If you are one of the people whose goal is to meet new waterfalls. Well, today I want to invite you to know this spectacular ‘Oropéndola’ Waterfall that we will present here. We are sure that you will not be able to say no to this invitation.
To begin, this is a true journey full of a lot of adventure and is surrounded by true magic that never ceases to amaze you. It is something like having the advantage of living in a box of surprises.
Your journey to reach it will fascinate you and fill you with unforgettable magic; above all when you manage to reach its emerald green water which will leave you speechless.
The ‘Oropéndola’ Waterfall, besides being incredible, is located in a magical place; we talk about the ‘Rincón de la Vieja’ National Park. In addition to visiting waterfalls, here you can do both adrenaline and relaxation activities, including hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, swimming, camping and/or enjoying a picnic.
On the other hand, you will not only be surprised by the nearby volcanic activity, but you can visit a dry forest, a humid forest, and a cloud forest. And best of all, it is in just one place.
If you walk towards the ‘Pailas’ sector, you will realize that this park is about 25 meters high. It is surrounded by a canyon with lots of nature and a climate that will cause you to take a refreshing swim. You can arrive on horseback, by car or, if you prefer, walking; it is up to you.
How to get to the Oropéndola waterfall from Liberia, Guanacaste?
In case you do not know, in Costa Rica, we do not use street numbers or avenue names to give directions. Everything is just with signs and references! We know this can be very confusing for foreign visitors, but it is a very normal situation for us -locals. And even it is hard to believe, that is how they get anywhere, wherever you are.
The first thing you have to do is get to Liberia; not to the center, if not always on the north Inter-American way. It reaches the corner where a restaurant is widely recognized by everyone. Then you travel about 5 kilometers to the north and you will find a sign that says ‘Curubande’. On the right, you turn at that intersection and continue straight for 15 more kilometers.
You will pass the center of the town called ‘Curubande’. Then, you will arrive at a guard’s box to let you pass. You will pass the hotel that is there is a place where you must park to go to the waterfall. Upon entering the waterfall they charge you something per person and the path to enter is marked.
Tips for visiting the Oropéndola Waterfall
You can go by car, the road is not complicated at all if there are parts of the ballast but the road is flat, so a 4×4 vehicle is not necessary.
Do not carry many things; With comfortable clothes and swimsuit is more than enough. Space there is reduced, so carrying chairs, cooler, barbecue, among others, is extremely uncomfortable. Most of the time, there are many people around and you will not feel completely at ease.
Be cautious! That waterfall is like a mini-cannon and there are no lifeguards available, so you should always be careful to avoid any kind of mishap.
Be careful where you walk. There is a kind of terrace and stairs to go down to the river. Obviously everything is wet; so be careful where you step, don’t go slipping.
We will arrive at the Oropéndola waterfall, where we will take a refreshing dip. This beautiful waterfall has an impressive fall of 25 meters, which falls into a bubbling turquoise pond in the lush canyon of the White River, creating an incredible tropical oasis.
In addition to visiting the Oropéndola waterfall, we will also take a tour of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano where we can see fumaroles, geysers, bubbling mud pails and many other attractions. All this provides a unique experience that you will not find in any other volcano in Costa Rica.
All this is a circular trail of 3.5 kilometers through the dry tropical forest, to enjoy the best visits of the incredible volcano nature, natural activity, and wildlife.
Recommendations to visit the ‘Oropéndola’ Waterfall
• Insect repellent
• Sunblock to prevent skin burns
• Pain relievers and other medicated supplies for personal use
• Clothing suitable for the mountain, preferably quick-drying and a bathing suit if you wish to bathe in the waterfall.
• Clothes change. They will remain on the bus if you prefer it.
• Closed and comfortable shoes, anti-slipping, mountain type
• Walking stick and support
• Hat, pad, or cap
• Coat, preferably waterproof, as well as a layer in case it rains.
• Enough hydration, water -at least 1.5 liters per person- and strong snack, moisturizer.
And finally, you should not forget taking your camera so that you can record the moments of your visit to the Oropéndola waterfall.