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Address: Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Magic

This is just one of the most amazing places I have ever been. That blue water! That primary forest! Just magic.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
andrea h
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is just one of the most amazing places I have ever been. That blue water! That primary forest! Just magic.

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Panama City, Panama
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Río Celeste is beautiful and totally worth the drive from San Jose (4 hours) and the 3 hours (6 kms, 600+ steps, muddy hike) to and from the sites in the park. You don't only see the waterfall, you visit the "Blue Lagoon", the "Teñideros" (where the two rivers meet and the water turns to turquoise) and the waterfall. I... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

It was raining hard on the day we did this hike. It is a rough hike but come on all you thrill seekers load up on your pioneer spirit and go for it. It's muddy and we debated on whether the rubber boots/ Welles should be rented. But decided to stick with our water resistant shoes as the had better... More 

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San Pedro, Costa Rica
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Rio Celeste is one of the most impressive national parks I've seen. The water is baby blue all around, it has a huge waterfall and is just a very enjoyable hike around. The only downfall is getting there... It's a pretty bumpy road and very far away from the city. Tours are extremely expensive, so I recommend renting a car,... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

We went tubing down the Celeste, with a tour guide recommended on TripAdvisor (Odir was awesome). Thanks to the fellow reviewer that recommended! Amazing experience. Peaceful and also exciting. Great and memorable day.

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Midland, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The drive up to the park was long and bumpy, but it was breath-taking! Our little Toyota Yaris rental took it like a champ. The staff was so friendly and helpful; they were local but spoke perfect English! It was a bit rainy when we went, but hey, it's the rain forest after all. There were nice volunteers who were... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

My wife and I made the drive up from Nuevo Arenal in May. The drive up to the park entrance is about 8km and i would not recommend for a regular sedan. Once at the gate, there is an entrance fee ..$12 for foreigners I think. The trail itself is quite challenging. Pretty steep at times but it´s the mud... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

a must see, the river is extraordinary, and the wildlife and national park all make this one of the highlights of my visit to Costa Rica

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

It is a fair easy walk. I would not say hike. When we went it did not rain so it was not muddy. We saw kids and grandmas doing it. The waterfall is beautiful although there are many many steps to get to it. I do not think you need a tour guide unless it is a good one who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This is a lovely national park. We hiked the entire route and it took about 3 1/2 hours. We took the advice of other ta posters and hiked to the end and then admired the sites on the way back. We visited in April which is their dry season and it still was a little bit damp and muddy--we wore... More 

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