Montezuma Falls, Montezuma

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Must see · Waterfall · Nature / Park
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Take a steep but reasonably speedy 20-minute hike up the river, observing small water features, until you reach the majestic Montezuma Falls, a beautiful 24 m (78 ft) high cascade of water. Cool off in the large pool at the base of the falls, which is great for swimming, but too shallow for rock jumping. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, scramble up the rough path on the left side of the falls to a deeper pool and a second waterfall, where you can jump safely. Wear sturdy boots, as you’ll have to navigate across slippery rocks throughout the hike. Using our online itinerary creator, Montezuma attractions like Montezuma Falls can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Nice hike and great to jump in and enjoy the falls. Can be a little slippery, make sure you’ve got the right shoes. Zip line is right there if your also looking for that. 
    Nice hike and great to jump in and enjoy the falls. Can be a little slippery, make sure you’ve got the right shoes. Zip line is right there if your also looking for that.  more »
  • Crazy Carlos was a life saver! I was traveling alone and thought I had shoes on with good traction, but I didn’t. I didn’t expect the rocks to be so challenging to navigate. Getting to the first... 
    Crazy Carlos was a life saver! I was traveling alone and thought I had shoes on with good traction, but I didn’t. I didn’t expect the rocks to be so challenging to navigate. Getting to the first...  more »
  • Climbed up the path with our kids of 7-11 years. Higher parts were a bit tricky but passable even in rainy season. Nice swimming pools to cool off at the bottom of the falls. 
    Climbed up the path with our kids of 7-11 years. Higher parts were a bit tricky but passable even in rainy season. Nice swimming pools to cool off at the bottom of the falls.  more »
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  • This is an epic waterfall and I highly recommend checking it out! The hike from the bottom is not trivial and you should wear either a good pair of water shoes you can hike in or actual hiking shoes (if you don't mind getting them wet). If you come up from the bottom you can hike to the top for free by going to the side opposite from the waterfall where there is a trail next to the smaller waterfall. THIS IS A FAIRLY DANGEROUS TRAIL! Be aware this is not for everyone and should only be taken by people very comfortable with holding your body weight up by rope with large falls if you make a mistake. I would say in total you can hike this full trail in an hour, maybe less. Once up from the bottom you'll see the second two waterfalls and pools, which are excellent for a swim or a jump if you're brave. We saw a local jump from the middle waterfall safely multiple times, but we did not try this ourselves. Now if you want to experience the falls without the strenuous hike then there is a private trail. You can find it by going up the road and then after passing the Butterfly Brewery it will be on the right (also find my review of Butterfly Brewery, which was excellent!). There is a parking lot at the end of a short and easy road, then a quick and easy hike, maybe 10 minutes, to the top of the falls. Before you get too far down the trail you meet a person in a tent to pay for the trail access, 2,000 colones per person. The private trail is definitely worth it unless you specifically want a serious adventure.
  • This waterfall is absolutely beautiful. It takes only 20-30 to get there, I went in low season (September) which I’m my opinion is the best season to travel. Yes, it rains but you also get the sun. There was nobody there which made special, in high season is more crowded. Wear a Sneakers and just go slow because it can be slippery, you will cross a river but it’s not too bad. Just be careful and you will get there. This is a fun short hike that anyone should do in Montezuma.
  • Be warned this is a harder hike than I expected. We walked along the riverbank where there is no clear path and can be difficult in spots. That being said, it was quite an adventure and does take about half an hour to get to the the waterfall and about twenty minutes walk back. Once there the waterfall is pretty, but not the prettiest. The area was also quite busy, with many locals enjoying some drinks and family time. I would recommend visiting if you have time to kill, but it's not a must see in my opinion. I would suggest starting the hike in the morning, as the midday heat is a killer!
  • Beautiful waterfall that's fun to jump off of and fun to watch the locals do crazy death defying stunts. If you take the stairs there is a cost and if you take the other trail it seems hard in the beginning and then gets harder and then gets a little easier. That's what she said. There are actually three waterfalls. If you hike up and don't take the stairs then you will arrive to the lowest and biggest one first that is basically impossible to jump off of. The top two waterfalls are where you can jump. To get to the top two waterfalls without having to pay to take the stairs, take the trail to the right of the bottom waterfall Where there are some ropes to help you scale the steep slope.
  • I'd give this Waterfall 5 stars because it's a short hike (20-30 minutes), has three different waterfalls, and you can go cliff jumping at the one at the end. The hike is moderate and requires crossing the river at parts, but most should be able to do it!

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