Montezuma Waterfalls

This set of waterfalls is located just outside the small town of Montezuma, along the southern reaches of the Nicoya Peninsula. They are, as many people claim, some of the country's finest.

In total, there are three waterfalls, all placed extremely close to one another. The first fall you'll encounter during your trek upriver is the largest, somewhere around 80 feet high. This is a good spot to lounge, swim, or simply relax and enjoy the beauty of the cascading water. However, it is unsafe to jump from the top of this fall, and many people have died trying to do so. Continuing uphill past this waterfall leads you to the second, 50-foot fall. This waterfall can be jumped off of, but still, be careful. The third and final waterfall is directly above this one, and offers perhaps the best place to kick back or swim. The waterfall itself is only about 10 feet high, and flows into a calm pool that is perfect for splashing about. Along one side of the pool is a nice rope swing, and there are many other areas that are suitable for relaxing, picnicking, or sunbathing.

It should be noted that while the river itself is public property, much of the hillside surrounding the waterfalls is not. Please be respectful and courteous during your visit to Montezuma's waterfalls.

Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, Central America

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