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Tenorio National Park

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Address: 100 miles N of San Jose | 10.673°N 85.015°W, Costa Rica
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Crown jewel of Northern Costa Rica

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US$111.00*
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Blue River and Tenorio Volcano National Park Hike
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Rio Celeste Hike and Horseback Ride

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Hidden Gem

These are exactly the kind of spots I look for when traveling abroad (not touristic and beautiful). Very nice hike, no need for a guide (there are signs that tell you where to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 October 2016
Eran L
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

These are exactly the kind of spots I look for when traveling abroad (not touristic and beautiful). Very nice hike, no need for a guide (there are signs that tell you where to go) and no need to rent boots (the mud isn't that big a deal). We loved it!

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Carolina, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

One word to describe this is Amazing. The Rio Celeste Waterfall is breathless!! Its hard to get there and the roads are very rocky, but with time and patience :) def worth it!! You can't swim but when you get down there is a river down the road by the bridge next to a little Hostel/Hotel that you can get... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We had spent a couple of nights at the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel and we wanted to do the hike at the parque. Getting to the Parque is quite the adventure. We were in a Toyota Yaris car. Getting to Rio Celeste hotel the last 4 Km were unpaved. I did my best to avoid the rocks, but we did... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

My wife and I left early (5:30 am) in the morning from The Palms in Flamingo Beach. I've been driving a Tucson Hyundai for the past 2 weeks (Economy Rentals, very good deal, professional people). It ISN'T a 4 wheel drive (you DON'T need to rent one!) If you have never driven in dirt roads, I understand your feelings about... More 

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

After driven on the long bumpy road for hours, we finally reached the park. Then we were told the park is closed. The road is incredible bad, rocks ( not pebbles) exposed. Make sure you have a spare tire ready. You might be instructed to take Route 927 by GPS. Avoid that! It's a long long dirty road in very... More 

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Chalfont St Peter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

• As guide-books state … hardly visited! The blue Celeste is amazing! • The track that starts just north of Bijagua is 9km of potentially tire-shredding rocks! Our 2-wheel-drive got there and back, but took 40 min each way in dry April and I’d would highly recommend a 4WD if you want to protect your car hire CDW! Don’t know... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

Great hike of the park. Rio Celeste was incredible. The road is an experience (and requires a serious car). Road - Long dirt road entering park (probably 20-30 minute drive), grade is steep with a) large, loose rocks and b) deep rivets from erosion. We had a Nissan x-trail which handled fairly well (though there were a few moments where... More 

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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

It's a nice hike through the forest of the national park with several points where you can see the blue waterfall, the lagoon, and finally the point where the blue water is formed due to a chemical reaction and the sun light. The place is just beautiful. The blue water is stunning. If you are lucky you can even see... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

All of the photos you've probably seen are of the waterfall when the sun is shining and there hasn't been any rain. The problem is that it rains ALL THE TIME in the Tenorio National Park area. ALL THE TIME. It's very rare to find a 24-36 hour window where it isn't raining and hasn't rained for a while. Which... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

The national park is a great attraction but you must be careful the path way is extremely tough The walking path is completely rough with larger parts with muddy and very slippery Its 2 hours walking to see the water fall and rio Celeste.You should take a stick to help your walking In the way back the tour stop in... More 

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