La Fortuna Waterfall
The trailhead for the falls is located just 5.5km (3mi) from La Fortuna proper, a popular bike ride or horseback trek. The descent from the parking lot to the jungle floor isn’t a long or difficult hike; it’s about 20 minutes down, and generally a bit longer climbing back back up. Just keep in mind that the staircase is steep, and sometimes slippery. A the mirador, or viewpoint, allows almost anyone to appreciate this natural wonder no matter what their fitness level.
But it’s well worth wandering down, if you’re able, to fully appreciate the power of the waterfall as it crashes into the brilliant aquamarine pool below. Bring your bathing suit, but swim only in the pools well away from the potentially dangerous currents produced by the falls themselves, particularly in rainy season.