- See the brilliant blue waters of the Río Celeste river
- Hike through lush cloud forests to hidden waterfalls
- Discover the white sand beaches of Playa Conchal
- Swim & snorkel among tropical fish & rays
|Day 1||Arrival at Liberia Airport, Transfer to Río Celeste Area||Bijagua / Río Celeste|
|Day 2||Río Celeste Hike||Bijagua / Río Celeste|
|Day 3||Private Transfer to Playa Conchal||Playa Conchal|
|Day 4||Free Day at Playa Conchal||Playa Conchal|
|Day 5||Depart Costa Rica|
Day 1: Arrival at Liberia Airport, Transfer to Río Celeste Area
Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival at the Liberia International Airport (LIR), you'll meet your guide and enjoy a private transfer to the Río Celeste area. Your destination is Bijagua de Upala, a village near the entrance of Tenorio Volcano National Park that's the perfect spot for a quiet getaway. As the gateway to the brilliant blue waters of the Río Celeste, this little town has become more popular while keeping a rural feel, with stunning mountain scenery, fantastic bird watching, and friendly locals. Get settled in at your hotel, and rest up for a memorable hiking excursion in the morning.
Day 2: Río Celeste Hike
Today you'll experience one of the country's most beautiful waterways: the sky blue Río Celeste, located inside Tenorio Volcano National Park. Local legend has it that after God was done painting the sky he washed his paintbrushes in this river, hence the name, which translates to "River of the Sky." The scientific explanation says the vivid blue color is due to a mixture of sulfur and carbonate, which originates in the dormant Tenorio Volcano, located nearby.
After a hearty breakfast, you will be transferred to the park with the company of a local guide and set off to hike the scenic rainforest trails of Tenorio National Park's cloud forest. Along the way, stop at Los Teñideros, the site where two brooks meet and cause the chemical reaction that gives the river its electric turquoise color. You will then continue the hike until you reach the cherry on the cake, the spectacular Río Celeste Waterfall.
The river is surrounded by rainforest and is home to many species of wildlife including sloths, anteaters, and a variety of exotic birds. Despite Río Celeste's unparalleled beauty, this is one of the lesser-visited locations in Costa Rica, so you can avoid crowds and appreciate the untouched nature of your surroundings. After the hike, you'll be transferred back to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax by the pool or explore on our own.
Day 3: Private Transfer to Playa Conchal
Today you'll transfer three hours west to the coast, traveling through one of the most beautiful regions of Costa Rica. Known for its stunning beaches and incredible bird-watching opportunities, the province of Guanacaste is blessed with radiantly sunny days and unforgettable sunsets. Your destination is the magnificent Playa Conchal. With two-and-a-half miles of pristine white sand and some of the clearest waters on the Pacific Coast, it offers crystal visibility for snorkeling among tropical fish and stingrays.
Upon arrival at your hotel, the afternoon is yours to spend relaxing on the beach.
Day 4: Free Day at Playa Conchal
Relax and unwind at the beach today—swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the sun on Playa Conchal. If you feel like some adventure in the afternoon, set off on a deep-sea fishing excursion or a hiking trip to the nearby national parks and nature reserves.
Day 5: Depart Costa Rica
This morning you'll bid Costa Rica hasta luego, transferring to the airport for your flight home. Safe travels!