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Review of Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste
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Río Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal
Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Alajuela
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

We came here on a very expensive day tour from La Fortuna since we didn't have a rental car, and my wife and I both thought the cost was worth it! What a beautiful place and an enjoyable hike!

Two responses to other reviews:

1. True, you cannot swim in the river/waterfall, but we did not see any police bossing people around, nor was it particularly crowded.

2. The hike is not that hard if you are in remotely decent shape - the people who are complaining that the hike was too strenuous must never get off the couch.

Visited January 2014
4 Thank stopthebus
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“The waterfall dilema”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Several years ago a kid drowned in the waterfall because of the curret so on the high season there are some police guys that dont even let you get near the waterfall its frustrating after walking 3 kilometers of a mud terrain and not take a dip or even a good look. Try going on the low season or really early or late at afternoon where there is no police .

Visited January 2014
1 Thank Nataliaruizh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“A natural wonder!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013

When researching what to do while visiting Costa Rica, this was on my must do list and it did not disappoint. The park is beautiful and the amazingly blue water was breathtaking! We went during off season, when it is possible that rain storms can wash the blue color out, but luckily, the water was still a brilliant blue when we went. (I've heard the best month to go is February.) The hike includes beautiful rainforest scenery and views, a phenomenal blue river with a waterfall, draw bridges and natural hot springs to soak in. You cannot swim in the river due to the natural chemicals that make it's blue hue, but you can go in the hot springs, if you choose to. If you enjoy being in nature, hiking and seeing natural wonders, you will enjoy being in this park.

Travelers tips:
-The unpaved roads to the park are horrible. A 4WD car is a must. Even with a 4WD car, expect to be knocked around and to have to drive very slowly.
-The signage to the park is not obvious, so use a GPS to get there.
-The hike itself is not easy. Expect mud- lots of mud. I mean ankle deep mud. There are rubber boots to rent at the ranger station, but we made it ok with hiking boots. Just understand your shoes will get very dirty.
-The hike is not easy meaning there are hills and lots of rock stairs and then adding the muddy conditions on top of that, make it a challenging hike. You will sweat, your leg muscles will burn, you will be breathing hard. Even with all of that, I still highly recommend this hike!
-Go earlier in the day so you don't feel like you have to rush. The park closes at 5pm.
-Bring plenty of water and maybe some food.
-A rain jacket isn't a bad idea if you want to stay fairly dry
-bring a swimsuit and towel for the hot springs if you plan to soak in them
-and of course, BRING A CAMERA!

Visited November 2013
8 Thank Chelsey D
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Annapolis, Maryland
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“Waterfall was nice, but no wildlife”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

Was told we would absolutely see monkeys and sloths even, yet not one thing was in the rainforest on our hike to the waterfall. We signed up for a 1-2 hour hike (to the waterfall), but were taken on a 3-4 hour hike, which was not what we wanted to do. We didn't realize it until we got home. The guide was really nice and told us a lot about things in the rainforest. We saw one monkey on the drive out of the area, a couple toucans and some other birds. So at least we saw a monkey finally...We were beyond exhausted when we got home due to the long hike, and weren't able to have energy to go out that night, which we had intended. The drive from Tamarindo to Rio Celeste was about 3 hours, so it was a very long day. The hike was just a 'hike' to see the waterfall, but I've seen better in Puerto Rico's El Yunque rainforest. And you can swim in that one--unlike this one.
I wouldn't recommend it unless you're staying close to the area.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank TBoH
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“Gorgeous, rent a car and go see it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

We decided to rent a car from Fortuna to do this hike and other things in the area - so glad we did. Quoted at $115/pp to take an 8 (I think) hour tour here with a bunch of other people, we paid less for our own car for two days and were also able to do Venado Caves in the same day. We got to the park entrance (there are two, and I'm not sure which we were at) just after 8 am, when it opened. It is about 1.5 hours from Fortuna. There were people at the entrance to answer questions and show us the map of the area. We wore rubber boots, although with the amount of mud, I think we could have gotten away with our Chacos.
We came first to the spectacular waterfall, and had it all to ourselves! Then we continued up along a milky blue river to the point where the two normal colored rivers mix and change to blue. So pretty. At this point, we did see a group of 3 people that had come in from the other entrance. Other than that, we saw no one until we were almost back to the beginning. Highly recommend doing this hike first thing in the morning. Super beautiful, I'm glad we were able to get there. We found it no problem w/ GPS - never would have found it with just directions. We booked it pretty fast, but we aren't in excellent shape, and it took 2 hours. I think this was fast because the guy at the entrance thought we had just gone to the waterfall instead of doing the entire hike. We did see some wildlife, including a 4 foot oriole snake that startled us both!

Visited September 2013
6 Thank Erinandaaron
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