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Review of Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste
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Rio Celeste Hike
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Rio Celeste and Llanos de Cortes Waterfall Tour from Tamarindo
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Río Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

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.
Great hike!

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Reviewed April 4, 2014

This was my favorite thing I did in Costa Rica. It was well worth the hassle getting there. The trail is muddy so it is not for hanicap or elderly. Don't stop at the waterfall keep going to the end where the rivers meet and change color. There are also some hot pots along the way that you can stop in and swim in the river. The road to get here is dirt and bumpy. What an adventure though. I loved it, it is my favorite waterfall I have ever seen.

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Reviewed March 29, 2014

An absolute MUST if you are in the Bijagua area. A very short and easy hike to one of the most beautiful sights your eyes will ever see! It does depend on when you go. We were there in the dry season and conditions were perfect to see the stunning turquoise water. During the wet season the river can be brown n muddy for weeks at a time.

Thank mhulkman
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

The other reviews give you a good feel for the spot. Waterfall was the highlight of the trip, stairs which seem like they are relatively new, made the viewing very doable and you can go at your own rate. As we went after a night of rain, the path was VERY slippery, amazing that none of our party of 4 fell, but we did do some slipping around and saw a few people fall, including one little boy with a superman shirt..so it was even tough for him. Road in was unpaved, and steep in a few places but not the horror listed by one of the reviewers. We saw a tree filled with hanging bird nests along the way, that was fascinating to stop and watch as the oro...... fluttered in and out.


Just think of it was another adventure, rather than a walk in the park.

Thank Margepurd
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

The place is simply beatiful but definitively it is not designed for handicapped or elder people. The road is so muddy and there is a lot of stairs, so prepare yourself for a hard journey but this is worth it.

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