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  • Address: Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  • Hours: Daily 8am-4pm
  • Admission: $12 adults

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Rio Celeste Tours

The dazzling centrepiece of the Tenorio Volcano National Park, the Rio Celeste is most famous for its shockingly bright blue color, the result of a natural reaction of volcanic sulfur and calcium carbonate, which turns the clear waters a powder-blue shade. Reached by hiking through the surrounding rainforest, there are a number of sights of interest located along the Rio Celeste, most notably the Rio Celeste Waterfall, a favorite photo spot where the river tumbles into a striking blue lagoon; the Tenideros, where two rivers merge in the Celeste; and the Poza Azul, the most renowned "dye pool," where the reaction is most noticeable.

The river’s startling color change is best viewed during the dry season (December to April), as excess rainfall can dilute the reactive chemicals leaving the waters with a less-appealing muddy hue.

Practical Info

The Río Celeste is located in Tenorio Volcano National Park in northwestern Costa Rica, about 100 miles (160 km) from San Jose. The national park is open daily from 8am to 4pm and adult admission is $12.

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Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna, La Fortuna, null
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Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

On this tour you will go to the Tenorio Volcano National Park. In this park you will witness the rare phenomena of the blue river. The hike itself is medium ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Rio Celeste and Llanos de Cortes Waterfall Tour from Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Hiking & Camping
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Rio Celeste and Llanos de Cortes Waterfall Tour from Tamarindo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Explore one of Costa Rica's most famous natural wonders where you can observe one of nature's most intriguing phenomenons. Two brooks merge together, turning ...  Read more

Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Río Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal, La Fortuna, Day Trips
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Río Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover the celestial blue waters of Tenorio Volcano National Park on this day trip from La Fortuna. Trek through a jungle, learn from an expert guide about ...  Read more

Location: Arenal, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Rio Celeste and Tenorio Volcano Hike with Lunch, La Fortuna, Hiking & Camping
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Rio Celeste and Tenorio Volcano Hike with Lunch

Mysterius and enchanting, in the very depths of the Tenorio Volcano, manifestations of hidden power transform the union of the Buena Vista and Roble rivers ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.00
Private Expeditions in Arenal Volcano Region(Tours-Hotel-Transfers), La Fortuna, Hiking & Camping
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Expeditions in Arenal Volcano Region(Tours-Hotel-Transfers)

See the best of Arenal volcano region in 5 Nights/6 Days that's perfect for outdoor adventurers. Cross the famous hanging bridges, where you'll experience the ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $875.00
Rio Celeste Hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park, San Jose, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Rio Celeste Hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Enjoy a hike along Celeste River by the Tenorio Volcano National Park. The hike is strenuous and consists of several steep sections, it lasts about 4 hours.

Location: San José, Costa Rica
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Blue River and Tenorio Volcano National Park Hike, La Fortuna, Hiking & Camping
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Blue River and Tenorio Volcano National Park Hike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

This is one of the most amazing places of Costa Rica, without a doubt. The magnificent turquoise blue waters together with all the nature that surrounds them ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.00
White Water Tubing and Chocolate Tour, La Fortuna, Hiking & Camping
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

White Water Tubing and Chocolate Tour

Combine chocolate and adrenaline on this 6-hour tour that includes an introduction to chocolate making followed by tubing in the pale blue water of Costa ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.00

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