Rio Celeste, Tenorio Volcano National Park

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#1 of 22 in Nature in Province of Guanacaste
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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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  • It is stunning! Come early and don’t be afraid of the rain if you came in rainy season ! it is somewhat normal here! It’s okay to get wet and be a little uncomfortable! There is no way you should... 
    It is stunning! Come early and don’t be afraid of the rain if you came in rainy season ! it is somewhat normal here! It’s okay to get wet and be a little uncomfortable! There is no way you should...  more »
  • The hike was incredible! Don't stop at the waterfall - hike to where the two rivers meet and mix colors. I'd say it is about a moderate 2.5 hours hike, round trip. 
    The hike was incredible! Don't stop at the waterfall - hike to where the two rivers meet and mix colors. I'd say it is about a moderate 2.5 hours hike, round trip.  more »
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  • Cool place for a hike. Note that you can’t swim under the waterfall, so if you’re looking for a swimming hole this is probably not the best place. Plan for a roundtrip hike of around 2-3 hours if you want to go to the end of the trail. You don’t have to go all the way to the end to see the waterfall. But if you hike to the end, you can see where two rivers meet and the water turns from clear to aqua blue, which is pretty cool. I also saw some neat birds and monkeys in the trees. Bring a raincoat because it can start to sprinkle or rain out of nowhere. Also, good shoes are recommended (don’t come with sandals). There’s an entrance fee and they only take credit card.
  • 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.)

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