We went to Bijagual to re-discover a waterfall of 280m high with beautiful pools, a perfect place for a Sunday getaway since it is super close to San José.
How to get there?
Take Route 27 and then turn off after the Orotina toll in the direction of Jacó. Then you continue for about 20 minutes until you reach the entrance labeled with Catarata Bijagual on the left, you begin going uphill until you reach it.
Accessibility: Not accessible
What to bring? Light clothes, sunscreen, swimsuit, towel, repellent, water, snacks and excellent an attitude.
Pets: Yes, on a leash
Cost: ¢ 5000
We arrived at the parking lot of the place around 9 am, they welcomed us and then they explained to us how the path is and what the waterfall and the pools are like.
So we started walking downhill, we passed a river and then went into the forest until we reached the sign that said waterfall on the left and pools on the right … so we took the waterfall path first.
Before getting on the path that goes down to the waterfall, we stayed for a while at a super cool viewpoint that you can see the entire coast, so don’t hesitate to stop here for a bit to enjoy.
From that point we went down more than 400 steps until we reached the viewpoint that is located in the middle of the Bijagual Waterfall. Although years ago we had visited this waterfall, we had done it through another entrance that reaches the lowest part from where the full height is not appreciated, so it was a different experience.
After eating something, we gained strength to climb a tremendous slope until we reached the flat part where we took the path to the pool. For the pool there is little walking and it is perfect to cool off from the deadly climb, we walked to the right (upriver) and we found a larger and less turbulent pool to rest a bit.
After vegetating and getting something to eat, we dried off and went back the way we came to the parking lot to change and go back to San José.
*DATE OF HIKE: September 2020