Rio Celeste Tours

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Rio Celeste
The dazzling centerpiece of Costa Rica’s Tenorio Volcano National Park, the Rio Celeste is most famous for its shockingly bright blue color. The river’s hue results from a natural reaction of volcanic sulfur and calcium carbonate, which tints the clear waters.
 
The Basics
Reached by hiking through the surrounding rain forest, Rio Celeste rewards visitors with its natural beauty and a number of other sights along the river. Most notable are the Rio Celeste Waterfall, a favorite photo spot where the river tumbles into a striking blue lagoon; the Teñideros, where two rivers merge in the Celeste; and the Poza Azul, the most stunning “dye pool.”
 
Many travelers opt to visit the national park on a 1- or 2-day tour from Tamarindo or La Fortuna. Excursions usually include a hike to the waterfall. Although swimming is prohibited within the park, it is possible to bathe in the river’s hot springs or enjoy white-water tubing along the river.    
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is an admission fee to enter the Tenorio Volcano National Park and visitor numbers are limited, so it’s best to arrive early.
  • The trail to the waterfall is 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) round-trip, and hiking to the waterfall takes about an hour.
  • A raincoat and sturdy shoes with a good grip are essential, as rain is common even in the dry season. The trails are unpaved and can get extremely muddy.
  • Restrooms, a restaurant, and a car park are located at the entrance to the national park.
 
How to Get There
The Río Celeste is located in Tenorio Volcano National Park in northwestern Costa Rica, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from San José. There is no public transport directly to the park, but it’s possible to take a taxi from the nearby town of Bijagua.
 
When to Get There
The river’s startling color change is best viewed during the dry season (December to April). Excess rainfall can dilute the reactive chemicals, leaving the waters with a less appealing muddy hue. The busiest period is from February to April, when it’s best to make an early start. Hikers allowed on the trail are limited, so you might find yourself having to wait if it gets too crowded.
 
Tenorio Volcano National Park
Hiking is the main activity in Tenorio Volcano National Park and there are a number of well-signposted short trails to follow. The Waterfall Trail is the main attraction, but worthwhile detours include the Mirador, a 5-minute trail that affords gorgeous views across the rain forest; and the Tenorio Volcano trail, although it’s not possible to climb to the summit. The park also harbors a wealth of wildlife, including tapirs, howler monkeys, ocelots, and jaguars.
Address: Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Rio Celeste and Llanos de Cortes Waterfall Tour from Tamarindo

Get an up close look at Costa Rica's hidden natural wonders with this Rio Celeste and Llanos de Cortes waterfall tour from Tamarindo. Follow an expert local guide through breathtaking scenery, rugged trails and truly beautiful attractions. This is the perfect way to explore outside the city and see what makes Costa Rica a top attraction for nature lovers.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$115.00 USD
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Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna

Lace up your hiking boots for this full-day immersion in the wild beauty of Tenorio Volcano National Park. Look for wildlife on the drive from La Fortuna, and feel like a jungle explorer on the trek to Rio Celeste, known for its mystical aquamarine waters. Take a dip in warm volcanic river pools, admire a cascading waterfall, and reward your efforts with a typical Costa Rican lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$85.00 USD
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The Rio Celeste And Tenorio Volcano Hike from Playa Flamingo- Tamarindo Guanacaste

This all day tour introduces travelers to one of Costa Rica’s most incredible sights – the enchanting, blue-hued Río Celeste. The river’s color is the result of the chemical mixture of sulfur and carbonate, which originate in the nearby Tenorio Volcano. Seeing this sky-blue river flow through a dense rainforest is an undeniably amazing experience.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$125.00 USD
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Rio Celeste National Park & Sloth Reserve

Located within the Tenorio Volcano National Park, the Río Celeste or light blue river is not only a beautiful place, but it also offers a unique experience you will not have in any other part of the world.Our private tour will take you to this amazing national park where you can hike part or all of its trail, our guide will explain all about ecosystems and nature interaction at the park and you will witness where the water turns on that bright blue color. After the hike we will have lunch and then a hike at another reserve to spot sloths and more wildlife.
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
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$195.00 USD
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Rio Celeste Waterfall & Sloth Encounter Tour in the Rain Forest of Costa Rica

A guided tour enriches your experience in Tenorio Volcano National Park by providing information about the park’s plant and animal life and expert navigation down the pothole-ridden roads between the Papagayo Gulf and the rain forest. Perfect for hikers and photographers alike, this tour offers a stress-free way to visit one of Costa Rica’s must-see destinations in just one day. To top it off, sloth sightings are practically guaranteed.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$190.00 USD
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Blue River and Tenorio Volcano National Park Hike

Hike through Tenorio Volcano National Park's remarkable landscape and see the otherworldly blue of the Rio Celeste waterfall on a full-day trip from La Fortuna. Follow your guide on a 4.3-mile (7-km) trail into the forest, watch for the monkeys and birds as you stroll past a serene lagoon, and take in views of the imposing Tenorio Volcano. Visit the park’s boiling mud pits and brightly colored jungle waterways, then enjoy a full lunch in the park before returning to your hotel.  
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$111.00 USD
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Río Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal

Hike among the spectacular scenery and mystical aquamarine waters of Tenorio Volcano National Park. On a full-day trip from La Fortuna, discover the amazing biodiversity of Costa Rica’s rain forests while accompanied by an expert naturalist guide. See the beautiful Rio Celeste waterfall that cascades into a clear turquoise lagoon, and watch the mysterious color-changing rivers of Los Teñideros. After your hike, re-energize with a tasty lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Celeste River From San Jose

Spend the day away from bustling San Jose and see the majestic Rio Celeste, one of the top attractions in Costa Rica. Located inside the Tenorio Volcano National Park, the deep turquoise waters of the river can be explored via a trail, which includes a waterfall, a suspended bridge, and a section of hot springs
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Rio Celeste Hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park

See the mystical blue waters of Rio Celeste on a full-day hiking tour in Tenorio Volcano National Park. Learn about native plants and look for Costa Rican wildlife on an intense trek through the rain forest that includes several steep elevation gains. Your efforts are rewarded by the sight of the brightly colored river and waterfall, which results from the convergence of two mineral-rich streams, and with a delicious Costa Rican lunch after the hike.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$85.00 USD
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Rio Celeste and Tenorio Volcano Hike with Lunch

Hike though the tropical rain forest of Tenorio Volcano National Park to witness the enchanting blue waters of Rio Celeste on this full-day tour from La Fortuna. Trek with a guide along forested trails dotted with waterfalls and rich with native wildlife to reach the convergence of two mineral-rich rivers that together produce the mysterious aqua tint of the Rio Celeste. After the hike, reward your efforts and recharge with a traditional Costa Rican lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$136.00 USD
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Two Days a night in Rio Celeste

We have the pleasure to invite you enjoy the magical experience of the strait relation with nature, where you can combine adventure with comfort and delight yourself with the best Costa Rican dishes.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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$238.00 USD
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The Rio Celeste And Tenorio Volcano Hike from Playa Hermosa- Tamarindo Guanacaste

This all day tour introduces travelers to one of Costa Rica’s most incredible sights – the enchanting, blue-hued Río Celeste. The river’s color is the result of the chemical mixture of sulfur and carbonate, which originate in the nearby Tenorio Volcano. Seeing this sky-blue river flow through a dense rainforest is an undeniably amazing experience.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$125.00 USD
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Celeste River Hike from La Fortuna

Hiking through the rain forest is a can’t-be-missed adventure, but it can be intimidating—especially in a foreign country. This Costa Rica hiking tour takes away the jitters by providing a guide who leads you through the slopes of Tenorio Volcano National Park, pointing out wildlife and stunning scenes along the way to a Celeste River waterfall. Eat lunch at the end of the hike and ride back to your hotel in comfort.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$136.00 USD
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8-Day Costa Rica Natural Wonders Guided Adventure Hike

Explore nature attractions in Costa Rica with this 8-day adventure-packed hiking tour. Starting in San Jose, you’ll head to the impressive Toro Waterfall. From there, tackle some semi-challenging terrain on the way to the Cerro Chato Volcano near Arenal, followed by a possible dip in the pools of the Fortuna Waterfall. The tour also includes a visit to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, where you can spot wildlife. Finally, hike in the mountains of Quepos along the Costa Rican coastline.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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30-Day Volunteering at an Organic Farm in the Tenorio National Park

Traveling in Costa Rica doesn't get more authentic than this 30-day volunteer experience at an organic farm in Tenorio National Park. Work alongside locals and learn about organic agriculture as you tend livestock, pastures, orchards, and specialty gardens. It's a great way to practice Spanish, learn new skills, and make cross-cultural connections that you can't get on typical vacations. In exchange for working 20 hours per week, all of your food and lodging is covered for the entire 30 day period.
  • Duration: 30 days
  • Duration: 30 days
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$420.00 USD
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Celete River at Tenorio National Park

We will hike at the Tenorio Volcano National Park of Costa Rica, to see the Celeste River. It is notable for its distinctive turquoise coloration. Then, we will visit Finca Verde Lodge, and you will be taken on an inspiring and educational walk, showcasing natural wonders such as tropical plants and flowers, birds, sloths, frogs, snakes, insects and many more animals.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$99.00 USD
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Rio Celeste Waterfall & Sloth Tour

There is no another blue color waterfall in the whole province of Guanacaste. this is the best tour for the sloths as well.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$145.00 USD
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13-Day Tour of Costa Rica's National Parks: Hiking, Beaches, Nature and Culture

Discover the vast natural wonders of Costa Rica with a 13-day tour of the country's top national parks, and visit 7 national parks over 2 weeks. Hike through Quetzales National Park's cloud forest; relax on Manuel Antonio's white sand beaches; discover the rich flora and fauna of Carara National Park and trek Arenal Volcano National Park's incredible lava flow trail. Swim in natural pools, spot wildlife like scarlet macaws, iguanas and even American crocodiles and experience local nature and culture as you go. This multi-day trip includes comfy lodgings throughout.
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Duration: 13 days
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$2,700.00 USD
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