Starting at $60 per night

Overview

The La Fortuna Waterfall is one of those must see attractions that should be on everybodys list. This towering waterfall is just a few minutes outside of La Fortuna and right around the corner from the iconic Arenal Volcano.

After picking you up at your Arenal area hotel you will be brought to the scenic waterfalls. The drive through this lesser visited part of town will take you through a rural community allowing you to see a more traditional side of Costa Rica. As you get closer, the views get better and better. On clear days you can see the majestic Arenal Volcano and the neighboring Cerro Chato. You will also pass by fields which are often frequented by toucans and other bird species.

After passing through the admission area, you will cross a small hanging bridge and then continue on to the observation platform. The platform provides the perfect place to observe the waterfall including the surrounding jungle and mountains. Those with any physical limitations are encouraged to stay here while others can hike down to the bottom of the falls.

The hike down requires descending down several hundred steps of varying heights. Remember that what goes down must come back up and there is no elevator!

Those that make the hike down will be rewarded with a hike through the jungle. While it is not a wildlife hike, animals such as toucans, sloths, howler monkeys and mot-mots frequent this area.

When you reach the bottom there is an observation area that looks up at the towering waterfalls that are about 70 meters tall. You can swim in the pool beneath it; though keep in mind that the water is fairly turbulent. You can also go downstream a little and swim in the river. The scenery is nothing short of breathtaking.

The hike back up is physically demanding so be prepared for a challenge! After the tour you will be returned to your hotel. The total duration of this tour is around 3 – 4 hours, but this can vary based on a variety of factors. In addition to transportation, the tour includes a bilingual guide and entrance to the waterfalls.

Highlights

  • See a 70 meter waterfall surrounded by jungle
  • Those that hike down can swim beneath the falls
  • Observation platform for those that do not hike down

What to Bring

  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Insect Repellent
  • Bathing Suit
  • Camera And Binoculars

Location and Availability

The La Fortuna Waterfall by Car is available from Arenal, Arenal Zone 2, and Arenal Zone 3

Tour Times

  • 8:00am
  • 2:00pm

Tour Type

  • Waterfalls

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

5 and up

Location

Latitude: N 10°26'30.98". Longitude: W 85°19'57.04"

Reviews

  • Overall 91.1% (302 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 89.4%
  • Expectations: 88.4%
  • Guides: 92.8%
  • Logistics: 93.7%
  • Value: 90.2%

11/30/2018

The surprise of pineapple and coconut water at the end was a very nice detail!

11/24/2018

The waterfall was beautiful, but we didn’t really need guides because the terrain was easy to navigate with the steps. We did enjoy the fresh pineapple after!

11/22/2018

Our guide was amazing!!! He was so smart and explained so much to us. We wished he could have run some of the other hikes for us too!

11/10/2018

lovely swim in the waters of the fall. The guide was fun and knowledgable

10/26/2018

We would have liked to have included a bit more hiking on this tour, which lasted only a few hours. We went only to the waterfall - which was great, but we could easily have done this on our own. The guides were great but we could have benefitted more from them had another thing been included as well, Basically a too short trip

10/05/2018

Beautiful tour!

09/30/2018

Disappointing not to be able to swim in the actual falls due to power of the falls at this time of year which we didn't realise.Still a lovely spot and good visit.

09/14/2018

There was really no need for the guide for this, but the picked transfer was helpful. The experience was lovely but could have been done ourselves.

09/02/2018

We didn't really need a guide for this, but it's still good to be with someone who knows. David was still great because we were able to see the sloth by our hotel in clear view. And was able to capture a video. So, that still made having a guide best. Even just his encouragement in taking the stares up was wonderful.

08/17/2018

It's a very pretty, well maintained park. Tour guide did not take the time to point out any animals on the way down or up. Saw 1 hummingbird no toucans. This was the one tour I could have skipped completely.

08/10/2018

We were not informed that there was a 500 step climb to get to the base. Had we known this beforehand, we may have opted for another activity that day. There were things to see and do at the park and the guide was excellent, but the overall experience was indifferent.

08/09/2018

Wonderful guide David

08/07/2018

Beautiful spot! Our guide's name was Aaron, and he was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

07/30/2018

our guide was great, the waterfall was beautiful, and a ton of steps to climb back up for your daily exercise

07/26/2018

So much fun!!!! Aaron rocks as a tour guide--he told us so much about his experience growing up in Costa Rica, and the plunge into the falls was incredible!!!

07/16/2018

Expected more. It felt like we just had transfer service. A guide was not needed. Would have done more activities on the same day. Short excursion.

07/12/2018

Could have done ourselves. Did not need to guide, who did nothing.

07/06/2018

If we would have known the waterfall was so near AND easy to access, we would have done it ourselves without a guide. He was totally unnecessary as he really just showed us the way to and from waterfall, only asked us about our country. Would have been nice to know more about the waterfall and nature surrounding it.

06/21/2018

Driver on time and we had an excellent experience. He was a lot of fun to talk to.

06/15/2018

Very pretty waterfall, would definitely recommend seeing it. Our guide was great and very knowledgeable. I was a little surprised by how short the tour was but I suppose all you are doing is looking at the waterfall and swimming a little bit. It was also much more crowded than I expected being that it was low season but that was certainly not the fault of the tour company.

06/11/2018

Our guide was fantastic. There had been a lot of rain the night before so the first pool under the falls was too crazy to get into but the water was so cold there wasn't much swimming anyway. The stairs though? I was aching for 2 days afterwards! Be aware, these stairs are no joke!

06/10/2018

Didn’t need a guide to walk with us down to the waterfall.

05/13/2018

Our guide exceeded expectations. He was knowledgeable and great at finding animals

04/27/2018

This was the only excursion that felt like it could have easily been done without a guide. He was very nice, but we could have just taken a taxi. No regrets though, it was beautiful there!

04/13/2018

The waterfall was beautiful but we opted not to walk down to the base of it - too much of a hike for my husband's bad knees. We anticipated this ahead of time. So, with time to spare, our guide took us into town to look around and at our request, recommended a nice little café to buy some sandwiches.

03/29/2018

It was fun for one time. It was a lot of effort (steep walking) for such a short tour. WE enjoyed it, but probably would not do it again.

03/15/2018

Very nice morning.

03/14/2018

Having read about the hundreds of steps leading to the waterfall and back up again I was expecting some serious sweating and huffing and puffing. Turns out the steps are perfectly even cement/metal steps and while there are a number of them it was still easy going. Also you can take breaks as you need them.

03/02/2018

if you are not a swimmer-no need to go-guide was not enthusiastic

02/13/2018

a must see

02/12/2018

This was described as a hike, it was a few hundred steps. We could have gone by taxi ourselves. The guide was a nice man but added very little- he said he was a driver and being a guide was not his usual role. It was disappointing because it was described as a half day hike- it was over very quickly

02/07/2018

Driver was very accommodating and helpful.

02/05/2018

Another great experience. The guide Eric, was very knowledgeable, really nice. We saw a snake that we didn't know what it was so he looked it up for us. The trail to the falls was beautiful and the falls were spectacular. Small group only 4 of us so that was nice and we were the first to arrive at the falls.

02/04/2018

It was a nice trip.

02/02/2018

We were not told it was 500 steps to the falls. So we didn't do the hike as the other couple went to the bottom and back. within 1 hour. I thought we could swim there but the current was to fast.

01/31/2018

Great tour.

01/26/2018

This was a shorter activity than expected, but was very enjoyable

01/25/2018

Very fun; DAVID, our guide was Awesome

01/14/2018

Guide could have had better information, limited English, not very outgoing. Weather did not cooperate very well either.

01/11/2018

Enjoyed talking with guide but wouldn’t need one for this activity

12/31/2017

There had been a lot of rain which meant we could not swim and I thought there may have been more to the tour than just walking down and back up.

12/24/2017

Guide was good but I think not totally necessary. He talked to us on the bus and while we walked downstairs to the Falls. Otherwise not too much interaction.

12/19/2017

We were glad that the weather was good (and not rainy) for our hike to the waterfall, which allowed us to swim.

12/18/2017

Underrated experience

12/04/2017

Ya' gotta swim here! Lovely!

11/18/2017

Too many stairs but the waterfall is worth it.

07/12/2017

I am glad we went early, because there were sooooo many people there.

07/04/2017

Not much of a hike, not much chat from the guide

07/02/2017

We could not swim directly under the falls due to rain but we were able to swim on the side. Our guide more than made up for the dreary weather. He was very informative about Costa Rica wildlife and took us on a trip to town to make up for the fact we could not get into the area of the falls.

06/18/2017

Beautiful!

06/08/2017

very nice tour, the waterfall was incredibly crowded with American tourists so we did not stay long, but it was overall a pretty quick excursion. Loved hiking up and down the stairs! very easy.

05/30/2017

The guide was great. The waterfall was beautiful. We didn't stay the entire time at the waterfall because of a storm. Per our request, the guide took us to a chocolate store/factory. Again, very patient and courteous.

05/02/2017

The only reason this waterfall did not get a 10 is because it had rained an extreme amount that morning and when we got to the waterfall we were not allowed to swim at the bottom which was one of the main reasons we were going. We were not upset I turn by this because we knew there was a chance this would happen. The waterfall itself was absolutely gorgeous and we were able to see some howler monkeys pointed out by the guide.

04/17/2017

We loved this and our guide was great. We loved the swimming at the end of the hike.

03/27/2017

Great support from our guide & information & transport.

03/25/2017

We expected a longer hiking experience, and again, more of a wilderness setting. I would not rate this excursion as a 'must see'.

03/18/2017

Amazing

02/17/2017

This was a really beautiful excursion, and our driver was very patient with me as I took my time ascending the 500 steps. He also allowed us time to look around after seeing the waterfall, which was really nice.

02/16/2017

It was a shorter than anticipated day, but none the less beautiful. Should have more guards around falls as tourists are very curious.

02/15/2017

Did not meet the expectations I felt the tour description provided.

01/09/2017

Heavy rain. No need for a guide, could go by ourselves.

01/06/2017

very impressive and powerful waterful.

12/28/2016

This was excellent. Our guide was extremely interested in his job and took his responsibility seriously teaching us about all the plants on the botanical garden trail to the falls. At the bottom was the base of the falls and it was impressive in January. Very cool. You can swim in the river if you want at the bottom. It is a long walk back up so be ready to have sore legs in the morning.

12/11/2016

Very nice and accommodating driving staff.

11/22/2016

Gorgeous waterfall. Loved the time that we got to play in the water.

11/20/2016

Edwin was a great guide - he even took a side trip after the hike to show us La Fortuna. He had great stories about the history of the region, too.

10/09/2016

Phenomenal too!

10/06/2016

It is a beautiful waterfall but it's a very quick tour and probably one you don't need a tour guide on (he was very friendly and informative though).

08/29/2016

This ended up being a private tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable, we got a history lesson on the walk down. The waterfall was beautiful. We stopped on our way to see a sloth and some toucans.

08/06/2016

Michael, the guide was very friendly and appears to be a part of the family. He met our personal needs.

08/05/2016

this was a little disappointing. Our guide did not offer too much information and did not seem to be enjoying himself. Falls were beautiful, but I didn't feel it was worth all the effort.

08/01/2016

Once again our guide was wonderful and we are great full that we had Shayla as a guide and have been able to extend our meeting into the beginnings of a friendship. We are still in contact with each other and are looking forward to possibly helping her and her son with an international education experience. What a wonderful lady!

07/09/2016

While this was something we could have arranged on our own having a guide was very nice. They stopped on the way so we could see some wildlife and he was there to explain a lot about the plants on our way down to the waterfall. Plus it was nice having someone to watch our stuff while we ran around and swam!

06/08/2016

Knowledgeable guide and a beautiful hike to the falls.

05/27/2016

I thought this tour was a half a day. We would have liked spending more time in the waterfall but the others in the tour were ready to go early. It was nice of the guides to bring towels for us. The Waterfall was beautiful.

04/12/2016

Great tour,however, quite physically challenging. I would not recommend to anyone who is not in good physical shape.

03/21/2016

It was fun and the guides were very good. It was extremely crowded due to Spring Break, but that was to be expected during this time of year.

03/06/2016

we were picked up at 7:30 in the morning. Going to a waterfall to swim was not appealing as it was chilly out at that time. The entire trip took about 1.5 hours...hardly worth it. The stairs were a bit of a challenge for my husband coming back up.

02/28/2016

This was my least favorite activity. The falls were beautiful, but seems to be more of a destination for younger people who want to get in the water, regardless of how cold it was.

02/27/2016

Just beautiful hard walk back up

02/25/2016

The number of stairs was as promised. The fact that they were uneven and of different types made walking down a bit more challenging. We saw people attempting this in flip flops--not recommended.

02/21/2016

Would have been very easy to go on our own since we had a rental car, very close by our resort. Don't really need a guide for this. Wish you had advised of this and we could have chosen a different activity through you.

02/17/2016

The guide was so nice and provided lots of information on the waterfall and the surrounding area. We really enjoyed the hike although my husband wasn't able to make it all the way down to the bottom due to an existing knee injury we were prepared for that ahead of time thanks to the very helpful staff at PTW.

02/14/2016

Driver stopped to let us take pictures of the beautiful countryside. Very patient.

02/11/2016

Again terrible weather and due to rain, could not swim. This impacted our experience.

02/08/2016

Excellent venue.

02/04/2016

It was a long hike to see a nice waterfall. Fortunately we were the first ones there so we could take our time. The best thing about our guide was learning about the politics and school system of Costa Rica.

01/23/2016

Again, a great time. Maybe didn't need a guide for this one, but he was awesome!

01/19/2016

One waterfall....

01/02/2016

A rather short tour, but we decided not to swim. Very beautiful nonetheless

11/08/2015

The falls were so beautiful! The water was cold but felt good.

10/03/2015

The tour guide was excellent!

07/24/2015

By taking this tour in the morning, we were the first to arrive at the base of the waterfall. This allowed my family to swim in the water before others arrived.

06/18/2015

Our guide was wonderful- he took some great pictures of us and he was friendly.

05/17/2015

I really did not expect to do the hike down (and back up!), but I was glad I did. Very worth it. And our driver/guide was great.

05/12/2015

Jose was an awesome tour guide. We actually ended up making friends with him and going to his home to tour his eco-garden and his family cooked us dinner, which was amazing! La Fortuna falls was a blast as well.

05/06/2015

The guide was wonderful!

04/27/2015

Again, the tour guide was amazing. He was helpful and patient and took video's with our camera that made this visit more memorable.

04/26/2015

Alan was friendly and knowledgeable about the falls. He let us swim in the falls for as long as we wanted. We never felt rushed. We enjoyed the falls. It was refreshing and fun to see.

01/12/2015

Tour guide was awesome

12/22/2014

It was very fun

12/19/2014

Of all the tours, this guide taught us the most. It would have been nice if there was a path to get right next to the base of the waterfall, but we could have waded right up to it if we had been more bold.