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 you might urge to spend the whole day while discovering a hidden waterfall randomly. 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 and also remote waterfalls that can be reached by hours of trekking and there are also some waterfalls with artificial like blue color water. In the countryside, you will find many amazing waterfalls accompanied by several huge cascades. Many waterfalls are also ideal for enjoying waterfall rappelling and some has good site to enjoy swimming and poolside picnics. 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:
Catarate del Toro is considered as one of the biggest and unique waterfall of the country. Flowing into a dormant volcanic crater, this 300 feet (90 meters) waterfall is amazing and its base can be reached by 375 steep steps hiking down. Though this waterfall is not an ideal trek for everyone yet anyone can enjoy the amazing beauty of the falls from the top of the visitors center that is set close to the waterfall.
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:
Set against the white sand beach and falling down into the Pacific Ocean, this waterfall is a national treasure. You can reach this waterfall by two hour hike down the beach from Montezuma. You can enjoy a take a dip in its clean and fresh water lagoon and also in the morning, can enjoy watching amazing view and abundant wildlife.
La Fortuna Waterfall:
In Costa Rica, La Fortuna Waterfall is probably one of the most popular waterfalls in the country. From the downtown of Arenal, this waterfall is just three miles and you can reach it through a well-marked way. Tumbling about 230 feet down huge boulders and moss-covered rocks, in its base, this waterfall has a chilly pool where you can enjoy dip in but beneath the waterfall itself, it is not recommended to swim.
La Paz Waterfall:
La Paz Waterfall is located outside of San Jose, in the cloud forest. This surrounding area is consist of rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals and also has nature walk and waterfall garden. You can visit the La Paz Waterfall Gardens all year round. You can enjoy an amazing whole day trip in 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.
Just outside of the Montzuma beach town, there are three amazing waterfalls known as Montezuma waterfalls which are hidden in the jungle. Those waterfalls can easily be accessed within 20 minutes by the trail south of the town. After the first hike you will find the trails more difficult and if you want to make your trip a bit comfortable, you can use the sturdy stairs by paying a small fee and that stairs is at the top built by a local tour operator.
Close to the southern Pacific town, in Dominical, the amazing Nauyaca waterfalls cascade tumbling into the rock face in tow tiers among which one is about 65 feet and another one is 150 feet. There is a huge pool with crystal clear water where you can enjoy swimming.
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 close to the Los Quetzales National Park and the San Gerardo de Dota. 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 hummingbirds, resplendent quetzal and tanagers.