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La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall

Free admission

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.

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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
$150.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Worth it!
This was a great tour to a lot of central CR. Erica is very knowledgeable of the history, landscape and wildlife. It is not too strenuous, really enjoyed the tour
Michael_K, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in La Fortuna

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Breathtaking
Ramon_D, Sep 2021
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
The tour guide was very kind, knowledgeable and shared interesting facts. Give this person a raise! Transportation was great and it followed COVID-19 protection guidelines. Be prepared to walk a lot. I’m happy with the experience. Would recommend 100%.
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Our guide Erica was...
Tyler_W, Jan 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Our guide Erica was FABULOUS!!! She was so kind and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the beautiful sights at all of the locations. The driver was very safe and timly and the most comfortable we have felt on the roads so far. We are extremely pleased with our experience and would consider this a must do when you visit La Fortuna.
star-5
Adventure day for all
Karen_K, Jan 2022
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
Great adventure with variety. Our guide Christian embodied the definition of Pura Vida! The falls can be crowded but just focus on the beauty around you and the crowds fade away. As we were hiking to the lava beds we were temporarily drenched in a fleeting rain downpour but we laughed and marveled at how quickly it stopped. Do it!!
star-5
Great tour - give it a go!
Asees_J, Dec 2021
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
Christian (ie Nano) was a fantastic tour guide - he was energetic, funny, interesting and passionate about the wildlife, ecosystem and country. We would not hesitate to recommend this tour! Ps I’m not particularly fit but didn’t find the walks overly strenuous!
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Excellent tour. Tour...
Meaghan_F, Jan 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Excellent tour. Tour guide Levi was great. Well worth the money. Must do in La Fortuna, hits all of the high points in one tour.
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Our tour guide (Fabrizio)...
Kinga_P, Dec 2021
Arenal Highlights (Hanging Bridges, Fortuna´s Waterfall, lunch & Arenal Volcano)
Our tour guide (Fabrizio) was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of interesting insights during the tour. Our favorite part was visit to the Mystique Park with Hanging Bridges.
star-5
Highly recommend this tour.
William_K, Jan 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
This was an awesome trip. Our guide Roy was very friendly and knowledgeable. Swimming at the base of the waterfall was amazing. We stopped for a wonderful Costa Rican lunch. We got to explore a wide diversity of nature while Hiking at the volcano and the hanging bridges.
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Family adventure!!!
Rena_F, Dec 2021
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
This by far was the highlight of our trip! Our tour guide Erick was AMAZING!!! We learned so much from him about the animals, agriculture, ecosystem, and indigenous people. My son kept saying this was so fun. I highly recommend this tour.
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Great experience and Roy and Jorge were a great team.
nanazf, Dec 2021
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Roy is a great tour guide and is very knowledgeable. We really enjoy our time. The drive was very nice and the whole experience was great.
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An amazing experience in Arenal
Csar_E, Aug 2021
3-in-1 Arenal Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall & Volcano Hike
That experience was AMAZING. To buy this opcion was the best thing we could do to expend the day in Arenal. Our guide, Pedro, was amazing. He helped us to discover the most beautiful animals in the area. The lunch was amazing, they treated us as family and everything were delicious. Absolutely recommended.
star-5
An Arenal must do
Jorge_I, Jul 2021
Combo La Fortuna Waterfall Arenal Volcano & Mistico Hanging Bridges
Great tour, but prepare to walk some inclines… our guides were wonderful and made the trip that much special … A shout out to our tour guides Raul and Augusto … Pura Vida 🤙🏼
star-5
Best tour in Costa Rica!!
Amina_L, Dec 2021
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
This tour was amazing. Nano was our guide and so knowledgeable and funny! Great price, great tour! I loved it so much. Don't think twice, just buy.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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