La Fortuna Waterfall is a 1.0 kilometer 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.

Distance: 1.0 km Elevation Gain: 48 m Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

partially paved

river

waterfall

wildlife

There is a fee to enter this area.

hiking
10 days ago

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

Superb, the water in the river is crystal clear or can see the fish and swim. Many steps but worth it to see the waterfall and all its power.

hiking
4 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

hiking
private property
6 months ago

The stands are in very good condition, except for small sections, there is space to rest, spectacular view and cataract

hiking
8 months ago

Such a wonderful experience.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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

walking
8 months ago

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.

nature trips
9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

Good trial, beautiful views, but expensive

11 months ago

really beautiful quick hike

Sunday, July 22, 2018

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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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

hiking
Monday, May 14, 2018

Super easy, man made trail, no guide is needed. The waterfall is breathtaking and extremely strong.

walking
Sunday, April 01, 2018

Beautiful waterfalls and relaxing swim hole to the left .There's alot of fish that'll be swimming around you.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A lot of steps down, but very nice place to take a dip and a beautiful waterfall reward.

walking
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Stairs down and up. Nothing too challenging.

horseback riding
Monday, October 30, 2017

Took a horse back riding tour through the jungle (Awesome) to get to this trail (staircase) down to the waterfall.

hiking
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

We added this on as the last part of a longer Cerro Chato hike, it was extremely refreshing to take a dip in the water after a humid long hike. The water falling through the foliage on the right of the waterfall makes for a beautiful lush scene!

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