Expedition to Sloth Preserve & Rio Celeste Waterfall

Starting at $165

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery of Tenorio National Park as you embark on a hike to the beautiful RΓ­o Celeste waterfall, known for its vivid blue waters. Indulge in a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch before venturing to our favorite sloth preserve in the Bijagua area, where encounters with these captivating creatures await. Keep your camera ready for potential sightings of other fascinating wildlife, such as the red-eyed tree frog or the blue Morpho butterfly.

Adorable Sloths Amidst Rio Celeste’s Stunning Waterfall & Their Rainforest Home.

Experience the wonders of Costa Rica’s natural beauty on our Sloth Preserve & Rio Celeste Waterfall Expedition. Discover the vibrant blue of the RΓ­o Celeste waterfall, nestled within the enchanting Tenorio National Park. After a delectable traditional lunch, venture to our beloved sloth preserve in Bijagua, where you’ll have the chance to observe these endearing creatures in their native habitat. Treat yourself to a day filled with awe-inspiring landscapes, diverse wildlife, and unforgettable memories in the heart of the rainforest.


  • Pick Up Time: 6 am
  • Meeting Point: Your hotel, house, or vacation rental near Guanacaste’s pristine beaches (We cater to areas like Pinilla, Tamarindo, Flamingo, Las Catalinas, Cocos Beach, Papagayo Peninsula and many more!)
  • Duration: Full day
  • Driving Time: Approx 2.5 hours each way
  • Minimum Amount of People: 2
  • Price includes: Roundtrip transportation, bilingual tour guide, snacks, drinks, entrance tickets and traditional lunch. 
  • Price Note: The listed price is for groups of 3 or more. For groups of 2 travelers, the price is $245 per person.
  • Not included in the price: Mandatory IVA tax (13%)

What’s Included & Not Included

  • πŸ’Ό Round Trip Transportation
  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό Bilingual Tour Guide
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Why You Should Consider This Activity:

  • Visit the iconic RΓ­o Celeste Waterfall.
  • Experience the rainforest.
  • Learn about local flora and fauna.
  • Meet Sloths in their habitat.
  • Support the local community.
  • Try your favorite Casado Lunch.

What To Expect:

Private Transportation: At 6am, welcome aboard our clean and reliable vehicle. Treat yourself to snacks and drinks available for your enjoyment during the drive.

National Park: Between 8:30 and 8:45am, we’ll arrive at Tenorio Volcano National Park, your starting point for the hike to Rio Celeste waterfall. Prepare yourself, utilize the restrooms if necessary, and let’s embark on this beautiful journey. The trail spans just 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) one way and is of moderate difficulty.

Wildlife: As you traverse the trail, stay attentive and keep an eye out for wildlife. Your tour guide will endeavor to identify and highlight intriguing flora and fauna as you meander through the forest. From ficus trees to arborescent ferns, and from wildflowers to spider monkeys and toucans, there’s a wealth of biodiversity to behold in this lush jungle.

The trail: Upon reaching the trail’s end, you’ll face your final challenge: approximately 200 steps leading down to the majestic Rio Celeste waterfall. Take in the breathtaking scenery, capture memorable photos, and relish the panoramic view. When you feel ready, retrace your steps along the same trail. This hike typically spans between 3 to 4 hours, depending on pace and fitness level. Please note that this hike is not suitable for individuals with mobility issues. Will be back at the exit of the trail around midday, where you have the option to buy some souvenirs, get natural drinks like coconut water and orange juice, use the restrooms or simply return to your transportation onto the next step of the day.

Traditional Lunch: Upon arrival, between 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM, you will be treated to lunch at a traditional Costa Rican restaurant, commonly referred to as a Soda. Here, you’ll indulge in a satisfying and flavorful Casado, a quintessential Costa Rican dish. Your options will include a variety of protein choices such as chicken fajitas, chicken fillet, breaded chicken, carne en salsa (beef in sauce), steak, fried pork steak, fried fish, and breaded fish. Additionally, vegetarian diners will find protein-rich alternatives like lentils, black beans, chickpeas, cheese, and eggs to cater to their dietary preferences.

Support the Community: After enjoying our lunch, we’ll take a short drive to visit our favorite sloth preserve in downtown Bijagua. Your visit directly supports the local community by generating employment and contributing to the preservation of natural resources, thus sustaining the local economy as the preserve is owned by Costa Rican families.

Sloth Preserve: During our visit, we’ll stroll along trails in the preserve, guided by an expert tour guide who will help us spot sloths in their natural habitat. Sloths are fascinating creatures, and you’ll learn interesting facts about them during the tour. Additionally, while exploring the forest, you may also have the chance to spot other wildlife such as spider and whiteface monkeys, toucans, motmots, frogs, and various fascinating plants and creatures. The walk usually takes between 1 to 1.5 hours.

The Drive Back: Depending on your group’s pace, road conditions, and other factors, we plan to start the drive back to your accommodation between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM. This provides an excellent opportunity for you to relax and perhaps take a nap after a fulfilling day filled with exciting adventures and beautiful scenery.

What to Bring:

Essentials you should bring for a smooth experience:

  • Daypack: For personal items.
  • Proper Footwear: Hiking shoes/boots with good grip for uneven terrains.
  • Hat, Sunscreen & Sunglasses: Shield yourself from Costa Rica’s intense sun.
  • Proper Attire: Lightweight, breathable clothing
  • Energy Drinks & Bars: To keep your energy levels up during the hike. Open snacks are not allowed at the entrance of the National Park.
  • Water: Ensure you have enough to stay hydrated throughout.
  • Rain Jacket or poncho: Given the unpredictable weather conditions in the rainforest, we recommend including a rain jacket or poncho in your packing list.

Recommended for enhanced experience:

  • Binoculars: Spot birds and distant views.
  • Camera: Document the beauty of the landscapes and your experiences.
  • Dry Bag: keep your valuables dry.
  • Insect Repellent: Keep pesky insects at bay.
  • Change of clothes: Only in case you want to feel extra comfortable on the drive back.

Additional Info:

  • Age Requirement: There is no minimum age requirement to enter Tenorio National Park to see Rio Celeste. However, it’s important to consider that children under 4 years old may struggle to keep up with the hike or may not be safe on the uneven terrain.
  • Accessibility: While the park offers a short, accessible trail leading to a picnic area near the park entrance, the trail to see the waterfall is not suitable for wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Additionally, it’s essential to note that there is more than half a mile in distance between the end of the paved trail and the waterfall. Therefore, we do not recommend this trail for individuals with mobility issues
  • Languages: Most of our tour guides are fluent in both Spanish and English.
  • Physical Rating: Active.
  • Group Size: Groups of any size are welcome. Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, with your family, or a group of friends or coworkers, rest assured that we’ll ensure there are enough tour guides available to provide an exceptional experience for your group.
  • Surroundings: Land-based Activity.

Essential Considerations

This excursion is private, allowing you to enjoy additional stops if necessary to observe wildlife or interesting sights along the way, or perhaps to use restroom facilities, grab coffee to go, or purchase souvenirs. The choice is yours! To enhance your overall experience, we suggest bringing extra cash for purchases as some amenities along the way may only accept cash payments.

  • Personal Insurance: We highly recommend obtaining travel insurance, not only for this tour but also for your entire stay in Costa Rica. While the likelihood of needing it specifically for this tour may be low, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Prescribed Medications: Please always carry any essential medications with you.
  • Stay on the Trail: To minimize impact on the environment and for your safety, always stick to designated paths.
  • Listen to Your Tour Guide: Your guide knows the trail best; heed their advice.
  • Preserve Natural Beauty: Please note that swimming in Rio Celeste is not allowed.
  • Carry Out Trash: Remember to pack out all trash, including biodegradables, to maintain the cleanliness of the area.
  • Stick to Designated Paths: Help minimize environmental impact by staying on designated paths during your visit.
  • Respect Wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance and avoid disturbing them in their natural habitat. Please refrain from petting, riding, or feeding wild animals.
  • Considerate Behavior: Keep noise levels down and maintain courtesy towards fellow hikers to ensure a pleasant experience for all.
  • Leave Only Footprints: Please leave the area as you found it, ensuring it remains pristine for future visitors and generations to enjoy.
  • Light Snacks: We recommend bringing nuts or trail mix in a sealed bag for a quick energy boost during the hike.
  • Walking or Trekking Poles: While most people may not require them for this trail, they are optional if you prefer using them for added stability.
  • Small Towel or Wipes: Bring along a small towel or wipes to freshen up after the hike.
  • Dry Bag: Protect your valuables, especially in the rainforest, by using a waterproof bag or case.

Immerse Yourself in Rainforest Splendor

Reserve this Expedition to Rio Celeste and Encounter Sloths in Their Natural Habitat

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Cancellation Policy:

We understand that plans may change. Cancellations made at least 48 hours before the scheduled excursion will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within 48 hours are non-refundable.