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La Fortuna Waterfall

Plunging down the side of Cerro Chato, Volcan Arenal’s dormant and thickly forested twin, is one of the most impressive, and easily accessible, waterfalls in all Costa Rica. Cascada La Fortuna pours some 65m (200ft) down a sheer, volcanic gray cliff face, perpetually bathed in mists and carpeted in abundant and exotic vegetation.

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.

Practical Info

This is also the trailhead for the steep, 4hr hike to Cerro Chato, Arenal’s dormant twin, topped with a crater lake; look for the trail just opposite the entrance to the waterfall. A swim in its brilliant blue waters makes this a convenient and refreshing finale to the longer trek.

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4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, and Tabacon Hot ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, and Tabacon Hot Springs

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Join this 4-in-1 tour where you get to see the best of Costa Rica in 12.5 hours. Channel your inner bravery and cross the Arenal Hanging Bridges to catch ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $265.00
La Fortuna Waterfall Hike by Car, La Fortuna, Eco Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

La Fortuna Waterfall Hike by Car

Located into a spectacular rainforest and over 70 meters high, La Fortuna River Waterfall is an attraction hard to miss on your visit through La Fortuna. Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.00
3-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: River Safari Float with La Fortuna Waterfall and Volcano Hike, La ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

3-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: River Safari Float with La Fortuna Waterfall and Volcano Hike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Start the day with a unique experience at Penas Blancas River and join a safari float! See wildlife in their natural environment during your 2-3 hour float. ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $192.50
Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna Waterfall Nature Hike, La Fortuna, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna Waterfall Nature Hike

This tour gives you the opportunity, in a single day, to sample the attractions that have made the Arenal region famous, you can enjoy the rainforests ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.00
2-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: Volcano Hike and La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna, Hiking & ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

2-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: Volcano Hike and La Fortuna Waterfall

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Enjoy a wonderful outdoor adventure including two great activities in Arenal. If you have limited time or simply you don’t want a full day tour; this one is ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.00
2-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: River Safari Float and La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna, Nature & ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

2-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: River Safari Float and La Fortuna Waterfall

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

The day starts around 7:30am when you are picked up at the hotel and head towards one of the most important reserves in the area. The first activity is Arenal ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.00
Chato Hill Rainforest And La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna, Hiking & Camping
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Chato Hill Rainforest And La Fortuna Waterfall

Chato Peak which is known as the Arenal Volcano’s brother is a dormant volcano. You will hike up its west side and down into the crater where a beautiful lake ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $106.00
2-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna, Hiking & ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

2-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna Waterfall

If you are on limited time or simply you don’t want a full day tour; this tour is specially designed for those who love exploring the beauties of the rain  ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.00
3-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges La Fortuna Waterfall and Volcano Hike, Liberia, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

3-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges La Fortuna Waterfall and Volcano Hike

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Designed with an outstanding combination for you to explore the best of the wonders surrounding the volcano. This tour is for those who love hiking and walking ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $192.50
Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna, Hiking & Camping
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 8 Reviews

See the lush landscapes of Costa Rica on horseback! On this 4.5-hour tour from Arenal, ride to La Fortuna Waterfall and take a swim in the natural pool while ...  Read more

Location: Arenal, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $75.99

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