There is an area called Bajos del Toro, where we always find new Costa Rican waterfalls.

It seems like nature creates a new waterfall every time we go, and for this reason, this place never ceases to amaze us.

This area is located in the middle of two National Parks, Poas Volcano and Juan Castro Blanco, and it is an important resource of water for the country.

So when we really want to escape from our routine but want to travel close to home, we go there.

Since few years ago, the community of Bajos del Toro—which is considered a hidden gem—has been experiencing benefits from tourism.

According to a study from TEC university, the population in 2011 was around 273 inhabitants, and the employment rate was low, so people found that tourism was a good way to generate income.

We noticed that a lot of properties in the area seem to have a waterfall. Last time we went, we literally counted 7 places where there were signs to visit waterfalls.

Some places have more than one waterfall. So we drove all the way to the end of the main street of the little town to explore.

And there at the end before leaving the town, we found this place called Paraiso de Manantiales (Springs Paradise).

Read more about other waterfalls to visit:

How to get there:

It’s hard work to get to this area, but it’s definitely worth it.

To get there from San Jose:

After you follow a side street and few signs, you get to a house.

There, the owner welcomed us and gave an explanation that was hard to understand, but we just followed the street until we saw the restaurant.

The property has a restaurant and a swimming pool where you can park your car. We paid the entrance fee in the owner’s house.

He explained to us that we will find the trail and then we will just have to follow the trail.

So we entered the trail, and not many meters in, we found a dense and green forest with a steep mountain slope.

The owner told us that you can see 8 waterfalls, and that was true. As we went down the slope, we started to find them.

The trail took us to the bottom, where you find yourself in this wide-open river. If you look back, three waterfalls welcome you down there.

Walking through the rocks (they are orange rocks because of the minerals in the water), you will get to this other 90-meter waterfall and a little natural pool that looks like an oasis.

It is so peaceful and calm. Rodrigo took a lot of pictures while I was meditating and enjoying the perfect creation.

Things to know:

Trails: Very basic and the security is minimum because the railing consists of plastic tubes.

Caracol Stairs:  This part can be scary if you are scared of heights because you go down the equivalent of 3 floors right away. But it was definitely one of the highlights of the day for us!

Swimming Pool: If the weather in the area allows, there is a swimming pool that can be a good way to end the tour. We didn’t know about it. Next time we will bring bathing suits!

The distance of trails (routes): 4 kilometres (roundtrip)

Difficulty: Medium. Going down is easy, but it can be challenging for someone who doesn’t have the conditions to go back up.

Entrance cost: $6

Parking? Yes, it’s included with the entrance fee.

What to bring?

  • Snacks
  • Poncho or rain jacket
  • Double clothes
  • Hiking/trail shoes
  • Repellent and sunscreen
  • Bathing suit (optional)

Recommendations

  • Check with the owner about the weather conditions, especially in the rainy season, because if it has been raining a lot it’s not recommended to do the hike.
  • The restaurant is open mostly on the weekends, so plan your visit early in the morning so when you finish you can visit another Soda in the area.

For more help check: Start planning your travel

Other pictures:

Entrance at Paraiso Manantiales

Trails and bridge at Paraiso Manantiales

Hiking on a sunny day at Bajos del Toro River.

First waterfall at Paraiso Manantiales

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