Rio Celeste Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews

Rio Celeste Trail is a 5.5 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bijagua, Alajuela, Costa Rica. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.

DISTANCE
5.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
218 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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4 days ago

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

1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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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2 months ago

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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3 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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!

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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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