A visit to Costa Rica means the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. The waterfalls are scattered all across the country and no matter what part of the country you are visiting, a visit to one or more of these falls will surely be on your to do list.
Llanos de Cortez – located just off the Pan American Highway near the town of Bagaces (in Guanacaste) is the Llanos de Cortez falls. It is not really clearly marked so you’ll want to get directions from a local or from someone who’s been there before (ask us!). This falls is visited by tourists but tends to be more of a local “Tico” spot. If you’re visiting on a week day (and it’s not during Christmas or Easter week the biggest “holidays” in Costa Rica) you can almost guarantee that you will only have to share it’s beauty with a couple of other people or you may even have it to yourself. Weekends tend to be a little busier.
At the entrance to the road to the falls, you will be asked for a donation (which is given to help local schools) and then you will continue down a long dusty road (probably about a mile) which will lead you to a parking lot. From there, it’s a short walk down some rocks that have been made in to stairs. At the bottom, the falls and swimming pool beneath it will spread out before you.
For those who are interested in climbing to the top of the falls, there is a path you can hike up around on the left side of the falls. Swimming underneath the falls is completely safe and there is a grotto style area behind the falls where you can explore the area behind where the water cascades down. Local vendors sell drinks and pipas (fresh young coconuts) but if you plan to spend the day there, pack a picnic. The closest main towns are Canas and Liberia which are about a 30 minute drive away in each direction.
A day spent at Llanos de Cortez is a wonderful way to relax and rejuvenate, pura vida style. Nature offers some of the best attractions here in Costa Rica and we love to be able to share them with you!