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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
$162.70 per adult
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Amazing day! Best trip ever!
I can’t remember enjoying a day trip this much. Our guide Levi was knowledgeable, funny, super patient, and very kind. I was worried about the stairs at La Fortuna, but he encouraged me and stayed with me the entire way. Our group was able to see many different kinds of wildlife from howler monkeys, strawberry poison dart frogs, bats, and even baby tarantulas! Moreover, our group got along really well and everyone had a blast! I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to experience this amazing slice of Costa Rica!
Tanya_H, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in La Fortuna

star-5
Great tour of the Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna waterfall!
Hillary_S, Jun 2022
Half Day Adventure from La Fortuna- 2 tours in 1, 4 options to choose!
We chose the hanging bridges and the La Fortuna waterfall. Both were incredible and our guide David was great! He found such joy in showing us everything. He even got word where a sloth was off the side of the road and we made an impromptu stop to observe for a bit. The tour company was wonderful as we left a personal belonging on the shuttle and it was returned. Thanks for the great day!
star-5
Erick and Carlos Best Guides on Fab Trip!
Meaghan_F, Jul 2022
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
The BEST your with thee BEST guides! We got so much out of this trip, it was worth every penny! There was swimming, hiking, cultural experience with the indigenous tribe, and REALLY good food. All that being said our guides Carlos and Erick MADE the trip! They were both so knowledgeable and had so many interesting things to show us. The were energetic, kind, and are clearly so passionate about what they do. We could not have asked for a better day!
star-5
So much to learn
Dominique_C, Jun 2022
Full-Day Top 3 Activities Tour in Arenal La Fortuna
Minor was an amazing guide. Learning about the flora and fauna, the Volcano formation and all of the animals/insects was beyond our expectations. It made the experience worth the rain and fog!
star-5
Must do!
Alyssa_B, Jun 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Incredible experience with the best tour guide—they truly make you feel so welcomed and give you the best Costa Rica has to offer.
star-5
Hike to the Waterfall, it's beautiful! Would recommend!
Robin_V, Jun 2022
Skip-the-Line La Fortuna Waterfall Admission Ticket
The waterfall is so beautiful & well worth the hike down to see it. There are MANY stairs, over 500 but wasn't too bad at all. We got our workout in for the day. I would recommend hiking down to the waterfall, we really enjoyed it & got some great family time & photos there!
star-5
Highly Recommended
Chad_S, Jun 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Tour was outstanding. Guide (Levi) was informative and hilarious. Kept the group (5 different groups of friends or spouses) engaged the whole time. Found wildlife we never would have seen without him. We had considered doing these piece individually without a guide, but would have missed 90% of th experience without he tour.
star-4
Great guides, places were awesome.
Stephanie_R, Jun 2022
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
Guides were exceptional. I think your company overbooked. But as I said the erik, Immanuel and Marcus were awesome with the amount of people they had. There was only supposed be 10 to a guide and we had 27. Which although we didn't have to wait in lines which this time of year there were none we had to wait for 27 people to get in bus, to eat lunch, to change clothes etc. The people were great it's just I had hoped it would have moved along a bit faster.
star-5
Fun, fun, fun!
Nishi_P, Jun 2022
3-in-1 Arenal Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall & Volcano Hike
Our driver and guide were both amazing. It was an action packed day, with good people. Highly recommend!
star-5
Just wow!
Gyula_C, Jun 2022
7 cable Zipline Canopy Tour Over La Fortuna Waterfall!
Never done zip-lining before but it's an absolute must! Scary, but breathtaking experience, words can't describe it. The longest zipline is 980m long and 120m high. You won't regret it.
star-5
Arrived 3:45 pm, just...
Merlin_C, May 2022
Skip-the-Line La Fortuna Waterfall Admission Ticket
Arrived 3:45 pm, just started to rain, was pouring so hard when we arrived falls, had falls to ourselves with one other couple, was amazing to be at popular spot alone, personally would only return on the rain and we swam 40 min and were back intime for Beer at the top 5pm
star-5
A Great Day Trip
tj_j, Apr 2022
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
Tour included La Fortuna waterfall (and cascade), Arenal Volcano and access to a hot springs resort outside of La Fortuna. Isaac, our tour guide, was helpful and informative, providing lots of knowledge about the area and especially about the volcanic eruptions which have occurred. If you're in the La Fortuna area for only a day, this is a great way to check out numerous attractions.
star-5
Raul was a great tour...
Amy_R, May 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Raul was a great tour guide. He was very informative, was nice, and had a lot of energy. The lookout point for the volcano was beautiful and so was the La Fortuna waterfall.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to La Fortuna Waterfall?
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What else should I know about attractions in La Fortuna?
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As well as visiting the La Fortuna Waterfall, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: