Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste is a beautiful 1.5 hour scenic drive from the Arenal Volcano through rural villages. Local legend as explained by members of the Maleku indigenous group of the area claim that God was painting the sky a celestial blue color and reached down to dip his brush to turn the river its magical blue color.

Rio Celeste


12 hours

What to Bring

swimsuit camera insect repellent sunscreen sunglasses


snacks and drinks round trip transportation  certified guide equipment (snorkeling & fishing)

Minimum people



6 AM  


Rafting Rio Tenorio (Class 3-4) Rio Celeste National Park Guided Hike & Sloth Park 

Once we arrive, we will begin a hike through the dense, lush, tropical rainforest that surrounds the Tenorio National Park. You and your nature guide can go at your own pace and you’ll learn interesting things about the rainforest along the way. When we arrive to Los Tenideros, where two rivers come together, you’ll be amazed at the celestial turquoise blue water color that comes from the waterfall. But for a more scientific explanation, the celestial blue color is created when the inerals in the water: aluminum, silicon and oxygen are suspended in the water and refracts light from the sun so that the flow looks blue.


No swimming is allowed inside the national park. This is for conservation reasons. The goal is to keep the habitat as pristine as possible. Outside the park there are areas for public swimming. Tourists are welcome to take a dip in the turquoise waters in the approved sections.



16th of April to 15th of December

Monday to Saturday 8.30 AM to 6 PM


16th of December to 15th of April

Monday to Sunday 8.30 AM to 6 PM



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