An awesome one-day tour with lots of waterfalls to discover. The waterfalls flow
into Toro Amarillo River canyon where it is impossible not to be full of the joys
of spring and have the best time ever!
How to get there?
Preferibly go by Vara Blanca; Grecia road is in bad conditions.
What to take?
Comfortable clothing for walking and swimming, trail tennis shoes, towel,
sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, camera, extra clothing.
Distance:2.48 miles (4km)
Cost:¢2000 per person
Carlos Mario Chacón
To get to this place we went by one place (Grecia) and we returned by another
(Vara Blanca). It all depends on what your heart and Waze are telling you.
Anyhow, the safer and more civilized road is going by Vara Blanca. On our way,
we made the usual pit stop to buy snacks and we continued until we got to Rio
Cuarto, specifically to Paraiso de Manantiales.
The parking lot is right in front of Don Carlos’ restaurant who is also the owner
of the property. Don Carlos welcomed us and, then, explained where we should
The trail starts with a normal gravel road and then, it diverts left towards the trail
that takes to the river and waterfalls. The trail has steep, slippery, and exciting
parts. You haven’t even descended 1.24miles (2km) when you should go not only
through a couple of waterfalls, but also a spiral staircase in which you go down
three floors all of a sudden (not recommended for those afraid of heights).
Once we arrived at the river, we explored the enormous Cheetos-colored rocks.
Upstream there are plenty waterfalls; part of the journey is admiring each of
them, taking a seat and listening to the sound of the river while you look into the
To end our tour we went to the highest drop of water, but not the most
voluminous until we found a pool. We swam for a while and bounce back to
return. On our way back, we went to a waterfall that is taking left. Later, we
continued to the parking lot.
When we arrived, we ordered a delicious Casado with tilapia and a pitcher of
juice that we scarfed down with no effort. We got ready to get back to San José,
happy of finding another amazing place for you.