La Fortuna Waterfall is not a sight to miss. Hidden in the depths of the jungle this waterfall is a popular attraction to visit in La Fortuna. In Spanish it is known as “the fortune” and it’s not hard to see why. With its long vertical drop and green emerald pool at its base, it’s not hard to resist.
There are some things you should know before visiting including times, admission and location. Here’s a Quick Guide to the La Fortuna Waterfall:
Location: Located 6 km outside of La Fortuna, at the base of the Cerro Chato volcano. On Diagonal 301 road.
Park Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, open every day.
Admission Fee: $11 adults and $5 kids
Hike: Easy down / Medium up
The waterfall is located at the end of a road, just a few minutes by car outside La Fortuna. There are a few small restaurants and hotels on the road but don’t expect too much. We decided to walk it from our hotel down the road which clearly wasn’t a good idea. What we thought was a quick 20-minute walk turned into a 40-minute uphill stair master challenge. We definitely got a little too much sun that day.
There is a small entrance fee to visit the waterfall which is $11 for adults, the price didn’t seem too bad as the property was really well maintained and beyond gorgeous. The trail down to the waterfall was clean, convenient and there was even a lifeguard down by the pool. But, before you head down the 500 steps check out the various lookout points of the waterfall above.
There are restrooms, shops and restaurants in the park in case you need to grab a bite to eat or a souvenir of your visit. The air conditioning was really helpful inside the shops to cool us down afterwards!
The view on the way down is incredible. There are a few benches along the way if you want to stop and admire the waterfall from a distance or check out the scenery. Once you reach the bottom you can explore the grounds or jump right into the pool. Be careful if you get close to the waterfall as the currents are quite strong. The swimming area is actually really small so you’ll always have a visual of everything. But nevertheless, always be aware of your belongings as there is nowhere to put them but the rocks in front of the water.
If you’re looking for a smaller and calm water pool area there is one to the left of the waterfall which is better for swimming and for the little ones. The pool leads into this river where it is quieter and more relaxing. There are rocks everywhere make it very easy to sunbathe on or dip your feet in the water.
To get back up it’s about a 15-20 walk back if you take a few breaks here and there. Overall, it’s a great spot for all ages. I recommend going in the morning before the crowds or in afternoon when it hype dies down. Prepare by bringing snacks and drinks and of course wear comfortable shoes for walking.