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Rio Celeste

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Address: Volcan Teneorio, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
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US$104.99*
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Río Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal
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BEAUTIFUL and unique!

This park is amazing. We had a guide who spotted baby pit vipers for us. The guide is not necessary in this park, however, you will see more with one.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Rachel S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This park is amazing. We had a guide who spotted baby pit vipers for us. The guide is not necessary in this park, however, you will see more with one.

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Kitchener, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately when we visited Rio Celeste the water was not the bright blue that it is that you see in a lot of the photos. This can't be helped as its nature after all but a disappointment (especially for those who took a guided tour here for $115 U.S. per person). We had rented a car in Costa Rica so... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is such a beautiful spot, very remote but worth the effort of getting there. I was surprised to see tourists from everywhere, as well as volunteer youth from 6 continents, all working together. We were lucky to get there the day before a rainstorm hit, so the trails were good (very steep) and the water, it's famous celestial blue.... More 

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Thank LeafofAir
Colon, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We walked to the waterfall. It is only 1.2 K and 254 steps. We are all in our 60s and not particularly fit for our age. No bad knees though. I read so much about how hard the hike was I almost did not go. So glad I did and it was so easy and so beautiful. Don't understand who... More 

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Osgood, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A truly unique sight to behold. Be warned the sulphur smell of the river. Not enough to miss the experience. Moderate hike involved.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The river is absolutely breathtaking. The vibrant blue hue is unlike anything you will ever see. The hike into this park (tenorio) is one way in and out and thus is incredibly easy. For avid hikers, this is skippable because the challenge isn't there.

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Thank Eilish Z
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Good value for the 12 dollars. Volcanic springs always fascinate, but best bit was nearly stumbling into a huge rubber -nosed tapir. Not sure who was most surprised.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This is an amazing place to go! It's a 2 hour walk trough the forest where you'll see all kinds of trees, plants and some animals. Then you get to see an amazing light blue waterfall and finally arrive to the "teñideros" which is the place where you can see the magic happening. Regular water turning into blue water. Is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

I highly recommend going to Rio Celeste in the Volcano Tenorio National Park if you are in Costa Rica - and especially if you are traveling between Arenal and Liberia or Guanacaste. The bluest river and water falls amidst a lush green rainforest we have ever seen. Exactly like the pictures or better. Its a natural wonder - and I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We went on a day trip from Arenal and were very glad we did it. We left relatively late in the morning, probably a bit late for comfort, but we still made it with time for a swim outside the park. It is about two hours to get to the park, so I would recommend leaving LaFortuna before 8AM. I... More 

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