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Rio Celeste

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Parque Nacional Volcan Tenorio, Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is no easy hike but worth it! There are four stops but we only did two because of time. We saw the waterfall and volcano view. Very worth the steep hike but allow time for breaks and bring lots of water!

Thank Catherine C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent hike, the best attraction in Volcan Tenorio National Park. Worth every step specially if you have rain boots and Rain-Proof jacket. The whole trail can take up to 2 hours and 30 mins. Enjoy!. Ps: USD 12 is the admission fee to access the...More

Thank adrianlmarano
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After enjoying several waterfalls in La Paz and Rio Fortuna including - we were pretty sceptical about driving for 1 and a half to Rio Celestial park to look at waterfall there. We are glad we did!!! Amazing blue water - states blue even during...More

Thank Natalya A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful Blue water and wonderful waterfall well worth the hike, but don't forget to look around you lots to see, Butterflies, flowers, Snakes !!!

Thank 303chrissie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a spot I would tell every person visiting to stop by, but only if you're ready for an intense hike. The hike to the waterfall isn't too bad, but it is all uphill. It's a moderate hike. Once you get to the waterfall...More

1  Thank dinosaursrawk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

amazing color and a nice walk very enjoyable trip and a nice place to see on the way to Arenal or to the opposite direction, we also did a night in a hotel next to the waterful and that's was a great refreshing on the...More

Thank Maayan R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This rain forest hike is pretty serious - try to do it on a nicer day - if it was raining quite hard this hike would be a pretty big mess. The rain forest is interesting but the trail is arduous - streams, rocks, tree...More

Thank 493Ron
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

We were just there when the rainy season was setting on and it started raining very heavily as we started the trek. The water gushed down and soaked you through and through. It’s muddy and messy but do carry on. When you reach the end...More

Thank N B
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

Definitely pack your hiking shoes or at least a pair of shoes you don’t mind getting muddy as the trail can be steep and muddy. Of course there are vendors who rent wading boots for around $4 USD, I would just recommend wearing tube or...More

Thank Presley1210
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

We visited Rio Celeste in August and it was wonderful. It rained off and on throughout our hike but we didn't mind at all. The rain kept the weather nice and cool. The river was still very blue despite all the rain and the trail...More

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April 20, 2018|
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Response from ZaneSG | Reviewed this property |
Yes, It is the custom to swim. It is shallow; but has a current. The water is a beautiful blue. We just went ourselves; didn't use a guide.
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April 15, 2018|
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Response from ZaneSG | Reviewed this property |
You can swim further below the falls. Lots of people do.
February 15, 2018|
Response from Roger W | Reviewed this property |
One short cut is on the Guatuso Road 143 and then left on Hwy 4, but this generally requires a 4WD vehicle. The easier driving route is taking the Hotel Mystica / Sabalito turn to the right a little past Piedras going... More