In Costa Rica, the beauty of nature is awesome and powerful — literally. The nation has managed to meet a significant portion of its energy needs through the generation of hydroelectric power, courtesy of the many freshwater mountain springs, streams, and rivers which snake through the forests. This significant achievement is an example of how modern technology can allow humans and nature to both coexist and thrive. The best part? Costa Rica's natural beauty remains intact, and nowhere is this more obvious than on Costa Rica waterfall tours.
As the runoff moves through lush terrain on its way out to sea, hundreds of cascading waterfalls can be found throughout the rainforests and mountainous areas. At any moment, you may find yourself witnessing the photo opportunity of a lifetime as tropical birds fly past a roaring and majestic waterfall. Costa Rica waterfalls are numerous, and many are actually unknown or remain closed to the public. Don't fret! There are still many breathtaking waterfalls that make great destinations for a day hike and refreshing afternoon swim.
You'll find Costa Rica's waterfalls all over the country, from the central highlands of Tilaran to Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula. Bonus? If you're an adrenaline junkie, then you're in for a treat when you go on a Costa Rica waterfall rappelling tour.
#1: Tenorio Volcano Area — One Hot Adventure, One Cool Waterfall
The Tenorio Volcano region of Costa Rica may house the namesake volcano, but that's not the only natural wonder to wow you on your getaway. Enjoy the misty roar of a waterfall. As an added bonus, this particular Costa Rica waterfall plunges into an incomparably blue pool...
Enjoy a hike or horseback ride through Tenorio Volcano National Park until you reach Bijagua Waterfall. Flowing from the rocky cliff of the surrounding forest, this waterfall empties into the Río Celeste — a beautiful, vibrant blue river that gets its unique colour from the sulfur and carbonate of the Tenorio Volcano.
See plant and animal species along the way. If you keep following the riverbank, you may even find yourself at a hot spring. Return from your excursion to comfortable accommodations, farm fresh meals, and luscious landscaping.
When packing, don't forget to bring your camera, because you don't want to miss getting your own photograph of Tenorio's Bijagua Waterfall — it's an artist's palette in motion.
#2: Don't Have A Favorite Type of Waterfall? You Will After Visiting Rincon de la Vieja
Start your Costa Rica vacation with a splash when you explore the waterfalls of Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Rincón de la Vieja is a charming area nestled within the Guanacaste Mountains, and is a favorite destination of outdoor enthusiasts. As you make your way to four different waterfalls, you'll trek through the 34,800 acre (14,084 ha) volcanic park.
Victoria waterfall is 115 feet (35 m) tall, because it's along the Rio Negro, river tubing is a great added adventure. The 82 foot (25 m) Oropéndola Waterfall feeds majestically into the Rio Blanco. Chorreras Waterfall is actually two waterfalls dripping like crystals into an amphitheater canyon. Last but not least is the ever popular Cangreja (Crab) Waterfall. This particular waterfall is renowned for the entrancing way this 130 foot (40 m) white waterfall creates a sublime shade of blue in the pool it forms — a result of volcanic copper mineral deposits.
Go for a swim, enjoy a picnic, bring your camera and your binoculars! You can start your mornings with a little birdwatching from your tropical accommodations. Your evenings soaking in thermal hot springs after delicious dinners, and your days enjoying some of the most beautiful waterfalls Costa Rica has to offer. It's all waiting for you in Rincón de la Vieja.