Rio Celeste
Rio Celeste
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Taygreat
    Tampa, Florida29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crystal blue waters
    Rio Celeste is definitely worth the drive! The water is breathtaking! This is something that you don’t want to miss! The hike takes about 2-2.5hrs with plenty of breaks. There’s a bathroom outside the entrance which is clean. Parking cost $4 and the park entrance was $12.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Amy C
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit with family
    Beautiful water and gorgeous waterfall! Lots of steps but doable. Our family of six hikes there and took tons of beautiful photos and hiked back. We entered at 1:00pm and left the park at 2:30. We bought sliced pineapple from the vendor in the parking lot right next to the entrance (parking $4). I recommend this lot and you must pass the parking attendants in the left side of the road to get to this lot on the LEFT right beside the park entrance. We also walked across the road to get some refreshments after the hike. Fun day!!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Tracy J
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must-Do Hike!
    This is considered one of the best hikes in Costa Rica for a reason! Not only will you see abundant wildlife as you navigate the trail, the waterfall itself is spectacular and the chance to see the blue river and where it changes color is something extremely unique. Along the way, you'll be treated to a majestic lagoon and a bubbling section of the river. Parking was easy right outside the park (for a small fee). I would recommend going early to avoid crowds. Parts of the trail have significant grade and could be muddy or slippery when wet. Be sure to continue past the waterfall to the end of the trail, or Tenidero. No wading or swimming is allowed inside the park, but you can wade in the Rio Celeste at the bridge crossing just outside the park (you will cross that bridge as you approach the park).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2023
  • gluten free traveler
    83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    We stopped and did the hike on our own on our way from Springs Resort to Dreams Las Mareas. A perfect way to break up our trip and a driver stayed with our stuff. Definitely a sight to behold and highly recommend. There was some steep parts and stairs but nothing too difficult. Took us two hours to do the whole thing.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • CC-CT
    103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but touristy
    It was beautiful, it’s gets a 4 for that but it is touristy location. There is just so many people and we were there in the off season. You can’t swim here, you can just look at the falls. There appears to be more to hike but it was closed off when we were there. You will pay a fee to enter, it’s a provincial park fee. You need to register first then pay but they have wifi there it’s just slow to do. There are guides that will do it for you as well, it’s a little faster and there is no extra fee.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Anne0319
    Kingsbridge, United Kingdom191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A truly beautiful waterfall!
    A really lovely waterfall that is truly one of a kind. I have never seen a waterfall so blue before! To see the very clear definitive colour flocculation too between the two rivers was also something I will never forget. It really was a picture perfect waterfall that looks exactly like a holiday brochure! I’d say it is definitely worth the trip and you won’t be disappointed. However, be aware that the park is very busy. We got there pretty much as soon as it opened and there were already lots of people there. The earlier you get there, the better I think. As we were leaving we noticed how quickly the park filled up, so definitely be an early bird!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Christine B
    Toronto, Canada30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous falls are your reward on this ambitious hike!
    Ambitious hike with LOTS of stone stairs! Wear good shoes!!!! Many hikers were wearing flip flops?!? Gorgeous falls. A great side trip. Go early morning to avoid crowds!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 12, 2023
  • Janine P
    Red Deer, Canada2,527 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Scenery
    I took a one day tour from La Fortuna (1.5 hour drive away), and had a great guide ( Crystal) lead us through the trails, looking for wildlife and explaining things we came across. Trails can be slippery and when raining, puddles form quickly, so be prepared with gripping footwear. Binoculars may be good to carry, as well as a raincoat/umbrella. Check in allows you to bring no food into the NP.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 14, 2023
  • Logan S
    14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking view with a couple caveats.
    This was a worthwhile experience. The hike to the falls was not particularly challenging; however, if someone is not in good physical condition they will need to take their time. There are two things to be aware of though. The first is that beginning this year you will be required to register online to enter the trail. My wife and I were blindsided by this when we showed up, the staff were not particularly helpful, and the website is in Spanish only so be sure to take this step ahead of time. The second is that you’d be better served to visit this fall on a sunny day because the rainfall makes the trail much more treacherous and turns the beautiful turquoise water and nasty brown.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 15, 2023
  • EBtravelerNj
    East Brunswick, New Jersey78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking 2 ways!!!
    This was well worth the drive from La Fortuna. It took about an hour and a half but we enjoyed the countryside and stopped in an excellent Soda on the way for a yummy pre-hike breakfast. Getting to the park was easy. The signage was good. The hike was easy to start. It was about 45 minutes to the waterfall and then the steps down to the waterfall were steep and high. I don’t care for heights so i found this challenging. Once at the bottom a beautiful waterfall is in front of you with amazing blue water!!!! The trek back up the steps was nothing compared to the hike to the end of the trail to see where the two rivers meet and create the blue water. That was difficult in spots but well worth it! I was captivated by the color of the water along the trail but out of breath. Bring water to drink and no snacks. Snacks are not allowed in the park and your bags are checked upon entrance. Try to get your tickets in advance because you can only get them online but they will help you do it there if you don’t have tickets.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 17, 2023
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ilyssa r
enfield11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
The trail was very cool! once you go down to the waterfall the coming up part from was definitely a hike. I'm a hiker and my legs were on fire but I also didnt stop I kept going. The hike took is around 2hr and 45min to complete. The views were beautiful we hit it on a sunny day so we got to see the water at its brightest color. We got there at 10:30am, there were no bugs, and we didn't need mud boots as the trails weren't muddy. The food outside of the trail was much needed after all the sweating we did. We got the chicken skewers and a watermelon with water smoothie and it was amazing! definitely recommend this hike! We also took this tour on our own since we rented a car, a tour guide isnt needed to find this. Roads are well paved in costa rica and we had a GPS.
Written February 15, 2021
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Angelina R
19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I brought a group of young adults to Rio Celeste. We were a large group of 15 arriving around 10 a.m. We had to wait in line for tickets which didn't take that long. We hiked up to the waterfall which was an easy uphill hike. Some parts paved, some parts muddy. When we got to the "top" where the trail down to the waterfall was, we realized there was a line to get down to the view. The staff were letting people go down as people came out. The wait here was longer than tickets. We eventually got down (and they were nice enough to let all 15 of us go at once). We had a few minutes at the waterfall to take photos and soak in the view, before we were encouraged to go back out to let others come down. We went on a rainy day but it was still nice. I recommend the stop and just be ready to wait if you go during the busy season like we did.
Written January 15, 2020
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mike g
Phoenix, AZ50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We did not go into the Tenorio National Park. However, we visited the free pool and it was tremendous ! Simply put "Rio Celeste Fee Pool" into your GPS and you will find it. Right underneath a bridge is a beautiful river and a blue color lake that you can swim in. It is a bit chilly but sooooo worth it. It was one of the most beautiful things we saw in Costa Rica. We felt like we got a great benefit of the unique blue water without the time, effort and expense of going into the park. When we visited there were 2 or 3 people there, so we pretty much had it to ourselves. We went in late November just after a couple days of rain and were afraid the water would be muddy. Nope !! Striking blue water. Highly recommend.
Written December 18, 2022
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nicci0
Galveston Island, TX49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We spent a morning hiking the trails to the point where the Rio Celeste turns blue and to the waterfall itself and it was a fun hike, not too strenuous, but not super easy. The forest definitely feels like a rainforest and the trails were wet and muddy in places (the tourist center will rent mud boots). The trail to the merging of the rivers was pretty hilly, and the trail down to the waterfall had a lot of stairs, but both trails are well-maintained. The stairs are a little steeper here than at the La Fortuna waterfall, and there are fewer places to rest, but it also didn't feel quite as crowded.
The blue of the water is SO BLUE and really worth seeing. The point where the rivers meet and create the blue color is really interesting and there is a nice informational board there to explain the science. We also had the added attraction of a coati begging for snacks, which delighted my daughters.
Our guide told us that the waterfall gets very crowded on the weekends. We visited the week before most Americans have a spring break for school, and were there on a Thursday and there were many visitors, but we didn't have to wait in line to get down to the waterfall.
This is a great hike, a gorgeous natural wonder, and definitely worth the trip if you enjoy nature and hiking.
Written March 11, 2020
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Leemacpar
Nova Scotia, Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had all our belongings with us, and had concern about making this stop and leaving everything in our small suv. We brought a piece of black fabric with us and used it to cover our luggage, which worked perfectly to hide the contents of the hatch. The hike itself was beautiful! It rained, and I mean it REALLY rained, and we were soaked to the core, but we didn’t even care because we loved this place so much. We left the waterfall to the end and hiked to the end of the trail first and then made our way to the falls on our way back. This way, it left the falls for a grand finale, and I’m glad we did it this way, it worked well for us. There are some steep sections of this hike and if you aren’t in halfway decent shape, you may struggle a bit....I saw many a strugglers. As I mentioned, it rained a lot, therefore the trail was muddy in places. We wore good hikers, so it wasn’t a problem for us, but I saw some wearing poor footwear for the conditions. Also, because it rained so much (did i mention how much it rained, lol) the water was diluted, so it was not the brilliant blue colour we saw so many pictures of. It was a bit disappointing for us, but it was still absolutely beautiful, and we don’t regret going at all. The falls themselves were impressive. There are a lot of stairs to descend to reach the falls, therefore a lot to climb on the way back. Once again, you may struggle if not in decent shape. There is lots of room to take a rest on the way up though. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this beauty to anyone looking for a waterfall.
Written April 1, 2020
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Gery V
Toronto, Canada19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
We visited this place friends and our moms. We went there on our own, it’s not difficult to find so you don’t need to take a tour, when we got there it was well organized, there plenty of people there to provide answers. You don’t need a guide to make it to the falls or walk the trails, we got one however his name is Bryan Montoya (IG: @bryan_mntoya) we did not regret getting him, he was very helpful telling us facts about the trail, showing us animal tracks we otherwise would have missed, worth the money in my opinion. The falls are nice, the water is as advertised, what I liked the most was the surrounding nature. This place is worth a visit.
Written February 12, 2021
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M S
Columbus, OH66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Getting up to the National Park coming from the west is a beautiful drive through the rainforest. One you arrive at El Pilon station it is sort of confusing where to park. The National Park itself has zero parking. So the locals are charging $4USD to park in the lots. Then $12USD per person for entry into the National Park. Pay entry for the park at the National Park building. The hike to the falls is great. It was somewhat crowded so a park worker regulates how many people go down the stairs to the falls. The falls are stunning. The climb up the stairs may be difficult for some as they are steep and possible slippery. We received some heavy rains along the way but it was still fun.
Written February 19, 2020
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Jason S
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Nice hike which I would consider easy. Beautiful blue waterfall and river. You don't need a tour to do this. We drove there ourselves from La Fortuna (roads ok) and paid $12pp to enter - good value for money.
Written January 25, 2020
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MrsGlacier
Canton of Bern, Switzerland9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Nice blue river and waterfall. 13 USD entry. Photogenic, but smells like a sulphur, so you won't stay there for too long.
A parking tip:
Don't go where the people in neon vests try to navigate you. It's their private parking for 2000 colones and it doesn't belong to the park.
Instead of that park your car at a small soda/restaurant/ with red roof. You can see it easily, across the road from the park entrance and slightly to fhe left.
You can park for free if you buy something.
We found this as a really good option - saved 2000 on parking, spent that on refreshments. Soda has good local prices and tasty home-like food and refreshing juices.
Recommended.
Written May 10, 2021
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Jeff7520
Castle Rock, CO379 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Was a must-do for us on our trip and it didn't disappoint. Don't worry about mud, rain, mosquitoes, or humidity. Just enjoy the trails and try to get there ahead of the tour groups who can turn the tranquility of the rainforest into a zoo. Go as far as you can. My youngest was sweltering and we had to stop short of further goals but still had a great time.
Written June 2, 2022
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