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La Fortuna Waterfall Costa Rica

Set just outside the town of La Fortuna, this 200-ft waterfall is a great place to picnic, swim or take photographs. The falls emerge from a thick jungle before plummeting into an emerald green pool below.

Those that have brought along swimming suits and a hearty sense of adventure can swim in the chilly water below the fall. Others can enjoy a picnic along the rocky shoreline or a round of nature photography – indeed, it’s hard to take a bad picture in a place as beautiful as this.

The fall can be arrived at by foot or on horseback. The trail runs through pasture and rainforest, offering up chances to spot toucans, monkeys, and other tropical creatures. It takes about 15 minutes to hike down the stair set to the waterfall and an hour to arrive by horse. For more information on visiting the waterfall by horseback, please visit our page on the Horseback Ride to the La Fortuna Waterfall.

A local non-profit association administers the waterfall. The entrance fee is $15, with all proceeds being reinvested into local conservation efforts.

Please see the La Fortuna map to find the waterfall’s precise location.

If you’re looking for other outdoor activities near the La Fortuna area, you might be interested in the Río Celeste and Tenorio Volcano Hike. This hike winds through both primary and secondary rainforest and has rewarding views of a blue-tinted river and waterfall.