One place we suggest that you visit when you come to Costa Rica is Rio Celeste Tenorio Volcano National Park.
For those who love to hike and enjoy the beauty of nature, this adventure is the one for you! Rio Celeste is located an hour and half away from the city of Liberia. In total, the hike is a 7.5 km hike can take up 3-4 hours to be completed.
When it comes to packing for this trip, hiking boots, light rain jacket, snacks, lots of water and bug replant are highly suggested. If you did not pack your rain boots from home, don’t worry! Once you get to the park, it is suggested that you do rent the rain boots the faculty has to offer. The rental of the rain boots is about $4 CAD which is about 1,450.00 colones. Trust us when we say you SHOULD rent them. The trial, depending on the weather, can get extremely muddy so you do want to be prepared.
Tours and tour guides are offered there as well if you want to learn more about the forest and what it has to offer. You can also explore without a tour guide and do your own thing at your own pace as well. Whatever you feel comfortable with. There are little signs throughout the hike with information and directions so you won’t get lost.
Now, you may be wondering, what’s so cool about Rio Celeste? Why bother visiting? Well, the trial goes along the river where you can see the river turn from crystal clear to a stunning aqua blue. This due to the chemical reaction between minerals from the volcano water such as sulfur and calcium carbonate and the fresh water mixing together. The first thing visitors usually spot is the gorgeous waterfall. At first, it is tempting to swim in but it is not permitted that you do so. You can continue your hike from the waterfall, to the river in which the fresh water and the volcanic water meet creating the gorgeous blue water.