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Rio Celeste Hiking, Sloth Sanctuary & Llanos de Cortes Waterfall Tour provided by Native's Way

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Rio Celeste Hiking, Sloth Sanctuary & Llanos de Cortes Waterfall Tour

Rio Celeste Hiking, Sloth Sanctuary & Llanos de Cortes Waterfall Tour
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Tour snapshot
See turquoise rivers, waterfalls, and wildlife on a small-group hiking tour
Duration:
12h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    12h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    15
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Visit the Tenorio Volcano National Park to see a unique natural phenomenon at the site where two rivers merge and create vibrant turquoise waters. The tour also takes you to an off-the-beaten-path waterfall and a wildlife sanctuary where you can see sloths and other native wildlife. Plus, along the way your guide shares information about the region and helps you spot easy-to-miss wildlife.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Cool off with a swim and enjoy a traditional lunch
  • Get exercise while exploring the steep jungle paths
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off make the trip hassle-free
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Cool off with a swim and enjoy a traditional lunch
  • Get exercise while exploring the steep jungle paths
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off make the trip hassle-free
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 17279P13
Important information
Inclusions
  • National park fees
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Rio Celeste
  • Entry/Admission - Bijagua de Upala
  • Entry/Admission - Cataratas Llanos de Cortés
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
12h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Self Drive Option: SELF DRIVE OPTION - Meet Guide at 10:15 am @ Tenorio National Park and follow your guide throughout the tour in your own vehicle. Pick up offered from: JW Marriott, Tamarindo, Langosta, Grande, Conchal, Flamingo, RIU Guanacaste/Palace, Catalinas, Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa (Occidental, Villas Sol, Condovac), Playa Panama (Secrets Papagayo, Mangroove) Fours Seasons, Andaz, Planet Hollywood & Liberia. Please see extra fees below.
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Hacienda Pinilla, Provincia de Guanacaste, Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica Self Drive 10:15 am @ Tenorio National Park Pinilla/JW Marriott: 6:00 AM Langosta/Tamarindo: 6:30 AM W/Westin Conchal: 6:45 AM Grande, Flamingo, Potrero: 6:30 AM RIU MAIN GATE 7:00 AM Coco: 7:20 AM Secrets, Villas Sol, Mangroove: 7:30 AM Liberia: 7:45 AM Andaz, 4 Seasons, Plt Hollywood: 7:00 AM
  • Tamarindo Beach Costa Rica, Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica 6:30 AM
  • Playa Conchal, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica 6:45 AM
  • C6M5+74W, Flamingo Beach Road, Guanacaste Province, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica 6:30 AM
  • Cam. Las Catalinas, Provincia de Guanacaste, Potrero, Costa Rica 6:15 AM - ($60 extra per booking, not per customer)
  • Playa Grande, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica 6:30 AM
  • Hotel Riu Guanacaste, Playa Matapalo, RIU Guanacaste Route, Guanacaste Province, Sardinal District, 60602, Costa Rica MAIN SECURITY GATE 6:45 AM
  • Del Coco Beach, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica 7:20 AM
  • Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Guanacaste Province, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica Villas Sol, Condovac and other Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Hermosa - 7:30 am
  • Playa Panama, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica Secrets Papagayo, Mangroove and other Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Playa Panama - 5:30 am
  • Andaz Costa Rica Resort At Peninsula Papagayo - a concept by Hyatt, Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste Province, Papagayo Peninsula, 50104, Costa Rica Andaz, Four Seasons, Planet Hollywood - 7:00 am ($50 transport fee per booking, not per person) - billed separately
  • Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica, Playa el Jobo La Cruz de Guanacaste El Jobo, Guanacaste Province, 51001, Costa Rica $200 transport fee per booking, not per person to be paid directly
  • Guanacaste Province, Liberia, Costa Rica
  • Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio, M25H+8F6, Guanacaste Province, Guatuso, Costa Rica
  • Tamarindo, Costa Rica, Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, 5009, Costa Rica
  • Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa, 10 Km North West from Panama Beach Main Entrance Papagayo Gulf, Guanacaste Province, 50503, Costa Rica
  • Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
  • Guanacaste Province, Sardinal District, Costa Rica
  • Catarata Llanos del Cortés y Poza Escondida, GPF2+7M4, Guanacaste Province, Bagaces, Costa Rica
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • National park fees
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Rio Celeste
  • Entry/Admission - Bijagua de Upala
  • Entry/Admission - Cataratas Llanos de Cortés
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Self Drive Option: SELF DRIVE OPTION - Meet Guide at 10:15 am @ Tenorio National Park and follow your guide throughout the tour in your own vehicle. Pick up offered from: JW Marriott, Tamarindo, Langosta, Grande, Conchal, Flamingo, RIU Guanacaste/Palace, Catalinas, Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa (Occidental, Villas Sol, Condovac), Playa Panama (Secrets Papagayo, Mangroove) Fours Seasons, Andaz, Planet Hollywood & Liberia. Please see extra fees below.
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Hacienda Pinilla, Provincia de Guanacaste, Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica Self Drive 10:15 am @ Tenorio National Park Pinilla/JW Marriott: 6:00 AM Langosta/Tamarindo: 6:30 AM W/Westin Conchal: 6:45 AM Grande, Flamingo, Potrero: 6:30 AM RIU MAIN GATE 7:00 AM Coco: 7:20 AM Secrets, Villas Sol, Mangroove: 7:30 AM Liberia: 7:45 AM Andaz, 4 Seasons, Plt Hollywood: 7:00 AM
  • Tamarindo Beach Costa Rica, Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica 6:30 AM
  • Playa Conchal, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica 6:45 AM
  • C6M5+74W, Flamingo Beach Road, Guanacaste Province, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica 6:30 AM
  • Cam. Las Catalinas, Provincia de Guanacaste, Potrero, Costa Rica 6:15 AM - ($60 extra per booking, not per customer)
  • Playa Grande, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica 6:30 AM
  • Hotel Riu Guanacaste, Playa Matapalo, RIU Guanacaste Route, Guanacaste Province, Sardinal District, 60602, Costa Rica MAIN SECURITY GATE 6:45 AM
  • Del Coco Beach, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica 7:20 AM
  • Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Guanacaste Province, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica Villas Sol, Condovac and other Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Hermosa - 7:30 am
  • Playa Panama, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica Secrets Papagayo, Mangroove and other Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Playa Panama - 5:30 am
  • Andaz Costa Rica Resort At Peninsula Papagayo - a concept by Hyatt, Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste Province, Papagayo Peninsula, 50104, Costa Rica Andaz, Four Seasons, Planet Hollywood - 7:00 am ($50 transport fee per booking, not per person) - billed separately
  • Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica, Playa el Jobo La Cruz de Guanacaste El Jobo, Guanacaste Province, 51001, Costa Rica $200 transport fee per booking, not per person to be paid directly
  • Guanacaste Province, Liberia, Costa Rica
  • Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio, M25H+8F6, Guanacaste Province, Guatuso, Costa Rica
  • Tamarindo, Costa Rica, Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, 5009, Costa Rica
  • Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa, 10 Km North West from Panama Beach Main Entrance Papagayo Gulf, Guanacaste Province, 50503, Costa Rica
  • Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
  • Guanacaste Province, Sardinal District, Costa Rica
  • Catarata Llanos del Cortés y Poza Escondida, GPF2+7M4, Guanacaste Province, Bagaces, Costa Rica
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
12h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 19 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Rio Celeste
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Finca Verde Lodge
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Cataratas Llanos de Cortes
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Native's Way
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
    Pass by
    Tamarindo Beach
    Playa Matapalo
    Playa Langosta
    Playa Conchal
    Tamarindo
    Playa Hermosa
    Playas del Coco
    Playa Panama
    Playa Flamingo
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Monica
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
We did the Rio Celeste tour and it was absolutely amazing. Words and pictures really don’t do it justice. Gustavo was our tour guide and he was the best. You can feel his His love, passion and pride for his county in the way he explains and gives information.

I would 100% recommend taking a light raincoat because it will rain in spurts. We were able to buy plastic ponchos from a local for $3 it did the job.
Written 11 January 2022
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Tim Sullivan
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
Feb 2022
Be prepared for a full day of driving. We were picked up at the Riu Palace and then picked up other guests along the way before making our way. We stopped for breakfast. We would recommend that people eat a good breakfast because for us anyway lunch was closer to 4 PM. We enjoyed the day very much and the lunch was terrific! Our guide was great and we enjoyed swimming at the waterfall and in the river. Water shoes and a rain jacket would be handy. Even when you think there's no way it will rain!
Written 1 March 2022
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Joseph A
2 contributions
Jan 2020
This 1/2 day excursion was a wonderful experience. The waaterfalls were simply amazing...water cold but view was breathtaking. The animal sanctuary was exceptional with the number of indegious animals that were there along with birds, insects, and all different varities of colorful plants and flowers. Our guide was unbelievably informative and answered all of our questions while also showing us up close to tree frogs, butterflys and tree monkeys. He took pictures for us thru his telescope and I would highly recommend this excursion. Bring comfortable shoes, a camera and get ready to eat a wonderful lunch home cooked right there at the outside cafe they took us to.
Written 24 January 2020
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Mariana S
3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Was very excited for this Rio Celeste excursion, however disappointed for a couple of things that did not turn out the way they were supposed to. The tour guides and bus drivers were absolutely amazing though! Nothing negative about them.
The Llanos de Cortes Waterfall tour ended up being closed the day I went so 1/3 of the activities I was supposed to go on (& paid for) did not happen. The trip was also stated to be a 12 hour trip which ended up being 14 hours because of how many bus stops and changes there were. I calculated we waited an hour at one stop just because the other buses were behind and we had to wait for people to transfer.
I contacted the business manager through their WhatsApp explaining my concerns about how the trip went and about the fact that 1/3 of the activity I paid for I did not get to go on. He read my message and did not respond. Not well managed.
Written 2 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hola Mariana! We do apologize for Llanos de Cortes Waterfall being closed due to flooding and wait times at stops. We never intended for you to feel ignored and have no problem issuing refunds when we didn't deliver what was promised. It is standard for us to offer a partial refund on the rare occasion Llanos de Cortes is closed. Your tour was on June 1. Management does not directly attend to our Whatsapp and on June 2 your case was sent to management for review. We have just now reviewed what happened and have already issued a partial refund. We hope you accept our apologies and we will try to speed up our process of getting complaints to management for review. We are happy you enjoyed the rest of the day :) Gracias y Pura Vida!
Written 3 June 2022
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Gil S
32 contributions
I believe we got the oldest vehicle in their fleet to take us in the journey. The vehicle was hot dirty and I’ll
prepared with no gas as we had to stop to get fuel along the way. The guides didn’t prepare and get ice for the coolers so the water was hot in 98° weather (even though we stopped at a convenience store along the way). They were more concerned in eating their breakfast it seemed at a tourist trap they stopped at. Our guide had to kneel and turn to us to speak to us about the tour. He wasn’t very informative and mostly rambled with no cohesive program. Norberto didn’t even educate us in the beautiful turquoise color of the waterfall we visited. Lunch was good but the journey was not worth the $135 cost. You could probably find a better company or we just had bad luck with our guide and driver.
Written 20 April 2022
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Claire H
8 contributions
Jan 2020
Perfect in every way! The tour has a little of everything, a short walk through the woods, a little wildlife, swimming by a waterfall and viewing another. When it came to strenuous activities such as the lengthy staircase to the bottom of the falls, it was optional. The guide always encouraged us to do whatever felt comfortable.
Written 8 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jonypic
12 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
The hike at Rio Celeste was the highlight. The guide gave the option of a shorter hike with a swimming (outside the park) or a longer hike. Our group chose the shorter hike with swimming. The hiking was moderate and you were highly trafficked, well maintained trails the whole.

The location for lunch was beautiful with views of the volcanos. Plus, the traditional Costa Rican dishes were delicious.

Overall this tour is “touristy” but still very enjoyable. The driving was broken nicely with convenient stops for coffee, food, and bathroom breaks.
Written 28 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

480ranjanar
New York City, NY2 contributions
Apr 2022
I booked this trip last minute after some travel delays for other family members left me solo in Costa Rica for the weekend. I am really glad I did. Our guide Jorge was very knowledgable, and the day trip provided a really great mixture of the natural beauty of the country along with immersive and educational experience about the flora and fauna. Everything was well organized and operated like clockwork. I had a pick up at a different location from the rest of the tour group and coordination and communication was clear and everything worked seamlessly.
Written 19 April 2022
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Tim Peterson
2 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Booked the trip from Tamarindo, a long drive but our guide Gustavo Ramirez was a great source of knowledge to pass the time between stops, from Costa Rican history to information on local ecology. Once there, he was a great source of information on the local Flora and fauna, having degrees in ecology and a lot of field experience. Personally very interested in local birds, he was able to show us some we normally would not see due to the volume of tours and time of day. Highly recommend the tour and can't say anything better about Gustavo. 6/5.
Written 10 March 2020
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Andrew S
3 contributions
We had an amazing time experiencing just some of what Costa Rica has to offer.

Gustavo and Jose truly took care of our family and explained the history, microclimates, and wildlife to us as we experienced swimming by waterfalls, rainforest hikes and viewing vipers, frogs, birds and more. Also, have Gustavo stop at the milkshake stop on the way to the rainforest! They are amazing.

Rainforest tip, bring a poncho or an umbrella. They do sell them there of course. It does rain in the rainforest. Heavily. 😂.

The ride is long but it’s worth it. Lunch is amazing with beautiful views. You can’t dial it up much better than what we had.
Written 19 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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