Must visit Waterfalls in Costa Rica
Rio Celeste Waterfall
The Rio Celeste Waterfall is located in Tenorio Volcano National Park (northwestern Guanacaste) and is world-known for its hypnotic blue color. According to local legend, when God painted the sky, he washed his blue brushes in the river, turning the waters into a majestic turquoise. Scientists discovered that the water that flows through this unique river is actually a product of a chemical reaction between minerals from the park’s volcano (Volcan Tenorio) and the rainforest. The Río Celeste becomes blue at a point where two clear-water rivers merge, at a point called El Teñidor. El Teñidor translates to “The Dyer” in English.
Along the trail you can also see thermal hot springs and a blue lagoon. Swimming is prohibited due to unknown effects of the volcanic minerals, but the views and lush wildlife are completely worth the 2 hour hike. The best time of year to visit this breathtaking location is during Costa Rica’s dry season between December and April.
One of Costa Rica’s most stunning waterfalls, Nauyaca, is located in the South Pacific region, remotely hidden in the depths of the rainforest. Visitors can either hike, horseback ride or take a 4×4. The trip to this waterfall can be a little hard, but completely worth it! Plus, while going through the 2.5 mile trail, remember to keep an eye out for the incredible wildlife of the area, including exotic hummingbird species!
One of the falls is forty-five meters high in free fall, and the other is twenty meters high with a tiered fall, forming at the bottom a 1,000 square meter and six meter deep pool. There are also other smaller natural pools where visitors can seize the opportunity and enjoy the waters with their families or friends.
Waterfalls is the ideal place for nature and adventure lovers, where tourists can walk, swim, climb, jump, take photographs and spend a marvellous day in the warm waters of Rio Barucito.
For tour reservations visit www.cataratasnauyaca.com
La Paz Waterfalls
These waterfalls are part of a privately-owned reserve which combines nature trails, the waterfall gardens and a wildlife rescue center with over 100 species of animals. The rescue center also has a Butterfly Observatory, Serpentarium, Frog Exhibit, and Hummingbird Garden. At La Paz you can find over 40-species of birds including toucans and 26-species of hummingbirds, as well as marmosets, white-faced (Capuchin) and black-handed spider monkeys, two-toed sloths, jaguars, pumas, and ocelots, wow!
Bajos del Toro Waterfall
Catarata del Toro is located near the tiny town of Bajos del Toro in the remote mountains north of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Actually, this amazing landmark is right next to Poas Volcano, but due to road conditions is best accessed from the north, making it a great stop if you’re traveling to or from Tortuguero or Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui and Arenal Volcano.
This is one of the most spectacular and largest waterfalls in the country, with a 90-meter (300 foot) drop. The surrounding streams allow visitors to observe an amazing variety of plant and animal species. Because the area is not heavily populated with tourists, chances are you’ll see an abundance of wildlife – from blue morpho butterflies to hummingbirds and armadillos.