Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike & Swim Tour


The Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike & Swim Tour is a great excursion to a sky-blue river and a beautiful waterfall.

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Tour Description

The Celeste Waterfall Hike & Swim Tour is set in the mountains of northwestern Costa Rica, where we’ll explore the spectacular Rio Celeste and its waterfall. This breathtaking natural wonder is fast becoming one of the country’s most popular attractions.

Rio Celeste means light blue river. Legend has it that after God was done painting the sky, he washed his brushes in the river.

A walk through Tenorio Volcano National Park will take you along the riverbed. Here, you will see (and smell) the Rio Celeste turn from clear to vivid turquoise.

The surrounding scenery is beautiful even if you hike only a portion of the trail. Because the park is at high elevation, it hosts a cloud forest as well as a tropical rainforest and is home to an abundance of wildlife.

Imagine a shining turquoise waterfall, pools and flows in the middle of a lush green rainforest. The hike follows the flow of the river to scenic sites along the way.  The Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike & Swim tour is approximately 3 hours in duration.

On our way home we’ll enjoy a Costa Rican lunch and visit yet another waterfall, the stunning Llanos de Cortés, where you’ll be able to cool off with a refreshing swim. 

Bring comfortable clothes, shoes, swimsuit, towels, sunscreen and a hat.

What is Included?

  • Hike through primary rainforest (3 hours)
  • Rio Celeste Waterfall (no swimming), lagoons and river
  • Traditional Costa Rican lunch
  • Waterfall w/swimming (on the way home)
  • Entrance fees
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transportation w/AC

What is Excluded?

  • Gratuity
  • Towels

Know Before You Go

  • The administration of the national park requires the name and passport number of each visitor, and the entrance fee (included in your package) is not refundable.
  • This is a full-day tour.
  • Driving time each way: 2.5 hours from Flamingo, 2 hours from Playas del Coco (pickup time: 7 a.m.)
  • All ages welcome.

Reviews (05)

Mike Snow
25 Mar 2019
Our January 12 to the 22 stay was our second trip to Villa la Sata. We didn’t think it could get any better but this was a very special time in this extremely special place. For all our experiences here in Guanacaste this Estate cannot be matched. The village of Flamingo provides varied opportunities for dining and entertainment. Whether at Angelina’s, Coco Loco or La Forketta the food was amazing. The in home chef Jean Luc was the BEST! The beauty of the white sand beach of Flamingo is unparalleled. The staff at Villa la Sata was extremely accommodating. There was no better way to escape the cold of Montana. We will return yet again, Michael Snow
Josh Wright
02 Apr 2018
It would be tougher to spend a week in Costa Rica in a nicer home than Villa La Sata. Not only is it centrally located to the “hopping” area of the Pacific Coast side of Costa Rica, it is positioned on the property and Bay perfectly. A view of over 180 degrees of the ocean is breathtaking. The home is beautiful, updated and unquestionably a once-in-a-lifetime vacation home. This will go down as the nicest home we have ever spent time in, on vacation.
T. Meehan
21 Mar 2018
We stayed at Villa La Sata, in Costa Rica for a few days in February. It is a very special place which is beautifully appointed with detail after detail. I can’t imagine a better location in the world to soak up the sun on its terraces, perched on a cliff overlooking a mile or so of wonderful beach. We had magnificent sunsets every night that were among the best I have ever seen. My wife was in heaven as she cannot miss a sunset.
Holden Ogg
23 Mar 2018
Staying at Villa La Sata was an amazing experience! The views were immaculate and the villa was very impressive… I loved waking up to the sound and site of the beach each morning. The fact that you can see the water as the front gate opens and from every room is why I would consider this the Gem of Flamingo. I’ve never experienced anything like the sunsets here as well. As a videographer and photographer it was more than just a paradise it was Heaven.

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