5. Bajos Del Toro, Costa Rica
La Fortuna Waterfall (Spanish for “the fortune”) is located in central Costa Rica, in the Alajuela Province. In Spanish, it is known as Catarata Fortuna. The waterfall drops about 70−75 meters and is located at the base of the dormant Chato volcano, about 5.5 km outside of the town of La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano. It is fed by the Arenal River, which travels through the rain forest in the Arenal Mountain range until it plunges over the cliff, forming this waterfall. The admission is $15 USD for adults and $15 for children over 6. The hike down to the waterfall is a short but arduous one, along a staircase carved into the hillside. Guests are encouraged to swim in the stream and small rapids below the falls, and there’s a lifeguard on duty. There are restrooms and showers in the guest facilities atop the cliff, along with a restaurant and gift shop. It should take 10 minutes to go down and about 20 to get back up to the parking lot. Open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.