Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste and Llanos de Cortes Waterfall Hike

Rio Celeste & Llanos de Cortes Waterfall

Embark on an exciting hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park to witness one of Costa Rica’s most renowned natural wonders – the Rio Celeste, famous for its divine turquoise hue.
Next, head to the breathtaking Llanos de Cortes Waterfall, a hidden gem where you can swim beneath the cascading waters.

Tour Highlights

  • 2-hour hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park.
  • Visit to the Llanos de Cortes Waterfall.
  • Wildlife and local flora viewing.
  • Enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch.
  • Knowledgeable bilingual naturalist guide.
  • Marvel at the stunning turquoise waters of Rio Celeste.
  • Convenient door-to-door service with hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Shared tour with transportation.


Hotel Pick-up or Meeting Your Guide: We’ll pick you up from your hotel, and you can grab a coffee or breakfast on the way. Alternatively, you can choose to meet your guide directly at Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Llanos de Cortes Waterfall

We’ll kick off the day with a visit to Llanos de Cortes Waterfall in Bagaces. Here, you can relax, swim beneath the falls, or explore the surrounding flora and fauna.

Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike
  • Upon reaching the park’s entrance, embark on a moderately challenging 2-hour hike. Along the trail, you’ll journey through the rainforest and follow the Celeste River, where you’ll witness one of nature’s most captivating phenomena.
  • After this incredible sight, the hike continues to where two streams converge, transforming clear water into the divine turquoise shade of Rio Celeste. This stunning transformation, caused by volcanic minerals, is a sight to behold and is unique to this location.
  • Keep an eye out for sloths and other wildlife along the way. This hike offers both a great workout and unforgettable experiences in one of Costa Rica’s hidden gems.
Costa Rican Lunch

After the hike, we’ll stop at a local restaurant for a hearty Costa Rican-style lunch.

Please Note

In rare instances, heavy rains can temporarily change the river’s color to brown.

Rio Celeste & Llanos de Cortes Waterfall

Location: Tamarindo to Rio Celeste & Llanos de Cortes
10 hours

Price (taxes not included)
Tour: $150/person USD

Sara and her David are very generous with their time and provide excellent advice to ensure the experience is enjoyable and successful. We highly recommend them.

Mélanie, family of 4