Hiking and Waterfall Tour in Jaco

Badge of ExcellenceJaco, Costa Rica
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Tap into you inner jungle explorer with this waterfall hiking tour in the mountains above Jaco. Ride a 4x4 deep into the rain forest, and then hike along a vertical river, stopping to splash and swim in tropical waterfall pools along the way. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, jump off of rock ledges into the natural pools below for a true taste of ‘pura vida’!
  • Half-day hiking and waterfall tour from Jaco
  • Ride a 4x4 up rugged mountain roads
  • Hike through the rain forest and along a vertical river
  • Scramble over river rocks and boulders
  • Soak and swim in natural waterfall pools
  • Dare to jump off of rock ledges into the pools for an extra thrill
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure

What's Included

  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Transportation to the trail head
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Costa Rica Waterfall Tours
    Jaco Walk meet in front of Taco Bar, Provincia de Puntarenas, Jacó, 61101, Costa Rica

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Take your pick of a morning or afternoon tour, and meet your guides at the main office in central Jaco. Bring your camera, which will be kept in a dry bag to keep it safe but handy for action shots. Ride a 4x4 up rugged mountain roads to reach the trail head at an elevation of more than 2,000 feet (610 meters). From here, hike into the rain forest to a river, while your guide points out native plant and animal life along the way.

At the river, you can choose to walk along a trail or put your balancing skills to the test and hike upriver along rocks and boulders. Pass by more than 10 different waterfalls of varying size that flow into inviting natural swimming pools. Take a dip in the pools, and feel the relaxing, massaging rush of water while standing beneath the cascades.

For an added thrill, work up the bravery to jump from natural ledges down 20 feet (6 meters) into the polls below. Your guide will be on hand to ensure your safety and enjoyment each step of the way. The 4-hour adventure concludes with drop-off back at the starting point in Jaco.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.

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Amazing time! Our guides were so fun and knowledgeable. The food was amazing and everything felt local and unique. The waterfalls were on private land which meant it was just ours to enjoy. Highly recommend!


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Fav part of trip!
erinbruer, May 2024
Amazing time! Our guides were so fun and knowledgeable. The food was amazing and everything felt local and unique. The waterfalls were on private land which meant it was just ours to enjoy. Highly recommend!
Pura Vida
Norma_S, May 2024
Great experience. Fun and thrilling. Mountain top has a spectacular view. Guides Jordan n Jesus were amazing.
Do this tour!
Lisa_C, May 2024
Like all the other reviews I can express this enough, DO THIS TOUR! It was absolutely incredible. Our tour guide, Wilson was so patient and friendly. Took time to explain historical things, took so many pictures and videos of us. It was very personalized. Thank you Wilson for making our day so memorable.
What Costa Rica is all about.
Edward_M, Mar 2024
Really, what Costa Rica is all about. The trip started with a small Costa Rican breakfast, freshly prepared by a local family. Joaquin, then took us up the mountain on a 4 wheel truck with an observation platform on the back. We were able to see all kinds of wildlife and vegetation indigenous to the area. We then hiked to the series of waterfalls. Great pictures and great fun. Joaquin was truly representative of almost all of the local Ticos that we met, just wonderful, kind people with a great sense of humor.
Do this trip! You will love it.
Stuart_W, Mar 2024
We loved the adventure. The guides Wilson and Lomar were amazing. Anyone can do this once in a lifetime experience. We had my 84 year old mother and she did fine. The lunch was delicious. So fresh and tasty. The hike to the waterfall was interesting with so many things to see and the guides provided a lot of great naturalist information. The waterfalls were so refreshing. The pictures we took are so breath taking. And the cliff jumping was a key highlight. Do this trip! You will love it.
Great time, not the easiest hiking.
Terry_M, Dec 2023
Amazing trip! Christian was the best guide, helping us with a 2 year old and a couple of folks who were a little unsure about some of the hiking.
❤️ Luis
Cheryl_S, Dec 2023
Traffic was horrible and our trip was two hours late. Out of their control. But Luis was amazing tour guide, and very knowledgeable. We had a good time.
Crystal_T, Aug 2023
Gorgeous nature walk. Can be a little challenging because the steps are not man Made but worth it ! Our tour guide, Lomar was the best ! Super informative & definitely made our tour so memorable m
Peaceful, refreshing, and fun learning experience.
Megan_K, Apr 2023
Loved learning about the different plants on the tour. Cristian is so friendly and knowledgeable we felt like we have known him our whole lives. The breakfast was amazing with traditional food that is very hard to find in Jaco. The water was so refreshing to swim in and jump into. We saw colorful animals that we would have never saw if Cristian didn’t point them out to us. Since no one else booked the same day/time, we had our own private tour. It was amazing and I would 100% recommend everyone do this tour.
Do this tour!
Preston_P, Apr 2023
This experience exceeded our expectations. The five star reviews are well-deserved. Joaquin was an excellent guide who went above and beyond to make the hike and waterfall tour wonderful. This is definitely off the beaten path and you get a taste of the local culture and beauty. I couldn’t recommend this tour more.
Great trip!
Ashleigh_S, Apr 2023
This was a great trip and a very easy hike compared to other waterfall trips in the area. The guide was very informative on the hike - he pointed out many different plants and animals. The lunch was very tasty and included a vegetarian option. Lots of opportunities for photos and diving!
Very enjoyable!
Dominic_F, Feb 2023
Really enjoyed this. Have done similar trips in other parts of the world so thought I'd give it a try here. The guides were really good, very friendly, happy to answer questions and have a laugh and a joke. You don't need to be particularly fit for the short trek, but it's somewhat slippery (obviously!) Near the waterfalls, so bring appropriate footwear.
Memories made!!
Nicholas_M, Nov 2022
We absolutely loved the guides Lomar and Christian. They made it fun and informative while keeping an eye out for everyone’s safety. Lomar took so many awesome pictures for us. I would Take any trip he’s the guide on!!
Great experience with the guys.
Arpy_G, Nov 2022
An exciting experience driving and hiking down to the waterfalls and diving into the natural pools. Our guide Lamar was wonderful stopping and showing rainforest nature along the way.
Highly recommended, one of the funnest things I’ve done in Costa Rica
Ray_H, Jul 2022
Lamar was a wonderful guide. He was a great communicator with a calm demeanor, made the whole outing easy to enjoy. The scenery is breathtaking, and hiking and swimming around the waterfalls was a once in a lifetime experience. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
Amazing adventure
jeffsingewald, Dec 2021
What an amazing adventure this was. Our guide Lamar was amazing and very knowledgeable with the local fauna. He took amazing care of us and was also a great photographer and took pics for us at all the waterfalls! The lunch stop with arroz con pollo and fresh fried plantains was also very good! Definitely recommend this adventure to others!
GECIKAY, Apr 2021
This excursion was great... We had a lot of fun, and I cant express enough how amazing Lomar and Alfonso ( I hope I remember the names right LOL) were with my kids.
Comes up short
Sandi_S, Mar 2021
Our guide, Lamar, was great. The trip itself was lacking. It was the dry season, but the trip there and the falls itself was nothing very special. We did enjoy the time, but it was Not worth what was charged at all.
The waterfall tour was amazing- we...
Kathryn B, Aug 2017
The waterfall tour was amazing- we had so much fun! This tour was the highlight of our Costa Rica trip, and we would highly recommend it to other travelers/explorers. Our tour guide was professional and knowledgeable, making the trip safe, fun, and educational. Would definitely choose this tour company again, if ever in the Jaco area.
This tour was my favorite thing...
Jeanne L, Aug 2016
This tour was my favorite thing about my entire vacation! Our tour guide, Mike, was so great! He was so good with helping my 6-year-old navigate the waterfalls. Being terrified of heights, he helped me to overcome that fear for that day so that I could enjoy the waterfalls. I had the time of my life! Highly recommended!!!!

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