusual for the weather to change in a matter of minutes. Also, think about the experience it can be to bathe in the waterfall while it is raining. It’s definitely worth it! The only thing you have to be careful with is stairs to avoid slipping.
- Can I visit La Fotuna Waterfall and another place on the same day?
Of course. Furthermore, it is the most recommended. One option would be to visit the Arenal Volcano National Park and then visit the waterfall.
- Can I visit La Fortuna Waterfall if I have reduced mobility?
Access to the base of the waterfall is not enabled but you can access the main viewpoint which is right at the entrance and is accessible.
For more information
… you can consult this guide to visit La Fortuna Waterfall.
It is valuable to note that the funds resulting from the visit to the waterfall are intended for the Development Association, for projects and activities of social good in the region.