Waterfall sights in Costa Rica
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You can glimpse the sparkling 70m ribbon of clear water that pours through a sheer canyon of dark volcanic rock arrayed in bromeliads and ferns with minimal sweat equity. But it’s worth the climb down and out to see it from the jungle floor. Though it’s dangerous to dive beneath the thundering falls, a series of perfect swimming holes with spectacular views tiles the canyon in aquamarine. Keep an eye on your backpack.
From the turnoff on the road to San Ramón, it’s about 4km uphill to the falls. If you decide to walk up, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Cerro Chato as you hike through pastures and past the small hotels lining the road. You might appreciate a stop at…
About 7km south of Grecia, toward Santa Gertrudis, are two gorgeous waterfalls and a swimming hole surrounded by picnic tables. It’s a popular spot for weekending couples. Again, get detailed directions before setting out.
Just north of the turnoff for Dominical is the junction for San Isidro de El General – if you turn left towards San Isidro de El General and travel for about 10km, you’ll see an entrance to the right that leads to this tourist center. This Costa Rican family–owned and operated center is home to a series of wonderful waterfalls that cascade through a protected reserve of both primary and secondary forest.
There’s no vehicle access within the center, but you can hire horses for a guided ride to two waterfalls that plunge into a deep swimming hole. With advance notice, a tour can be arranged, including the guided ride, swimming and country meals with the local family.…