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Address: Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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$129.00*
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Rio Celeste Hike
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Río Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal
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Celeste River Hike at Tenorio Volcano National Park

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Most Beautiful Place in Costa Rica

Rio Celeste for us was the highlight of our Costa Rica's trip. If you plan a trip to Costa Rica you must include Rio Celeste and as a tip rent the boots at the entrance you will... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Rio Celeste for us was the highlight of our Costa Rica's trip. If you plan a trip to Costa Rica you must include Rio Celeste and as a tip rent the boots at the entrance you will need them and won't regret it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were looking forward to see the blue water were god washed his paintbrush after he painted the sky. Unfortunately, we experienced some heavy rainfall when we arrived at our hotel near the national park and we didn't expect to see the blue water anytime soon. However, after a beer we found the strength to put on our softshell jackets... More 

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was my favorite place to visit on our whole 11 day trip! It was absolutely beautiful and the hike was gorgeous and relaxing also. The only thing I must mention is to wear hiking boots or rain boots cause there was a TON of mud on the trail. Think deeper and thicker mud than you've ever seen. Very... More 

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1 Thank ChristinaNak
Seattle, WA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hard to rate since we didn't actually get to do the hike or see the falls. We attempted to go in December. It had been raining a lot so we weren't expecting pristine blue. Not sure how we didn't know this but both the national park entrance and the entrance at the hotel were closed due to poor conditions, trees... More 

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1 Thank readyforsomesun
London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had already organised a private tour guide via our hotel (Desafio - see separate review). The drive into the park is quite rough, with some steep inclines and rocky patches so if you are doing this without a local driver just be aware in advance. We came from the Arenal eastern side (Guatuso) and done the 7k hike. Unfortunately... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a guided hike of the park, but I don't think that's necessary. The trails are very well signed and not difficult. Go first to the higher lookout-point and the confluence of two rivers that make the Celeste colour. There are interpretive signs in English to help. Then go down the stairs to the waterfall. On the way out,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The hike was definitely worth it! The views were incredible. The stairs look daunting, but make sure you go down them to see the waterfall! I recommend hiking the whole trail so you can stop at each of the lookouts. Make sure to bring shoes that can get muddy, and know that they've got a hose near the beginning of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great place. Nice walk (about 30-45 min one direction). Color is unbelievable. At one spot you can see (and smell) the sulfur odor bubbles. We also spotted several animals (small snake, and white-nosed coati). Not many people, most likely due to the 20 min rough road you need to get there. But because its not so crowded its even better.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Luckily on our last day in Arenal, Tenorio Volcano National Park opened up again after closing for a while following the hurricane in early December. We are so glad we got the opportunity to see the Rio Celeste waterfall. It’s about a 3-4 hour moderate hike in total on very muddy grounds, lots of uphill, lots of stairs, one stream... More 

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Woodbury, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Tenorio National park yesterday, and it was a short drive from our hotel, Rio Celeste hideaway. The trail was amazing, but at some points, very steep and challenging to people who are unfit. It is also extremely MUDDY and we finished with our hiking boots covered. So definitely bring boots. Unfourtanately, we came the day after rain... More 

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