The pure, raw rainforest at Tenorio National Park with the amazingly turquoise waters of the Rio Celeste and its 300 ft cascading waterfall provide the ultimate Costa Rican hiking experience. The park protects the active Tenorio Volcano summit but hikers can explore the unspoiled surrounding jungle on rugged trails on their quest to see the celestial blue waterfall. Beyond the falls following the winding blue-green river, a confluence of two brown tributaries turns into a single magically blue ribbon before your very eyes. This is the “teniderios” where the naturally occurring volcanic minerals found in the two rivers join, creating an amazing phenomenon. Combined with the cooler elevations hiking up the 6,000 foot volcano, cloud forests appear and within them, ever changing ecosystems supporting a number of wild cats, including the jaguar and cougar, typically only seen at night while monkeys abound in the daytime. A diamond in the rough!
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