There are two options for hiking the Montezuma Waterfall: a meandering stroll up the sunlight dappled river, and a steep, treacherous bushwhack through the jungle. The first, well-traveled path is a 20-minute hike from town and leads to the majestic Montezuma Waterfall, where you can cool off in the fresh water pool and swim under the falls. The latter trail, which continues from this lower pool, involved sections so steep we were pulling ourselves up the trail using ropes and tree roots. Thankfully, one of the locals spotted our unprepared crew and guided us up the trail to the second and third waterfalls, where the kids were rewarded with a rope swing and safe areas to jump from the rocks. From the top, you can walk out on a much easier path that comes out at the Mariposa Montezuma Gardens just above town. Both hikes are well worth the trip!
The main trail to the Montezuma Waterfall begins in town across from the Amor de Mar Hotel in Montezuma, Costa Rica.