Costa Rica is bestowed with natural wonders such as its rich biodiversity, thousands of beaches and also wonderful waterfalls. It seems that there’s one incredible waterfalls in every corner of the country. The waterfalls of this country astound both the novice and experienced travelers alike. You will be amazed to see the rushing water dramatically falling from the rainforest canopy into a pool at the base of a cliff. If you go for a simple day trip it might turn into a full-day affair when you randomly discover a hidden waterfall and will love to enjoy spend time there. After a hike through the rainforest in the tropical heat, you can visit a wonderful waterfall and sooth yourself by swimming in the cool waterfall water. In Costa Rica there are some waterfalls with multiple tiers, waterfalls flowing into dormant volcanoes, remote waterfalls that can be reached by hours of trekking and there are also some waterfalls with water so blue that they seem artificial. Hundreds of waterfalls dot in the countryside, accompanied by several giant cascades ideal for enjoying day trips. Many waterfalls are also ideal for enjoying waterfall rappelling tours and some are perfect for poolside picnics and afternoon swims. It is difficult to find out the best waterfalls but here are some timeless favorites waterfalls:
Bajos del Toro Waterfall:
In Costa Rica Bajos del Toro is one of the most amazing and largest (90 meter drop) waterfalls. Located in the Bajos del Toro Cloud Forest, this waterfall is tucked away in a valley between the Poás and Rincon de la Vieja Volcanoes. It takes 11/2 hours to reach the waterfall area from San Jose. You will have to hike through El Silencio Lodge’s private property to access the waterfall. With the help of an experienced guide you can hike the winding trail down to the base of the waterfall for about an hour and get close tot he roaring mist of the wonderful waterfall. The surrounding streams and pools will allow you to enjoy watching unique plants and animals of the country.
Catarata del Toro:
The biggest and unique waterfall, Catarate del Toro flows into a dormant volcanic crater. This 90 meters (300 feet) waterfall is amazing and its base can be reached by hiking down 375 steep steps. This waterfall is not a trek for everyone but anyone can enjoy the amazing beauty of the falls from the top near the visitors center as well.
Diamante Waterfall and Cave:
Diamante Waterfall and Cave is tucked away in the middle of the jungle. The cave make this 183 meters waterfall so special. You will reach a set of two waterfalls after a rigorous 2 to 3 hours hike up the mountain and will find those waterfalls rushing over an enormous cave. This waterfall is an extraordinary plunge off of the Tinamaste ridge and the majestic garden, shaman caves and swimming hotels sit atop the waterfall make this place a perfect destination to enjoy an epic day or overnight excursion. Adventure lovers can enjoy thrilling waterfall rappelling.
El Chorro Waterfall:
El Chorro Waterfall, a national treasure is nestled against a backdrop of Playa Cocolito’s white sand beach and tumbling headlong into the Pacific Ocean. You can reach this waterfall by two hour hike down the beach from Montezuma. You can enjoy a take a dip in the inviting freshwater lagoon and also enjoy watching amazing view and abundant wildlife in the morning.
La Fortuna Waterfall:
In Costa Rica, La Fortuna Waterfall is probably most well-known waterfall and a popular tourist attraction. This waterfall tumbles almost 230 feet down giant boulders and moss-covered rocks. This waterfall is just three miles from downtown Arenal and can be accessed via a very steep but well-marked path. You will have to walk down 500 steep stairs to reach the falls. You can enjoy a dip in the chilly pools at the waterfall’s base but it is recommended not to swim beneath the waterfall itself.
La Paz Waterfall:
La Paz Waterfall is in the cloud forest outside of San Jose. This surrounding area is a combination of waterfall garden, nature walk and rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals. You can visit the La Paz Waterfall Gardens all year round. You can enjoy an entire day touring the garden area and waterfalls.
Los Chorros Waterfalls:
This waterfall is in the Central Valley and a few miles south of the main square in Grecia. You can easily access the waterfalls via an easy, ten minute hike from a main parking area through the woods. Close to the waterfalls, you will also find some picnic tables and the rustic place is absolutely perfect for enjoying a peaceful day.
There are three spectacular waterfalls just outside the chill beach town of Montezuma. These Montezuma waterfalls are hidden in the jungle but you can easily access by following the trail south of the town for about 20 minutes. After the first hike you will find the trails more difficult and if you want to make your trip a little easier, you can use the sturdy stairs at the top built by a local tour operator but you will have to pay a small fee.
Tucked away in a secluded canyon near the southern Pacific toen of Dominical, Gorgeous and pristine Nauyaca Waterfalls cascade down the rock face in two tiers. One waterfall is 150 feet and another one is 65 feet. Nauyaca spills into a large crystalline pool where you can enjoy swimming as well as frolic away the afternoon.
Rio Celeste Waterfall:
Rio Celeste Waterfall is in Tenorio Volcano National Park in the northwestern Guanacaste region. This waterfall is renowned for its hypnotic blue color and tropical surroundings. You can access the waterfall via the jungle trails at Tenorio Volcano National Park. You will find the hike a bit difficult as the area remains muddy often. There is a shaded path to reach the staircase that will lead to the waterfall and then a short climb down 250 stairs will take you to a viewing platform.
Savegre Waterfall is located near the San Gerardo de Dota and Los Quetzales National Park. This nearly 100-feet waterfall can be reached by crossing suspension bridges and trekking through the amazing cloud forest. While hiking to the waterfall, you will also enjoy watching incredible bird species and the common sightings include tanagers, hummingbirds and the resplendent quetzal.