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Rio Celeste Camping

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Rio Celeste Camping

Is there any camping available within the park where Rio Celeste is located or anywhere near it? I am looking for a remote area to camp.

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1. Re: Rio Celeste Camping

Not sure why you posted this in the Tamarindo forum....... but......... yes, there is camping around Bijagua (the closest town to the National Park) and there is camping near the Park entrance but not inside the Park.

Casitas Tenorio is near Bijagua, a farm with a remote area for camping and under a plastic roof so no issues with rain. www.casitastenorio.com It's a beautiful place and rather wild with a great trail through some of the remaining rainforest on the land where you can see sloths and monkeys.

They can arrange transportation for you to the Park for the hike to the Rio Celeste and a guide if you want one.

Otherwise, there are several places near the Park entrance that have basic lodging where you could probably camp. It's a pretty remote area, all in all, and has really nothing "touristy" about it.

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There is one location to camp, it is small cabin/hotel location where the park entrance is also located (at the top of the mountain). Note that Bijagua (the nearest town) is bery small, not touristy, and very limited when it comes to food options/transpo options. Make sure you have cash before you get up to top of mountain/entrance (no atms around Bijagua, town, only in the main town).

Definitely recomend the cabins, clean and inexpensive, and have necessary ammenities. Camping may be messy due to rain.

An option too is staying somewhere like Arenal Volcano and taking day trip out to Tio Celeste. Tourist office there can recommend packages that do this.

I recommend hiring one of the tour guides as they know everything and will point out all plants and animals and take you to special locations!

Hope this helped! Let me know if you have any more questions!

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Make sure to reserve a room somewhere before you make the trek. There are few places to stay around there and we had to drive all the way back to liberia after driving for hours trying to find somewhere to sleep. Bill has pretty popular place....http://www.lacarolinalodge.com/ must make reservations though..

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4. Re: Rio Celeste Camping

Not sure why you had such a problem, chef, unless it was Easter Week or Christmas Week.

There are several places near the entrance to the Park, including Rio Celeste Hideaway, Rio Celeste Lodge, Posada Cielo Roto, Posada La Amistad and a couple of others. Celeste Mountain Lodge is about half way between the Park entrance and Bijagua. La Carolina is about 7 km from the entrance to the Park.

In nearby Bijagua, there are quite a few places to stay - about 12 or so. Perhaps you just couldn't see them while driving around in the dark. Did you stop and ask anyone?

And, of course, there are places to stay in both Canas and Bagaces - a lot closer than Liberia. Maybe you just weren't familiar with the area.

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5. Re: Rio Celeste Camping

We are going during the last week in December and early Jan. We are already staying in the area in a hotel but wanted to get a camping experience in our trip. Is camping in the park highly enforced?

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6. Re: Rio Celeste Camping

There are no facilities for camping in the Park. You would have to bring all your own gear, including food an drinking water and bring plastic bags to take out your waste.

You could probably get away with it --- but why? Most of the National Parks don't have enough funds to have constant patrol by rangers, that's true. However, you should check the news stories of the past few years of hikers getting lost forever in National Parks by going off the trails. Some have never been found. And for those that have been found, the government and the Red Cross have ended up spending lots of money and time and energy to find them.. Please don't be another "news story!"

You would be better off to just spend the day leisurely exploring the Park.

If you want a "camping in the wild" kind of experience, I would contact Heliconias Lodge in Bijagua. They can probably set you up on their property, right on the edge of their rainforest.

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