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Rio Celeste Waterfall

Rio Celeste Waterfall, River & Lagoon – Nearby –

Legends say: “When God finished painting the sky, he washed his brushes in the river that now bears the name Rio Celeste.” Actually, the Rio Celeste is named after the color of its water… a bright, jewel-blue, caused by many dissolved, natural minerals coming together, when a creek merges with Rio Celeste.

The park is approximately a 20-minute drive from La Carolina Lodge. Guests needs drive themselves to the park (4×4 Recommended or use the paved route for about 35 minutes). For a better experience you can hire  our resident guide, who go with you in the car to the National Park Station and guide you in the forest. (Recommended for an everlasting memory.)

After approximately 40 minute hike through primary and secondary rainforest with fauna and abundant flora, you will behold the breathtaking 70ft. Rio Celeste Waterfall. The rest of the hike includes a phenomenal lookout point; the area where the river gains its amazing light blue color; as well as to the steaming hot and mineral mud pits; and the unforgettable blue lagoon.

Entrance Fee: $14 (Visitors) 900 Colones (Nationals) (Since August 1, 2023, new government guidelines, tickets can only be purchased in advance on the SINAC website)

Buy the tickets in advance here or use the website:  https://serviciosenlinea.sinac.go.cr/?indice=0

Bring: Hiking (or rubber) boots, long or short pants, camera, sunscreen, hat and walking stick. (Walking sticks and rubber boots are available in the stable)

Car: A 4×4 is recommended, transportation can be arranged in advance for $70 (4 pax max.)

Duration: Approx. 4 hrs.

Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult

Cost for La Carolina’s Guide: 1, 2 or 3 people $50/ 4 or + people $15pp

Note on the Rio Celeste: The Park prohibits swimming in all areas, including the waterfall and hot springs. It is possible that during periods of ongoing, long-lasting, heavy rains, the river may lose its coloration due to mud carried in the water. However, about 5 or 6 hours of calm weather can restore the expected blue color.

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