Rio Celeste, Tenorio Volcano National Park

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#1 of 22 in Nature in Province of Guanacaste
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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Trek into the rainforest and observe the colorful waters of Rio Celeste. Located at the meeting point of two rivers, and near a dramatic waterfall, the water is colored by the special minerals found in the rocks and riverbed, creating an excellent scene to admire and photograph. Unfortunately, you can no longer swim in the vibrant waters, but the hike through the jungle and the chance to see the natural phenomenon make the experience worthwhile. Be sure to bring sturdy boots for the trail, and don’t forget your camera. To visit Rio Celeste and other attractions in Tenorio Volcano National Park, use our Tenorio Volcano National Park online itinerary maker.
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  • Genuinely one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen with my own two eyes. If you're ever on this side of Costa Rica, you MUST visit it. I knew it would be beautiful but I was truly beside... 
    Genuinely one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen with my own two eyes. If you're ever on this side of Costa Rica, you MUST visit it. I knew it would be beautiful but I was truly beside...  more »
  • Rio Celeste National Park hike was a great and enjoyable one with great views of the waterfall and lake. The blue water was spectacular to look at and great pictures to take. Our guide... 
    Rio Celeste National Park hike was a great and enjoyable one with great views of the waterfall and lake. The blue water was spectacular to look at and great pictures to take. Our guide...  more »
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  • Definitely a must-do experience. No guide necessary. It’s a long steep climb back up from the waterfall, but not a problem if you are in good shape. Highly recommend hiking to the end of the trail (past the waterfall) and seeing where the blue starts (two rivers come together and the water turns blue where they meet.)
  • Rio Celeste was a really enjoyable hike with some rewarding experiences at the end. The waterfall itself was not blue at the time we went, maybe this changes from season to season but we were disappointed. We kept going on to the lagoon and enjoyed it much more. Much fewer people and if you can catch it in the rain, the cloud forest looks beautiful. Each time you go on one of these legs, there is an uphill, than a steep downhill. We kept going for a mile or so from the waterfall and we came across the blue lagoon that was actually blue! Really beautiful but a long way down and back up. Certainly recommend it if your up for a four or more mile walk.

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