San Jose

Rio Celeste Waterfall at Tenorio Volcano and Sloth Watching Tour From San Jose

Badge of ExcellenceSan Jose, Costa Rica
Celeste River From San Jose
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Spend the day away from bustling San Jose and see the majestic Rio Celeste, one of the top attractions in Costa Rica. Located inside the Tenorio Volcano National Park, the deep turquoise waters of the river can be explored via a trail, which includes a waterfall, a suspended bridge, and a section of hot springs
  • Get out of San Jose and enjoy a day in nature
  • Hike one of the most famous areas in Costa Rica
  • The trails through the park are considered easy
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is included

What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 10/10/2018 - 2/1/2026

    Monday - Sunday : 05:30 AM - 06:30 AM

Pickup details

We offer pick up in all hotels

What To Expect

Rio Celeste

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 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.
  • 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.

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Reviews

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do not book
Steve_G, Dec 2023
we travelled 3 hrs each way in a crappy mini van to see the rio celeste never got into the national park to see the volcano or the waterfall .we just got to see the sloth park which was good and travel was miserable . they refunded $48 which we payed over $600. please do not book these trips through viator . not worth the hassle at all .
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for share and comment part of your experience in Costa Rica; each adventure lived with A&E Tours Travel. It was a great pleasure for us to help you get to know this country and all our destinations. Thank you for your trust and especially thanks for visiting Costa Rica. We hope to see you again in the future to you, your family and perhaps your friends. A big hug and Pura Vida.. A&E Tours Travel Team
Great tour but 14.5 hour tour not 8
Michael_T, Jul 2023
The tour was good and the food as well. Guide was very accommodating. However if the lure of the trip is approximately 8 hours duration, it was 14.5 hours total with average traffic so that cannot be blamed. We had plans later in the afternoon for a night tour. Thinking we could come back and shower but we got back at 8:30pm.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you for share and comment part of your experience in Costa Rica; each adventure lived with A&E Tours Travel. It was a great pleasure for us to help you get to know this country and all our destinations. Thank you for your trust and especially thanks for visiting Costa Rica. We hope to see you again in the future to you, your family and perhaps your friends. We see that your rating depends on the time on the road and not on the specific tour, during the months of February, July school holidays the traffic on the road is quite heavy, yesterday several accidents and collapsed routes were reported to us, conditions of which we do not have control and our drivers do their best with care and responsibility so that each passenger arrives at their hotel safe and sound, you detract from the work of our driver who is awake two hours before picking you up at the hotel and ends maybe another two hours after provide your drop off hotel. Date Trip July 10th, 2023 A big hug and Pura Vida.. A&E Tours Travel Team
Wonderful Rio Celeste experience
Miljana_M, May 2023
A visit to Rio Celeste waterfall and sloth watching tour was the perfect end to our trip to Costa Rica. The spectacular view of the waterfall, the unreal turquoise color of the water, and sloth watching tour are some of the most beautiful things I've experienced in my life. A truly unforgettable experience. Thank you to our tour guide John, who was full of insightful information about the surrounding and the wild flora and fauna.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for share and comment part of your experience in Costa Rica; each adventure lived with A&E Tours Travel. It was a great pleasure for us to help you get to know this country and all our destinations. Thank you for your trust and especially thanks for visiting Costa Rica. We hope to see you again in the future to you, your family and perhaps your friends. A big hug and Pura Vida.. A&E Tours Travel Team
Great day by the volcanos
Rob_B, Apr 2023
Johnhan was a great tour guide. The falls were amazing, as beautiful as the pics. It's about a 3 hour drive each direction. The hike to the falls is a med level, definitely some hills. The breakfast and lunch were great. Sloth tour had a ton of wildlife. Fernando was a great guide for that. Well over 13hours from pick up to drop off. Highly recomend.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you for share and comment part of your experience in Costa Rica; each adventure lived with A&E Tours Travel. It was a great pleasure for us to help you get to know this country and all our destinations. Thank you for your trust and especially thanks for visiting Costa Rica. We hope to see you again in the future to you, your family and perhaps your friends. A big hug and Pura Vida.. A&E Tours Travel Team
Amazing Celeste River!
Joel_M, Mar 2023
Amazing tour and a great tour guy. Breakfast and lunch were wonderful too. The service was very personalized.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hello Thanks for your comments. Pura vida
best tour in Costa Rica
christine_s, Nov 2022
Best tour we did in Costa Rica. Saw so much wildlife that we never would have spotted without a guide. The water was amazing, and even in the pouring rain, we had a blast. Everyone in the group loved it.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Hello, Thanks for your comments, Pura Vida
Amazing tour!!
Joshua_R, Mar 2022
This tour was amazing! The view of the river was stunning and our tour guide Yancy took us to an area where we could see the gradient of the colour changing which looked spectacular. We also saw a range of animals including monkeys. On our way back our tour guide stopped along the road to show us some sloths - definitely one of the highlights of our trip!! I would highly recommend this tour and also requesting Yancy.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Hello Joshua, thanks for your comments, thanks for visit Costa Rica. Pura vida.
Wow!
Anonymous, Jan 2021
We had an amazing experience with tour guide Yojhan and driver Juan Jose. They were extremely friendly, professional, and kind. We had booked this excursion last minute(literally the day before), and Yojhan was extremely communicative in keeping us updated about the logistics for the tour the next day. We were picked up 5:15am sharp. We had a traditional Costa Rican breakfast(included) before reaching Rio Celeste. The beautiful rainforest-feel hike was around 2.5hrs-3hrs. I would suggest wearing hiking shoes due to the muddy and slippery trail + mosquito repellents but I hiked with my Birkenstock sandals and it was fine. Yojhan was extremely patient with us. Rio Celeste was beautiful. Please note that swimming in Rio Celeste is prohibited by the government. We then had an extremely delicious lunch(included) next to the National Park, omg it was soooooo yummy yummy. We also stopped by a cute maze called Katira Labyrinth. Since there was only a few of us in the tour, the guide offered to stop by the town in La Fortuna for a quickstop on the way back for a quick souvenir shopping. We did not get back to the hotel until 8pm. The trip is a must!
Response from Host, Jan 2021
Thanks for your comments, We hope you enjoy your stay in Costa Rica and enjoy our tours. Pura vida!
Cascada Celeste y Perezosos.
celeste_e, Feb 2024
Tour muy completo! Luis y Johan muy buenos guías, nos dieron oportunidad de nadar en el rio (el tour no lo incluye, solo ver la cascada), muy amables todo el tiempo. Es importante tener en cuenta el tiempo de traslado si están en San Jose, es algo largo y mas si hay trafico. El ver a los perezosos y otros animales igual es interesante, se ven desde un telescopio entre la naturaleza con otro guía.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for share and comment part of your experience in Costa Rica; each adventure lived with A&E Tours Travel. It was a great pleasure for us to help you get to know this country and all our destinations. Thank you for your trust and especially thanks for visiting Costa Rica. We hope to see you again in the future to you, your family and perhaps your friends. A big hug and Pura Vida.. A&E Tours Travel Team
Excelente excursión
Uriel_B, Jan 2024
Una muy linda experiencia, el guia fue muy amable y con mucha energía. Es un lindo trekking para hacer y ver luego la cascada dentro del bosque. Lo único malo fue que el viaje demoró mucho pero por el tránsito
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for share and comment part of your experience in Costa Rica; each adventure lived with A&E Tours Travel. It was a great pleasure for us to help you get to know this country and all our destinations. Thank you for your trust and especially thanks for visiting Costa Rica. We hope to see you again in the future to you, your family and perhaps your friends. A big hug and Pura Vida.. A&E Tours Travel Team
El peor tour que hemos tomado
Fabricio_Q, Dec 2023
Este tour fue un caos, el primer contacto con la empresa fue tardío y fue de mi parte, ellos no me contactaron para decirnos a qué hora pasaban por nosotros al hotel, dos veces les tuve que contactar para que me indicaran la hora de encuentro, cuando nos encontramos al día siguiente para recoger a una familia hicieron un caos y perdimos tiempo importante del tour, para terminar de hacerlo peor no reservaron las entradas a Río Celeste por lo cual llegamos al lugar y no pudimos entrar, lo único que nos quedó por hacer fue el tour de los perezosos que gracias al guía del lugar fue agradable. Solo hicimos una de las dos actividades, nos reembolsaron $24 de las entradas a Río Celeste que me parece un insulto, si solo hicimos mitad del tour y no entramos a la principal actividad que era Río Celeste por su culpa, el reembolso debió ser mayor, ese mismo día yo por mi cuenta intenté reservar las entradas y fui capaz de hacerlo, me quedó claro que simplemente no hicieron todo a tiempo. No queda duda que AyE Tours Travel Costa Rica es una mala empresa, poco seria e irresponsable.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Comentarios Pagados / Falsos . Seguimos queriendo no hacer el trabajo bien para dañar la imagen de otro.
Perfecto dia
pastorpastor, Feb 2023
Súper recomendable esta excursión, probamos todo lo típico de Costa Rica, vimos perezosos, tucanes y muchos más animales. Dar una vez más las gracias a Yohjan, el mejor guía que podéis llevar, ama su trabajo, eso se nota y te aconseja muy bien, es muy legal. Y también las gracias a Fernando, que con él vimos muy bien lo perezosos y tucanes, entre otros animalillos. Pura vida mae.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hello, Thanks for your comments, Pura Vida
Río Celeste
Giselle_G, Feb 2022
El Río Celeste es un lugar muy hermoso, más aun cuando lo ves en persona. Tienes la oportunidad de ver animales endémicos en el Parque Nacional. Asistir con un guía te ayuda a entender los procesos naturales en torno al Río Celeste. Yancy fue una excelente guía y respondió amablemente nuestras preguntas, también estuvo al pendiente de que estuviéramos cómodos en todo momento. Elmer, el chofer, es una persona muy agradable y amigable. Recomiendo al 100% esta excursión, y al ser un viaje distante a San José es muy conveniente visitarlo en compañía de los locales, quienes conocen la ruta y el entorno.
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Hola muchas gracias por sus comentarios, gracias por visitar Costa Rica y que el tour de su agrado. Pura Vida
Tour al Río celeste
Victor_B, Jun 2019
Hice un tour desde San José a Rio celeste, y la experiencia fue excelente. El guía Arturo super amable y atento, me explicó todo lo relacionado con el río y la vegetación y la fauna que lo rodean. Sin duda repetiré con ésta agencia.

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