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La Fortuna Waterfall is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Carlos, Alajuela, Costa Rica that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 0.6 mi Elevation gain 157 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Forest

Partially paved

River

Waterfall

Wildlife

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There is a fee to enter this area.

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Reviews (66)
Photos (37)
Recordings (24)
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Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

Love all the stairs. The waterfall was absolutely amazing. The kiddos love taking a dip in the pool. Happy hiking!

Joseph Heinlein
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Hiking

Very easy. Would recommend to all ages (as long as you are in decent physical health). Well maintained and popular trail - expect crowds of friendly strangers

Lily Davis
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Hiking

This trail was BEAUTIFUL! It was a great way to spend time with your family. My suggestion is, if you have a baby, bring something to put them in for the hike up and down.

Rock S
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Hiking

Trail is short and all stairs down- it’s worth swimming down there in the fall base. The water is refreshing

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Brandon Henke
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Hiking

Go swimming beneath the falls. DO IT!

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Whitney Hill
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Hiking

The waterfall is stunning! The amount of water falling over the cliff side was enough to dampen people sitting on the rocks. The “hike” was a straight up and down staircase. Many sitting opportunities and even water in between sets of stairs.

Barbara D.
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HikingFee

Entrance fee is $18 and worth it, I’d say! I went with my parents (in their late fifties), sister, aunt and uncle. It is a long stairway down to the waterfall to two main swimming areas, one right next to the waterfall and one around the bend. Views were fantastic, water was a bit cold but you get used to it after a few moments, and rocks were slippery. I recommend water shoes. The park also had a clean changing area, an orchid trail, and a butterfly path. Not many orchids were blooming when we were there (january), but we saw quite a few butterflies, including one with translucent wings!

Eduardo Mendez
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Walking

Es un lugar lleno de naturaleza, y con un paisaje increíble al final del sendero vas a tener un lugar maravilloso para nadar en un río de agua super limpia.

Alexis Belanger
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Hiking

Beware, the entrance fee is 18$.

Valérie Thibaudeau
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Hiking

Amazing trail: 500 steps to go down and then back up. Crazy view and you can swim in the waterfall!

Neil Crump
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Hiking

We hiked here in February. There are a lot of steps. Going down wasn’t so bad, but coming up.... We hiked Cerro Chato the day before, so my legs had enough for two days after this! The water was cold, but the waterfall & scenery was so worth it!! A must do in the area!

Alana Merks
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Loved it!

Sarah Mata
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Hiking

It’s 500 steps down to the waterfall and back up again but I highly recommend it. An absolutely stunning waterfall and one of the highlights of our Costa Rica trip. Take your time, there’s resting stops along the way. Enjoy the amazing sound and mist of the waterfall at the bottom.

Taylor Smith
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Hiking

Beautiful. I couldn’t stop looking around. I barely spoke to my friends. It was pretty crowded but everyone respected space for pictures and kept it moving!

Annie Bernard
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HikingOver grown

Superbe, l’eau de la rivière est limpide ou peut voir les poissons et se baigner. Beaucoup de marches mais ça vaut la peine pour voir la cascade et toute sa puissance.

Carly Skinner
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Hiking

STAIRS. Well shaded. Access to swim in the waterfall.

Sophie Middleton
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Less of a hike and more step challenge. There are 500 steps down and then back up again, don't let this discourage you because it's a beautiful waterfall. We also went through the butterfly area and orchid garden although there wasn't alot of the flowers out. You can choose to go swimming should the mood take you. I enjoyed it. Be aware that it is warm and humid but there are a few seats on the way back up should you need them. It cost $18 to get in and was worth every penny

Andrew Howery
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HikingWashed out

Impressive horsetail waterfall flowing over basalt columns and a carpet of moss. Loved having the opportunity to swim at the bottom. Heavy rain required us to leave the pool after a quick swim, but also kept most of the crowds away. The steps are in good condition and the orchid section makes for a nice stroll. Given the rarity of orchid blooms it was that much more impressive to encounter the occasional flower... on a tree stump (no less) and not in a pot of wood chips! $15 per person can add up for families, but I didn’t mind paying the tourist premium for myself and everything is very well maintained.

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Byron Román Villalobos
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HikingPrivate property

Las gradas estan en muy buen estado, salvo pequeños tramos, hay espacio para descansar, espectacular la vista y la catarata

benjamin fuller
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Hiking

Such a wonderful experience.

Sammi Cummings
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Hiking

Beautiful waterfall and a nice place to take a dip in the water! Stairs have all been replaced since the last time I was there. Much nicer and easier to climb up and down the stairs now.

Amy Sheehan
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Beautiful waterfall. Easy paved walk on stairs. Nice for a quick and easy adventure. Bring a suit to swim at the bottom!

Jerry Zhu
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Walking

The waterfall itself is a majestic sight. If you are into waterfalls this is a good stop and people can dip in the plunge pool. Apparently there are lifeguards who will prevent swimmers from getting too close to the fall itself. But from a hiking / nature viewing perspective this is a rather boring place. Travel is confined to the 500+ stairs down. Very little space at the bottom. It seems all tourists to Costa Rica are at the bottom simultaneously! Other than some fish in the stream no wildlife was seems.

Natasha Hansford
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Nature trips

Cost 15 dollars, pretty but not worth it. 500 steps down, 500 steps up nothing else to do...no flowers in the orchid garden were in bloom. In high season with warm weather, tiny swimming area just down from the falls would have been too packed to move. The waterfall is nice, but not spectacular and not for that price.

Jules B.
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Hiking

Gorgeous waterfall! Took the stairs down and back up once ready. Man made straight forward trail - there are about 500 stairs down to the falls (ballpark, or so I was told). No guide needed. It is highly trafficked. When I went there were a lot of people there.

Rachael Krell
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Good trial, beautiful views, but expensive

N G
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really beautiful quick hike

Leila Mende
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Great swimming spot at the bottom. Very touristy but gorgeous. Beware, If there is a flash flood warning, they will have you get out of the water and move to the observation deck.

Richard Arsenault
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Many stairs, lots of wildlife (saw toucans and monkeys) and a very nice waterfall. Price is OK.

Raymond Lord
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Awesome awesome waterfall amazing views excellent little hike up and down not too difficult but a little bit challenging on the way back Water is beautiful the price is OK and people are fantastic highly recommend

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