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Volcan Teneorio, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed in nearby Rio Celeste Hideaway hotel and came to the national park for a hike to see the green rainforest and the blue river and lagoon. It was a hard hike not so much for me but for my not so conditioned son....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank RuKhan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Legend has it that God dipped his paintbrush here after he created the Universe. After visiting the Rio Celeste I can see why! The water is insanely blue, it really is magical. The hike was pretty easy for my hubby & I but the steps...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JennLyle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went with a guide who was very knowledgeable and pointed out when the water began to change colour on our way to the park. Easy hike. Photo opportunity was fabulous many vantage points to photograph. After the waterfall we walked along to where the river...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Karinpotter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The waterfall and river are quite interesting sight. The hike is a good workout but it is muddy. The road to get to Rio Celeste from Fortuna is very bumpy thou. On weekends the place is full of local people and tourists.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Aquarius3n
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hike was very quick and kind of boring down to the waterfall. If you want an easy hike to see beautiful water, it's ok. The other trails were very muddy and more intense to walk on. It wasn't too bad, it's just the terrain...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank PnAH15
Reviewed 17 February 2019 via mobile

Rio Celeste is a great day trip from Playa Potrero. It is an easy 2.5 hr drive to see a very spectacular waterfalls and learn about plants, animals and birds. The weather was beautiful the day we went, nice change to the 35 deg C...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank terrydI3102YR
Reviewed 10 February 2019

The windex blue waterfall and "mixing point" are worth the drive and hike. The hike itself is not that long but I would rate moderate to moderate high intensity due to the a) rocky path b) likelihood the path is going to very muddy and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank naesc
Reviewed 28 January 2019 via mobile

Read the recent reviews....one should take heed about the hike. Wear good hiking shoes. It starts off fine but gets intense. To go the falls it's about 300ish stairs, and not the 6.5 inch kind. But the view is amazing (understatement!) the pics don't do...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank homermedic2015
Reviewed 27 January 2019 via mobile

This is a pretty intense hike to see the falls. Lots of stairs and inclines. Wear good shoes that you are fine with getting muddy. It is very muddy. I saw people of ages hiking but it is tough so keep that in mind. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lemory06
Reviewed 21 January 2019 via mobile

I recommend avoiding Rio celeste park on week-ends if you can because it gets crowded: ticket kiosk line took over 30 minutes and walking the trail got very busy. There is no panoramic or rest point while heading down to the waterfall so people stop...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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18 March 2019|
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Response from terrydI3102YR | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend you plan it as a day trip. It takes approximately 4 hours to tour Rio Celeste.
15 May 2018|
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Response from FlaHomeGrl | Reviewed this property |
Maybe. Depends on how much you want to carry your child. Tough, muddy, uphill, roots all the way. Hot at mid day. You simply can't walk this fast.
15 March 2018|
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Response from Darcy B | Reviewed this property |
The whole river is NOT blue, but there's one beautiful spot where it is. The River actually has a different name, but our guide said the rebranded it to attract more visitors.