After an evening at the Tabacón hot springs in La Fortuna, we woke up reenergized and ready for our drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park, home to enchanting waterfalls that would be the highlight of our weeklong road trip across Costa Rica. All the sharp curves, steep dirt roads and shaky bridges were just a small price to pay for what ended up being a full-day affair filled with surprises from beginning to end.
When we began our hike to Rio Celeste, there was no sign of the falls—just the usual rocks, trees and shrubbery—but things started to get more interesting when we reached the footbridge (i.e. wooden plank with a three-person capacity) to a picture-perfect blue lagoon. This discovery was followed by a well-deserved break at natural hot springs we found along the way. Having been to a hot springs complex the night before, it was nice to relive the experience in an all-natural, admission-free environment. The sound of the falls in the distance combined with our dip in the therapeutic waters got us all the more pumped. A few more jumps, slips and steps later and there it was: Rio Celeste in all its glory. No picture could do justice to this breathtaking backdrop of bright blue waters framed by lush greenery… the bluest blues and brightest greens I had ever seen. With time flying by and our next destination being hours away, we bid the beauty farewell, vowed to return and continued on our journey, accompanied by awe-inspiring views of Tenorio Volcano the rest of the way.