Hike to the Rio Celeste Waterfall

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Experience hosted by Hector

9.5 hours, Hosted in Spanish and English
Committed to safety
This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes food, drinks, tickets and transport

What you'll do

We will all meet at Rainforest cafe in La Fortuna or we will pick you up at your Airbnb if it is near the town. Then we will travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park for 1 hour and 15 minutes through beautiful areas of vegetable and fruit crops as well as livestock and forest. Already arriving there, we include the entrance to Tenorio Volcano Park.
There we will make a walk of around 3 hours inside the forest of the park to see the celestial river, the waterfall, the "blue river" born place and the thermal bubbling. (It is not allowed to bathe in the river) but then we will have time for that in another place.
After this journey we will go to see the "Tree of Peace"; a giant ceiba that is considered one of the highest and oldest in the country.
Later we move to a local restaurant to have a delicious typical or vegetarian dish, after finishing we will go through the gardens behind it, until we reach the Celeste River again; here if you can take a dip in the pools of the river.
After this refreshing bath, we will return to La Fortuna.
Other things to note
You must have a certain physical condition to perform a walk of several hours. Wear appropriate shoes and a bathing suit, plus a backpack with extra clothes, a raincoat and if you want some cookies.
We will all meet at Rainforest cafe in La Fortuna or we will pick you up at your Airbnb if it is near the town. Then we will travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park for 1 hour and 15 minutes through beautiful areas of vegetable and fruit crops as well as livestock and forest. Already arriving there, we include the entrance to Tenorio Volcano Park.
There we will make a walk of around 3 hours inside the forest of the park to see the celestial…

What's included

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  • Food
    Typical lunch of local food. Vegetarian options too.
  • Drinks
    2 bottles of bottled water per person and natural refreshment with lunch.
  • Tickets
    Entrance to the Tenorio Volcano National Park and the Finca Don Alexis recr...
  • Transport
    Minibus with air conditioning.

Meet your host, Hector

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I have worked in tourism for 27 years and I consider myself an excellent connoisseur of accommodations, routes, activities and excursions to do in La Fortuna. I have always tried to help travelers feel at home when they are in this city and I am interested in everyone having a great experience while in Costa Rica.
I also have co-host friends who help me in the adventure in Río Celeste and we all love nature and share our journeys with tourists. They are Kenia, Arturo and Fabricio, who are certified adventure guides and naturalists. They have more than 5 years of experience in this journey.
Everyone's safety and everyone's enjoyment is essential to us. Being in the forest is our daily concern.
We all enjoy every moment and we see ourselves reflected in those who accompany us.
I have worked in tourism for 27 years and I consider myself an excellent connoisseur of accommodations, routes, activities and excursions to do in La Fortuna. I have always tried to help travelers feel at home when they are in this city and I am interested in everyone having a great experience while in Costa Rica.
I also have co-host friends who help me in the adventure in Río Celeste and we all love nature and share our journeys with tourists. They are Kenia, Arturo and Fabricio, who are c…
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Where you'll be

We will visit the Tenorio Volcano to admire the Celeste River with its impressive waterfall, its teñideros and the thermal bubbling.
We then go on our way to see the great Tree of La Paz, and later we will taste a typical lunch or vegetarian at a restaurant in the area. We will also walk through its gardens until we reach the Celeste River again and here we can swim for a while to refresh ourselves before returning to La Fortuna.

Rated 4.78 out of 5 from 96 reviews.

Kenya
September 2021
I’ve been on better hikes in Costa Rica, it was ok. The trail just was ok and we couldn’t go in the waterfall which isn’t the hosts fault. Our guide Manuel was great and had a lot of energy, wish we could have seen animals but we were the first in the travel that day. The dinner provided was amazing and the river was really relaxing. Overall had a good times just expect a little more from the trail we hiked, non of my complaints were the hosts fault.
Grayland
August 2021
Super knowledgeable of the birds and animals on this hike. Very sensitive to my group’s needs. Beautiful hike ! There are some steep stairs for a part of it, so be ready for that!
Harmony
August 2021
Bring a raincoat, sunscreen, bug spray, and hat! You should have some hiking/athletic ability for this tour. Make sure you eat a hardy breakfast or at least a nutrition bar before going (or in the van). If you get car sick, pop 1 Dramamine before this ride. It can be a bit windy. This is located in a beautiful national park- one of many in CR. The drive was a little long but perfect to just relax on the way to the park. *PLEASE AVOID BRINGING ANY PLASTIC BAGS WITH YOU. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE NATIONAL PARK.* The hike into the park is so beautiful and the tour guide pointed out amazing animals and plants along the way. Once you get to the stairs for the Rio Celeste, please be sure you are careful on the stairs down bc they can be slippery. The BLUE WATER was beautiful as it cascaded over the falls. Many people are there taking pictures but I recommend just standing there for a second to listen to the water crashing. The stairs on the way back up are "challenging"- I have a bad knee from soccer and I did okay, just a little tired once I got back up. The rest of the hike was amazing and we were able to see the rivers and additional animals. After the national park, we went to a local restaurant for "traditional" CR cuisine. I recommend getting the chicken. It was cooked really well. There is a river out back of the restaurant where you can go swimming and relax/enjoy the natural beauty!
Meta
August 2021
The tour was great, our driver and the guide were amazing, very attentive and knew a lot! The water was very blue, even more gorgeous than expected. Would definitely recommend!
Shaye
August 2021
This tour was great. The Rio Celeste is beautiful and a can’t miss if you’re in Costa Rica! Our guide was very friendly and spotted multiple wildlife and explained everything for us. For the price you get transportation, lunch, and a swim in the river. If you’re thinking of booking, do it!
Mikayla
August 2021
This experience was a great way to see Rio Celeste! I learned a lot from our guide! The trip was super fun and we saw so much!!

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  • Mon, 25 Oct
    07:30 - 17:00
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    07:30 - 17:00
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    07:30 - 17:00
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  • Thu, 28 Oct
    07:30 - 17:00
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  • Fri, 29 Oct
    07:30 - 17:00
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  • Sat, 30 Oct
    07:30 - 17:00
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  • Sun, 31 Oct
    07:30 - 17:00
    Join 2 other guests
    £54 per person
  • Mon, 1 Nov
    07:30 - 17:00
    £54 per person

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 3 and up can attend, up to 10 guests in total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.
The activity level for this experience is strenuous.
The skill level for this experience is intermediate.

What to bring

Mountain or sports shoes
Insect repellent
Swimsuit
Towel

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.