Situated in the province of Alajuela, Catarata’s del Toro is a private 250 acre private reserve and a relatively unknown tourist destination. Located in a small town known as Bajos del Toro Amarillo, it is surrounded by two national parks named Poas and the Juan Castro Blanco. Its tranquility and isolation create a perfect scene for those travelers looking for different, unique and relatively free tourist destinations.
The waterfall, with a height of 90 meters (295 feet, is formed by the union of the Toro Amarillo River, the Desague River and the Agrio River. It actually drops into an extinct volcanic crater! Bajos del Toro is a perfect place for a day trip from the central valley but if you are interested in staying the night you can do so by staying at either the “El Silencio Lodge and Spa” or at the waterfall itself which has 3 rooms for rent.
The entire hike has an approximate duration of 30 minutes. From the moment you begin the hike you can see the waterfall from the main viewpoint but to see it up close you have to continue downwards. The first 500 meters are relatively straight and easy, afterwards you must climb down 375 steps (these are killers on the way up, so be prepared to sweat). Throughout the entire hike there are several viewpoints of the waterfall.
Depending on the day you go, especially on weekends, we recommend that you get there as early as possible. This is because larger groups of people start showing up at 10 or 11:00 am. This area has so much to explore that we will definitely come back for the other waterfalls and activities we have yet to experience.
Do not forget to jump into the water below the waterfall! It is cold and relatively dark but if you have a GoPro with you the pictures will be priceless. If you are with small children and want to go swimming together be careful with the slight current.
Schedule: Monday to Saturday from 08:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays closed.
Cost: Nationals 4000 colones / Tourists $10
How to get here? Waze
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