Costa Rica Waterfall - Famous Montezuma Falls

Waterfalls are common in this part of Costa Rica, on the Montezuma side of the peninsula. Because of the natural geography, most of the rainwater that falls on the Nicoya peninsula flows towards the Montezuma side, so there are many falls with water in them year-round. Many have swimming holes, two have rope-swings, and one is ideal for cliff-diving (Montezuma Falls.)

Until now, some of these waterfalls are virtually unknown and you are unlikely to find anyone else there.

All rivers in Costa Rica are considered public land if they have water in them all year round. So, you can legally hike up any stream or river in the area, although it may seem like you’re on private land. The public land extends 15m horizontally from the edge of the river, so you can also hike along the shore. Although you may find barbed wire fences along the way, you can pass under them.

On these rivers you may find exotic animals that you won’t see in other parts of the area, such as roseate spoonbills (these look like pink flamingos), river otters, blue crayfish, and Jesus Christ lizards and run on top of the water. If you want to see animals, then start your trip at first light in the morning. Everyone wants to know about snakes… there are very few poisonous snakes in the area, and I’ve never seen on in the river, so you’re unlikely to encounter one.

Please be wary of flash floods. If you see super heavy rains falling upriver, it’s possible a flash flood will come down, so be prepared to run up the riverbed if you hear a roaring sound. This is very unlikely, so don’t let it stop you from a great hike. Just be aware.

Map of the locations of waterfalls in and around Montezuma

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