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La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall cascades 200 feet (61 meters) down the sheer cliff face of Cerro Chato, the Arenal Volcano’s dormant and thickly forested twin. One of the most impressive and accessible waterfalls in Costa Rica, La Fortuna is a great place to picnic, swim, and photograph the waterfall’s perpetual mists and nearby exotic vegetation.
 
The Basics
Set just outside the town of La Fortuna, this cascade is a must-see for visitors to Arenal Volcano National Park. From the parking lot, the descent down the staircase to the falls only takes roughly 20 minutes. A longer trail winds through the rain forest and can be traversed on horseback, giving travelers an opportunity to spot toucans, monkeys, and other tropical creatures. At the bottom, adventurous visitors can swim in the clear waters below the fall, while others can picnic along the rocky shoreline or snap pictures of the scenery.
 
Most La Fortuna Waterfall tours include a visit to the adjacent Arenal Volcano National Park, where you can head out on a volcano hike, get your adrenaline pumping on a waterfall-jumping and canyoning adventure, or float down the river on a safari tour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring a bathing suit, sun protection, bug spray, and comfortable shoes.
  • Swimming is allowed, but only in pools well away from the potentially dangerous currents produced by the falls, especially during the rainy season.
  • Keep in mind that the staircase down to the falls is steep and sometimes slippery.
 
How to Get There
La Fortuna Waterfall is located roughly 10 minutes by road from the small town of La Fortuna, and about three hours by road from San José.
 
When to Get There
The most popular time to visit is during Costa Rica’s dry season (mid-December to April), when the weather is ideal for exploring. Arrive early in the day if you want to avoid crowds.
 
Exploring Arenal Volcano National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park is a treasure trove of wildlife and epic volcanic landscapes. Trek through the park’s many hiking trails, walk across picturesque hanging bridges, take a horseback ride, or go rappelling down volcanic rock faces. Nearby, Baldi Hot Springs Resort is the perfect place to relax after an action-packed day of sightseeing.
Address: La Fortuna de San Carlos, Province of Alajuela, Costa Rica
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15 Tours and Activities to Experience La Fortuna Waterfall

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Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike

Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike

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Combine three adventurous activities in a single tour: a hike to Arental Volcano, visit to the Hanging Bridges, and exploration of La Fortuna Waterfall. This full-day tour from La Fortuna, perfect for nature lovers, includes hiking and swimming amidst Costa Rica's beautiful natural scenery. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
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Best of La Fortuna Combo Tour

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Best of La Fortuna Combo Tour

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Design your own perfect day in La Fortuna with this customizable combo tour. Cross the rain forest canopy on hanging bridges, swim at the base of mystical La Fortuna Waterfall, hike the Lava Slides trail at Arenal Volcano National Park, and soak in Arenal’s famous volcanic hot springs. Take your pick of activities, or do them all for a full day of adventure and relaxation. Optional lunch and dinner add-ons provide a taste of authentic Costa Rican cuisine. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.80
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$140.80
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Chocolate & La Fortuna Waterfall Tour

Chocolate & La Fortuna Waterfall Tour

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Enjoy a sweet experience with the chocolate tour, where your will know about the history of the cacao and taste all the process to get the chocolate. At the waterfall, admiring 70 meters of a drop that transmits the power and energy of The Fortuna River.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.67
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La Fortuna Waterfall Shuttle

La Fortuna Waterfall Shuttle

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When you visit this park, you are not only getting the chance to enjoy this marvelous natural wonder, you will be helping to support the Development Association of the community; 100% of the entrance fee goes for social projects and benefit schools, nutritional centers, the orphanage, our roads and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.00
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La Fortuna Waterfall Hike & Farm Lunch

La Fortuna Waterfall Hike & Farm Lunch

We are Aventuras Arenal, a Costa Rican family company focused on giving our traveling friends a supreme “Pura Vida” experience at the Arenal Volcano Area. We’ve been creating and giving our clients lots of great memories through our tours for the past 26 years. At Aventuras Arenal, we believe that trough tourism we can promote tolerance, sensitivity, and awareness of the importance of protecting the natural resources, culture, and environment in general.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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La Fortuna Waterfall Hike

La Fortuna Waterfall Hike

We will begin our descent on a downhill trail of approximately 500 m (1640 ft.) with more than 480 steps surrounded by the impressive rainforest until we reach the base of the fall. The waterfall is renowned for its 70 m (230 ft.) fall of crystal-clear water which originates in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. With a little luck, we will spot animals like coatis, butterflies, toucans, orioles, among other species. Once at the base, you can take a swim in its refreshing waters, take pictures, or simply rest and admire the beauty of the La Fortuna Waterfall and the surrounding nature. When you visit the La Fortuna Waterfall, in addition to discovering an amazing natural wonder , you will help generate income for the Community Development Association to invest in social works to benefit schools, nutrition centers, the local orphanage, recycling center, roads, tourism safety, and more.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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  • Taking safety measures
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$78.08
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Hanging Bridges + La Fortuna Waterfall

Hanging Bridges + La Fortuna Waterfall

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Arenal Hanging Bridges is one of the most visited tourist attraction in La Fortuna, only 4 km (2.5 miles) west of Tabacón within a 250 hectare (618 acres) reserve of primary forest. The visitor who loves nature can enjoy 15 bridges from 5 to 100 meters long, friendly design along 3 km rain forest circuit of interpretive trails built with paving blocks to prevent slipping. The bridges are built of aluminum, galvanized steel, and concrete, to ensure maximum security for their visitors. They were designed by structural engineers with the most demanding safety margins in the world. When you visit the Waterfall, you are not only getting the chance to enjoy this marvelous natural wonder, you will be helping to support the Development Association of the community; 100% of the entrance fee goes for social projects and benefit schools, nutritional centers, the orphanage, our roads and more.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$158.00
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Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall & Lunch

Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall & Lunch

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You will be at the best viewpoint to see the volcano Jump into the crystal clear waters of a waterfall over 150 feet high Eat the best lunch in the area with a delicious coffee
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.34
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Safari Float + La Fortuna Waterfall

Safari Float + La Fortuna Waterfall

To safari Costa Rica is the best way to see its wonders. This safari floating trip will allow you to see places that you cannot reach by vehicle and not even by horseback! Together with a breathtaking landscape, the Rios Peñas Blancas is merely the best to safari Costa Rica! When you visit the Waterfall, you are not only getting the chance to enjoy this marvelous natural wonder, you will be helping to support the Development Association of the community; 100% of the entrance fee goes for social projects and benefit schools, nutritional centers, the orphanage, our roads and more.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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Arenal Volcano Hike + La Fortuna Waterfall

Arenal Volcano Hike + La Fortuna Waterfall

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When you visit the Waterfall, you are not only getting the chance to enjoy this marvelous natural wonder, you will be helping to support the Development Association of the community; 100% of the entrance fee goes for social projects and benefit schools, nutritional centers, the orphanage, our roads and more.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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 Suspension Bridges, Fortuna waterfall, Typical lunch

Suspension Bridges, Fortuna waterfall, Typical lunch

Visit the most important attractions in the area, for lovers of nature, short transportation time, designed for the whole family, for people who have little time to enjoy in the area. It is the tour indicated for people who only have one day to spend in the area and want to get the most out of the area
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Arenal Rainforest Experience & Baldí Hot Springs Package 1: Hanging Bridges

Arenal Rainforest Experience & Baldí Hot Springs Package 1: Hanging Bridges

Discover the most popular activities in Arenal with a bundle that wraps handpicked attractions. We've thought of these to allow you to see and do more in just one day. Get close to the rainforest by walking through hanging bridges , amuse yourself at La Fortuna waterfall's base, take a peek at Arenal Volcano's past and present and enjoy its gifts at the hot springs. Hanging Bridges+La Fortuna Waterfall+Organic Lunch+Volcano Hike+hots Springs+ Dinner
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$245.00
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Arenal Expedition Combo Tour - Hanging Bridges (3 en 1)

Arenal Expedition Combo Tour - Hanging Bridges (3 en 1)

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Guided by a naturalist, who through the natural history will open for you the doors of a fascinating and colorful Tropical Rain Forest world. The imposing vistas of the Volcano from the hanging bridges over the forest, the waterfall, and the hike, make a perfect combination for an unforgettable experience.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$194.00
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Arenal Expedition Combo Tour - Safari Float (3 en 1)

Arenal Expedition Combo Tour - Safari Float (3 en 1)

Our professional bilingual guide will share with you educational and interesting explanations of the plants and animals we encounter on the float, the waterfall, and the Arenal Volcano Hike You will truly appreciate the wonders of Peñas Blancas river and the surrounding rainforest as we travel down the river without a motor, this way you will enjoy the journey quietly rowing and taking photos.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$187.00
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Arenal Rainforest Experience & Baldí Hot Springs Package 2: Safari Float

Arenal Rainforest Experience & Baldí Hot Springs Package 2: Safari Float

Aventuras Arenal promotes the development of sustainable tourism projects, understanding by sustainability, the group of practices that reduce the negative impact in the social, economic and environmental areas.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$245.00
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