La Catarata de la Fortuna
The La Catarata de la Fortuna falls are the trailhead for this seriously strenuous five- to six-hour climb to the beautiful lake-filled...
Arenal Observatory Lodge
This lodge was built in 1987 as a private observatory for the Universidad de Costa Rica. Scientists chose to construct the lodge on a...
This reader-recommended centre, 3km east of town then 600m down a dirt road, has a well-developed trail system that’s good for...
Restaurante Linda Vista
Down in Chachagua, this roadside soda with fabulous views is about 500m south of Villas Josipek. The nice ladies running this place...
La Catarata de la Fortuna information
You can glimpse the sparkling 70m ribbon of clear water that pours through a sheer canyon of dark volcanic rock arrayed in bromeliads and ferns with minimal sweat equity. But it’s worth the climb down and out to see it from the jungle floor. Though it’s dangerous to dive beneath the thundering falls, a series of perfect swimming holes with spectacular views tiles the canyon in aquamarine. Keep an eye on your backpack.
From the turnoff on the road to San Ramón, it’s about 4km uphill to the falls. If you decide to walk up, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Cerro Chato as you hike through pastures and past the small hotels lining the road. You might appreciate a stop at Neptune’s House of Hammocks . You can also get to the waterfall on horseback or by car or taxi.