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Rio Celeste

Parque Nacional Volcan Tenorio, Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Parque Nacional Volcan Tenorio, Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was by far one of the main highlights of our trip! The hike was about 2.5 hours in total. It was a great little work out with amazing views! Definitely go to all the view points along the trail, if you don't you will...More

Thank Lluis A
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beware the trail is exceedingly muddy, but you can hire wellington boots at the entrance - I wore walking shoes and was ok, but they were wet through and very muddy The trail is Ok, steep in places, but perfectly doable.- if you can take...More

Thank UkGailJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

Slightly tougher hike than expected because of elevation changes and mud, but worth it. Beautiful place, but watch children carefully and go with caution when things are wet. Waters are most intense blue in March or April, but pretty in December too.

Thank MoonstruckArtist
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day we went through the rainforest to Rio Celeste, it was well...raining. Can't control the weather, so we pressed on. With that said, I wished I had brought boots. The hike to get to the water fall was very muddy, because there was so...More

2  Thank BeachyKeen68
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica. The blue water color and waterfall were amazing. Make sure you walk to the lagoon, hot springs, and the end of the trail where the water turns blue and mixes with the clear ater. It is...More

Thank kengyoung
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two seemingly regular streams blend into one - and it turns an otherworldly blue! This felt like paradise. The waterfall captures the imagination beyond control. What a place to be! If you're not sure if it's work the trek, then I've got to tell you,...More

Thank mullernathan
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Recent improvements to access road and interior hiking trails has made this a great tourist attraction. Water really is robin's egg blue due to mineral mix. Lots of wildlife to view on trail in to waterfall.

2  Thank sandsspencer
Reviewed 18 October 2017

We've been driving to Rio Celeste from La Fortuna. The street at the end was very pumpy, but they are already working on it. We highly recommend going there because it looks so unreal, but it isn't! Just amazing!

3  Thank sabrinatra
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Wow this place is amazing. The hike to the waterfall is not to hard but it does have a lot of steps. Then to the river area it is a hike over roots and mud if it is raining. We did it in the rain...More

3  Thank Scoutwonderworld
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Nice walk with lot's of flower/plant and wildlife viewing in addition to spectacular falls and river views

2  Thank Roger W
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Beth H
28 November 2017|
Response from Roger W | Reviewed this property |
Guanacaste is a province, so I don't know where you are coming from, but Tenorio Nat'l Park includes the Rio Celeste falls and is accessed from Hwy 4 or 6 from the West or East respectively. Road 143 from near Nuevo Arenal... More
5 November 2017|
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Response from Roger W | Reviewed this property |
I generally wear quick drying nylon convertible hiking pants with zip off legs whenever I spend a day outdoors in Costa Rica. Rain comes and goes quickly and locals use umbrellas mostly for sun and just let clothes dry as... More