La Fortuna Waterfall Hike Costa Rica

(Last Updated On: May 8, 2021)

Even though we were traveling in Costa Rica outside of the rainy season, we still had plenty of rain…every day. The good news is that with rain in a tropical climate comes the rainforest. And if  you’re lucky, waterfalls. And we were.

The La Fortuna Waterfall was about a mile away from our cabin in the Arenal Volcano area of Costa Rica. As with most days we had rain during this mostly uphill hike, along with sun, and more rain. But in addition to ever changing weather there were a lot of interesting sights along the way.

pig by coconut stand
Local Showing Us The Way To The La Fortuna Waterfall

This pig was wandering along and came up to greet us in the muddy road.

Traveler Palm
Costa Rica Traveler Palm

We found a huge Traveler Palm behind a frequent sight in Costa Rica – the living fence. Sticks from a special tree in Costa Rica will grow when placed in the ground. The are typically bound with wire and wallah – instant natural fence.

Living Fence
Living Fence

We also passed by a wood carver who had a talent for letting the wood speak to him revealing the art that lived within.

Rasta Carving
Rasta Carving with Bike Chain Hair

This long-eared cow seemed unimpressed with our efforts at climbing the muddy road to the La Fortuna Waterfall.

Costa Rican Long-eared Cow
Long-eared Cow Looks On As We Travel Up The Hill

Just before we reached the waterfall park we came across a parking area for horses complete with hay.

Horse Parking
Horse Parking

It costs $10 each to enter the park and according to their advertising the fees went toward assisting with community projects.

From the top of the park you can start to see a peek of the waterfall in the distance.

Arenal Waterfall
Arenal La Fortuna Waterfall In The Distance

After climbing down over 500 steps you reach the river at the bottom.

River Flowing From Waterfall
River Flowing From Waterfall

On the other side you are rewarded for your effort with a close up view of a huge thundering waterfall surrounded by jungle.

Arenal Area Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall

Along with a secondary waterfall off to the right that is also an impressive sight.

La fortuna Secondary Falls
La Fortuna Secondary Falls

Enjoy your accomplishment, because soon you will be faced with the 500 plus steps you need to climb to get back up the muddy trail. But despair not, there is a bar at the top featuring cold local beer and margaritas to encourage you along.

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6 thoughts on “La Fortuna Waterfall Hike Costa Rica”

  1. Looks like a fantastic hike. As a bit of a plant but, super curious by the living fence. Love the idea of using something that is living and consistently getting stronger as the years go by instead of deteriorating… Makes me think of the living bridges in India.


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