Tourists love watching the waters rushing down a mountain or a cliff into a pool below. You’ll get to witness such spectacular sights upon visiting some of the awe-inspiring waterfalls of Costa Rica. Even for the experienced travelers, these waterfalls would be a great visual treat.

You’d also like to take a dip in the pools that are formed by these falling waters. This would be a pleasant experience especially after you’ve taken a hike through the rainforest. Here are three of the best waterfalls you can explore while touring Costa Rica:

1. Rio Celeste

During your visit to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, you’ll come across the Rio Celeste waterfall. The Tenorio Volcano National Park is located in the Guanacaste region. It is quite popular among the tourists for its attractive blue color. There’s a local legend about this waterfall that’s quite fascinating. It says that God washed his blue brushes in the river after He painted the sky. This gave the waters a bluish color.

The reality is that these waters are the unique product of a chemical reaction. It happens between the rainforest and the minerals coming from the volcano. You’ll need to take a two-hour hike into the park to witness this blue waterfall. During this hiking trip, you’ll also come across some natural hot springs. Besides, you’ll get to see the poison dart frogs, monkeys, and blue morpho butterflies.

Owing to the effects of volcanic minerals, you’ll not be able to enjoy a swim. Instead, you can take some fabulous photos and share them with your family and friends. The dry season from December to April is the best time to visit this waterfall. The Rio Celeste waterfall is relatively less explored owing to its remote location.

2. La Fortuna

The name of this majestic waterfall literally translates as ‘fortune’. La Fortuna waterfall has become a favorite of many tourists who frequently visit Costa Rica. It is fed by the Tenorio River and is surrounded by hot springs. The sight of waters spilling out from a cliff would be an absolute delight to watch.

This cliff is situated at the base of the dormant Chato volcano. Before making its way into a tropical pond, the waters fall from a height of 70 meters. The rich, green rainforest along the Arenal Mountain range surrounds the pond. You’ll find two viewing points, from where you can witness the charming La Fortuna waterfall.

Having a relaxing swim in the pond at the base of the waterfall would be a memorable experience. So, don’t forget to bring your swimsuit.

3. La Paz Waterfall Gardens

A visit to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens will give you the chance to witness five waterfalls. This ecological marvel is privately-owned and is located in the Cloud Forest. Besides having the opportunity to witness the waterfalls, you can enjoy a nature walk and visit a wildlife preserve.

There are over a hundred species of rescued animals in the wildlife preserve and it also includes other attractions. They are a Serpentarium, Butterfly Observatory, Frog Exhibit, and a Hummingbird Garden.

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