Hidden deep inside the jungles are some of the most beautiful Costa Rica waterfalls you’ll ever see! They vary in size and shape. Each unique in it’s own style and beauty. Since, there are dozens of them, some you shouldn’t miss off your list. These jaw-dropping wonders of nature, show the true beauty of Costa Rica. Chasing waterfalls has never felt so good before!
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Rio Celeste Waterfall
Costa Rica’s most fairy-tale looking waterfall. At 90 meters tall, this powerful waterfall drops into the pool of light blue water. The vibrant colour of the water, created through the chemical reaction of two transparent rivers. Best time to visit Rio Celeste waterfall is during the dry season (December – April) when the sun is more intense and the colour of the water more vibrant due to minerals reflecting more light. Since, the poor road condition to Tenorio Volcano National Park where Rio Celeste waterfall is located, attracts far less tourists than it should, thus making it a perfect hidden gem. The hike is easy, but the trail can get very muddy and slippery during rainy days. Additionally, there is a $12 entrance fee. Read my whole article dedicated to visiting Rio Celeste to find out more.
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La Fortuna Waterfall
Located in La Fortuna, where the tourist-favourite Arenal Volcano resides. La Fortuna waterfall sits at the base of its neighbour Cerro Chato Volcano. This 70 meters magnificent waterfall can be seen from a distant viewpoint, as well as you can get down close to it and swim in its pool. Easy trail with only 500 steps down will get you to the base of the waterfall. There is also $10 admission fee to the park. Needless to say, it’s a popular tourist attraction in La Fortuna attracting many crowds, so it’s best to arrive early. If you’re visiting La Fortuna, you can also read my article about other fun activities to do there.
La Paz Waterfall
One of the privately owned Costa Rica waterfalls. Moreover, the ecological park features hikes, waterfalls and animal sanctuary with as many as over 100 species. So, if you don’t have a lot of time to spend in Costa Rica, it’s a great place to experience the best and all of Costa Rica in one place! The entrance to the park will cost you $44. You can check out their website here.
Catarata Del Toro
Hidden in the cloud forest, right next to Poas Volcano. Claimed as one of the largest (90 meters) and most magnificent of all of Costa Rica waterfalls. Catarata del Toro drops into inactive volcano crater. The hike, although not long, can be challenging, because the poor weather conditions can make the trail difficult to use. Therefore, make sure to wear a good pair of hiking boots. It’s another secluded place, where you can experience incredible nature and wildlife. The ticket to go in cost $10.
Although, it might not be as powerful as the previously mentioned waterfalls, but it’s definitely one of the most mesmerising ones in its unique layout. You can get to there by hike (2.5 miles long) or horse ride. The top section as well as the lower one can be reached, so you can get different perspectives of the cascade. The top section falls down 65 meters into the first pool, then continues to flow over the second layer to the bottom pool. Located in the rainforest in Dominical region. Entrance costs $8.
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Located in Bagaces (30-minute drive from Liberia), Llanos de Cortez waterfall is popular for its wide shape (15 meters) rather than the height (12 meters). Beautiful streams of water coming down the giant cliff. Also, you can swim at the base of it. The hike to reach it, although very short and takes only few minutes from the entrance, but it’s quite steep. It’s free to enter, but donations are welcome.
Los Chorros Waterfall
Found just outside San Jose, in Grecia. This is another one of Costa Rica waterfalls that’s off-beaten path. Stands at 40 meters. It’s an easy 10-minute hike to get to the waterfall. There is an admission fee of $6.
Surrounded by rich green plants and wildlife, near Rincon de la Vieja National Park. La Cangreja (‘The Crab’) is 40 meters tall. The trek to get to it is 5km (3 miles) long. Moreover, you can swim in the refreshing, cool water.
This gem is hidden deep inside the jungle in Las Tumbas. The hike is difficult and takes about 2 to 3 hours up the mountain. Two waterfalls flowing over the cave at 183 meters. Furthermore, there are also caves that can be explored, which makes it more mystic experience. It’s only accessible by a tour, which costs $90.
Last but not least! As the name says it, this one is found in Montezuma. Moderately difficult 20-minute hike will get you to the set of three waterfalls. Tourists are attracted to it, as they can jump from the first layer of the waterfall into the pool of water. You can go up higher, but the higher you go the more difficult the trail becomes. Admission is free for the lower section. However, to go up to the second tier, there’s a $4 charge. Best to wear water shoes or non-slippery with sturdy grip.
Finally, to help you plan your journey beforehand, here’s a map with all the mentioned Costa Rica waterfalls pinned. Just to make your waterfall chasing a bit easier 😉
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