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Costa Rica Waterfall Tours

Costa Rica Waterfall Tours

Volcanic and topographic trends present in Costa Rica have carved some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Costa Rica with a dimension similar to West Virginia has been privileged by its location in America since it satisfies the conditions so perfect for natural beauty to dazzle the human eye.

Costa Rica waterfall tours are located throughout the country both in mountainous regions and near the beach. With falls of up to 30 meters in Costa Rica cataracts are easily accessible, clean water and places where visitors can rest and relax.

Follow you will find a list of amazing Costa Rica waterfall tours you can enjoy:

  • Llanos del Cortez: Set just several kilometers after the turn off for Bagaces along the Panamerican Highway in Guanacaste, the Llanos del Cortez waterfall offers a great day trip with falls as wide as they are tall and a great swimming hole.
  • La Fortuna waterfall is a favorite of many because it is well known and accessible when traveling to the Arenal Volcano. To get there, take a phenomenal horse ride to the top and then climb down about 800 stairs to the actual waterfall. You can still swim at the foot of the falls, though due to its force, there are warning signs advising otherwise.
  • A challenging rafting trip down the Rio Pacuare (the class III-IV section) will take you past a towering thin waterfall that is so beautiful you´d think it could only exist in the wonderful world of Disney. The falls are one the reasons why the Pacuare is one of the top 5 most scenic river rafting trips in the world!
  • Coming upon the waterfalls in Corcovado National park is one of the more rewarding waterfall experiences as the park is so hot and humid, by the time you reach this point you´ll be ready to dive right in. Beware the caimans however! The falls are well shaded and pop up around a bend along the half-day trail section of the park.
  • There are two main waterfalls in Montezuma. The most commonly visited falls, aptly named the Montezuma Falls, are a quick 20 minute walk up the river past the Hotel Amor de Mar. There is a small parking area and a marked trail head to reach the falls, though the rest of the trail is simply defined by going up river, so be careful in the rainy season, you will get wet and muddy. You will come upon a high narrow falls with a cool watering hole perfect for taking a dip. Come in the early morning if you hope to enjoy the area to yourself! To reach the higher section of the falls, follow the narrow trail up the cliff to your right. A rope is available to help you as the trail descends to two other falls with the furthest falls offering a rope swing.
  • Cocolito Falls are Montezuma´s hidden treasure, well worth the two hour hike from town to enjoy them. The falls drop from a cliff directly onto the beach in a perfect little white sand cove. To get there, walk along the beach, north from Montezuma with the national park on your left for the duration of your journey. You´ll know when you get there.
  • For a tamer journey to a truly tropical setting, you might want to try lounging in the manmade falls at the Tabacon hot springs in the town of Arenal. Naturally heated by the energy of the active Arenal volcanoes, the dual thermal rivers intertwine throughout the Tabacon property where they converge into pools of varying temperatures and settings. You are sure to find your own special spot in this expansive property and it´s not hard too overlook the fact that the rivers follow a manmade route as the landscaping is something right out of Jurassic park with the beautiful volcano as a brilliant backdrop.
  • A family friendly day trip to Catarata Las Musas in San Ramon is a well known journey for many Ticos. It is still a favorite of many in the area and very close to town. Picnic areas, changing rooms and a restaurant have been built up in the region that is known as a natural water park. Come during the week and you won´t see much of a crowd.
  • Another locally known swimming hole in Grecia is popular thanks to the Los Chorros falls. Though difficult to reach by bus, the area around the falls has been turned into a little park with an entrance fee, changing rooms, picnic areas and even a hotel should you decide you never want to leave!
  • The San Luis waterfall is located just outside the Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve and enjoys the same misty climate, adding a degree of mystery to your visit. As you near the Cloud Forest reserve, bare right at a fork in the road and continue on for another 7 kilometers to reach the falls, which are just a short walk from a parking area.
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a multi-million dollar nature park in Costa Rica. La Paz Waterfall is in the mountains at an altitude from 5,200 feet to 4,200 feet so be prepared for cooler temperatures. Waterfall Gardens has one of the largest enclosed Butterfly Observatory in the world covering 18,000 square feet and towering 50 feet in height. Their butterfly collection includes ten species of the most colorful butterflies found in Costa Rica. In the Hummingbird Garden the hummingbirds have become so tame they will feed within a few feet of you.
  • La Paz Waterfalls, is near the Poas volcano(Alajuela), were some of the most spectacular in the country before a Jan. 8 2009 earthquake devastated the area around Cinchona earlier this year. Almost 2 years after the earthquake, the reconstruction of roads in the area and the famous La Paz Waterfall gardens are just about finished, resurrecting the area to its original glory, with a few changes. The 5-star Waterfall Gardens Hotel property has been under restoration since the disaster and is now open to receive visitors once again.
  • The Rio Celeste falls are one of the most picturesque points in Costa Rica. This natural thermal river runs through the Tenorio National Park in Guanacaste and has a vibrant turquoise glow to it thanks to the natural minerals found in the water. This is the site where two streams of crystalline water come together and form the heavenly blue color that gives the river its name. The 30 meter high falls can be reached by hiking along the river or on horseback and are never very crowded.

Basic things to bring when you are going to visit a Costa Rica Waterfall: Light clothing with a light rain jacket, comfortable walking or hiking shoes with thick tread, sun protection for sunny days, camera and film.

These are some of the Costa Rica Waterfalls you can meet:

Costa Rica Waterfalls Tours - The Experience Costa Rica Waterfall

Experience the meaning of ‘Pura Vida’ as this guided trip takes you to the forest in the hills above Jacó Beach to a majestic setting of pure Costa Rican natural harmony.

Wonder at over ten waterfalls that flow from one beautiful pool into the next.

These inviting pools allow you to swim in the fresh mountain spring water and submerge under the falls becoming one with nature.

The healing power of standing under the falls and allowing the water to massage your body will both relax and rejuvenate your senses.

Duration Difficulty Tour Times
4 Hours Easy 7am and 1pm
Costa Rica Waterfalls Tours - The Jumper Costa Rica Waterfall

This is a beautiful and tranquil waterfall that also has deep pools for those who seek the rush of cliff jumping.

We will head South from Jacó to visit the waterfall which seems carved out of the forest and the deep pools at the base are perfect for cliff jumping opportunities!

Getting to the falls requires a short, flat 20 minute hike through farmland and forest or up the stream itself surrounded by forest. Squirrel monkey sightings are common.

These falls have pools to jump into from heights of up to 25 feet. We will enjoy a fruit snack at the falls before we walk back to our vehicle and head back to Jaco.

Duration Difficulty Tour Times
4 1/2 Hours Easy 7am and 1pm
Costa Rica Waterfalls Tours - The Jungle Trekker Costa Rica Waterfall

We will hike the trail through primary rain forest with striking viewpoints to the Pacific ocean and breathtaking mountain views. Bird and wildlife sightings are common including Scarlet Macaws, toucans, and White-faced Capuchin monkeys.

After the 40-60 minute trek you will be rewarded with the opportunity to behold the power and grandeur of one of the tallest waterfalls in all of Costa Rica.

Your guide will take you down into the river, and if you desire, to swim in it’s many natural pools and discover the other smaller falls. Wade and swim under the waterfalls for an invigorating energy rush!

You and your guide will then hike back through the forest (60-75 minutes) for the ride back to Jaco.

Duration Difficulty Tour Times
5 Hours Medium/Difficult 7am and 1pm
Costa Rica Waterfalls Tours - The Extreme Adventurer Costa Rica Waterfall

This is an all day quest geared toward adrenaline junkies. It includes a drive South to the wild and rugged Osa area. We will trek to three different waterfalls. Two of the falls have rope swings that you can that you can swing and then jump off into the natural pools below.

After whetting your appetite with the rope swing, we’ll arrive at arguably the most magnificent waterfall in all of Costa Rica. When conditions are right you’ll have the option of cliff jumping from 20, 30, or 45 feet into the deep pool at the base of the 75 falls.

Duration Difficulty Tour Times
10 Hours Not for the timid 7am
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