Starting at $59 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 91.5% (173 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 90.2%
  • Expectations: 89.4%
  • Guides: 93.0%
  • Logistics: 93.2%
  • Value: 91.5%

08/03/2017

I think we could have done this tour without the guide. He talked a little bit. When it was time to go back up the steps, the guide was impatient and that annoyed me. The waterfall was beautiful.

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.