Celeste River Hike

Adventure Normal 8 hours
Celeste River Hike
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From $75 per person
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5-11 years
Free cancellation
up to 48 hours in advance

Tour information

Tenorio Volcano National Park hides and protects a natural treasure, it is one of the best Maleku Indigenous best-kept secrets, so, let’s find it out.

We will begin our journey, departing from your hotel in La Fortuna, San Carlos. Along the way, we will pass the towns of Monterrey, Guatuso, and Katira. After an hour and a half, we will arrive at the Tenorio Volcano National Park, where we will start a 4 miles hike through the rainforest and visiting attractions such as the “Blue Lagoon”: it is stretch of Calm River that makes a beautiful natural lagoon, The Lookout point of the Tenorio Volcano. "Las Ollas": they are fumaroles filled with boiling mud pots. Also, we will visit the Rio Celeste Waterfall.

The hike would take a total of 4 hours among nature trails with some difficulty. In this exciting adventure, you will discover the reason for the sky-blue color of the river at the time we get to the goal, "Los Teñideros" or dyers; this is the place where the river gets its turquoise blue color.

Our day will end with a delicious traditional lunch before returning to your hotel in the Arenal Volcano base. You will be back at 4 p.m. approximately.

Duration: 8 hours
Price per person: Adult: $75 / Child: $60

What is included?

  • A/C round trip transfers from and to your hotel (in La Fortuna)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Snacks
  • Typical lunch
  • Entrance fee
  • Experienced bilingual guide
  • Insurance

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Traveler reviews

Meagan Anderson
My family and I had such a wonderful day hiking the rainforests and enjoying the beautiful sights of the river.

Definitely recommend to anyone visiting La Fortuna.

Brian was a wonderful guide as well.
Kim Carlson
I booked this tour last minute and I am so glad that I did. We got to our hotel at 2am and pick up was right on time at 730am- needless to say we did not get a lot of sleep that night. On our way to Rio Celeste- we asked if there was any possibility to stop and get something to eat as we did not have the opportunity to have breakfast. We stopped at a Soda and the food was fabulous! Shortly aft er we got back on the road- we came to a dead stop....there was an accident on the one way bridge with a semi and Heineken truck. Our driver was able to find a side road that would get us around the accident and get us to our destination. And so the adventure begins!! Being from Chicago- the roads were very different. We were also on a time crunch as we had to be back in time to get our rental vehicle. Our guide was AWESOME (I wish I could remember his name). He pointed out all different kinds of wildlife and how there had been a storm that destroyed some of the area. He was really friendly, shared his knowledge of the area and helped us at the car rental at the end. We could not have asked for a better experience. Without our driver and guide being the best we would not have had such a great time. Oh- and Rio Celeste------WOW!!! Such an amazing place!!!!!!!... (read more)
Dianna Vorpagel
Really enjoyed this tour. The walk to the falls & to the "source" was easy in the dry season - no mud. Lots of steps at the falls but plenty of rest areas. Wonderful guide & lovey day. The blue river is an amazing spectacle & definitely worth visiting.
Karla Ruiz
Unfortunately, my booked tour(Rio Celeste Hike) was canceled due to weather as it had rained the night before. I was given the option of a refund or another tour. I accepted another tour which was the Arenal Hanging bridges and La Fortuna waterfall (walk only). It was nice although not worth the original price I had paid for the Celeste Hike of $110. The Arenal Bridges cost $65 and the entrance to the waterfall is about $10.

Guide and driver were very nice.
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We took this tour on our first day of vacation. We were both excited to see the river, but our guide made the hike excellent.

Jairo- out guide - was very impressive in his knowledge and understanding of the rain forest. He was eager to share his understanding of not only the area we were in, but the areas we would travel to later in our trip. He helped us recognize bird calls and e ven pointed out different crops we passed along the drive. He shared a lot about Costa Rican culture as well, which is above and beyond our expectations. We could both tell he genuinely cares about human and forest interaction and how to visit the rain forest without impacting the flora and fauna. He was careful in explaining what to expect on the hike before we left and made sure we were both prepared mentally and physically (with proper hiking gear).

Our driver - Alberto- was very friendly. He knew we were both excited to see all the CR wildlife so he pulled over every time he spotted an animal. He was even able to spot an Anteater in a tree. A real treat for us. He was a very safe and courteous driver which made the ride smooth and stress free.

The food at the restaurant was great and all the people working at the resort were very friendly. We both had the fish casados with their home raised talapia. The mixed fruit juice they made was the best on our trip.

We both enjoyed entering the park through a less-then-main entrance. It allowed us to stay away from the crowds and get to see the beautiful gardens leading up to the path. Jairo helped us identify a few types of humming birds buzzing around in the sun.

Next time we are in LaFortuna we will definitely book again in hopes of hiking to the caldera on the volcano.
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Additional notes
Advisable to bring
  • • Tennis or hiking shoes
  • • Comfortable clothes
  • • Mosquito repellent
  • • Extra clothes
  • • Raincoat
  • • Towel
  • • Camera

Important notes
  • Price per person (USD).
  • Children rate: between 5-11 years old
  • Taxes included
  • The pick-up time at your hotel will be indicated in the voucher. It depends on the hotel's location.
  • Please add $25 per person if the pick-up is at Observatory Lodge, Arenal Lodge, The Springs Resort or Linda Vista Hotel.
  • A minimum of 2 passengers is required for the tour to run.
  • Hiking shoes are required. Sandals or other open shoes are not allowed.

Cancellation policy
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service date
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