Río Celeste

Río Celeste

Río Celeste

Right in the center of the mountains, with crystal water, which are an intense turquoise blue there are several hot springs along the way that are very inviting places for tourists to relax.  This is the Río Celeste de Guatuso, which is also known as Teñidero. Located on the northeast foothills of the Tenorio Volcano, some 26 kilometers from San Rafael de Guatuso. The color of the water is a product of a dye that runs from the rocks and gives it an attractive tone. To see this you will need to take the road in between San Rafael de Guatuso and Upala County; although, if you want to walk through the mountains to the source it is 5km to the south of the Río Celeste community. Be careful with the hot springs as the temperatures are very high, and visit the majestic 15 meter waterfall that is perfect to go bathing. The river, with its dyed waters is approximately 36km in length.

How to arrive and leave

To visit the Celeste River within the park, two different routes are used, entering the park through two different sectors: Sector el Pilón “Administrative Office of the Park”, from Cañas 7 Km along the Interamerican Highway, then turn off the road to Upala 42 Km passing through the community of Bijagua and again deviate east 11 km towards the community of Pilón de Bijagua. La Paz Sector; (in La Fortuna de San Carlos), from El Tanque 40 km to San Rafael de Guatuso and 15 km road to Upala to Katira de Guatuso. Then you must deviate 11 km east towards the community of La Paz de Guatuso.

How to arrive and leave

The buses leave Tilarán or Ciudad Quesada every two hours, some continue as far as San José. Upala is located 40 km to the north east. The road is asphalt.