Hike to the sky-blue color Rio Celeste waterfalls

While researching on things to do in Costa Rica, we read about Rio Celeste, the gorgeous turquoise blue waterfalls, which is located in an off beaten path within the Tenorio Volcano National Park. One needs to hike to get to this waterfall and since we normally enjoy hiking, we decided to take a day trip to Rio Celeste from La Fortuna, a small town near Arenal.

Our tour bus picked us up from the hotel at 8.00am. On the way to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, we stopped at several places to watch monkeys and the tour guide engaged with us on trivia about Costa Rica.

A howler monkey
A howler monkey

After almost a 2 hour journey, we reached the park entrance. Gearing up with sunscreen lotions, caps, water bottles, we started on the hike. As we entered the forests, there was hardly any sunlight piercing through the tall, thick trees. Since it rains most of the year in Costa Rica and there is little to no sunlight to dry up the water on the ground, the entire trail was muddy and slippery. It came to a point where it was no fun. Our group was holding each other’s hands to navigate through the wet and unsafe trails. I don’t think any of us looked up even for a second to spot any birds. We were all eyes on the trail to make sure we don’t slip and fall.

Trail head to Rio Celeste waterfalls
Trail head to Rio Celeste waterfalls
Hiking to the waterfalls
Hiking to the waterfalls
Muddy and slippery trail
Muddy and slippery trail

There is a part of the trail, where we needed to cross a river by holding on to a rope and stepping our feet on the stones, so that we don’t get our shoes wet. That was fun!

A tiresome hike finally led us to the gorgeous Rio Celeste waterfalls. The water color looked just like how it looks in the pictures – beautiful sky-blue. After taking pictures, we continued on our hike upstream to reach the point where the blue color originates; at the junction of Buena Vista and Roble rivers. The chemical mixture of sulphur and carbonate produces this incredibly amazing color.

Rio Celeste Waterfalls
Rio Celeste Waterfalls
The sky-blue color water
The sky-blue color water
The point where the blue color originates
The point where the blue color originates

We returned via the same trail and were so glad to reach the park entrance safely without falling and breaking any bones.

We were treated to a delicious Costa Rican lunch (a very late lunch actually) with live music, before starting the journey back to our hotel.

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