Nauyaca Waterfalls

Nauyaca Waterfall
Nauyaca Waterfall
Nauyaca waterfalls is definitely on the list as one of the most impressive waterfalls in Costa Rica. The falls total 65 meters in height and are comprised of two sets of waterfalls, the taller falls that form the base are 45 meters high and the smaller, tiered falls above, are 20 meters in height.

There are natural pools for swimming and for the more adventurous travellers there is a tarzan rope on the smaller tiered falls that one can climb. Always exercise caution as the rocks are slippery when wet.

The entrance to Nauyaca waterfalls is located between the small towns of Baru and Plantanillo on the 243 road that goes from the Costanera Sur highway and leads to San Isidro El General. The trail that leads to the waterfall is 7km and is an uphill walk to get to the waterfalls through a maintained trail. The walk can be done at a leisurely pace and suits all fitness levels. By far its a great way to see the country side of the area. Be sure to head out early as the walk to the waterfalls is best done before the midday sun hits. During rainy season the trails can be fairly muddy, but well worth it as the falls are even more impressive when there has been rainfall. Bring a picnic and swimsuit to enjoy a leisurely moment and the natural view.

If you are looking for a tour, one of the best tours I have been on in the area is Don Lulo’s. With the tour you receive breakfast, lunch, horseback riding and the waterfall scenic tour. The horses are well trained for any level and the groups are normally always fun loving! I would highly recommend the tour to both locals and it should definitely be on the bucket list of activities for anyone visiting the area. Really an excellent tour that offers a great value for the price!


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