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Costa Rica Adventure: Rio Celeste Waterfall

Updated: Jan 9, 2021

The waterfall adventures aren't over yet. After all, it is Costa Rica. Experiencing hikes to La Fortuna and Danta Waterfall, Canyoning and Rappelling Adventure in Lost Canyon, and visiting Rio Celeste Waterfall all in one week is blowing my mind. I didn't have close to this adventure in ALL of 2020.

The last time I visited Costa Rica in 2016, I didn't get a chance to see Rio Celeste Waterfall (Catarata in Spanish). I knew i wanted to this time.

Legend has it that when God finished painting the sky, he dipped his paintbrush in Rio Celeste.

I believe it.

My Costa Rica Adventure: Rio Celeste Waterfall to inspire you to travel now and in the future.

Rio Celeste Waterfall: Costa Rica
Rio Celeste Waterfall: Costa Rica

Shot on my Canon EOS M100 with auto timer

Hike to Rio Celeste Waterfall

When I started looking for an experience to hike to Rio Celeste Waterfall, I knew I wanted to have transportation, nearby attractions, permitted swimming experience, lunch, and expert guidance.

While I love traveling on my own, with family and friends, and in our retreats, I love to simplify things when I travel. For example, sometimes I may consider renting a car. However, I usually opt for taking public transportation and/or having a driver. It's easier and there are a lot of people to help you who know the country.

Rio Celeste Waterfall: Costa Rica
Rio Celeste Waterfall: Costa Rica

Shot on Canon EOS M100- unedited natural light.

Airbnb Experience: Hike to Rio Celeste

The Airbnb Experience: Hike to Rio Celeste grabbed my attention from the start including a stop to the Ceiba Tree, Hike to Rio Celeste Waterfall, Hike to Borbollones (Bubbling Springs), Blue Lagoon, Casada Lunch at a family restaurant, and swimming in the Rio Celeste outside the park in a permitted area.

From the moment I booked, Hector responded almost immediately. He updated me throughout on the river conditions, and offered other options. He let me know Gerardo would be my guide for the experience.

Gerardo showed up right on time, and off we went on about an hour to hour and a half drive towards Tenorio Volcano National Park and Rio Celeste Waterfall.

All along the way, Gerardo provided invaluable insights into history and the hike all along the way.

Tenorio Volcano National Park

What to Wear to Rio Celeste

My #1 Recommendation would include wearing hiking shoes. Although the initial parts of the hiking path are flat, there are parts that get steep with a lot of rocks. Your ankles will thank you. Not to mention, the protection you will love should you encounter any insects and wildlife that may want to get a little too friendly with your feet.

Before the Rio Celeste Hike, I wore my sandals. Once we arrived at the main entrance, I changed shoes.

As far as clothing, I went in January and wore leggings, my bathing suit, and a sheer wrap. I felt comfortable the entire time. Keep in mind, I generally get cold easy and sweat very little.

Ceiba Tree Near Rio Celeste

Ceiba Tree

Our first stop was the Ceiba Tree. I saw the pictures of the tree on blogs like Two Weeks in Costa Rica and My Tan Feet. Like anything else I have seen in real life, pictures do not do it justice.

The tree is massive and over 500+ year old. A source of life itself.

Rio Celeste Waterfall

After leaving the Ceiba Tree, we drove about another 10-15 minutes to the main entrance for Rio Celeste Waterfall hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Located in Northern Costa Rica, the Tenorio Volcano National Park was created in 1995 and includes hikes, Rio Celeste Waterfall, Tenorio Volcano, and attractions including a wide array of animal and plant life.

Welcome to the jungle.

Once we entered the park, we hiked about an hour to the zig zag stairs with heavenly views of Rio Celeste. The climb is well worth it.

Rio Celeste Waterfall: Costa Rica
Rio Celeste Waterfall: Costa Rica

Rio Celeste Waterfall: Costa Rica

Rio Celeste Waterfall: Costa Rica

Rio Celeste Waterfall: Costa Rica
Rio Celeste Waterfall: Costa Rica