Day trip adventure to visit Montezuma waterfalls

Day trip adventure to visit Montezuma waterfalls during your stay at Pranamar Villas

Side view of first waterfall on Montezuma river

Side view of first waterfall on Montezuma river

Montezuma town, a short drive from Pranamar Villas, offers visitors the opportunity to hike up a river ending in beautiful waterfalls and to bathe in fresh water while enjoying the surrounding forest.  Another option is El Chorro, an impressive jet of water falling directly on the beach. 

Costa Rica is a country blessed with an abundance of fresh water springs and rivers, and as this water meanders towards the ocean, it often falls over cliffs creating  pools to bathe in and scenery to admire.  Such is the case of the Montezuma Falls about a 40 minute drive from Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa, perfect for a day trip.

Montezuma waterfall view from forest

Montezuma waterfall view from forest

There are three levels at the waterfalls, all accesible depending on your fitness level and adventurous streak. The 20 minute hike up the Montezuma river takes you to the first pool, and boasts tallest waterfall of almost 80 feet.  This is most popular stop on the trail, where you can swim, sunbathe and picnic the day away.

One of the upper pools at Montezuma waterfall

One of the upper pools at Montezuma waterfall

 

Want to keep going? Look for a trail on the side of the first waterfall to the upper pools.  A canopy has recently been set up in the area, and you can reach secondary pools by accessing trails and bridges built by tour operator for a $4 charge per person.

Another one of the waterfalls in Montezuma is known at El Chorro and surprises you after a two hour walk at the end of the secluded Cocolito Beach. If walking under the sun for hours isn’t your cup of tea, how about going there on horseback?

El Chorro Waterfall on Cocolito Beach in Montezuma

El Chorro Waterfall on Cocolito Beach in Montezuma

Consider these adventures and add them to your yoga retreat experience at Pranamar Villas Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreats, and remember, when in Costa Rica, DO go chasing waterfalls!

Tips:

  • Look for Amor de Mar Hotel, trail to Montezuma waterfall starts close to its entrance.
  • Wear rainproof hiking shoes or comfortable strong water sandals during walk for better protection and grip on slippery rocks.
  • Do not swim right below waterfalls as currents can drag you under and make it difficult to surface.
  • Wade into pools versus jumping in, water may be shallow in some places and rocks not visible.

Article by Katie Widdowson

 

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