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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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Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
USD89.00 per adult
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Fun!
This was a great tour! I’m pretty active so I didn’t find the hike challenging but the stairs are a bit narrow so you gotta be careful. Carlos and Arold were our guides and each were great at providing information and being attentive to everyone in the group.
Bianca_B, Feb. 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in La Fortuna

star-5
A must do tour!
Anna_W, Feb. 2023
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Such a brilliant day! Erica and Raul are brilliant guides and we learnt so much about the local area and the wildlife. We saw two types of monkeys and sloths. The lunch was great and the waterfall is simply beautiful. A wonderful day with brilliant guides!
star-5
Fun day
Rob_G, Feb. 2023
Arenal Highlights (Hanging Bridges, Fortuna´s Waterfall, lunch & Arenal Volcano)
The hanging bridges and we saw a family of monkeys swinging the treetops! Mario was a very knowledgeable and fun guide!
star-5
Excellent Experience
Emily_L, Jan. 2023
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Excellent trip. Juan Carlos and Jorge were fantastic. Juan Carlos was clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does which made the trip very enjoyable.
star-5
Isaac is the best!
WILLIAM_C, Jan. 2023
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
The tour was very interesting and well organized. It was a beautiful day, and the volcano set against a clear blue sky was spectacular.
star-5
Perfect Way to See Arenal!
Emily_C, Jan. 2023
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
This is the best way to see the highlights of Arenal in a single day. It was a FULL day, but we got to see the hanging bridges, the La Fortuna waterfall, and Arenal. Raul was a great guide, really personable and knowledgeable. He made all of us feel welcome and was great at answering our questions and making the tours extra fun. Jorge was a great driver, too! Definitely recommend this experience.
star-5
Very nice tour
Mihail_G, Jan. 2023
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
The tour was great! We saw lots of cool animals and also amazing landscapes! The guide was also great, we really had fun :)
star-5
Great trip for a solo traveler
Andrea_V, Jan. 2023
Arenal Highlights (Hanging Bridges, Fortuna´s Waterfall, lunch & Arenal Volcano)
Mario was the most fabulous guide, and we had great group of strangers who became friends. I'm travelling solo in Costa Rica, and this was a perfect tour for me. I loved everything we did.
star-5
On the Road, Jungle, volcano, hanging bridges, and hot springs.
Jonathan_F, Jan. 2023
Full day Hanging Bridges, Arenal Volcano, Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
Excellent company to book. Christain was our guide and he gets 6 stars. It’s a long day and you better be in half decent shape.
star-5
Edgar and Tony were...
Vivian_G, Jan. 2023
3-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: River Safari Float with La Fortuna Waterfall and Volcano Hike
Edgar and Tony were great! The family restaurants food was amazing and all staff was just so nice. Finished super tired and weather wasn’t ideal but overall great time. :)
star-5
What a great day!
Bridget_M, Jan. 2023
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
We were lucky to have Erika and Jorge. Erika was amazing! She had so much energy and knowledge. We saw sloths, viper snakes, three types of monkeys, and more….it was a long day, but worth it. Beware - stairs to waterfall are no joke (there are over 500). We loved it all.
star-5
Great day
Pablo_B, Jan. 2023
Full day Hanging Bridges, Arenal Volcano, Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
Hanging Bridges was the most awesome part, followed by the hot springs and falls. The volcano hike was forgettable, even if their would have been a view
star-4
We saw it all...
Jahniah_M, Jan. 2023
Combo La Fortuna Waterfall Arenal Volcano & Mistico Hanging Bridges
This was a really long day. I think I might do some solo in the future because you want to see it all but not all day and night. The guides are great though and knowledgeable. Just get a coffee midday.
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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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