Tenorio National Park
Tenorio National Park
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Crown jewel of Northern Costa Rica
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  • Jessy Munch
    Hillsboro, Oregon58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So amazing! Not easy, but worth it!
    We did a self guided tour and it was amazing. About 3 miles round trip and the way up was much harder than the way down but great workout and amazing blue water and spots were two rivers meat and water is bubbling due to gasses. Definitely some funky sulfur smells to be expected. Highly recommend this hike, the water was such an incredible color and so many beautiful spots. You can’t swim in it but after, when we were drenched in sweat we went down the road to the Rio Celeste. Google map free Rio Celeste river and that was amazing too. The perfect cool down.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Kathy K
    36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Difficult but glad we did it
    The waterfall and turquoise pool are beautiful. However, I had read that this was a moderate hike. Not so if you are older and short. The paths are really steep with high steps set in the path, which is also full of roots and rocks. I definitely would recommend walking sticks
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Chris H
    Encinitas, California9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Science makes some cool blue water!
    What an amazing and beautiful view! We made a reservation online ahead of time (which we totally recommend). When you arrive, a guy is charging $4 USD for parking. In theory he's watching your car so seems a small price to pay. There are stores/restaurants near the entrance to eat. It's timed entry. There's a line manned by a security guard. The guard lets you in when it's your turn. If you need to use the bathroom before your turn, the guard will let you enter to use the bathroom. The hike to the waterfall is about a mile. You start out on pavement, but then gradually moves to more difficult terrain. First stop is the waterfall. You don't have to go all the way down the stairs to see the pretty blue water. But it's nice if you make it down. Then less than a mile past the waterfall on more uneven footing (you might say strenuous) is where two rivers meet to make the chemical reaction that causes the stunning blue water. Don't forget bug spray!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 January 2024
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Vovka_Vovka
Ajax, Canada4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Frustrating. Got to the park, paid 4 dollars for parking to an "official looking parking attendant" (scam, but had to pay to ensure the vehicle is safe). Could not get the tickets to the park. The WIFI hotspot is really slow, gives a lot of errors, the reservation web site again gives an error after error. After an hour of trying I was able to fill out the order form with my credit card information, clicked "Submit" only to see another error message. Waited for 15 minutes for the email to come, it did not. Figured the transaction did not go through, asked the security guard for help, he was very unhelpful. I asked to speak to the manager or someone I can complain to, but was told there is no one available, and no way to complain! Had to turn around and go home. FIVE DAYS later received a confirmation email with the QR code, the credit card was charged the full entrance fee! What a scam! Will never go to any CR National Park after this, will only deal with private companies. Many others at the gates with similar experiences. Stay away unless you buy a reservation way in advance.
Written 30 January 2024
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AngieVanDyck
Hastings, UK9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
What a frustrating system - you have to reserve in advance online - it’s the only way to buy a ticket. There is a very temperamental WiFi signal and even more temperamental park guards at the entrance! You’re meant to scan a QR code but that doesn’t work. After 20 mins, managed to access website, register for an account, receive a temporary password, go through a mandatory password change, and finally get onto booking system - which didn’t work. Kept crashing and saying no tickets were available. While all this was happening, found out we needed photo ID to enter the park, which we didn’t have. Very unhelpful staff. Loads of pissed off tourists trying to navigate the terrible system. Waste of a 2 hr drive. Be warned: reserve in advance and bring your passport.
Written 24 January 2024
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Philippe R
Pezenas, France138 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Impossible to access. Tickets have to be purchased from a website that does not work at least not from a cell phone. Cannot be purchased at the parc entrance. Looks like a joke !
Written 18 January 2024
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Chris H
Encinitas, CA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
What an amazing and beautiful view!

We made a reservation online ahead of time (which we totally recommend).

When you arrive, a guy is charging $4 USD for parking. In theory he's watching your car so seems a small price to pay. There are stores/restaurants near the entrance to eat.

It's timed entry. There's a line manned by a security guard. The guard lets you in when it's your turn. If you need to use the bathroom before your turn, the guard will let you enter to use the bathroom.

The hike to the waterfall is about a mile. You start out on pavement, but then gradually moves to more difficult terrain. First stop is the waterfall. You don't have to go all the way down the stairs to see the pretty blue water. But it's nice if you make it down.

Then less than a mile past the waterfall on more uneven footing (you might say strenuous) is where two rivers meet to make the chemical reaction that causes the stunning blue water.

Don't forget bug spray!
Written 1 January 2024
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Arvan2013
New Haven, MO138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This place was interesting as to why the water is blue. The waterfall is gorgeous. The hike was a great intermediate hike. We saw some wildlife. My family of 4 loved it.
Written 11 November 2023
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Noemi N
Bronx, NY37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We recently visited this beautiful park. We traveled with our 10 and 12 years old daughters. They enjoyed the walk. The park is beautiful and worth the visit. In fact, this was one of our favorite trips while in Costa Rica. The blue color of the water is magnificent! When we left the park, we met Señor Miguel, who offered us a tubing adventure. Miguel and his sons are the most honest people that I have ever met. He offered a discount, and his sons accompanied us in the adventure. You will meet him right outside the park and also offer sloths viewing. Please try this tubing ride, is fun and safe.
Totally recommend Volcán Tenorio
Written 6 September 2023
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Kathy K
St. Louis, MO36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The waterfall and turquoise pool are beautiful. However, I had read that this was a moderate hike. Not so if you are older and short. The paths are really steep with high steps set in the path, which is also full of roots and rocks. I definitely would recommend walking sticks
Written 9 July 2023
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Jessy Munch
Hillsboro, OR58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We did a self guided tour and it was amazing. About 3 miles round trip and the way up was much harder than the way down but great workout and amazing blue water and spots were two rivers meat and water is bubbling due to gasses. Definitely some funky sulfur smells to be expected. Highly recommend this hike, the water was such an incredible color and so many beautiful spots. You can’t swim in it but after, when we were drenched in sweat we went down the road to the Rio Celeste. Google map free Rio Celeste river and that was amazing too. The perfect cool down.
Written 24 May 2023
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Ken E
42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Nice hiking, the blue water is unique and they do a great job educating you on why it is blue. I’d rate it as only average, if you are in the area for a full week or more it is worth the excursion, but otherwise unremarkable and the hiking is limited, only about 2 miles out and back. A more extensive trail network might make the park more interesting. A good short excursion however if you are already in the area.
Written 23 April 2023
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Daniel
Yeovil, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Overall, an amazing hike around the park. The thing we liked most was definitely how there were various paths you could split up into different routes (which stopped too many crowds), but also the waterfall itself. Everyone was particularly amazed on the stunning shade of blue that the water gave . 4 stars!
Written 12 April 2023
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