When I was planning on sights I wanna see when I get to the Arenal/La Fortuna I penciled in the waterfalls in La Fortuna. Especially when I read that this was "the waterfalls" at the beginning credits of the hugely successful movie Jurassic Park. I simply have to go see it.
Just 6 km outside of the town of La Fortuna, the waterfalls is easily accessible. First I must show you how the roadways are in these parts of Costa Rica. When they want you to slow down, we normally get a speed bump. In Costa Rica, they give you a span of unpaved road in between paved lengths. This supposed to slow you down, it does slow you down. I just thought it's pretty unique to do that.
Entrance fee is either $7 or $8, I cannot remember now. There is a visitor's center near the entrance where you can get some souvenirs.
The image above is quite familiar with some of the scenes in Jurassic Park.
According to one site I read, the descent to the waterfall thru this trail is 10 minutes and 20 minutes going back up and the site also used the word demanding. I agree with the terminology used. It is demanding. I have seem younger people, more fit than I am that found the hike up quite challenging. I also disagree with the estimated time they gave. It was more than that for me, or was I hooked on taking pictures?
The waterfalls drops 70 m and lies at the base of a dormant volcano amidst the lush tropical paradise/rain forest.
The pool of water where the waterfalls drop is perfect for swimming. However we chose to swim a little farther away where the waters are calmer.
Here, this is the spot we found dipping was perfect. Water was cold. It was raining as well, with thunderstorm. I just sucked in my fear of thunders and enjoyed the experience.
And then we found out we were trespassing :(
Note that I cannot find anymore reference to this waterfalls as the one they used in the opening credits of Jurassic Park. Does anybody know for sure if this was the one?