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Address: Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Definitely worth the hike

We were advised to hire a guide for this hike and we're glad we did. Jeffrey was very nice and knowledgeable and the falls and thermal lagoons were amazing! This is a definite... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We were advised to hire a guide for this hike and we're glad we did. Jeffrey was very nice and knowledgeable and the falls and thermal lagoons were amazing! This is a definite must-see while in Costa Rica!

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Riverview, Florida
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The walk to the waterfall was paved and not arduous at all, and to actually view the falls and the blue lagoon was amazing... the blue color of the water is incredible, even when it is overcast

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Its just magic. If I had seen this a couple houndred years ago I would've sworn a fairy could come out anytime and probably of you drink the water you would've stayed forever young. The trail is rocky and slimy, thiving with snakes, strange plants and all sorts of cloudy forest things, which all look disturbingly mysterious behind the fog... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Río Celeste is not a tourist attraction adorned with infrastructure. It is not in a town that caters to tourists and travelers in bulk. In fact the natural attraction is over an hour drive on remote dirt roads, a long hike, and there is not a swimming area contrary to popular belief. That being said, my friend and I caught... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Don't get me wrong the view of the Rio Celeste is totally beautiful but to get there to see the view you have to work really hard. The road (there is no road) to get to the park is filled with big pebbles, I was worrying about my car breaking down to drive on that road. Try to avoid driving... More 

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Greer, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We must have picked a bad time of year. We stayed in a hotel close for two nights and had torrential rain both nights. When we went to the park, the waterfall was muddy and no blue water at all. I guess we will have to plan a trip back. It costs 1000 colones to park, 12.00 per person entrance... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Hikers will love this place. I'm 54 and had no trouble getting back to where the two rivers meet. And that is where the magic happens. We had a private guide for the day and he was very knowledgeable about all the wildlife and vegetation as well as how the chemical reaction between the rivers create the beautiful blue color.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Amazing experience. The aqua blue water, and waterfall are absolutely stunning, and worth the drive. The hike is moderate, and less than 1 hour. No swimming is allowed in the park. We saw lots of monkeys along the way, and other exotic birds. Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Rent the boots if it has been raining, well worth the price. We did the short hike and it was very nice, although for people who really don't walk at all it may be too much

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Don't get me wrong, I love this place but I'll explain why I am not going back again. The location of this attraction is far away from the capital - me and group of friends decided to take this discounted tour. There were 3 total buses full of people who wanted to see the nature's best blue falls. The travel... More 

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Address: Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Tenorio Volcano National Park

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