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

hiking
1 month ago

The first big waterfall is easy and fun to hike to but the next two are on a vey intimating climb. A lot of the ropes that were in place to assist you up are no longer intact. If you don’t have a fear of heights definitely go for it but be extremely careful.

Great hike for animal watching.

The “trail” is concrete steps down to the waterfall. Cost us $6 (USD) per person. The area is pretty enough, but even when we went on a Monday it was packed. There’s a lifeguard who doesn’t allow people to swim too close to the falls. Very pretty, but we only ended up spending about an hour there.

Stayed at the observatory lodge in February 2016. The facilities were really nice but what made it truly fantastic was the resort was located already in the Arenal Volcano National Park. Saw owls by night and toucans and amazing rainforest birds by day (mostly around sunrise). The trails around the property were really well maintained and very quiet for the most part (maybe timing of our visit). There were really cool hanging bridges to cross over through the rainforest, beautiful gardens, open prairies with crazy views of Arenal in the background sooo close by, and an awesome waterfall you could walk down to just off the trail. The observatory lodge trails are all easy to moderate. The trail to hike up Cerro Chato volcano was pretty difficult and muddy (quick elevation gain in a short distance) but the view up top of the lake in the middle was beautiful.

nature trips
3 months ago

6 months ago

Great trail for nature lovers. It is long and it can get very steep. Most of the trail is completely natural, so you won't find many man made "adaptations". Not recommended for children or small dogs.

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Easy stroll down a well-maintained trail with gradual stair steps. Nice picturesque waterfall that is popular with locals for picnics and swimming. You can swim behind the falls, and even scramble to the top (although it's pretty slippery and dangerous--so be careful if you're feeling daring)!

hiking
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Adventurous hike up a series of 3 waterfalls. The trail is not well marked aside from random blue dots painted on rocks throughout. The hike begins at the bottom of the first waterfall, hopping from rock to rock in the river. You eventually have to climb a wall to a set of rustic stairs to get to the upper falls. At the second waterfall, you can swim and jump from an old rope swing into the pool. You can also get close to the cascade of the first waterfall and it is quite a site looking down. There have been stories of people jumping into the first waterfall cascade from here but it sounds like some have died trying. Best to wade and jump from the rope swing to enjoy your journey! You can continue on to the third and smallest waterfall however the pool at the second was the highlight. This journey is great for those who enjoy the rainforest scenery. You can also see and hear howler monkeys lurking in the trees above.

they charge about 20 per person. ..at least gringos. 2.4 miles isn't worth 10000 colones.

Short out and back hike that ends at a refreshing, 2-tier waterfall. Starts at a nice restaurant (El Restaurante Selva) and follows a dirt road up along side a river. At the end of the dirt road starts the backcountry trail for a short-ways, which opens up at the river right below the lower falls. A quick scramble up to the left of the lower fall gets you to the upper fall. Nice, gradual hike with no technical parts to it. Do it early to avoid the heat! Make sure to enjoy an inexpensive meal with some cerveza after the hike at the restaurant!!

on Montezuma Falls

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3 months ago

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017