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La Fortuna Waterfall (Costa Rica)

Coordinates: 10°26′53.15″N 84°40′05.72″W / 10.4480972°N 84.6682556°W / 10.4480972; -84.6682556
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La Fortuna Waterfall
(es) Catarata Fortuna
La Fortuna Waterfall in 2006
LocationLa Fortuna, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
Coordinates10°26′53.15″N 84°40′05.72″W / 10.4480972°N 84.6682556°W / 10.4480972; -84.6682556
Total height70-75 m
Number of drops1
WatercourseFortuna 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 Fortuna 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 $20 for foreign adults, $9 for Costa Rican adults, and $0 for any children under 8.[2] The paved hike down to the waterfall is over 500 steps along a staircase carved into the hillside. It takes about 10-20 minutes, and there are places to stop and sit if needed. 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.[3][4][5][6]


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  2. ^ "La Fortuna Waterfall frecuently asked questions".
  3. ^ "La Fortuna Waterfall - Costa Rica". Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  4. ^ "La Fortuna Waterfall". Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  5. ^ "La Fortuna Waterfall". Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  6. ^ "La Fortuna Waterfall". www.arenalonline.com. Archived from the original on 24 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2022.

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