La Fortuna Waterfall Hike Tour

The journey towards the Rio Fortuna waterfall is self-guided, we have a broad space for parking, which is offered free of charge, also we have at your disposition: toilets, locker rooms, showers, rental of lockers, souvenir shops, viewpoints, an Orchid Garden and the particular River Lounge Restaurant.

We have accessibility to people with disabilities who cannot go down the steps of the tour to the waterfall; and for them we offer view of the waterfall from the first viewpoint, from this point you can see the waterfall to a distance of 200 meters with the best pictures; but you can also travel to the Orchid Garden.

The route consists of about 530 steps down to reach the impressive Rio Fortuna waterfall, where the peace and the majesty of nature will make you enjoy its clear waters and the scenic beauty of the place.

Our Recommendations

  • Closed-toe shoes for walking.
  • Carry water bottles or moisturizers.
  • Always carry something sweet.
  • Comfortable clothing for walking.
  • Bring towels.
  • Biodegradable sunscreen.
  • Biodegradable insect repellent.
  • Bring swimsuit.
  • Camera.
  • Stay on the trail
  • Do not touch the plants.
  • For children under 4 years old, use baby carriers.


Daily from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the last hour recommended to enter and enjoy every space is at 4:00 p.m.

Customer Reviews


Moira L Geary

We did not go to the restaurant or the gift shop because they were closed. Everything about this experience was perfect!

  • 2022-05-12 06:44:45

Anton Jones

This was a beautiful experience. The step were manageable , solid and good railings even though coming back up takes great effort. The view and fun in the water was exceptional with the fish in the river being a bonus for my husband.

  • 2022-05-06 07:01:20

Lisa Lang

This was my third visit to Costa Rica, and my third visit to La Fortuna Catarata. It's so beautiful! Ordering my tickets on line was easy, the staff was friendly and helpful when I checked in, the bathrooms are clean, the stairs are safer every time, and I like the new viewing platform. Thank you for keeping this natural wonder so clean and safe.

  • 2022-04-30 10:24:40

Garrett Humes

First Class! I will be back soon for sure!

  • 2022-04-23 09:34:16

Kira Heffernan

Super friendly reception, clean and well marked trail

  • 2022-04-20 17:03:48

Nicholas Ning

Great experience, thank you very much

  • 2022-04-15 20:30:31

Mark Easden

Excellent tour. Well laid out and organized.

  • 2022-04-11 08:22:10


great visit, the 500 steps were a workout on the return trip

  • 2022-04-10 21:39:58

Catherine Walshaw

Very Beautiful! I wish the butterfly and orchid gardens were in season.

  • 2022-04-09 16:02:01

Kevin Fenn

Wonderful hike to the waterfall. A little crowded once we got to the waterfall, but facilities were very clean and the trail was well maintained.

  • 2022-03-02 14:11:17

Scott Andre

We loved our first visit to the waterfall! Sadly the orchids were not in bloom today, but e did see a hummingbird, butterflies, a coati, and lovely birds and flowers along the stairs. Bathroom was very clean. I appreciate the drinking water spout too. Thank you so much!!

  • 2022-02-17 17:11:02

Chengda Yang

Nice visit. Everything is as good as expected.

  • 2022-02-16 13:11:50

Jason Drake

Excellent experience wonderful people amazing and beautiful waterfall great food in the restaurant highly recommended

  • 2022-02-11 21:37:36

Ann Endres

We had a great time visiting the falls. The stairs are no joke but worth the opportunity to swim in the falls area. Are food and drinks in the restaurant where exceptional. Also nice bathroom/changing area.

  • 2022-01-23 19:44:17

Brooke Ouellette

Lovely day visiting the falls and our lunch at the restaurant was delicious!

  • 2022-01-22 17:38:38

Manuel Amaya Quintero

Love the place!

  • 2021-12-30 04:32:51

Kajsa Ralston

Everything was lovely.

  • 2021-12-27 17:56:43


Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon.

  • 2021-12-20 21:08:23

Jeremy Garro Salas

This place is amazing! The scenarios, the trail is easy and safe, the waterfall is spectacular and the river has a nice spot to sit and relax. The food looked and tasted amazing.

  • 2021-12-11 17:07:29

william j portman

Beautiful place! Well worth the visit.

  • 2021-12-07 17:10:17