Best waterfall hike: Nauyaca Waterfalls


There are plenty of waterfalls in Costa Rica – and even more hikes – but they don’t always come together for such a perfect “waterfall hike” as they do at Cataratas Nauyaca.

About 10km (6 miles) inland from Dominical, the trail follows the scenic Río Barú through dense rainforest, where you’re likely to spot birds and monkeys. It is a wide dirt path (also used by horseback riding tours) that is fairly easy to navigate. That said, it is steep in some places, and the rocks near the falls can be slippery

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At the end-point, the two-tiered Nauyaca waterfalls are magnificent indeed, stretching across an 80m-wide (262ft) canyon. The lower falls drop into a gorgeous, 6m-deep (20ft), turquoise-blue swimming hole – the perfect place for you to cool off after your hike. There are rocks for lounging and cliffs for jumping, not to mention the view of bi-level falls in their entirety. But it’s worth climbing to the upper falls for a closer view of the stunning 43m (141ft) cascade.

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