During our stay at the Arenal Observatory Lodge our guide Kevin took us on a dayhike in La Fortuna to a spectacular waterfall! This invigorating hike took us down 600 meters, 480 stairs, to the base of this natural wonder. Water spills forcefully 70 meters, 230 feet, to a swimming hole where Rio Fortuna dumps into another tranquil spot for swimming! This hike was not for the faint of heart. We received several “warnings” from other foreigners that we should not venture down due to “my condition.” (As if pregnancy had its limits)! We pressed on and did get quite a workout but if you know me I am always up for a physical challenge.
Cool Hammock shop on the drive in!
For my equine-loving friends!
Aspen…you can see the waterfall in the distance!
It was extremely windy at this lookout…
The girls took an adventurous route with Kevin!
Mark and the kids being extra adventurous, (safety was never sacrificed).
Cool emerald pools below the waterfall are perfect and safe for little ones.
Beautiful yet powerful.
Havana and I cooling off!
If there is sand…let there be castles!
Dakota and I
A quick video of Mark and the girls!
It gets very steep!
This hike was fabulous! Our 4yr. old did the entire hike alone. Bring plenty of water, your camera, bathing suits, a couple of quick-dry towels, bug repellent just in case, a first-aid kit and some dried fruit and spend a couple of hours here!
Information regarding park entrance fees:
We found that for a family of 6, entrance fees, water, snacks and souvenirs always ended up being around $100. We had a wonderful connection prior to our departure that sent us a link to every possible adventure in each area. As a family we sat down and decided ahead of time which of these adventures were most important to us and saved accordingly.