Grecia is the perfect place for those looking to experience a small local town in the Central Valley, just 45 minutes from the country’s capital. Grecia’s location up in the mountains offers a wonderful playground full of forests, rivers and waterfalls, including these two beautiful waterfalls: the Los Chorros waterfalls. If you’re looking for a fun outdoor adventure close to Grecia, head to the beautiful Los Chorros waterfalls, the jets of Grecia.
***Update March 2020*** The Los Chorros park is supposed to be officially closed unfortunately due to some water disputes. This is the last we heard from the municipality so if you go, it most likely won’t be accessible. There may be some locals around who might take you down but it is not a guarantee. Additionally, no one has been maintaining the park so the trails and facilities aren’t in good shape. including the bridge and trail to the waterfalls.
Location and Directions
Los Chorros waterfalls map
The Los Chorros waterfalls are in the Parque Recreativo Los Chorros, about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Grecia.
Los Chorros Waterfalls Entrance Fee
It is 1000 colones ($2 USD) per car for parking, $6 USD for foreigners, $5 USD for residents and 2,500 colones for locals.
The Hiking Trail to the Waterfalls
The trail is relatively easy, about a 15 minute walk down to the first waterfall. It’s under the forest canopy so there is plenty of shade on a hot day.
You’ll end up at a flat area with picnic tables and facilities. From here, you can go around to the right to walk across a small suspension bridge to get a view of the first waterfall. The path on the other side of the bridge was closed when we went.
After the view from the bridge, walk back up to the tables and then down to the left to reach the waterfall. There’s a small viewing area that’s great for photos of the entire fall.
We went in March, the peak of dry season but the water was flowing pretty hard still. Now you can’t visit a waterfall without at least getting your feet wet! Look to your right and you’ll notice a rope going across some rocks in the river. Grab onto that rope to walk across the river to get to the waterfall base.
Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this part!
Once you’ve crossed the river, you can walk all the way to the waterfall. You can even stand under the water! (It’s kind of strong so I don’t suggest doing that, but you can definitely stand close to cool off).
Once you’re ready to see the second waterfall, head back to the river but veer to the left at the steps. There is a little path that goes along the river bank, which you’ll have to cross over to the left. It’s a fun walk across the river to see the second waterfall hiding around the corner but be a bit careful, there are no ropes in this area!
This is a very short walk as well, but it may take around 10-15 minutes to walk carefully across the river.
Watch our video of the Los Chorros Waterfalls!
Tips for the Los Chorros Waterfalls
- In rainy season, the river may be too full to cross. Don’t try to cross it if it flowing too fast.
- I highly recommend wearing hiking sandals (not flip flops). Yeison wore hiking shoes and socks which he had to take off and leave on one of the benches. Luckily one of our friends hired a guide who watched their shoes while we went to the 2nd waterfall. I wore my KEEN hiking sandals and didn’t have to take off my shoes, plus they protected my feet when walking across the rocks.
- You can bring a bathing suit and change there, they have facilities.
- Though it’s not as popular as other waterfalls like Catarata Llanos de Cortes in Guanacaste or Nauyaca Waterfalls in Dominical, I recommend going early if you want it to yourself. Many locals come here on weekends since it’s close to the city and cheap.