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Rio Celeste Hike & Tenorio Volcano Hike

5 (58)
La Fortuna, CR

Rio Celeste Hike & Tenorio Volcano Hike

5 (58)
La Fortuna, CR
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Join us for the adventure of a lifetime as we take you deep into the heart of Tenorio Volcano to witness the enchanting phenomenon of the Rio Celeste. Marvel at the natural color transformation of the river, as the merging of the Buena Vista and Roble rivers creates a breathtaking light blue hue. This magical occurrence is caused by a reaction between the volcano's sulfur and the rain's calcium carbonate, resulting in one of Costa Rica's most stunning attractions. Along the way, we will explore the mesmerizing "Bride's Veil" waterfall, soak in thermos mineral hot springs, and indulge in the volcanic mud ponds. With a hike of 2.5 to 4 hours, you will have ample time to soak in the beauty of the national park. This is an adventure not to be missed, where words simply cannot do justice to the natural wonders that await you.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 8 hours
  • Suitable for 1-10 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Discover the mystery of the natural color river
  • Breathtaking waterfall "Bride's veil"
  • Explore the Tenorio Volcano view point
  • Relax in thermos mineral hot springs
  • Experience volcanic mud ponds
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water

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Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure to the heart of Tenorio Volcano with the Rio Celeste Hike & Tenorio Volcano Hike. This incredible experience will take you to the mystifying natural wonder of a river that magically turns into a mesmerizing light blue color. The merging of the Buena Vista and Roble rivers, which both originate from the volcano, creates an enchanting reaction between sulfur and calcium carbonate. The result is a breathtaking display of vibrant colors and natural beauty that is sure to leave you in awe.

What to expect?

During this tour, expect to hike for about 2.5 to 4 hours, depending on your pace, as you explore the stunning waterfall known as "Bride's Veil" and the picturesque landscapes of the national park. Along the way, you'll witness the unique phenomenon of the "Los teñideros," where the river's vibrant blue color is most pronounced. Following the hike, indulge in a delicious lunch before returning to La Fortuna downtown.

Who is this for?

This adventure is designed for nature enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, and anyone looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of Costa Rica. Whether you are an experienced hiker or new to outdoor exploration, this tour offers a rewarding experience for individuals of all fitness levels. Families, friends, and solo travelers alike will all find joy in discovering the captivating wonders of the Rio Celeste and Tenorio Volcano.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of one of Costa Rica's most remarkable natural attractions. The Rio Celeste Hike & Tenorio Volcano Hike offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the magical transformation of a river from crystal clear to a vibrant shade of blue. This is an experience that cannot be adequately described in words alone - you have to see it to believe it. From the captivating waterfall to the scenic viewpoints and the soothing hot springs, this tour provides a comprehensive exploration of the area's natural wonders. Don't miss the chance to venture into the heart of Tenorio Volcano and be mesmerized by the enchanting beauty that awaits you.

Good to know

Please note that the duration of the tour is approximately 480 minutes, allowing ample time to fully immerse yourself in the delights of this unique adventure. The meeting point is located on the south side of the central park of La Fortuna, where you will start your journey. Make sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes, bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and a hat to protect yourself from the elements. Rest assured, our experienced guides will be there to ensure your safety and provide informative commentary along the way.


Previous explorers raved about the Rio Celeste Hike & Tenorio Volcano Hike, sharing their awe at the stunning blue river, the captivating waterfall, and the breathtaking vistas. Many praised the knowledgeable and friendly guides who provided valuable insights into the area's geological wonders. Visitors left with a profound appreciation for the natural beauty of Costa Rica and a sense of adventure that will last a lifetime. Don't just take our word for it - join us on this extraordinary journey and discover the magic of Tenorio Volcano for yourself!

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio


Arenal Jungle Tours



5 (58)


Gonzalo was the guide and he was absolutely amazing. He is so passionate and experienced and has infectious enthusiasm. The hike through the forest to Rio Celeste was one of the top experiences of my holiday. It's unmissable if you are in the area.


I highly recommend this tour. Gonzaro was an excellent tour guide. From the start when he picked us up till the end he was amazing. Was aware of food and bathroom stops. He knew definitely where all the animals were to find. Sloths, birds, caimanes, turtles all before entering the park. In the park we saw lots of animals like Tukan, Monkey, eye lash pit viper, green vine snake, Cohati, to name some. Our highlight was definitely the Tapir. The hike was nice. I like the different path ways. Some steps to do but definitely worth it. The rivers, path, waterfall were amazing. The lunch spot nice and after that we could swim in Rio celeste. We were blessed with good weather. We got so much information, it was worth it and I hope you will enjoy this tour as much as we did.


THE highlight of our vacation in La Fortuna. We did four different excursions and this one was the best. Gonzalo (From Chile!) took every possible moment to explain history, culture, geography and wildlife. If there was an animal along the trail or road - he spotted it and stopped the hike or the drive to explain and/or take photos. Stopped at a small town bakery for pastry and coffee on the way out - excellent! The turqoise waters of the Rio Celeste were amazing. The tour ended with lunch at a family Soda with terrific Casado - traditional meal. Best Frijoles I had the whole trip!


Gonzalo was such a great guide — so knowledgeable and passionate about the place, it’s geography and it’s animal inhabitants. We had a wonderful time! The food at the lunch stop was delicious, as well. Everyone cleaned their plates. Highly recommend.


UNFORGETTABLE! My wife and I spent our honeymoon in the Costa Rican paradise, and we decided to spend at least one day with a guide to experience the most of the local culture, food, nature & wildlife. We hoped for a memorable experience... little did we know that we would embark on the journey of our lifetime with two of the best, most personable and knowledgable guides we have ever met! Gonzalo and Mr. William picked us up from the Arenal Observatory Lodge right on time. They introduced themselves and we instantly felt at ease in their experienced hands. We were fortunate enough to have the two of them all to ourselves, and before we embarked they discussed what we wanted most from our journey. My wife and I love nature and wildlife photography, but also hoped to experience the local culture including food, people and scenery. Basically, we wanted it all, haha! Gonzalo quickly devised an itinerary and together with Mr. William, we set off. The duo seemed to have a knack for spotting wildlife regardless of where we were. While driving along they would pull over to point to a random tree. Sure enough we would be face to face with a durante of toucans, a mother and baby sloth hanging out, or even poison dart frogs! Mr. William knew literally ALL the hot spots of local hole in the wall bakeries, off road adventures and absolutely gorgeous scenic overlooks. Gonzalo being quite the adventurer himself was at home trouncing through the mud and hiking up the climb of the Tenorio volcano with my wife and I. Towards the latter half of the day we enjoyed a mind blowing lunch with delicious drinks and dessert. The local farm (and friends of Gonzalo) were expecting us when we pulled up, and it felt like we were dining with family. Once our bellies were full we walked just a few yards over to the incredibly refreshing Rio Celeste where we had the river solely to ourselves. An offshoot of the main waterfall (pictured) in the Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio, this spot had its own inlet where we enjoyed floating around in the beautifully blue refreshing waters. Just as we thought the drive home would be just that - a drive home - we were in for more of a surprise. Mr. William took us up a scenic drive overlooking the three main volcanoes of the region. We never knew such gorgeous sights existed and it was the perfect cap to a glorious day with two amazing guides. It was sad to bid the duo goodnight, but we look forward to visiting again. We can't recommend Gonzalo and Arenal Jungle Tours enough. Check out just a sample of some of the wildlife and nature we experienced. Pura Vida!


Gonzalo was an incredible guide, he happily shared with us his deep knowledge on Rio Celeste and the Tenorio Park. The organization was very smooth and the lunch and the coffee delicious. Would recommend it 100%


I really enjoyed this tour, I was collected by Gonzalo at 8 am at the 7 Tours office. The mini bus was very nice and there were six other women and myself. The journey to the national park took 90 mins. Once there we were briefed on what to take. Sun block and mosquito spray not needed as it was cloudy. The hike was relatively moderate and signs were clearly marked. Gonzalo let you go at your own pace. He was informative and professional the entire time. He showed us monkeys, snakes and birds that were of interest. The lookout points and sights were excellent. The steps up after the waterfall were challenging. I had Birkenstock sandals on and found it ok. The hike took around 3-4 hours. We then went to the restaurant and had a really nice meal. I had the fillet of fish, rice, beans, salad and grilled banana. All this was washed down with iced tea and complimentary caña de azucar 😁. A wonderful day, recommended. Five stars. ⭐️


Sergio was a great guide, very easygoing and so friendly. We learned a lot about Costa Rica along the way. Loved the hike + dinner and dip in the blue water with a facemask! Highly recommend


Must do in Costa Rica. Gonzalo and Francisco were the best guides on this tour. Rio Celeste is so beautiful


Beautiful day with knowledgeable tour guides. Locations were beautiful, snacks and lunch were delicious. Definitely recommend.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-17 18:53