Tucked deep into the tropical rainforest in the Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, about 20 minutes from Dominical, you will find the remote and breath-taking Nauyaca waterfalls.
In a wide valley canyon, Nauyaca is a dramatic series of cascading waterfalls, draped and framed with lush, jungle greenery.
You can choose to join a guided horseback tour to get to the falls, or you can do the hike yourself, which is about 5 miles roundtrip. It is moderately difficult, with a few steep hills, and can be slippery with mud during rainy season.
Once you arrive at the falls entrance you can choose between the upper or lower falls.
The upper falls are impressive, tumbling dramatically over a 140-foot cliff, cascading into the sheer rocks below.
The lower falls are mellow, the water meanders over a wide, 60-foot drop off, creating several large and refreshing pools for swimming beneath the falls.
Typically there is a local man who will bring his rope and help people climb about 20-feet up the lower falls, where they can bravely leap off the rocks, plunging into the deep, natural swimming pool below.
We have enjoyed many laughs over this next picture. It looks like my husband Andy pushed our friend Jimmy's lifeless body off the cliff.
You can also climb down beneath the lower falls to escape the crowds and relax in the river, or shade, while admiring the stunning view of both falls above.
Costa Rica is land of many waterfalls and the cascading Nauyaca waterfalls are a natural attraction which should not be missed on your vacation. My husband and I have spent time at many waterfalls in Costa Rica and we agree that Nauyaca is by far the most impressive.
There are numerous tour companies in the area, which you can arrange a trip to Nauyaca through, transportation included.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Driving from Dominical, turn right after the police checkpoint at the Rio Baru Bridge. Following signs for San Isidro, head 7 km up a winding road to the ticket booth on your right, you will see a large Nauyaca waterafall sign across the road.
Here you can purchase your ticket for $8-$9/person (depending on the season), and you will receive a wristband to show at the entrance. Park your car, take all valuables with you and begin your hike!
Remember to bring plenty of water, shoes with traction, sunscreen and a camera so you can capture some unforgettable waterfall memories.
Happy Exploring Amigos!
Kari Pinkerton Silcox
It would be a tragedy to die, having never really lived. Which is why my husband Andy and I quit our jobs, sold our house and decided to chase our dreams. We moved to Costa Rica without a plan, and this is the story of our adventure.