The most impressive waterfalls in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a country that impresses with its beautiful and varied nature. Here you can enjoy amazing waterfalls, massive volcanoes, endless beaches, and rich wildlife. In this article, we take a look at the most impressive waterfalls in Costa Rica.
La Fortuna waterfall
La Fortuna Falls is a picturesque cascade at the foot of Chato Volcano, which is located in dense rainforest. The Tenorio River feeds this massive waterfall. The waterfalls 230 feet continuously into the blue-green pool below. Visitors can hike up to the falls via a 15-minute hike up an artificial jungle staircase. The forest is bursting with every shade of green and lots of fascinating wildlife if you just keep your eyes and ears open.
There are two levels for the Naujaka Falls, which is part of why it is such a spectacular sight. The upper waterfall drops 200 feet into the first pool, which then flows through the second tier into the lower pool. Tourists can hike the well-groomed trail for about an hour before the falls, or go horseback riding with a professional guide. Hiking through the rainforest is also impressive. On the way to the waterfall, it is fashionable to meet monkeys and small hummingbirds.
Rio Celeste Falls
Rio Celeste is a dream destination. The iridescent turquoise water looks like a kind of healing elixir brewed by a wizard; it is really unrealistic. In reality, however, the water gets its color from a chemical reaction between the minerals of the volcanic and rainforest. The Rio Celeste Falls is part of the Tenorio Volcano National Park and can be reached by visiting a visually and audibly fascinating 2-hour hike. It’s worth noting that swimming is prohibited here, but the sheer beauty of the land-based experience will offset the inability to get into the water.
Outside the small beach town of Montezuma, at the top of the South Nicoya Peninsula, there is a 20-minute route to access the three Montezuma Falls. Be sure to wear non-slip shoes as the trek has parts that can be slippery. The first fall appears quite early on the hike, but it is definitely worth being like the other two. The second waterfall has a large floating hole at the base. For those more daring as hell, there is a spot to jump from the waterfall to the reservoir.
La Paz waterfall
A visit to La Paz Falls, which is part of a private ecological park, is an exciting, daytime affair. Aside from the fact that the falls are beautifully nestled in patches of vibrant rainforest north of San Jose, visitors can also take several other nature walks and visit a life reserve. The reserve has over 100 species and contains a butterfly and hummingbird garden, a serpentarium, and an exhibition of frogs. This is a unique opportunity to witness the incredible wildlife of Costa Rica in one convenient and stunning location.
Catarata del Toro
La Catarata del Toro is a giant waterfall nestled in the heart of a cloud forest. The waterfall can be easily reached from El Silencio Lodge and Spa, which is highly recommended as the lodge is attractive in itself. The cascade drops 300 feet continuously. There is usually no crowd here, so visitors are more likely to have unique encounters with wildlife. A trip to the Catarata del Toro waterfall is sure to be an unforgettable and photo-worthy experience.