Explore the most popular trails near Guatuso with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
1 month ago

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2 months ago

We did this hike in May 2018. There were many steps to climb up and down. The emerald blue color of water makes this hike totally worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty much a trail walk. Beautiful views of the waterfall and unique colors of the river. Go in the dry season if possible.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty, but absolutely crazy crowds which takes away from the experience a bit (we visited during a holiday week). Start early to avoid the crowds!

Relaxing walk and beautiful scenery.

Went on the hike today (20/03/19)and it was amazing. Its pretty hard going after the waterfall especially on the way back. We used a guide who was incredibly knowledgeable and found some animals and plants we would have walked past. The walks starts off on a concrete path and then leads on to more rugged train. The views of the waterfall, 2 suspended bridges and lagoon are wonderful. Closes at 1730 and cost $20 with a guide - our guide was called Jorge Luis

hiking
6 months ago

3/19/19 This is something you should see ! It’s beautiful but it is very touristy so if your trying to get away from that, this is not the place. But if you want to see something spectacular put this on the list ! I would not create your trip around this for there are many more hikes to do in Costa Rica but if you can, go do it !

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6 months ago

Beware: this trail closes at 2. We were accosted by someone at the parking lot who told us we needed to leave. Signs nearby corroborated this. Don’t waste 3 hours of your Costa Rican trip from La Fortuna without knowing this key piece of information. I wish we were able to leave a “tip” instead of writing a review and being forced to choose stars. Indeed we arrived at 2:30.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful tropical jungle with clear trails marked. Rounds by and near rivers, that are a bright blue in February when we were here. A 5 on a scale of 1-10 as far as difficulty. Some stairs involved. I didn’t bring enough water. Also wished I’d have brought food so I could stay for nearby on the way back hot springs.

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muddy
7 months ago

This was a great hike. The colour of the water was amazing!! Trail was in good condition but it had rained a bit in the beginning of the walk which made it slippery in some spots. Definitely a hike worth doing. It was crowded and people can’t seem to get enough selfies which was annoying but still a great hike.

hiking
8 months ago

1st half is not really a hike - almost more like an urban path. So many people - makes it unlikely to spot any kind of fauna. Waterfalls are nice but very crowded. Last part has interesting views of the river. Took us 2.5 hours round-trip including stops and 10-minute wait each way at the footbridge near the end.

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely worth it,

hiking
11 months ago

Such a beautiful and fun hike!! Hard to get to, my friends and I had to take a bus then a taxi to the foot of it. its very misty so take a rain jacket. I went in the pools even though they dont want you too bring a swimsuit. The pools are so amazing and beautiful and its worth the fun hike through the jungle. paths are well marked and take bugspray

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Friday, September 14, 2018

We went August 2018, Spectacular waterfall!

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Perfect combination of length, difficulty, scenery, beauty, wildlife.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

overall 4 stars. it should be labeled as easy. it took us 30 minutes to the tenorio or area where the rivers meet. we high tailed it to the top and stopped for pictures on the way down. completed this 7/7/18 after many days of rain. the waterfall was not blue because of the rain but where the rivers meet you could see the blue color. you dont need to rent the rain gear or the mud boots. I did it in tshirt and shoes and didnt end up very muddy.

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Saturday, July 07, 2018

If you like beautiful scenery on a hike, this is about as good as it gets. It only took us about 35 minutes to reach the waterfall so if you want a short trek you could always just stop there and head back. If you go a little farther, though, you can reach a look out point, a blue lagoon, and finally a point where two rivers combine to create the opaque sky blue color of the Rio Celeste. The hike is more challenging after the waterfall (uneven rocks, steeper and more mud) but it is definitely worth it. It was extremely muddy when we went in mid March so definitely wear hiking shoes you don't care about getting dirty. We wore waterproof hiking sandals (like Keens) and they were great. You can also rent galoshes at the base of the hike if you want. Finally, entrance to the hike cost $12/person and THEY CLOSE AT 2 PM so make sure you arrive before then (you can still hike after 2). Enjoy!

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Amazingly beautiful waterfall. However the hike can be difficult since it gets muddy and slippery. Getting to the waterfall will make you go down and up over 100 stairs. Still worth it.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Super easy trail, it usually rains there so invest in the rental rain boots, it gets muddy. The trail is well maintained and the water absolutely breathtaking. I found the trail to be easy, anyone who walks regularly can do it.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

The highlight of my trip! Scenic, beautiful, and moderately challenging hike. Breathtaking beauty. Would only be better if you could swim! Totally worth the money and the time!

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

beautiful at the waterfall.. but pretty commercialized ... lots of people and you can't get close to the waterfall.. color still amazing tho!

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Friday, January 05, 2018

hike report: https://travel2walk.com/2018/07/01/trip-report-costa-rica-december-2017/#tenorio

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

One of a kind!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nice hile to a beatiful waterfall. Amazing blue water in the pool. Trail was good it rained of course which made the hike even more memorable. Not to strenuous but there is a series of steps to go down and up to get to the waterfall but worth every step.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Amazing!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Beautiful walk through lush rainforest with sounds of birds, monkeys and other wildlife. Then a walk down a long stairway to an incredible view of the beautiful turquoise Rio Celeste waterfall that left me in pure awe. Bucket list item ✅

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Phenomenal hike. Start from the park entrance and the first part of the hike is a nice stroll through the jungle on a very well-maintained trail. At about 0.8 miles in, you get to the crossroad with signage to go down to the waterfall, or to continue up to the sulfur vents in the river where two rivers meet to create the blue Rio Celeste. DO BOTH!! The hike down to the waterfall is well maintained with stairs, and you'll be treated to an amazing waterfall that has to be one of the most photographed in Costa Rica. After reascending the stairs to the crossroad, continue up along a less maintained trail (can be very muddy at some times of the year) to the point where two rivers join to create the blue color. Amazing views, and it's good to go with a guide to help explain the flora, fauna, and many stories about the river and area in general. Highly recommended if in the Guanacaste or Arenal areas!

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