Eco Chontales Waterfall
Eco Chontales Waterfall
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Guitar_Dan
Hamilton, Canada35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
I enjoyed how undeveloped this attraction is. The hike down was a little slippery in spots but they provide walking sticks and I suggest you use them.

The drive in was epic. Beautiful views of farms, mountains, and jungle. And the look on my wife’s face as we crossed a couple of “sketchy” bridges was hilarious.

Water was refreshing with a few great swim holes.

We prepaid for lunch at the admission. Only 19,000 colones for two casados and two entry fees.

We have a small suv but you could get there with a car and picking your line around some larger stones and Ruts.

A half day well spent.
Written 22 January 2023
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SonjaV1
Lake Placid, NY517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
This was definitely off the beaten path. In fact we thought we were lost when he had to drive over the one lane suspension bridge but it was incredible. Very friendly staff and we even had lunch there. The photos are what we saw the day after a rainstorm.
Written 20 April 2022
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averyyy016
Savannah, GA123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This was truly a highlight of our trip. We had a small group of 4 and Mario, our tour guide, was AMAZING!!
Tour includes: small fruit salad breakfast, horseback tour through the gorgeous mountains, then horseback ride down to the waterfall for lunch, swimming in the waterfall and taking advantage of the natural rock slides before riding back to base.
Side note: there are quite a few number of STEEP stairs you have to climb to get up and down to the waterfall so keep that in mind if you have any injuries.

Mario was so patient with our group and made sure we got all of the great pictures. We couldn't have asked for better!

Biggest suggestion: go early and wear pants on the horses!
Written 9 August 2019
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Triplebock
Fairfax County, VA107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Our extended family group included three boys aged 9-11, their parents, and their grandparents (very vital for 80+). Everyone enjoyed this excursion. Plan to eat lunch there.

There is a sign on the paved road up the mountain from Dominical, and more signs at every turn on the dirt road heading to the waterfall. Don't give up--there will be another sign! Along the way, you'll enjoy beautiful lush green pastures and cute little villages.

You'll cross a one-land suspension bridge. FOLD YOUR SIDE VIEW MIRRORS IN. Don't be alarmed that the steel plates on which you drive move--that's how suspension bridges work. There's also a much shorter concrete slab bridge with no railings that was a little sketchy.

But keep going! Once you get to Eco Chontales, there's a dirt parking lot and a little store/office. I think you can arrange for a horseback ride down to the waterfall, but we hadn't known that and weren't prepared to do that. We paid a small entrance fee for each person (I think it was about $5 US per person, which is well worth it), and if you want to have lunch at the restaurant at the bottom of the waterfall, you order and pay at the office before walking down. I do believe they took credit cards.

Order lunch. Our typical Costa Rican casados were delicious (get the fish or chicken), but some in our party were disappointed with their burger (Costa Rican beef is tougher than we're used to in the US) and nachos. But why would you come to Costa Rica to eat North American food? Anyway, lunch was not expensive, and it's much tastier and easier than hauling your own picnic down the hill, which I think you are allowed to do.

Near the parking lot are simple but clean changing rooms and bathrooms. There are also some stunning scarlet macaws that seem to be semi-tamed (but still free to fly where they want to). In the distance, at the right time of day, you can hear howler monkeys (monos congos) in the canopy.

After you walk across this little field, there is a dirt path heading down. There is also a little covered signboard and a barrel containing wooden hiking poles. Grab one. The path can be muddy/slippery and steep in some places. There is one steep section in which they have made steps out of old tires filled with dirt to anchor them in place. Very clever and helpful. Other parts of the path were difficult for our seniors, but with help from the others, we got them both down intact.

Closer to the bottom (and the waterfall), the paths have been maintained with gravel and concrete in some places. There are some photo overlook pads and various paths to the main tall waterfall you see in all the pictures.

The main path heads toward a large open air pavilion with tables and chairs and a small kitchen where they prepare the lunches you ordered.

Nearby is a large flat rocky area where you can take your shoes off, hang your backpack up on a hook on a railing, and go dip your feet or more in the water. A lifeguard/security guard is on station. He helped grab Nana when she slipped on the rocks, and makes sure nobody takes your stuff while you're swimming in the pools or climbing around the rocks.

The main falls are impressive and majestic, but there are smaller sections that are fun to explore, with little pools and falls.

There's a good chance you'll want to swim. The water's nice and cool and clean. So take a towel to make sure you can enjoy it.

Even if you don't swim, you're surrounded by natural beauty. Not just the falls, but the valley all around you.
Written 21 January 2022
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Amanda W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
My trip to Costa Rica and this waterfall will forever hold a special place in my heart. This was the most beautiful water fall I have ever seen. it was well worth the hike in and out. I am new to hiking and not an overly active person. The hike out is uphill but there are several places to easily take a break and sit along the way. You are able to order food when arriving and then eat your lunch at the water fall. The food, owners and natural surroundings were all amazing. You must go! I will do this trip again in the future.
Written 11 July 2019
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peter v
Vancouver, Canada4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
A long drive to get there, but worth the effort. Its a commercial establishment, with some concrete steps and a short railing and a lifeguard near the swimming hole. The day we were there, a young male Tico almost drowned because the water was running fast and the swimmer ignored the attendants warnings.
In some spots the rocks were slippery, so we kept our socks on which gave us better traction.
Written 16 December 2018
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casaba842017
Alajuela, Costa Rica7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
If you are adventurous enough to know something different, this is for you!! It takes a while to get to the place, on a unpaved road. 4x4 vehicle is not required, but it could be difficult to get there in a sedan. Once to are over there, there are around 600 m of walking to get to actual waterfall. The path could be difficult if you are not used to do physical activity, but there are horses available either to get you down the waterfall when you arrive, or to get you back to your car at the end. The service is excellent, there are also people available to help you when required. They have a little restaurant with local food, that is also excellent!! In summary... An amazing place to visit!! 100% recommended.
Written 23 May 2017
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Varina27
Washington DC, DC52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
I have conflicted feelings about writing a review on this place. On the one hand, it deserves every five star it gets- and the family that runs it deserves the business and the support. On the other hand. Part of the magic of this place is the feeling of isolation and immersion in nature, away from the tourist crowds at closer-in waterfalls.

Clearly, the review won, because 1. The falls are just that spectacular; 2. The food you can order as part of your experience is NOT to be missed; 3. The jumping from the cliff is a rush to be experienced; 4. The people who run this place are so kind.

Eco Chontales is about an hour drive from Dominical, mostly along a very bumpy dirt road. You traverse at least one slightly scary bridge; this is part of the fun. The road is very well marked and the walk down to the falls only takes about 15 minutes. The waterfall is stunning. Truly stunning. The water itself is cold and clear and inviting. The Jump - terrifying and exhilarating. And the food is absolutely delicious.

Our favorite day so far.
Written 24 May 2023
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Mark S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A very nice day trip with clean facilities and friendly staff

That falls and surrounding area is very impressive.

Nice restaurant below and a great swimming area

Well worth the trip
Written 3 January 2023
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rdogilvie
Toronto, Ontario, Canada29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Our family (kids aged 13 and 15) spent a few hours at Eco Chontales in mid-March 2022. As others have mentioned, the road in is rough (with a few slightly scary bridges) but I think this helps to keep visitor numbers down! We would recommend a 4x4 for the road. We chose these falls over Nauyaca as we were worried about the crowds and were looking for something a little more laid back. We chose right! Once we arrived, our family were the only visitors there! We had the falls to ourselves for most of the morning until another group arrived near noon. We didn't have time for lunch, but the little restaurant at the foot of the falls looked very nice and is supposed to have excellent food (which you purchase at the top when you buy your entry pass). The falls themselves are very high- and although it was the dry season- were still flowing powerfully. (I imagine they would be even more stunning in the wet season). There were a few nice swimming holes, and some good spots for jumping off rocks. You can walk further down, where there is a great spot to cliff-jump into the canyon. It looked a bit too intimidating for our crew! The two Scarlett Macaws at the top were the icing on the cake. Overall, a great day- and highly recommended.
Written 25 March 2022
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