Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste & Los Tenideros is a park located in central Costa Rica. It’s an amazing hiking area with lots of animals, through dense jungle.

There’s a massive blue waterfall to see, and many river features.

How To Get There

If you’re not yet in Costa Rica, be sure to check Expedia for flights. Compare different dates and airports to find the best price before you visit paradise.

Once you’re in Costa Rica, you’ll find a few different routes to arrive at Rio Celeste. If you’re coming from Highway 1(the main north/south highway), you’ll be turning a few kilometers north of Canas.

Once you reach a small town called Bijagua de Upala, there’s a small road you’ll turn on. It’s called Cam. al Parque on Google Maps. 

This road is winding and has great overgrowth, but use caution. Several sections of the road are concrete and can become slippery in certain conditions. Take it slow so you make it to Rio Celeste in one piece. 

If you're heading out for an adventure, you're going to need some cold watch and snacks. Pick up a backpack cooler, which has ample room for what you'll need while you enjoy the beach. There is an added benefit of freeing up your hands to carry the fun stuff!

What To Bring

The hike at Rio Celeste is pretty incredible, but it is a long one. You can expect to walk more than 5km if you want to see each location. This is up and down several mountains which are either stairs or rough terrain.

Only reusable water bottles are allowed in the park, and no snacks. There’s a security guard checking bags as well so be sure to show up with the proper gear.

The following gear is recommended for this hike:

  • Comfortable back pack
  • One liter of water per person in the pack. One additional liter waiting in the car.
  • Eat some snacks before departing.
  • Comfortable hiking shoes or boots. Be sure to wear socks.
  • Bug spray
  • Trekking Poles (if required)
  • Binoculars for animal viewing


Before you head out, be sure to think of anything else you might need. If you forget something, there’s a few stores in Bijagua de Upala which are large and have a wide selection.

Start of the hike at Rio Celeste

Protect your gear with a waterproof fanny pack. These are great as you can be confident that nothing will get wet as you tour Costa Rica. You definitely don't want to leave important items on the beach, so with these packs you can explore the water without constantly watching your stuff!

Enjoy The Hike

This park has 3 primary locations to hike and visit. The closest is the waterfall. It’s very big, very blue and awesome to see in person. The path down to the waterfall is a stair case that was busy with people and kind of slippery. Take your time when you’re walking down to it.

The next area is the Blue Lagoon. This path is a bit farther and involves going up and down a winding and rough path. It would be difficult to traverse for somebody with mobility issues. Along the way, you’ll stop at The Mirador – Lookout. It will give you a great view of the mountains and valleys around the park.

The Blue Lagoon is really cool, it’s bright blue and fairly calm. You’ll definitely want to take a break here after the winding path.

Then at the very end, there’s the Mixing Point. This is a really cool area where a crystal clear river mixes with seeping mineral deposits. You can actually see where the minerals come up under the river and cause the water to turn blue.

During the hike we happened to see a few Vine Snakes, a Tucan, and some unique lizards. If you’re interested in a tour guide, there’s lots who can offer this service.

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