Starting at $111 per night

Overview

The Rio Celeste Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world! Imagine yourself in front of a turquoise blue waterfall surrounded by lush, emerald green jungle.

The tour starts off when you are picked up from your La Fortuna area hotel. The ride to the Rio Celeste takes about 2 to 2.5 hours and takes you through rural countryside that few tourists have the opportunity to see. You will pass through small villages, farm lands and forest.

When you reach the Tenorio National Park your guide will lead you on a hike through the jungle, always looking for wildlife. While this is not exactly a wildlife hike, you may have the opportunity to see animals such as white faced monkeys, sloths, agouti, peccaries, and many species of birds including hummingbirds, trogons, motmots and much more.

The hike will be on partially groomed trails that are often muddy. Eventually you will reach the waterfall trail which requires several hundred steep steps down to the observation platform. As you make your way down, the incredibly beautiful waterfall begins to come in to view.

Local legend has it that when God finished painting the sky he dipped his brush in the river. The more scientific version involves the volcanic minerals found in two rivers that merge creating the Rio Celeste and the Kool Aid blue color. Regardless, this truly is a magical place of unsurpassed beauty.

After observing the river and waterfall, there will be a little more hiking and remember that you will have to climb back up several hundred steep steps. This is not an easy hike, so participants should be in good physical condition and be prepared to get muddy.

After the hike you will drive back through the countryside and eventually be returned to your hotel. Including round trip transfers, the tour is expected to last a total of around 8 – 9 hours, though this is subject to change. This fun filled full day adventure includes transportation, bilingual naturalist guide, park entrance fee, and lunch.

Highlights

  • Hike through the jungle in Tenorio National Park
  • Visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world

What to Bring

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Clothes That Can Get Wet
  • Water
  • Change Of Clothes
  • Camera
  • Rain Gear

Location and Availability

The Rio Celeste Hike - Canoa Aventura is available from Arenal, Arenal Zone 2, Arenal Zone 3, Nuevo Arenal, and Rio Celeste Hideaway

Tour Time

  • 8:00am

Tour Type

  • Nature
  • Learning Family
  • Hiking
  • Waterfalls

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

5 and up

Location

Latitude: N 10°39'26.04". Longitude: W 85°1'54.89"

Reviews

  • Overall 92.8% (100 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 93.7%
  • Expectations: 92.0%
  • Guides: 93.5%
  • Logistics: 91.9%
  • Value: 96.1%

02/06/2017

It was cloudy so it wasn't as exactly expected, but we had an adventure and it was great. Seyris and William did an amazing job! Seyris was the best guide of the trip!

01/15/2017

little disappointed we took an early morning tour didn't realize we wouldn't see the beautiful color because the sun hadn't had time to mix it up. didn't get to swim in the hot springs that was advertised,

07/28/2016

A longer hike that may require a quick break before making it to the blue lagoon - we needed one! haha It truly is beautiful - the waterfall, lagoon, and area where the two rivers join are must-sees. Our guide Pedro and driver Antonio were FANTASTIC -- so fun, chatty and friendly, they made the experience for us.

06/09/2016

We had a wonderful local lunch. We ordered on our way to the Park, on return the order was ready. Nice stop! Owner even sang and played the Mirimba for us!

05/31/2016

Absolutely beautiful!!! Seyris was a great tour guide. The hike is long and a lot of stairs, but we knew that ahead of time and it was so worth it. Unforgettable beauty!

05/28/2016

There was a very young tourist in the group who kep getting ahead of us and rushing the whole experience, the guide did his best to keep up with all of us. Lunch was fair.

03/23/2016

It was a rainy day so that made for a lot of sliding around in the mud. It is actually quite a busy hike, with lots of people. The guide was super, very knowledgeable and friendly. We loved the beauty and the lunch after was very special. The food was really good, the drinks were awesome, and the local music was a very nice touch.

03/04/2016

Terrific Guide. Delicious lunch. Lucked out and had only 4 people for the tour.

01/14/2016

Yareni and Ronald were the best! I would do this hike again and again. Perfect and exactly what I expected.

02/26/2015

Everything was great!!

12/25/2014

This was worth the long ride from our hotel, very enjoyable hike, even is spite of (or maybe because of) the rain. Rain gear, good socks, and dry clothes to change into were essential, as we were absolutely soaked by heavy rain on this hike.

11/30/2014

Very muddy, difficult hike. We did the hike on a Sunday and it was very busy. Rio Celeste was very nice but I wouldn't do that hike again....we were sore for days afterwards.