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“A wonderful encounter with nature” 4 of 5 stars
Review of San Luis Waterfall

San Luis Waterfall
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
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Los Angeles, California
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12 attraction reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“A wonderful encounter with nature”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

“Wonderful birding spot”

During our January visit we were unable to reach the waterfall due to some trail repair. We did enjoy a lovely walk on the forest trail to the work site. The trail is now open to the falls. The highlight was sitting near the feeders at the start of the trail and watching the show of colorful birds zipping in and out. While there we had a nice visit with the couple who lives at the farm at the trailhead. We then walked down the dirt road to the University of Georgia Research Station. There was good birdwatching along the way. Some aggressive white faced capuchin monkeys entertained us. You can either drive to the start of the waterfall trail, or take a taxi.

Visited January 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

A beautiful hike down the mountain of Monteverde! I recommend hiking down the Trocha, the view is gorgeous and the small San Luis town has a totally different ambiance from Monteverde. A beautiful day trip. It would be good to call a cab back up the mountain. The house at the entrance to the waterfall is beautiful. Alicia, who owns the plot of land through which one has to pass, was in the region before the Quakers settled in around the 1950s. It's great to support local families! Take good hiking shoes, a camera, and a jacket.

Visited February 2013
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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“Good hiking beautiful waterfall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

After 45 minutes of good walking in the middle of the mountain, around the little river, with a wet tropical weather very sunny and with high humidity, but with well made trails, some kind of stairs -for an easiest access- you finally get into a beautiful waterfall, with very cold water.

After come back, there are natural drinks, fruit juice, free water, and local snacks like empanadas.

Try to get early (before 9 AM) to avoid highest temperatures, and walk at your own way.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Hidden adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

My partner and I had had a poor experience at one of the organised cloud forest sites, so we needed an interesting activity for the afternoon. We saw it on the map and set off on a 2+ hour walk down hill. Had no idea what to expect. It was down a long long road with amazing views of the coast. We got there and was welcomed by a lovely family. Paid them $8 (if think) and walked through their garden for another 20mins. We were the only people there and it was fan-blooming-tastic. It change my view of Monteverde 100%.
We sat in their cafe eating homemade cake and watching the local wildlife for over an hour and then got a taxi back for $20.

Visited January 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A 'must do' for your Monteverde activity list”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

A grueling drive, but once you're there, it's a 30-minute hike to one of the most spectacular sights in this section of Costa Rica. Go early (arrive by 9 or 9:30) and you'll most likely have the waterfall to yourself until 11 or 11:30.

Visited January 2013
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