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“muddy but lovely”

Tenorio National Park
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Tenorio River Whitewater Rafting Class III-IV from Guanacaste
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Blue River and Tenorio Volcano National Park Hike
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Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna
Ranked #207 of 677 things to do in Costa Rica
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Owner description: Crown jewel of Northern Costa Rica
Reviewed 10 July 2013

Very nice environment. We where there in the rainy season, this made the trail very muddy. We had hiking boots but this was not really sufficient. We saw people who where wearing rain boots and this was a lot more apropriate. They where clearly trying to improve the path. We went without a guide and this was easy enough. The blue of the river was impressive although a parkranger told us ir gets a whole lot intenser when there is no rain.

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Reviewed 26 May 2013

I spent several hours here hiking the complete loop and all the side trails. What an amazingly, beautiful place. I visited in early May, at the end of the dry season and in contrast to much of very dry, scraggly looking Guanacaste province, this hike was through gorgeous, lush tropical forests. At one point you can see where the Rio Celeste mixes with the sulfur coming up from under ground and it turns the water an unbelievably turquoise blue color. At another point hikers can actually sit in the jacuzzi like pools formed at the edge of the river. As one poster mentioned, the hike can be challenging in some places with steep rocky & muddy inclines. It is well worth it though - we saw lots of cool plants, birds, lizards and even capuchin monkeys!

I really enjoyed this park and highly recommend visiting.

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Reviewed 21 April 2013 via mobile

We drive from Liberia and it was about as much driving as walking once u get there because it's only about a 8k loop. However the water is AMAZING!!! there is a meeting of two rivers you cannot miss where water is clear and turns blue! Nice hike and great break from heat. Only problem we had was the ticketing agent who ripped us off with a bad exchange rate. Shame on you!

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Reviewed 7 April 2013

We went to Tenorio National Park during our vacation. This is a truly beautiful place and the blue lagoon (and adjacent falls) and volcano are really great. However, just know that getting there by car is very slow since the road is very bad. Also, the terrain to get to the blue lagoon is very tough. There are rocks everywhere as well as mud. Our kids really struggle and we almost gave up at some point. However, after finally getting there, we enjoyed the location and it is now a great souvenir. Overall, a challenging place to visit but an an unforgettable sight...

1  Thank 367PierreA
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Reviewed 1 March 2013 via mobile

Spent one day here, slept in bijagua (see other reviews)

Rough, long (1 hour) unpaved road to get up to the park. Nice trail, did a round trip including all (short) side trails.

Didn't see much wildlife. The biggest sightseeing is the forest and off course the mineral blue water, which looks on your photo as if it is photoshopped, but it is really that blue!

Don't forget the bring a poncho to be sure, even in dry season (jan/febr). Trail can be quite muddy because of quite some rain! You can clean your shoes at the ranger station. There are also toilets.

Definitely worth the visit!

1  Thank Jacquelinevdhaar
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