I recently went with a friend went with Costa Rica waterfall tours on their Jungle Trekker. They offer tours of several hiking levels, but I like a little more of a challenge and this one is considered moderate to difficult.
The hike itself starts off heading downhill into a cool damp and inviting gully. We explored the area a bit and the pools at the bottom which were perfect for swimming, and you can even hope from pool to pool all the way up to the large waterfall on a good day. With the recent rainfall however, our guide Vlad, felt it was safer to take the trail and go around. And as adventurous as I like to be, I definitely was glad he made that decision for us.
When we arrived to the waterfall, we were able to get right up next to it and feel the immense force of the water. A couple of other tourists and I ventured out onto a rock near the falls for a good photo, but wow!!! was it ever more than I expected. 600 ft is a long drop and the splash of the water nearly blew me off.
The hike back up was a bit intense if you are not used to physical exercise, but it is really pretty short so just when you are not sure if you can do it....you are already there. And for those who are concerned that they may have consumed too many margaritas and beachside fair while on vacation, it is a perfect way to burn off a few calories before heading back home. Nothing beats the beautiful scenery here and getting off the beach and exploring inland Costa Rica is a must do.
I highly recommend this company when you are traveling in the Jaco area. Venturing out to view the waterfalls is a must do activity, and with an amazing guide you will discover so much more than venturing on your own. This tour was well worth the money spent and one of the best days I had in Jaco.
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