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Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal provided by Desafio Adventure Company

Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal

Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
8
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    6h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    8
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6833CELESTE
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We have an extra transport charge for hotels outside of our normal pick-up zone.
  • Desafio Adventure Company, 1 Kilometer South of the Redondel Río Fortuna - El Salto, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, 21010, Costa Rica We are located behind the Central Church in Downtown La Fortuna.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • A moderate amount of walking is required
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Please bring a change of clothes, sunglasses, insect repellent and water
  • Tour departs from La Fortuna
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We have an extra transport charge for hotels outside of our normal pick-up zone.
  • Desafio Adventure Company, 1 Kilometer South of the Redondel Río Fortuna - El Salto, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, 21010, Costa Rica We are located behind the Central Church in Downtown La Fortuna.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • A moderate amount of walking is required
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Please bring a change of clothes, sunglasses, insect repellent and water
  • Tour departs from La Fortuna
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Aug 26, 2020
A note from Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal
Ask about our "Pure Private - Pura Vida" upgrades to make your tour completely PRIVATE. We also have locally-handmade, 3-ply fabric masks and plastic masks for sale. Let us know if there is anything we can assist with for making your travels as safe & comfortable as possible.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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Scotwithat
Clearwater, FL42 contributions
Really enjoyed this hike to the falls. Our tour guide, Carlos, was fun and knowledgeable. He not only taught us about what we saw on the hike, but also during the ride (explaining Costa Rica’s mountain ranges, weather, situation on the continental divide and many other things. There is a chance, due to rain, that the water won’t be blue. It was when we went, but I wouldn’t have been disappointed if it wasn’t because of the hike and Carlos’ expertise.
Written July 12, 2021
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tabolden
Boston, MA139 contributions
Apr 2021
This was a moderately difficult hike with a very friendly, very prompt tour guide. Jason showed up right at the time appointed and surprisingly due to covid we were lucky enough to have a private tour. Jason was easy to talk to and informative about the tour itself and the area in general with any specific questions we had. The hike itself did have some moderately difficult parts including several parts with steps (one with 250 of so) so be ware if you have physical limitations. Although it had been raining and it was cloudy so the water was not as blue as in some of the photos it was still beautiful and the part where you could see the change of the water was especially cool. My only complaint was that Jason did not seem to be looking out much for animals as we were moving at a pretty brisk pace and we did see other tours taking more time to stop and point things out and talk about the park but perhaps he was keeping an eye out more than I knew and we were just unlucky. Overall it was a tour I would recommend.
Written April 28, 2021
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Astrid C
3 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
Had an amazing experience with Estaban, who carried a telescope the entire way and pointed out a lot of great flora (quite rainy and windy when we went, so not much wildlife to see). This forest is a great moderate-level hike (lots of steps), but I could see how it might get crowded in the high season. Gorgeous views. I was the only person who signed up and operator (Desafio) didn't cancel, which speaks highly of them. Definitely recommend.
Written December 11, 2021
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Sonia H
Draper3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Cesar was a great driver and Mauricio was a fantastic tour guide! Highly recommend. Very knowledgeable about animals and the national park.
Written June 2, 2022
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Chris O
Orlando, FL9 contributions
Our guide Carlos couldn’t help the fact that it poured raining for most of our hike. He but did make it as fun as possible and gave us a lot of insight on the area. Lunch was filling and enjoyable
Written July 23, 2021
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laura r
3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Our tour guide and bus driver were so attentive and informative. I’m still not sure how he did it, but our guide, Carlos, saw a sloth sitting in a tree from our moving van! I knew right then and there we were in for a treat.
The hike was exactly as I had imagined and was well prepared for the amount of steps and stairs I would have to complete. The views are worth every step! The lunch afterwards was delicious.
Thank you for such a fun time.
Written January 4, 2020
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Bill K
Danville, California20 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
We did the Rio Celeste through Desafio Adventure Co while staying in La Fortuna, and it was a great experience. The shuttle ride to Rio Celeste is a fun way to see some smaller Costa Rica communities and countryside. Our guide and driver were professional and fun, and spoke excellent English. The hike itself goes through some beautiful rain forest, sometimes muddy, sometimes a little steep, but not too difficult. The waterfall and the river are stunning - I’ve never seen that color blue in fresh water before. On the way home, we stopped at an excellent roadside restaurant for lunch, with delicious local food. Highly recommend this activity!
Written February 15, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

AshtonQ
Seattle, WA12 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We went on this hike during the rainy season, and once I realized the river would probably not be blue on our day, I kind of regretted booking it. HOWEVER, it ended up being one of our best experiences! Our guide, Walter, was amazing. So incredibly knowledgeable about the environment and the region's history, and life in Costa Rica. It was so much more interesting and educational than I expected, and it added so much depth to our experience. We feel so lucky to have spent a day with Walter! Pura Vida Mae!
Written September 5, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JensTrex
Frisco, TX331 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
This tour included round trip transportation, entrance fee to park, guide, and lunch. Desafio picked us up at our hotel just before 8am. It was about an hour and twenty minute drive to Tenorio National Park. #1 tip: RENT THE BOOTS!!! If you do not have heavy duty hiking boots and want to save yourself a ton of trouble, pay the $4 and rent the waterproof wellies! Best decision of the day. Hiking through the rain forest, you better believe it's going to rain and boy were we glad we had those boots. It gets super muddy - totally manageable, but with boots, there are no worries, just keep plowing through. The total hike was about 4 hours in total. Round trip it was challenging, but the views of the river and waterfall were just exquisite! It was super cloudy, so when we reached the top of the hike, we weren't able to see the 3 volcano peaks, however it was still beautiful to watch the movement of the cloud forest mist. Our guide explained the water color and sediment at the bottom where the two rivers converge - it was very interesting. After the hike, we stopped at the cafe to re-fuel. The food was good and hit the spot after a long day of work. Our hotel (El Silencio del Campo) connected us with Desafio, but we did 3 tours with this company and all 3 were smooth with no complications.
Written March 8, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Amazing :)
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Incredible Adventure!
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David & team are professional, informed and wonderful tour hosts!
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Amazing Experience of a Lifetime!
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Just do it!! Pura Vida!!
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Unprofessional, takes no accountability
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One of the most fun travel experiences I've had
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Great cultural experience!
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