Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

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Revel in a hidden gem at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall--a rushing cascade measuring 12m (35 ft) high and 15m (50 ft) wide. Park in the lot nearby and hike along the short dirt path to the fall. The area generally remains uncrowded, making it a perfect escape from tourists. Picnic by the waterfall, swim, sunbathe, or venture behind the curtain of water to escape the dry Guanacaste heat. Use our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip itinerary planner to visit Llanos de Cortez Waterfall on your trip to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Muy bonito. Viajamos una hora desde Playa Hermosa y vale la pena ir. Un poco difĂ­cil de encontrar. Hay que usar water shoes o playeras o zapatos de tenis en el agua. Hay rocas y piedras que cortan y h...  more »
  • We visited this place with my family and cousins - 8 of us in total. We went in early January, 2017 and it was a perfect sunny day. There was a small donation to get in, but was 100% worth every penny...  more »
  • We stopped after rafting and had our own car and felt it was still not worth the trouble. Lots of locals, packed on the day we went. There is a donation feel to get in and then also a parking fee. See...  more »
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  • Really cool. Make sure to go before closing time. If you do come early or close to closing time, you may see monkeys. Bring a swimsuit, towel and a bite to eat. Best for a day that you don't know what to do and just want a spot to hang out at for cheap, if you don't mind being in close proximity with other tourists and locals. You will probably be there for about 2 1/2 hours.
  • This waterfall is a little off the path for a typical tourist, but is well worth the extra drive. If you are travelling between San Jose and Liberia it makes for a great rest stop. The waterfall itself is impressive and the large pool is refreshingly cool. Sometimes there are vendors selling drinks but it is better to bring your own picnic. On the weekends it is full of families enjoying the sun and water. You can pay a voluntary contribution but it seems like that money goes towards other local projects as there aren't really any facilities at the site.
  • This is a beautiful waterfall, but that's all it is. There are no real hiking trails, and because it is easy to access, it's a bit... crowded. It's worth a stop if it's on your way, but it's not a must-see site...
  • A nice half day activity relaxing and cooling off. Not the biggest or best waterfall I've been to and the road is not in the best condition. You do not need a 4wd and our little i10 was fine. Large crowds of people and a few stalls selling water and food. Change into your bathers before going down to the waterfall as there isn't much room.
  • This waterfall is beautiful but there were a few disappointments in my visit: - At the entrance there are people who ask for a voluntary donation for the upkeep of the park. It's not clear whether these people are legit or what the money gets spent on but I can say it's definitely not on smoothing out the road surface (4x4 not required but highly recommended) - Once you get to the car park there is another charge, this time by the parking attendants who appear to want a fee to keep an eye on the car. I can't be sure if this is a required fee, but they seemed insistent. The main issue here is that this feels like double paying (see above about the lack of clarity) and, obviously, they are not providing official insurance so it's a bit dubious as to what you're paying for - Getting down the path to the waterfall wasn't too hard but the place was *swamped* with locals and tourists alike. There was a festival-like atmosphere, with families barbecuing their lunches, people laying in some deck chairs that they had brought with them, some stall vendors, and more people than anybody wants to see at such a nature site. I suppose it's a good thing that so many people are enjoying nature but the place felt totally overrun in a way that distracted from the main event. Top tips: expect to pay money to get in (I'm sure it all goes to a good cause, but don't be surprised by paying twice), and unless you want to see the festival atmosphere don't go on a Sunday lunch time. Also you can definitely swim there so pack some swimwear but don't expect any changing facilities.