Recent Searches
Clear

Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna

star-4.532 Reviews
|
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna

Select Date and Travelers

Number of travelers
1 Adult2 Adults3 Adults4 Adults5 Adults6 Adults7 Adults8 Adults9 Adults10 Adults11 Adults12 Adults13 Adults14 Adults15 Adults0 Children1 Child2 Children3 Children4 Children5 Children6 Children7 Children8 Children9 Children10 Children11 Children12 Children13 Children14 Children15 Children0 Infants1 Infant2 Infants3 Infants4 Infants5 Infants6 Infants7 Infants8 Infants9 Infants10 Infants11 Infants12 Infants13 Infants14 Infants15 Infants
Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance. Learn more
Loading available options...


Safety measures
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Lace up your hiking boots for this full-day immersion in the wild beauty of Tenorio Volcano National Park. Look for wildlife on the drive from La Fortuna, and feel like a jungle explorer on the trek to Rio Celeste, known for its mystical aquamarine waters. Take a dip in warm volcanic river pools, admire a cascading waterfall, and reward your efforts with a typical Costa Rican lunch.
  • Full-day hiking tour to Rio Celeste from La Fortuna
  • Spot native Costa Rican wildlife with the help of a guide
  • Hike to the beautiful Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park
  • See where the bright-blue river changes color due to a reaction of volcanic minerals
  • Soak in naturally warm river pools and see a tropical waterfall
  • Savor a fresh Costa Rican lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
Saved to wishlist!
Lunch in local restaurant
Professional guide
Pickup and drop-off from hotels in La Fortuna area
Dinner

Departure Point

C. 468, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Fortuna Bus terminal, Street 468

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
The adventure begins with pickup at your La Fortuna hotel and a scenic drive through landscapes rich with tropical beauty and wildlife habitats. After arriving at Tenorio Volcano National Park, embark on a moderately challenging hike through the park’s protected habitat. Along the way, your guide helps scout for animal sightings and points out highlights of passing flora and fauna.

The effort is well worth it when you reach the beautiful, bright-blue waters of Rio Celeste (Blue River). The otherworldly hue is thanks to converging volcanic minerals from two different rivers, resulting in a rare and photogenic chemical reaction. Snap pictures from a lookout point, admire a tropical waterfall, and see the point where the river changes color. You also have a chance to soak in natural warm-water river pools if you like.

After exploring this fairytale-like landscape, replenish your energy with a delicious lunch of typical Costa Rican cuisine. Relax on the return drive to La Fortuna, where the full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Rio Celeste
You'll then engage in a 4-hour hike that is a bit tough for some but the end result is definitely worth it. After your 4-hour hike you'll get to the Rio Celeste (Blue River). The blue color you'll see is the result of a chemical reaction between two merging rivers containing different volcanic minerals. It's a very rare phenomenon which creates a fairy-tale-like beauty. You'll get to see a waterfall, a lookout point that's great for taking pictures and you'll also get to see the place where the river changes colors.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available
  • 4-hour medium-tough hike is involved
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Red Lava TSC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna.

Traveler Photos

See More
See More

Traveler Tips


  • "You should mind that English guide is applied only in the park." See review
  • "We took our time and it was totally worth the hike!" See review

Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
32 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

Showing 1-10 of 32 reviews
star-5
Worth it!!
Stephanie_F
, Nov 2021
So worth it! We pulled over and saw a sloth, Tucan, and the guides were amazing and so knowledgeable. We wouldn't have seen nearly half of the stuff had I gone without a guide.
star-5
Amazing tour
Viel_S
, Nov 2021
Raul our tour guide was amazing! Super funny and knowledgeable about the Rio Celeste. He and our driver were super friendly and they made sure everyone on the tour was comfortable and having fun! I love both of them and highly recommend this tour for everyone!
star-5
This tour is worth it!
Mayra_T
, Oct 2021
This was a great tour! Our tour guide Arturo, made sure to point out anything interesting he saw as we walked along the trail. We also met his “sister” Lola lol! The waterfall was magnificent…the color, sound and smell. Definitely worth the hike. This tour does require a lot of hiking, so wearing the appropriate shoes and clothing will aid in your enjoyment.
star-5
Definitely book this tour!
Lauren_C
, Mar 2021
This was a PHENOMENAL tour! I went on several tours in Arenal and my tour guide Augusto was one of the most thorough and knowledgable tour guides I had. He answered all of our questions regarding Arenal Volcano and all the various flora and fauna and animals in the area. We luckily arrived on a beautiful day with lots of sun, so Rio Celeste was absolutely stunning and a vivid turquoise color. At one point, I walked up the stairs too fast and got pretty dizzy and weak. My tour group and Augusto were gracious enough to give me a few minutes to recover. This was definitely one of the highlights of my trip!!
star-5
A true rain forest experience
Elizabeth_L
, Dec 2020
It was an enjoyable hike in heavy rain and while we didn’t get to see the teal colors, our guide was humorous and delightful. Very knowledgeable about the rain forest and the animals. We lucked out in seeing a snake and toucans! Delicious lunch and great ride up and back. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Hi Liz, Thanks for your friendly review. Glad you enjoyed the activity.
star-5
Rio Celeste waterfall
Nikki_F
, Jan 2020
Rio Celeste tour was excellent! Our tour guide Santiago was great, very informative and understanding. The hike was tougher than expected for my husband who had bad knees but he made sure that he was okay. We took our time and it was totally worth the hike! Rio Celeste was breathtaking!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Rio Celeste
Saori_K
, Jan 2020
Rio Celeste is worth to visiting in Costa Rica. It’s instagramable. Overall it was good tour but I was confused that it wasn’t a driver who is English speaker. You should mind that English guide is applied only in the park.
star-5
Gorgeous hike!
Lindsey D
, Nov 2019
We loved the tour and our guide, Arturo! Be prepared to walk 500+ steps and lots of uphill but it was all worth it!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
I’ve never seen water this blue...
Maribel P
, Apr 2018
I’ve never seen water this blue!! Get ready for a workout!! It’s is all well worth it. You don’t get to swim in the actual lagoon as it is in the National Park and they need to preserve it. You do however get to swim in a different part of the river that is accessible to all
star-4
Worthy tour, good guide, wonderful...
Dmitry D
, Mar 2018
Worthy tour, good guide, wonderful lunch. Although the blue river was not as blue as in the photo. Attention ! This is the only place in the dry season in this area, where the recommendation to use a mosquito repellent was justified !

Compare Similar Experiences

Current
Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna
Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna

star-4.532

8 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$87.00

star-511

6 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$95.00

star-51

3 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$131.04

star-4.559

6 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$42.00

star-5258

11 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$89.00

star-00

5 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$135.00

star-41

4 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$59.00

star-52

8 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$144.56

star-519

8 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$75.00

Explore Similar Things to Do