La Fortuna Waterfall, Costa Rica

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La Fortuna Waterfall
(es) Catarata Fortuna
La Fortuna Waterfall Pool.jpg
La Fortuna Waterfall in 2006
Location Costa RicaLa Fortuna, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
Coordinates 10°26′53.15″N 84°40′05.72″W / 10.4480972°N 84.6682556°W / 10.4480972; -84.6682556Coordinates: 10°26′53.15″N 84°40′05.72″W / 10.4480972°N 84.6682556°W / 10.4480972; -84.6682556
Total height 70-75 m
Number of drops 1
Watercourse Arenal River

La Fortuna Waterfall (Spanish for "the fortune") is in central Costa Rica, in the Alajuela Province. In Spanish, it is known as Catarata Fortuna. The waterfall drops about 70−75 meters and is at the base of the dormant Chato volcano, about 5.5 km outside of the town of La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano. It is fed by the Arenal River,[1] which travels through the rain forest in the Arenal Mountain range until it plunges over the cliff, forming this waterfall.

The admission is $15 USD for adults and $15 for children over 6. The hike down to the waterfall is short and arduous, along a staircase carved into the hillside. Guests are encouraged to swim in the stream and small rapids below the falls, and there's a lifeguard on duty. There are restrooms and showers in the guest facilities atop the cliff, along with a restaurant and gift shop. It should take 10 minutes to go down and about 20 to get back up to the parking lot. Open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.[2][3][4][5]