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“Still a pearl in Costa Rica” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste
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Río Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Alajuela
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Turrúcares
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Still a pearl in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

The Río Celeste is one of the national parks in Costa Rica. Don´t expect a lot of wildlife, but nature is very impressive. The wonderful blue lagoon and last but not least the amazing waterfall with all that colors. It´s a tough hike but worth to do it when it is not raining.

Visited November 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Amazing tour experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Waves and Trails Travel arrange a private tour with a nice organic lunch for our family overlooking the blue river, Roberto the tour guide was very professional.

Visited October 2012
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Great hike, bad road”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

The hiking at Parque Nacional Tenorio is highly advisable, thanks to the beautiful Rio Celeste waterfall, but the road towards the park is really bad and 4WD only.

Visited November 2012
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Ciudad Quesada
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“Worth to be seen!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

It takes like 2 hours if you do it fast. But it is sooo nice experience, good hike and you will keep beatiful pictures and memories

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Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
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“One of Costa Rica's top nature hikes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

If you are up for a little more strenuous hike with a huge pay-off, Rio Celeste on the side of Volcan Tenorio is one of the best in Costa Rica. Take the Inter-American south of Liberia and turn left on Route 6 before you reach Canas. A rough but paved road leads up past Upala, and here there are a selection of resorts to choose from [more on this later]. Many choose to spend the night here so that the proper time can be given to prepare, enjoy and unwind from the hike. We recommend a guide, available at any hotel, and sturdy shoes. Beyond Upala, your guide will lead you to a rough dirt road that leads up the side of Volcan Tenorio and into the cloud forest. We saw a sloth on the way that the guide seemed to know would be there, high in a tree. I guess that speaks to how slowly they move. The rough, seemingly endless road ends at a Visitor's Center with a restaurant in an extremely remote setting. From there, the 3-hour loop hike can easily stretch to 4 hours as you discover the Blue Lagoon [see photos]. We saw a green basilisk dance across the azure water from one side to the other. If your guide is knowledgeable, he/she will show you where the Rio turns from clear to blue as it crosses a vein of copper sulfate. There are bubbling hot pools in the river that we soaked in [although I have since heard this is no longer allowed]. And then, at the mid-way point of the hike, is the big pay-off. This amazing waterfall plunges into a blue lagoon that you can wade in. In fact, you'll need to take you boots off to cross the river and follow the trail.
So many more experiences await you on this trail, but I will save that discovery for those who find it.

Visited October 2011
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