Rio Celeste
Rio Celeste
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Taygreat
    Tampa, Florida29 contributions
    Crystal blue waters
    Rio Celeste is definitely worth the drive! The water is breathtaking! This is something that you don’t want to miss! The hike takes about 2-2.5hrs with plenty of breaks. There’s a bathroom outside the entrance which is clean. Parking cost $4 and the park entrance was $12.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Amy C
    14 contributions
    Visit with family
    Beautiful water and gorgeous waterfall! Lots of steps but doable. Our family of six hikes there and took tons of beautiful photos and hiked back. We entered at 1:00pm and left the park at 2:30. We bought sliced pineapple from the vendor in the parking lot right next to the entrance (parking $4). I recommend this lot and you must pass the parking attendants in the left side of the road to get to this lot on the LEFT right beside the park entrance. We also walked across the road to get some refreshments after the hike. Fun day!!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Tracy J
    41 contributions
    A Must-Do Hike!
    This is considered one of the best hikes in Costa Rica for a reason! Not only will you see abundant wildlife as you navigate the trail, the waterfall itself is spectacular and the chance to see the blue river and where it changes color is something extremely unique. Along the way, you'll be treated to a majestic lagoon and a bubbling section of the river. Parking was easy right outside the park (for a small fee). I would recommend going early to avoid crowds. Parts of the trail have significant grade and could be muddy or slippery when wet. Be sure to continue past the waterfall to the end of the trail, or Tenidero. No wading or swimming is allowed inside the park, but you can wade in the Rio Celeste at the bridge crossing just outside the park (you will cross that bridge as you approach the park).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2023
  • gluten free traveler
    83 contributions
    Amazing!
    We stopped and did the hike on our own on our way from Springs Resort to Dreams Las Mareas. A perfect way to break up our trip and a driver stayed with our stuff. Definitely a sight to behold and highly recommend. There was some steep parts and stairs but nothing too difficult. Took us two hours to do the whole thing.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • CC-CT
    103 contributions
    Beautiful but touristy
    It was beautiful, it’s gets a 4 for that but it is touristy location. There is just so many people and we were there in the off season. You can’t swim here, you can just look at the falls. There appears to be more to hike but it was closed off when we were there. You will pay a fee to enter, it’s a provincial park fee. You need to register first then pay but they have wifi there it’s just slow to do. There are guides that will do it for you as well, it’s a little faster and there is no extra fee.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Anne0319
    Kingsbridge, United Kingdom191 contributions
    A truly beautiful waterfall!
    A really lovely waterfall that is truly one of a kind. I have never seen a waterfall so blue before! To see the very clear definitive colour flocculation too between the two rivers was also something I will never forget. It really was a picture perfect waterfall that looks exactly like a holiday brochure! I’d say it is definitely worth the trip and you won’t be disappointed. However, be aware that the park is very busy. We got there pretty much as soon as it opened and there were already lots of people there. The earlier you get there, the better I think. As we were leaving we noticed how quickly the park filled up, so definitely be an early bird!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Christine B
    Toronto, Canada30 contributions
    Gorgeous falls are your reward on this ambitious hike!
    Ambitious hike with LOTS of stone stairs! Wear good shoes!!!! Many hikers were wearing flip flops?!? Gorgeous falls. A great side trip. Go early morning to avoid crowds!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 12, 2023
  • Janine P
    Red Deer, Canada2,527 contributions
    Beautiful Scenery
    I took a one day tour from La Fortuna (1.5 hour drive away), and had a great guide ( Crystal) lead us through the trails, looking for wildlife and explaining things we came across. Trails can be slippery and when raining, puddles form quickly, so be prepared with gripping footwear. Binoculars may be good to carry, as well as a raincoat/umbrella. Check in allows you to bring no food into the NP.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 14, 2023
  • Logan S
    14 contributions
    Breathtaking view with a couple caveats.
    This was a worthwhile experience. The hike to the falls was not particularly challenging; however, if someone is not in good physical condition they will need to take their time. There are two things to be aware of though. The first is that beginning this year you will be required to register online to enter the trail. My wife and I were blindsided by this when we showed up, the staff were not particularly helpful, and the website is in Spanish only so be sure to take this step ahead of time. The second is that you’d be better served to visit this fall on a sunny day because the rainfall makes the trail much more treacherous and turns the beautiful turquoise water and nasty brown.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 15, 2023
  • EBtravelerNj
    East Brunswick, New Jersey78 contributions
    Breathtaking 2 ways!!!
    This was well worth the drive from La Fortuna. It took about an hour and a half but we enjoyed the countryside and stopped in an excellent Soda on the way for a yummy pre-hike breakfast. Getting to the park was easy. The signage was good. The hike was easy to start. It was about 45 minutes to the waterfall and then the steps down to the waterfall were steep and high. I don’t care for heights so i found this challenging. Once at the bottom a beautiful waterfall is in front of you with amazing blue water!!!! The trek back up the steps was nothing compared to the hike to the end of the trail to see where the two rivers meet and create the blue water. That was difficult in spots but well worth it! I was captivated by the color of the water along the trail but out of breath. Bring water to drink and no snacks. Snacks are not allowed in the park and your bags are checked upon entrance. Try to get your tickets in advance because you can only get them online but they will help you do it there if you don’t have tickets.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 17, 2023
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kellokaykay
British Columbia, Canada42 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
So disappointed. We made the trek to the trailhead and were not only shocked at how many people there were at this site but also how terribly disorganized the admission process was. Having been there years prior with no admission fee and a smattering of other swimmers enjoying the natural hot springs we were quite discouraged to see this has turned into a very busy sightseeing venture for a few businesses. We were directed to a small covered space along with dozens and dozens of other tourists from all over the globe and instructed to sign into the free wifi. This would then allow us to connect to the address provided where we were expected to create a profile for a third party site where we would purchase tickets. Not only did the wifi not work consistently but the site was so overwhelmed by the copious tourists scrambling to buy tickets but the would repeatedly site crash. Then the wifi would cancel and we’d all start the process over again. The few that did manage, after 20-30 minutes or more of trying (no exaggeration) could only get booked for the following day. However, they told us their tickets didn’t appear in their mailbox. We gave up. Two or three park staff were there to ensure nobody snuck in without their electronic ticket but they were not accepting payments in person and refused to provide any assistance or help to those struggling. It would be worth looking into prior to arriving because a few people told us they couldn’t get the site to work when they tried the day before from their hotel. A mere 10 years ago this was a free and open space to enjoy and now it is a circus. It is an incredibly beautiful spot to see but keep in mind that today swimming or going in the water is absolutely forbidden, anywhere. Hope things improve with the process and you’re able to have success. Pura Vida.
Written January 20, 2024
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Michelle H
3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
This place is a hikers dream! The waterfall was beyond beautiful! Lots of people, but that’s to be expected at a place that beautiful! The hike was easy enough for a young one, and our teens. Definitely take your time and enjoy all the wildlife and scenery. Don’t miss this when in Costa Rica.
Written January 6, 2024
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Kirsten
San Francisco, CA106 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
If you are in Costa Rica, you have to visit this waterfall. The hike may be challenging for some people but it is worth it in the end.
Written January 5, 2024
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EBtravelerNj
East Brunswick, NJ78 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
This was well worth the drive from La Fortuna. It took about an hour and a half but we enjoyed the countryside and stopped in an excellent Soda on the way for a yummy pre-hike breakfast.
Getting to the park was easy. The signage was good.
The hike was easy to start. It was about 45 minutes to the waterfall and then the steps down to the waterfall were steep and high. I don’t care for heights so i found this challenging. Once at the bottom a beautiful waterfall is in front of you with amazing blue water!!!!
The trek back up the steps was nothing compared to the hike to the end of the trail to see where the two rivers meet and create the blue water. That was difficult in spots but well worth it! I was captivated by the color of the water along the trail but out of breath.
Bring water to drink and no snacks. Snacks are not allowed in the park and your bags are checked upon entrance. Try to get your tickets in advance because you can only get them online but they will help you do it there if you don’t have tickets.
Written December 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Logan S
14 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This was a worthwhile experience. The hike to the falls was not particularly challenging; however, if someone is not in good physical condition they will need to take their time. There are two things to be aware of though. The first is that beginning this year you will be required to register online to enter the trail. My wife and I were blindsided by this when we showed up, the staff were not particularly helpful, and the website is in Spanish only so be sure to take this step ahead of time. The second is that you’d be better served to visit this fall on a sunny day because the rainfall makes the trail much more treacherous and turns the beautiful turquoise water and nasty brown.
Written December 16, 2023
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mhughesgt
Cumming, GA5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Great hike. Some up and down hiking but the falls, scenery, and wildlife were amazing. Took some great pictures.
Written November 27, 2023
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Jean D
Newburgh, NY4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Hike was treacherous!! Water was pretty but not worth the climbing up and down to the pond. Stairs better to the waterfall but we were too exhausted to enjoy .
Written November 18, 2023
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Janine P
Red Deer, Canada2,527 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
I took a one day tour from La Fortuna (1.5 hour drive away), and had a great guide ( Crystal) lead us through the trails, looking for wildlife and explaining things we came across. Trails can be slippery and when raining, puddles form quickly, so be prepared with gripping footwear. Binoculars may be good to carry, as well as a raincoat/umbrella.
Check in allows you to bring no food into the NP.
Written November 14, 2023
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Christine B
Toronto, Canada30 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Ambitious hike with LOTS of stone stairs! Wear good shoes!!!! Many hikers were wearing flip flops?!? Gorgeous falls. A great side trip. Go early morning to avoid crowds!
Written November 12, 2023
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Margo D
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Couples
My husband and I wanted to experience the wildlife and rainforest when we visited Costa Rica and chose this tour. We were blown away by the animals we saw - 2 types of sloths, coati, 2 frogs, 2 snakes, 2 monkeys, and a toucan. We were so excited about this. Our tour guide, Esteban, made the tour even more incredible. He was extremely knowledgeable and dedicated his time to help us see animals. Highly recommend and ask for Esteban!
Written October 22, 2023
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