RÍO CELESTE, LLANOS DE CORTÉS & SLOTH TOUR
$195 per person
(min. 4 people)
This tour includes private transportation, lunch, and a dedicated, certified bilingual guide
Our day tour to Río Celeste & Llanos de Cortés Waterfalls is popular with all ages. Immerse yourself in a thrilling adventure through the Tenorio Volcano National Park, one of the most celebrated natural landmarks in Costa Rica, where you will marvel at Río Celeste's divine hue of turquoise. You'll also have the chance to visit a local animal sanctuary where you can witness sloths, frogs, and other creatures. Finally, you will make your way to the breathtaking Llanos de Cortés Waterfall, a secluded spot where you can swim under the falls.
Your naturalist guide will pick you up at your hotel or vacation rental, and on the way to the national park, you will make a pit stop for coffee and/or breakfast. After arriving at the park entrance, embark on a moderate, two-hour hike along the trail that takes you through the rainforest and along the blue river. As you hike, you will have the chance to spot an array of exotic wildlife. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled! The hiking trail within the park is about 3.5 miles in total. For the first 20 minutes or so the trail is paved and mostly flat. Then there is a series of about 250 paved stairs. The climb back up can be a bit challenging, but you can rest along the way.
The highlight of the hike is Río Celeste, where two streams merge, and the minerals from the volcano create the breathtaking divine hue of turquoise. This chemical reaction is a phenomenon that can only be experienced at this unique location. After the hike, your guide will take you to another part of the river outside the park, where you can swim in the clear blue waters and spot sloths and other wildlife.
Once you have worked up an appetite,we will stop at a local restaurant for a hearty Costa Rican-style lunch. Next up, you will visit a local animal sanctuary, showcasing natural wonders such as tropical plants, flowers, birds, frogs, snakes, insects, and, of course, the stars of the show – sloths!
Finally, you'll visit the majestic Llanos de Cortés Waterfall in Bagaces, where you can relax and take a dip underneath the falls or wander around admiring the local flora and fauna. This is a truly spectacular end to an unforgettable day.
Please be aware that heavy rainfall has the potential to influence the mesmerizing color of Río Celeste and may also impact the accessibility of Llanos de Cortés. If you are traveling during the rainy season (May-October) and have concerns about the likelihood of being able to experience all of the activities in their full splendor, please contact our team of luxury travel experts who are on the ground in Costa Rica and can offer insight about local weather.
Your day includes:
Door-to-door spacious and comfortable transportation with your private chauffeur and bilingual naturalist guide on board. Note: you may want to wear your bathing suit under your clothes or wear clothing that you can swim in.
Approximately 3 hour long drive from most locations in Guanacaste, with a pit stop for coffee along the way.
Entry to Tenorio Volcano National Park
Guided hike to Río Celeste Waterfall
Guided tour of animal sanctuary
Traditional Costa Rican lunch
A visit to Llanos de Cortés Waterfall with swimming
A safe return to your lodgings between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Included in your tour: Private certified guide and driver, lunch, entrance fees, all activities mentioned above
Not included: Tips, souvenirs
What to bring: Good walking shoes or sports sandals (Keens are always popular), bathing suit or clothes you can swim in, a towel and change of clothes, sunscreen, hat, bug repellent, snacks (especially if traveling with children), motion sickness medication if needed (our Costa Rican roads can be bumpy). Note that no single-use plastic bottles are allowed in national parks. Bring reusable bottles if you want to carry water into the park.
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