Picture of La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall: Must-Know Tips

Did you know that every step you take towards La Fortuna Waterfall is a step towards conserving Costa Rica’s breathtaking natural beauty?

Managed by the Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de La Fortuna (ADIFORT), this enchanting site is not just a tourist attraction but a beacon of sustainable management and community development.

Nestled within a 210-hectare biological reserve and part of the Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna Waterfall stands as a testament to nature’s grandeur and the importance of ecological stewardship.

La Fortuna River, Fortuna Waterfall

Why La Fortuna Waterfall Should Be on Your Must-Visit List

Reaching the waterfall involves descending approximately 530 steps, a journey made safe and comfortable by well-maintained paths and resting spots. Surrounded by native trees and the sounds of the forest, the trail leads to an extraordinary viewpoint.

Here, visitors can capture the essence of the falls through photography, before immersing themselves in the refreshing waters of the Río Fortuna below.

Contributing to Conservation Through Your Visit

By choosing to visit La Fortuna Waterfall, you play a direct role in supporting ADIFORT’s conservation and community projects. Each ticket purchase contributes to the sustainable management of the natural reserve and the well-being of the La Fortuna community.

You are not just a traveler but a part of a conservation cause supporting local community projects.

Butterflies La Fortuna Waterfall

Practical Tips for Your Adventure

Before embarking on your journey to La Fortuna Waterfall, here are some essential tips to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable visit:

  • Usually the visit can be done in a half a day, so you can do another activity in the afternoon.
  • Wear sturdy shoes suitable for the steps and water activities.
  • Bring a swimsuit and a change of clothes; facilities are available for your convenience.
  • Biodegradable sunscreen.
  • Biodegradable insect repellents.
  • In case of children under 4 years old, consider baby carriers.
  • Stay hydrated; drinking water is available at the gift shop. (Included in our tour)
  • Enjoy a meal or a snack at the on-site restaurant and souvenir shop. (Included in our tour)
  • The journey back up is steep—pace yourself and take breaks as needed.

La Fortuna Waterfall has accessibility features for individuals with disabilities who cannot navigate the stairs down to the waterfall. For them, it offers the opportunity to admire the waterfall from the first viewpoint, where it can be seen from a distance of 200 meters, offering a spectacular photo opportunity. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a tour of the orchid garden, enhancing their experience with the beauty of Costa Rican flora.

Orchid Garden
Orchid Garden at La Fortuna Waterfall

The Guided Tour Advantage

For those without a car or looking to maximize their experience in La Fortuna, our guided tours offer comprehensive itineraries that include the waterfall and other must-see destinations.

Our knowledgeable guides not only ensures all logistical aspects, from entrance fees to meals, but also deepens your understanding of the area’s ecology and culture. Imagine stopping at whim to marvel at a sloth or to delve into the geological wonders that shape this landscape.

From half-day adventures to full-day explorations combining volcano hikes, butterfly gardens, and cultural experiences, there’s a tour to suit every interest.

While the allure of exploring on your own is tempting, a guided tour with Blue Pass offers an enriched experience.

We offer La Fortuna Waterfall Hike & Farm Lunch and also a shorter version of the tour without lunch. Both options include:

  • Transportation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fee
  • Snacks
  • Water

Children between 4 and 11 years old. From 12 years old onwards, they pay as adults. Recommended for children older than 4 years and adults in good physical condition. Infants under 3 years old are allowed provided that parents take responsibility for carrying them.


Embrace the Call of Adventure with Blue Pass

Blue Pass Hub invites you to discover the magic of La Fortuna Waterfall and beyond. Whether it’s through our tailored Arenal 2 en 1 tours or the comprehensive 4 in 1 adventure, we promise a journey filled with discovery, exhilaration, and moments of sheer awe.

Great waterfall, swimming allowed

“Visiting early in the morning or just before closing allows you to experience the waterfall in its most tranquil state. Swimming at the base, unlike many other falls, offers a unique blend of thrill and relaxation. Beyond the waterfall, the Arenal region beckons with its rich tapestry of biodiversity, adventure, and culture—from volcanic hikes to thermal springs and chocolate tours”. 

Review by Christie from New Jersey at Tripadvisor

A Legacy of Conservation and Wonder

La Fortuna Waterfall is more than a destination; it’s a gateway to understanding the delicate balance between enjoying natural beauty and preserving it for future generations. By choosing Blue Pass for your exploration, you’re not just selecting an adventure; you’re embracing a commitment to sustainability and community support.

Guided Tour at La Fortuna Waterfall Blue Pass clients
Guided Tour at La Fortuna Waterfall, Blue Pass Happy clients

Join us, and let’s create memories that not only last a lifetime but also contribute to a legacy of conservation and community development.

Book your guided tour today and transform your visit into a meaningful contribution to conservation and community welfare.

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