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7 Aug 2021
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Costa Rica is world renowned for its incredible waterfalls and exploring them is a favorite pastime among visitors and locals alike. Whether it be to take a quick dip and cool off from the hot summer heat or simply witness how powerful and majestic Mother Nature truly is, waterfalls are fun for the whole family and an experience you will never forget!

Fun Fact:  Did you know waterfalls have healing properties? Negative ions are abundant throughout nature, especially near waterfalls and are believed to increase levels of serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy! 

The great thing about staying with us in Los Sueños Resort & Marina is that there are many easily accessible waterfalls in the area.  Here is our list of the top waterfalls to visit in the area, including some that are well-known and others that are more of a hidden gem, off the beaten path.

Nauyaca Waterfall

Located about 2 hours driving from Los Suenos, Nauyaca is by far one of the most visited waterfalls on the Pacific Coast. Nauyaca meaning “venomous snake” is a spectacular two-tier waterfall that culminates into a big swimmable pool at the bottom.  Located in a canyon that stretches about 8 meters wide, the upper falls is a stunning 45 meters drop, whereas the lower falls is a mere 20 meters. Most people spend time at the lower falls swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature! As mentioned, Nauyaca is well loved, so if you’re looking to enjoy it before the crowds hit, we recommend an early start!

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate, accessed by 6km walk each way, option to rent a horse onsite

What to bring: close toed shoes with traction, hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, change of clothes, swimsuit, towel, snacks/water as needed

$10 entrance fee

Bijagual Waterfall

If you’re looking to stay a little closer to home, Bijagual Waterfall is another amazing option in the area.  Located about 10km from the crocodile bridge at Tarcoles River, Bijagual waterfall or “Manantial de Agua Viva” Waterfall, is one of the tallest waterfalls in Costa Rica.  The hike is moderate to difficult, but with all the amazing sights to see along the way, it makes for a perfect excuse to stop and take some photos. We recommend you head straight to the waterfall and on the way back enjoy stopping off at some of the water pools. 

Catarata El Salto De Gamalotillo

Catarata El Salto De Gamalotillo is a relaxing waterfall located near Parrita.  Mostly frequented by locals, “El Salto” is a great option is you are looking for something a little more off the beaten path. About 30 minutes off the highway from Parrita, it’s the perfect place for an afternoon hike topped off with a refreshing swim in the natural pool. If you’re feeling adventurous check out some of the other hiking trails on the property.

That’s not all…

There are many other beautiful local waterfalls worth visiting including: El Encanto, Cascada Verde, Pavon Waterfall, and more…just to name a few.  Looking for some more information, tips, or recommendations? Check in with our Concierge Desk and let our local experts lead you in the right direction. Pura Vida!