Endowed with spectacular natural beauty and plenty of wildlife, Rio Celeste Costa Rica is off the typical tourist trail. Created in 1995, Tenorio Volcano National Park is perhaps most famous for its magnificent Rio Celeste (Blue River). A river of turquoise blue waters which winds through the park, culminating in an extraordinary waterfall that takes your breath away. Rio Celeste owes its celestial hue to the combination of sulfur and calcium carbonate. Some months of the year the waterfall also glows a brilliant cerulean blue. If that weren’t dazzling enough, the park’s natural hot springs offer healing, mineral-rich waters. Bring along your swimsuit for a restorative dip in the thermal springs.
The entire park is shrouded in the primary cloud forest and virgin rainforest. It's home to an abundance of flora and fauna. You can explore the reserve’s rugged trails, which range from easy to downright challenging. Come either by foot or on horseback. Tours often follow a five-hour circuit that stops at picturesque vistas, thermal springs and boiling mud pots. Including, of course, the stunning Rio Celeste waterfall. During the months of May through November, be sure to pack rain gear and always wear sturdy hiking boots – the paths can get very muddy!
This isolated region is teeming with wildlife, ensuring thrilling animal encounters at every turn. And without the crowds, you’d find in the more visited tourist areas. You’ll enjoy some of the country’s last untouched forests. In addition to three of Costa Rica’s monkey species – howler, white-faced and spider, you’re likely to spot sloths, anteaters, collared peccaries, and coatis. While more elusive, endangered species such as Baird’s tapir and jaguar have also been observed within the park boundaries. Be sure to bring a camera, to capture the Rio Celeste as your local naturalist guide reveals the rainforest’s myriad camouflaged creatures.
This light tread region in Rio Celeste Costa Rica offers the perfect escape in the heart of nature. Recommended accommodations near Tenorio include the Rio Celeste Mountain Lodge and Hideaway, both of which feature a secluded setting amid lush jungle with a host of exciting tours including horseback rides and whitewater rafting. Guests can expect the company of toucans, monkeys and colorful butterflies while enjoying breathtaking views of the Rio Celeste and surrounding scenery. And both lodges keep the environment in mind with in-house recycling programs and other sustainable practices.
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