The La Fortuna Waterfall

480 Steps to Paradise

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Jade Green Beauty

Eyes gaze upwardla fortuna waterfall and rivers in admiration upon arrival at your intended destination, the magnificent La Fortuna Waterfall in Costa Rica. Cascading 200 feet or 65 meters down the water lands briskly into a clear pool. You’re required to hike 480 steps to reach its steep heights. It only takes 15 or 20 minutes but you will have a great view the whole way. It is also important for you to take your time and catch your breath on the way up so you can appreciate the panoramic views.

The best way of reaching La Fortuna Waterfall in Costa Rica is through the gates of ADIFORT. ADIFORT is a non-profit community organization that manages the property. They are on the left bank of La Fortuna River Canyon. Surely as visitors reach the start of the waterfall trail, they will enjoy panoramic views from a metal platform designed to take advantage of the vista. The trail is made up of 480 steps down to the bottom La Fortuna River’s canyon. Then you climb down the rocky shores of the river bank where you can marvel at the full majesty of La Fortuna Waterfall.

 Clear Crystal Pools 

At the bottom of the 480 step trail, there is a quiet jade colored pool with soft sands. These sands surround the boulders that turn a vibrant turquoise hue as the water gets deeper. Also, this pool makes a great swimming hole. It has clear waters, and you can see silver darting river fish. The fish energetically chase food that happens to fall in the water. The pond provides a perfect backdrop for photographs. It has a beautiful mossy foreground and gently drifting currents. The plunging waterfall pool bottom covered with rugged boulders and the mighty cascade outpour. Far too dangerous for swimming, which makes the fish pool safer for a quick dip in the water. 

What Goes Down Must Go Back Up!

For instance, climbing the 480 stairs backup can be slow going, and your patience is richly rewarded. There are rest stops offering great vistas along the way where climbers can catch their breath. Be sure to pay attention to what may be happening in the trees and jungle. Surely wildlife is easily spotted in the riparian forests of La Fortuna Waterfall in Costa Rica. Observant naturalists can find toucans, sloths, agoutis, snakes, lizards, monkeys. Also, many other exotic Costa Rican animals hiding in the rainforest flora near Arenal Volcano.

Try the El Salto Water Hole river rope swing a bit farther downstream on the same river as the La Fortuna waterfall. For 15 dollars you are certain to have a great time. At the edge of the falls, take many great pictures to share with friends or family. Or just sit down relax and enjoy a picnic meal. Your tour of the falls is great any time of year but especially during the wet season. That is when the waterfall reaches full volume. Either way, you are sure to enjoy yourself.

 

la fortuna waterfall san carlosLa Fortuna Waterfall a Sustainable Solution 

At La Fortuna Waterfall in Costa Rica, ADIFORT has built structures to serve the waterfall’s many daily visitors. It has large, clean bathrooms, picnic tables, a souvenir shop and beautiful gardens with birds among the fruit trees and flowers. In fact, ADIFORT has created one of the most prosperous sustainable projects in Costa Rica. In association with the local government, this community association runs many community initiatives like building and maintaining town roads, the town bus stop, a sports and recreation center, a new main bridge to enter La Fortuna from the east, and other projects.

Public schools in and around La Fortuna also receive benefit from ADIFORT. Support goes to its classrooms, education materials and scholarships for local students. Through the ten dollar entrance, foreigners pay at La Fortuna Waterfalls and the money spent at its inexpensive souvenir shop much goes back to the community. The community association has been a true motor of development in rural Costa Rica, particularly in La Fortuna. With the help of community enterprise and sustainable ventures like ADIFORT. 

 

 

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The La Fortuna Waterfall

The La Fortuna Waterfall

The falls crash down 200 feet or 65 meters giving great views the whole way down. At the bottom of the 480 step trail, there is a quiet jade colored pool with soft sands an...

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