Reserva Ecologica Rio la Fortuna

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Place Category: AttractionsPlace Tags: biological reserve, flora and fauna, forest, one day tour, pic nic, river, trails, viewpoint, and Waterfall

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  • This drop of crystal clear water of 70 meters high, is located in the province of Alajuela, 5.5 kilometers from La Fortuna de San Carlos, very close to Cerro Chato and the National Park.

    The Río Fortuna Waterfall is located in a biological reserve with an area of 210 hectares, of transitional premontane wet forest, it is part of the Arenal Volcano National Park and is located 520 meters above sea level, where the springs of our mountains and the waters of the Fortuna River arise. In order to observe this splendid waterfall, the visitor must overcome a path of approximately 530 stairs, for which the greatest safety is offered in its path and comfortable resting and hydration zones through a forest with native tress of the area. Once in front of the waterfall, you will find a wide and comfortable viewpoint from which you can freeze your memories through unprecedented and unique photographs, and finally you can take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the Fortuna River and with a unique witness (the Fortuna River Waterfall).

    Climbing the 530 stairs backup can be slow and a bit tiring, but your patience will be rewarded.  There are rest stops offering great views along the way where climbers can catch their breath. Be sure to pay attention to what may be happening in the trees and jungle. Observant naturalists can find toucans, sloths, snakes, lizards, monkeys. Also, many other exotic Costa Rican animals hiding in the rainforest flora near Arenal Volcano.  At Río Fortuna Waterfall, ADIFORT has built structures to serve the waterfall´s many daily visitors. This route to the waterfall is self-guided, has a large parking space, which is offered free of charge, as well as toilets, dressing rooms, showers, lockers, souvenir shops, lookouts, an orchid garden and the particular Río Lounge restaurant. There is also accessibility for people with disabilities who cannot go down the steps to the waterfall and for them the view of the waterfall is offered from the first viewpoint, from this point you can see the waterfall at a distance of 200 meters with the best photographs; but you can also make the journey to the orchid garden.

    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. Its route in the waterfalls is good at any time of the year, but especially during the wet season. That is when the waterfall reaches the total volume. Either way, you will enjoy it.

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