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Places in Costa Rica for Waterfall Hiking


There are plenty of rivers in Costa Rica and most flow fast and furious. So obviously, there are lots of waterfalls as well.

Waterfall hiking is one of our favorite and fun things to do in Costa Rica. Here aresome of the best places in Costa Rica for hiking to a special waterfall.


Bajos del Toro Waterfall:

At the bottom of Desague River, and after an energetic hike through the Cloud Forest you will find Bajos del Toro Waterfall: tall and fast, it ends at a light blue water bed that is absolutely spectacular.

Bajos del Toro is located about 1.5 hour from San Jose. It can be visited on the way to Arenal.


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La Fortuna Waterfall:

This high waterfall is located at the town of La Fortuna, home of the Arenal Volcano. It is so high (230 feet, 70 mts) that in order to get closer you will need to go down many stairs on a steep hill. But the hike will be worth your while: not only is the waterfall gorgeous, but the surroundings offer a chance to see Costa Rican animal diversity.

La Fortuna Waterfall is located about 3 hours from either San Jose or Liberia.


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Llanos del Cortes Waterfall:

Located at the province of Guanacaste, where you will find all the larger hotels in Costa Rica, Llanos del Cortes Waterfall may not be the tallest of them all, but it is definitely up on our list of most beautiful waterfalls for the volume of its flow and its surroundings. It stands as an oasis on a land that gets pretty dry during Summer time.

Llanos del Cortes Waterfall is located about 2 hours from Liberia (4 hours from San Jose).


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Nauyaca Waterfall:

In the midst of the luscious tropical rainforest, Nauyaca Waterfall will never go dry. The hike to get to Nauyaca is done through tall trees that host toucans and red macaws. Nature is dense and biodiverse and because you will be visiting a remote location, picnicking on the ground will feel very intimate: just you and Costa Rica´s best animal showcase.

Nauyaca is located at Uvita, 3 hours away from San Jose.



The best way to enjoy a hike to a waterfall is to make sure you know your way. And because you will not find many signs along the forest, we highly recommend ALWAYS hiking with the guidance of a local that knows his or her surroundings.


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