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Tenorio National Park

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Address: 100 miles N of San Jose | 10.673°N 85.015°W, Costa Rica

Crown jewel of Northern Costa Rica

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Muddy but fantastic experience

We just entered the national park, when the weather changed from sunshine to rain and didn't change back for the next to and a half hours. So, we became totally wet and the trail... read more

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Canton of Zug, Switzerland
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Canton of Zug, Switzerland
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just entered the national park, when the weather changed from sunshine to rain and didn't change back for the next to and a half hours. So, we became totally wet and the trail was very muddy. So, don't forget a rain jacket and shoes with good profile. But even in these weather conditions, Tenorio National Park is a real... More 

Thank Dani-Aloha
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Let me first say this: you DO NOT need 4 wheel drive to reach the park if you are coming in via Bijagua. This was something I had seen in many places, but that is no longer true. We had a rental Hyundai sedan. The road to the park is a mixture of gravel and pavement. Steeper inclines are paved... More 

Thank CocoConeco
Montreal, Canada
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The walk through the jungle down to the waterfall and river was so amazing, but the hike back up almost killed me = not convinced it was really worth it. Saw a family of coatis on the way back. Glad I wore hiking boots instead of hiking shoes, some places were muddy.

Thank likewyse
Paso Hondo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Hiking here is fantastic. This is one of my favorite places I've visited in Costa Rica. When you catch the hike on a day it hasn't rained to much the night before, and with a little sun, the waterfall and river/lagoon are otherworldly, it's so beautiful it looks like it can't be real. What you need to know: Costa Ricans... More 

Thank Stephanie M
New Windsor, New York
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Went on a hike there. Awesome trails - can be very physically challenging. The waterfall was beautiful. Stairs and uphill/downhill can be brutal for people with knee problems, but sooooooo worth the hike.

Thank Beckyher1541
Trenton, Canada
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

We were able to go and see the waterfalls and blue pool in the park!! It was breath taking!! The walk was quite strenuous but really worth it!! I would suggest this place for sure just beautiful.

Thank marcia431
Carrying Place, Canada
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

We heard about this waterfall from the gentleman who takes care of the 500 yr old ceiba outside of Nuevo Arenal. We found the river on the map, and found a place close by to program the GPS. Just a warning - be very careful as our GPS took us on some paths that cows fear to tread. Some of... More 

1 Thank joanne516
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Awesome park. Lots of wildlife and the falls are the most blue we have ever seen. We also saw lots of monkeys and tons of other wildlife

1 Thank Geoff D
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

These are exactly the kind of spots I look for when traveling abroad (not touristic and beautiful). Very nice hike, no need for a guide (there are signs that tell you where to go) and no need to rent boots (the mud isn't that big a deal). We loved it!

4 Thank Eran L
Carolina, Puerto Rico
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

One word to describe this is Amazing. The Rio Celeste Waterfall is breathless!! Its hard to get there and the roads are very rocky, but with time and patience :) def worth it!! You can't swim but when you get down there is a river down the road by the bridge next to a little Hostel/Hotel that you can get... More 

2 Thank Y-re S

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