Tamarindo: Celeste River and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

Activity provider: Nachotours

Tamarindo: Celeste River and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

Activity provider: Nachotours

From US$ 260 per person

Take a dip into the blue waters of the Celeste River and hike through Tenorio Volcano National Park. Discover the rainforest and swim at Llanos de Cortez waterfalls while observing sloths, red-eyed leaf frogs, toucans, and butterflies.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
• Pickup available from hotels located at Tamarindo, Playa Grande or Flamingo Beach • Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pick up time


  • Hike through Tenorio Volcano National Park
  • Take a dip into the blue waters of the Celeste river
  • Discover wildlife such as sloths, red-eyed leaf frogs, toucans and beautiful butterflies
  • Enjoy a delicious typical lunch and take a dip in a tranquil pond at beautiful Llanos de Cortez Waterfalls
  • Discover the rainforest and a beautiful blue light river waterfall
Full description
Embark on an adventure and discover sloths, beautiful waterfalls, and a true bluewater river. Start off with a hike through Tenorio Volcano National Park and discover the rainforest in a 2 hour easy to moderate hike.  Marvel at the Celeste River, one of the most popular rivers in Costa Rica, well known around the world by its particular natural color from light blue to turquoise.  In addition to the stunning beauty of the water, the river also has several thermal hot springs and boiling mud pots. Plumes of volcanic gases are expelled and in some places give the appearance of boiling water. Visit a 98-foot waterfall and take in the stunning atmosphere.  After your swim, a small hike leads you to the place where sloths are at a very low height in their natural environment, as well as toucans and red-eyed leaf frogs.  Enjoy a country-style Costa Rican lunch with salad, rice, beans, and options for meat, chicken, or fish. On your way to one of Costa Rica's most beautiful waterfalls, the Llanos de Cortez waterfalls with a 65-foot height and 49-foot width drop into a tranquil pond with a white sandy beach, that's perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
  • Roundtrip from Tamarindo, Playa Grande or Flamingo beaches
  • Water and soft drinks
  • Typical Lunch
  • Spanish and English-speaking guide
  • All entry fees
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Sun hat
    • Swimwear
    • Change of clothes
    • Towel
    • Camera
    • Hiking shoes
    • Sunscreen
    • Comfortable clothes
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 3 reviews

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    The tour was more than we had ever expected! Nacho and his guide William guided us to every spot on the journey with great interest of making every step on the trip memorable. The arrangement with a local guide in Tenorio Volcano National Park made it possible for us to see all kind of animals that we hoped to see. A very succeful trip!

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    July 31, 2022


    The guide was excellent - so knowledgeable! The day included much more than I ever expected! This was such a well rounded experience - I definitely recommend it! I feel like I got to so much more about Cost Rica! Pura vida!!

    February 25, 2022

    I wasn’t sure what to expect on this tour. It was honestly one of the best days my husband and I have ever experienced together. Every spot we were taken was a beautiful scenery. I can’t wait to come back!

    July 20, 2022

    Product ID: 391072