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Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna

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La Fortuna, Costa Rica

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more


Lace up your hiking boots for this full-day immersion in the wild beauty of Tenorio Volcano National Park. Look for wildlife on the drive from La Fortuna, and feel like a jungle explorer on the trek to Rio Celeste, known for its mystical aquamarine waters. Take a dip in warm volcanic river pools, admire a cascading waterfall, and reward your efforts with a typical Costa Rican lunch.
  • Full-day hiking tour to Rio Celeste from La Fortuna
  • Spot native Costa Rican wildlife with the help of a guide
  • Hike to the beautiful Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park
  • See where the bright-blue river changes color due to a reaction of volcanic minerals
  • Soak in naturally warm river pools and see a tropical waterfall
  • Savor a fresh Costa Rican lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Lunch in local restaurant
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Pickup and drop-off from hotels in La Fortuna area

Departure Point

Calle 468, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
The adventure begins with pickup at your La Fortuna hotel and a scenic drive through landscapes rich with tropical beauty and wildlife habitats. After arriving at Tenorio Volcano National Park, embark on a moderately challenging hike through the park’s protected habitat. Along the way, your guide helps scout for animal sightings and points out highlights of passing flora and fauna.

The effort is well worth it when you reach the beautiful, bright-blue waters of Rio Celeste (Blue River). The otherworldly hue is thanks to converging volcanic minerals from two different rivers, resulting in a rare and photogenic chemical reaction. Snap pictures from a lookout point, admire a tropical waterfall, and see the point where the river changes color. You also have a chance to soak in natural warm-water river pools if you like.

After exploring this fairytale-like landscape, replenish your energy with a delicious lunch of typical Costa Rican cuisine. Relax on the return drive to La Fortuna, where the full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.
Stop At:  
Rio Celeste
You'll then engage in a 4-hour hike that is a bit tough for some but the end result is definitely worth it. After your 4-hour hike you'll get to the Rio Celeste (Blue River). The blue color you'll see is the result of a chemical reaction between two merging rivers containing different volcanic minerals. It's a very rare phenomenon which creates a fairy-tale-like beauty. You'll get to see a waterfall, a lookout point that's great for taking pictures and you'll also get to see the place where the river changes colors.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available
  • 4-hour medium-tough hike is involved
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna.

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  • "You should mind that English guide is applied only in the park." See review
  • "We took our time and it was totally worth the hike!" See review


27 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Definitely book this tour!
, Mar 2021
This was a PHENOMENAL tour! I went on several tours in Arenal and my tour guide Augusto was one of the most thorough and knowledgable tour guides I had. He answered all of our questions regarding Arenal Volcano and all the various flora and fauna and animals in the area. We luckily arrived on a beautiful day with lots of sun, so Rio Celeste was absolutely stunning and a vivid turquoise color. At one point, I walked up the stairs too fast and got pretty dizzy and weak. My tour group and Augusto were gracious enough to give me a few minutes to recover. This was definitely one of the highlights of my trip!!
A true rain forest experience
, Dec 2020
It was an enjoyable hike in heavy rain and while we didn’t get to see the teal colors, our guide was humorous and delightful. Very knowledgeable about the rain forest and the animals. We lucked out in seeing a snake and toucans! Delicious lunch and great ride up and back. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Hi Liz, Thanks for your friendly review. Glad you enjoyed the activity.
Rio Celeste waterfall
, Jan 2020
Rio Celeste tour was excellent! Our tour guide Santiago was great, very informative and understanding. The hike was tougher than expected for my husband who had bad knees but he made sure that he was okay. We took our time and it was totally worth the hike! Rio Celeste was breathtaking!
Rio Celeste
, Jan 2020
Rio Celeste is worth to visiting in Costa Rica. It’s instagramable. Overall it was good tour but I was confused that it wasn’t a driver who is English speaker. You should mind that English guide is applied only in the park.
Gorgeous hike!
Lindsey D
, Nov 2019
We loved the tour and our guide, Arturo! Be prepared to walk 500+ steps and lots of uphill but it was all worth it!
I’ve never seen water this blue...
Maribel P
, Apr 2018
I’ve never seen water this blue!! Get ready for a workout!! It’s is all well worth it. You don’t get to swim in the actual lagoon as it is in the National Park and they need to preserve it. You do however get to swim in a different part of the river that is accessible to all
Worthy tour, good guide, wonderful...
Dmitry D
, Mar 2018
Worthy tour, good guide, wonderful lunch. Although the blue river was not as blue as in the photo. Attention ! This is the only place in the dry season in this area, where the recommendation to use a mosquito repellent was justified !
The hike far exceeded our...
Heather B
, Mar 2018
The hike far exceeded our expectations and the view was breathtaking - highly recommend the tour with Denny at Red Lava Tours through Viator!
Excellent service and tour. The Rio...
Patrice L
, Jan 2018
Excellent service and tour. The Rio Celeste was full azur on that day. The lunch was very good. Recommanded.
This review has nothing to do with...
Emily T
, Jan 2018
This review has nothing to do with the guide, he was really nice, however, this tour was wholly dependent on there not being rain. It poured the entire night before and poured all morning leading up to the trip. When I showed up for the tour, I asked if we would still see the waterfall as it was meant to be seen, and was told that they had called and all seemed well on the other side of the mountain. When we got to the other side of the mountain, it was pouring and looked like it had been all night. The whole point of the tour was to see the beautiful blue water...but it was brown because of all the rain. On top of that, the tour was ended basically upon arriving and seeing the brown water, but not after ruining all of our clothes and shoes, and leaving us soaking wet for a miserable 2 hour drive home. The tour company should have offered a different tour for the day, or at least explained the situation so that I could have made other plans. This is what they do, they should have known the outcome of all the rain, in fact, they mention something about it on their site that they will reschedule if there is rain. This was my last day in Costa Rica, and I spent it soaking wet, muddy, crammed in the back of a van for 4 hours, to see 20 minutes of brown water. What a wasted and disappointing day. I would not book a tour with Viator again.

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