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Visiting Costa Rica’s Most Stunning Waterfalls

Dozens of free-flowing rivers carve a path through Costa Rica’s terrain culminating in breathtaking waterfalls that invite travelers for a day of swimming, nature watching and relaxation. When planning your next vacation, consider a tour to one of these majestic cascades for a day of family fun. Quad tours, rainforest treks and horseback rides are all exciting ways to access these national treasures.

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La Fortuna Waterfall Eco Tour

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Situated in the shadow of Arenal Volcano – one of the planet’s ten most active volcanoes – the bustling town of La Fortuna attracts thousands of visitors every year with its adrenaline-pumping tours and magnificent cascade that tumbles some 200 feet into an aquamarine pool. When taking a tour to the La Fortuna Waterfall, be sure to wear your swimsuit as the cool waters will beckon you for a refreshing swim. Most travelers arrive on a guided trip, either on horseback or an ATV excursion. From the entrance, a steep but well-marked path leads down to the falls. The 15-minute trek is worth the effort, as travelers are rewarded with stunning views and surrounding countryside.

Rio Celeste Waterfall Eco Tour

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Perhaps one of Costa Rica’s best kept secrets, this natural wonder can be enjoyed in Tenorio Volcano National Park – located on the outskirts of Arenal. Famous for its celestial blue waters, which gain their ethereal hue from a mix of minerals and sulfur, the cascade is the centerpiece of this lightly-tread reserve. While hiking to the Celeste River Waterfall, visitors are guaranteed to encounter some of Costa Rica’s most iconic wildlife species, including howler and capuchin monkeys, coatimundis and tons of colorful hummingbirds. Wear sturdy hiking shoes if touring during the rainier months of June-October, as trails can get quite muddy.

El Chorro Waterfall Eco Tour

The beachside village of Montezuma is home to several lovely waterfalls, but none more awe-inspiring than El Chorro falls. Situated about five miles outside of town, this cascade is typically visited on a half-day horseback tour. The dramatic freshwater fall plummets off a rocky cliff into the ocean, where the sea changes colors from turquoise to green and blue. The cascade is also adjacent to the pristine white sands of Playa Cocolito, which lures beach lovers with its dazzling beauty.

Nuayaca Falls Eco Tour

Searching for tranquility amid nature? For the ultimate waterfall experience in Costa Rica, head to the beautiful hamlet of Dominical – an ocean side town known for its steady surfing waves and spectacular natural scenery. A three-hour horseback riding tour takes visitors to this amazing cascade that towers some 200 feet tall.  Take a swim in the pure, clean waters that swirl beneath, or the more adventurous can even jump from the top ledge of the falls!

If you are interested in visiting any of these locations, Escape Villas offers several vacation homes for that romantic getaway, large groups, or family vacations. Check us out at or call toll free at 1 888 771-2976 for more information.