Llanos de Cortes Waterfall

14 Jun

On our last day in Liberia we decided to spend the morning at a nearby waterfall called Llanos de Cortes, located at under half an hour’s drive away.

The place is not very well sign posted and does not yet to seem on the main tourist trail which suited us just fine. If you are driving keep a look out for signs on the right just before you hit Bagaces.

The entry to the waterfalls is in the sum of a very small donation of 500 colones per person which goes to the local school, however to park your car you are advised by the “guard” that a tip is required. Again this was not very high and we just gave our loose change which came to around 700 colones.

There is short yet slippery stone stairway down to the waterfall and we were lucky to be the only ones there when we arrived.

Llanos de Cortes: full view

The waterfall itself is not as high as others but it is very wide and has a lovely shallow warm pool in front of it which is perfect for swimming in. The sand in the pool glimmers and looks like flecks of gold which just adds to the charm of the waterfall.

Llanos de Cortes: in front of the wall of water

If you are feeling adventurous you can climb back up to the parking and head right through a field, following the path through the undergrowth you will emerge at the top of the waterfall.

Llanos de Cortes: view from the top

The views from there are amazing but not for the fain-hearted as it is very slippery with no safety ropes of any kind.

We don’t think there is an actual path to get there but the guard seemed pretty laxed about people coming and going through so just use common sense and be careful.

By late morning a couple of small tours turned up so if you want to have the place to yourself for a bit try to get there early.


Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


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2 responses to “Llanos de Cortes Waterfall

  1. Sharesae

    September 11, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    My husband and I traveled to Costa Rica for our honeymoon in June. We visited this waterfall on June 25th and were robbed by 3 men who jumped out of the bushes on the walk back from the waterfall to our car. They stole our money, camera, and my husband’s watch. It was very scary. Glad you made it there ok.

    • shari

      September 11, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      Sorry to hear that happened to you. Unfortunately, robbery stories are not new to us and we have heard of them for every country we have been to. Out of curiosity, was there a car park attendant there when you went, because there was one when we went and I wonder if that makes a difference?


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