Waterfalls are one of my favorite natural landmarks and Costa Rica has plenty of them in all sizes and shapes. One of our favorite waterfalls is the Catarata Llanos del Cortes, fairly close to Liberia and Rio Celeste has a waterfall entirely unique on it’s own.
It’s become a common practice to jump off waterfalls for those who are a bit more dariing or take a dip in the pools. I have jumped off a waterfall once at Guachipelin in Rincon de la Vieja National Park, a good 25 foot leap and couldn’t get over the slightly scary feeling of leaping off the edge and flying through the air.
Around Jaco, there are plenty of hidden waterfalls to explore and the best way to enjoy them is to go on a waterfall tour in Jaco. We went on The Explorer waterfall tour, a 4 hour trek through the jungle up ten waterfalls with Costa Rica Waterfall Tours.
Waterfall tour in Jaco
We piled into a 4X4 truck to start our journey up the hills outside Jaco. Along the way, our guide Will suddenly stopped the van and told us to get out and bring our cameras. “You guys will want to see this” he pointed up at a tree to show us what he was talking about.
There were 5 macaws on a tree, perched on the top branches with two toucans near the middle. You could hear all of them cawing so loud as they were fighting over territory of the tree.
A 360 View
We kept going higher and higher until we reached a lookout spot. We could see Playa Jaco town which you could tell by the high rise towers, San Jose, Gulf of Nicoya, the Central Valley and even all the way to Manuel Antonio!
After a few more windy roads, we headed down deep into the jungle. We parked our truck and quickly hiked over to the biggest waterfall, jumping in the chilly spring waters.
The water was at first shockingly cold but after a couple minutes your body gets used to the temperature. It was refreshing and you couldn’t wait to jump back in as it awakened and invigorated your body.
After our group got a good dip, we were pumped up and ready for more. We left our things at the rocks, took our cameras and walked about 10 minutes down to the bottom of the waterfalls.
“Alright so now we are going to hike up these ten waterfalls” Will told us. I couldn’t wait, I was about to start jumping on the rocks like a little kid on a playground but Will cautioned us to be careful as the rocks were slippery. He was going to lead us the way and we’d follow him in a single line up and around the best spots.
We made our way up through the first couple waterfalls, with the sun shining through the cracks of the canopy cover and blue morpho butterflies fluttering nearby. Cool water splashed over us as we waded through mini pools, leaving our fleeting footprints in the mud while we climbed over the rocks.
Will told us we could go sit under the next waterfall. “Sit here!” he yelled. “It’s the perfect spot for a photo!” “Trust me it’s worth it!”
And indeed it was.
As we continued our hike, I would look back behind me at the luscious jungle and feel so grateful for the experience. It’s not everyday that we get to do enjoy nature like this.
We were able to appreciate another little piece of our beautiful earth in probably one of the most stimulating and exciting ways!
An Amazing Experience
My favorite part of the hike was when we were jumping into the pool of one waterfall and Will grabbed the climbing rope, swung himself over the top of the waterfall and disappeared. There was a pocket right at the top where you could sit, feeling the power and strength of the water all around you. If you step out a little bit you can leap into the pool below. It was absolutely scary but electrifying at the same time.
Out of all of us, only one person slipped and fell. Me. It’s OK it was to be expected but I didn’t fall far, luckily I was hanging onto a rope.
The tour was amazing, our guide Will was extremely fun, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. This experience was only a tiny bit challenging and it was one of the best adventures!
I think the pictures speak for itself but watch the full waterfall tour in Jaco in our video below.
For more information, here is Costa Rica Waterfall Tours’ website.
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We were guests of Costa Rica Waterfall Tours.