Legends say: “When God finished painting the sky, he washed his brushes in the river that now bears the name Rio Celeste.” Actually, the Rio Celeste is named after the color of its water… a bright, jewel-blue, caused by many dissolved, natural minerals coming together, when a creek merges with Rio Celeste.
The park is approximately a 25-minute drive from La Carolina Lodge. Guests can either drive themselves to the park (4×4 required), or take advantage of a guided tour with our resident guide. (Recommended for an everlasting memory.)
After approximately 40 minute hike through primary and secondary rainforest with fauna and abundant flora, you will behold the breathtaking 70ft. Rio Celeste Waterfall. The rest of the hike includes a phenomenal lookout point; the area where the river gains its amazing light blue color; as well as to the steaming hot & cool springs and mineral mud pits; and the unforgettable blue lagoon.
Bring: Hiking (or rubber) boots, long or short pants, camera, sunscreen, hat and walking stick. (Walking sticks and rubber boots are available in the stable)
Car: A 4×4 is required, or a taxi can be arranged at Lodge if necessary for approximately $40 per round-trip.
Entrance Fee: $10 (Visitors) 800 Colones (Nationals with cedula)
Duration: Approx. 4-5 hrs.
Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult
Cost for La Carolina’s Guide: Only $5 per adult
Note on the Rio Celeste: The Park prohibits swimming in all areas, including the waterfall and hot springs. It is possible that during periods of ongoing, long-lasting, heavy rains, the river may lose its coloration due to mud carried in the water. However, about 5 or 6 hours of calm weather can restore the expected blue color.