There are 2 park entrances. The one east of the Rio Celeste hotel (on the way to Guatuso) is the free entrance, but a much longer walk. The one west of the Rio Celeste hotel (on the way to Bijagua) is $10 per person, but shorter. Only use the east side free entrance if you are prepared for a min 4 hour hike to the waterfall and back. The path is much muddier, more obstacles (uneven ground, tree roots, large rocks, and a river to cross in your bare feet or rented rubber boots). The other west entrance gets you to the waterfall in 30 minutes, and if you go to the end to see the turquoise lagoon and water colour change, you are looking at a 3 hour hike. The hike is easier (less obstacles, but still be prepared for some uneven ground, tree roots and mud!).
Either way, be prepared for occasional rain, rocks, tree roots, mud. We went in late January.
The waterfall itself is not accessible due to an attractive cement landing, which is walled in. So you can't jump it. No swimming. But you get close enough for great pictures. The water is very chilly anyway.
People of all ages were on the trail, from children to grand parents.
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