Rio Celeste

"rio celeste waterfall"

Rio Celeste is a natural wonder located in Costa Rica’s Tenorio Volcano National Park. The river is known for its striking and intense blue color, which is caused by a chemical reaction between volcanic minerals and the river’s water. This unique coloration, combined with lush rainforest vegetation and cascading waterfalls, makes Rio Celeste a popular destination for tourists and nature lovers alike.

Visitors can take a moderate hike through the park to reach the river, passing through dense forests and encountering wildlife such as monkeys, toucans, and tapirs along the way. Once at the river, they can explore the banks and take a dip in the natural pools, surrounded by the stunning scenery.

In addition to its beauty, Rio Celeste is also home to several unique geological features, including hot springs and fumaroles, which add to the park’s appeal. While access to some areas of the park may be restricted, visitors can enjoy guided tours and educational exhibits to learn more about the local flora and fauna, as well as the history and geology of the region.


Plan your visit

Hours and Entrance fee:
The Tenorio Volcano National Park is open every day from 8am to 2pm. The entrance fee is $12 USD for non-residents. Residents and nationals pay ¢800 colones. You can purchase your tickets online in the SINAC official website.

There are limited accommodation options close to the park with only a few small cabins and lodges nearby. The best option is to stay in the town of Guatuso which is only 35 minutes away by car and has more options including hotels and bed and breakfasts.

How to get there:
There are plenty of options to get to Rio Celeste. First you can go as part of a day trip tour from San Jose or La Fortuna. If you have a car many people also drive to Rio Celeste as a day trip from a closer destination like La Fortuna or Liberia. Both popular destinations are only 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Rio Celeste. If you have a tighter budget you can take a bus from San Jose to the town of Guatuso and then take a short taxi ride of only 35 minutes to the park.

Bus option from San Jose to Guatuso:
The bus route is managed by Transportes San Jose San Carlos. Tel:.2255-4318. The cost of a one-way ticket is $5 USD and the journey takes 5 hours total.

Departure time options from San Jose: 1:45pm
Return time options from Guatuso: 4am



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