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La Fortuna, Costa Rica
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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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.
  • Day trip to Tenorio Volcano National Park with a hike to Río Celeste waterfall
  • Take a moderate-level hike (roughly two hours) through a lush rainforest jungle
  • Spot and learn about local plant and wildlife from an expert guide
  • Admire the impressive Río Celeste waterfall, lagoon and changing blue waters of Los Teñideros
  • Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at a local restaurant after the hike
  • Lunch, pickup and drop-off from most La Fortuna hotels included
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Gratuities
1 Kilometer South of the Redondel Río Fortuna - El Salto, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, 21010, Costa Rica

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Spend a delightful day exploring the natural wonders of Tenorio Volcano National Park. Your tour begins with morning pickup at your La Fortuna hotel, and then a drive that takes you through the scenic hillsides of Arenal Volcano National Park. Stock up on snacking provisions at a local store if you like (own expense) before entering the majestic beauty of Tenorio Volcano National Park. 

Embark on a moderately challenging roughly 2-hour hike through the lush rainforest of the park. The terrain is steep and rocky at parts, so feel free to hike at a pace that works for you. Your guide will point out highlights of the landscape, including interesting plants and the many types of wildlife that call this area home. Keep an eye out for blue morpho butterflies, tropical birds, tapirs, ocelots, sloths and spider monkeys. 

When you arrive at the Rio Celeste waterfall, you’ll immediately see how this cascade got its name, which means ‘sky-blue river.’ Admire the crashing waters that empty into a lagoon, which takes on a brilliant blue hue courtesy of natural mineral deposits in the river. Relax along this picturesque scene as your guide shares local myths about how the river got its eye-catching color.

Continue on your hike to the Los Teñideros, which features the convergence of two rivers in the jungle. Behold the clear waters turning bright blue when they merge as if by magic — a natural spectacle caused by a chemical reaction of volcanic minerals in the water. 

At the end of your hike, rest and refuel with delicious regional cuisine at a local restaurant before the return drive to your La Fortuna hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • A moderate amount of walking is required
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Please bring a change of clothes, sunglasses, insect repellent and water
  • Tour departs from La Fortuna
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Desafio Adventure Company

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal.

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This was an Awesome tour! They...
Megan P
, Feb 2016
This was an Awesome tour! They picked us up from our hotel in La Fortuna. There were only 5 people total in our tour. The Hike it self is not a hard hike BUT I highly recommend renting their rain boots for 3 so bring socks Because the mud was up past out ankles and my shoes kept falling off. All the lookout points and waterfall are Beautiful! And the tour includes lunch at a cute restaurant in the rainforest :
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Our guide, Ruben, was helpful...
Douglas P
, Jan 2016
Our guide, Ruben, was helpful, friendly, and full of interesting information. We had a great time and were truly impressed by the remarkably blue water of the river. Be sure to see the spot where the water suddenly looks blue! It was raining when we were there and upon Ruben's recommendation, we rented rubber boots. Good thing we did because our hiking shoes would have been destroyed!
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