Visit Tenorio National Park and walk along the beautiful clear blue Rio Celeste river up to the waterfall. Upstream, this blue colour becomes even more intense and you can relax in naturally warm water pools. Want to do more activities? You can explore the area on horseback or take a mountain bike to get to know the area. Another great tour is a so-called floating trip on the Corobici river where you will encounter monkeys, crocodiles and iguanas en route. For the adventurers; book a wild water rafting tour on the Tenorio River (up to category 5), an awesome experience!
Natural warm water pools
Rio Celeste and Tenorio Volcano
Rio Celeste and Tenorio Volcano
Bijagua is a typical Costa Rican village near the river Rio Celeste and the Tenorio Volcano National Park. Rio Celeste owes its name to the intense blue colour of the water caused by the minerals sulphate and calcium carbonate. However, the locals believe that the river turned blue after God had painted the sky and washed out his brushes in the river.
The Tenorio volcano is a dormant volcano that erupted for the last time in 1902. Now, the area around the valley is beautiful and from the higher parts -and if the sky is clear- you can see Lake Nicaragua across the border. In Bijagua you will spend the night in a stylish bungalow with a beautiful view of the volcano.
Van Buggenhout family
At the hotel we booked a guide (Marlon Calderon Brenes – friend of owner Donald) to try and spot a Tapir. He took us to a farmer where, on his domain, tapirs are regularly spotted. After a rainy walk through the bushes we were lucky to actually see one!
We have also been to the Rio Celeste, what a nice place! The waterfall is absolutely stunning and you should absolutely walk up there. The hike is quite tiring, so take it easy. Also take into account that when it rains, the river water turns brown. If it’s sunny you’ll enjoy the intense blue colour of the river Rio Celeste!
This was the nicest accommodation of our trip, we stayed in Casitas Tenorio. Very nice host and hostess. Fine food. Possibility of excursions in the area at an additional cost. We made a very nice trip on horseback.
Most beautiful location of the trip. Very friendly reception, very neat and very nice houses. The farm tour is fun and the guide superfriendly. It is striking that the entire farm is so clean. Breakfast was good.
Van der Wal family
Bijagua is in our eyes a real Costarican village. Fun! Casitas Tenorio was again a paradise because of the truly beautiful villas! The host and hostess are beautiful people who tipped us to escape the rain and drive towards the Pacific. They also run a small farm where you can book a guided tour and have the staff give a towel folding workshop, so that they can earn a little extra.
Tenorio Lodge we loved most during our trip! The view of the volcano, the delicious food, the jacuzzi, the beautiful surroundings, the fantastic lodge and the French host and wife were unforgettable. We hiked to the Rio Celeste waterfall. A tough climb, but definitely recommended.
De Weerdt family
Wow, what a beautiful place and the hotel was at a great location. Enjoyed the birds at breakfast. Favorite place to come back. Service and information excelent. Environment also beautiful of course despite the few facilities. The frog tour was great!
We loved our hotel in Tenorio, nice people and we spotted so many animals here. These people truly love and respect nature and also the community they are part of. We were positively surprised by the atmosphere here and had a great time.
Katrien and Katrien
Very good hotel, great food! The Rio Celeste was busier than expected, but our visit really worth the effort. Also, outside the park, taking a dive in the river is a must!
Pieter and Lieve
In terms of room comfort our lodge in Bijagua was really number one. So beautiful and with a great view of the nearby volcano.
Insider tip from Marlou:
Insider tip from Marlou:
At 1.5 kilometres from the village of Bijagua, you’ll find Frog`s Paradise. This is a small-scale and beautiful project of a local family who previously worked as farmers but decided some 20 years ago to let nature go its course again and jungle took control. Now they own a great private natural reserve and love to show visitors around. Especially the evening tour hosted by uncle Miguel is highly recommended!
What can you see around Bijagua:
The following destinations are close to this travel package:
Unique homestay in Zapotal de Miramar
This is your chance to stay with locals in Costa Rica! The charming village of Zapotal de Miramar is literally located on top of a mountain. You can stay overnight in wooden cabins, or experience a unique homestay with a local family. The villagers will warmly welcome you and you'll have your own bedroom and bathroom. Meals are prepared and shared with the local family. One specific tour or activity in the village is included in your stay.
The Palo Verde Biological Station is located in the centre of Palo Verde National Park, which is gigantic. It includes the largest wetland in the country and borders the Tempisque River. It is also one of the last areas of tropical dry forest in Central America and therefore the Biological Station is an important research facility. Besides, it's a great location to spot many bird species.
The Arenal volcano is one of the seven active volcanoes in Costa Rica. The little town of La Fortuna at its foot has developed into an important travel destination and offers a wide variety of restaurant, shops and bars, but also great tours.
Los Andes is a tiny town close to the Santa Rosa National Park in Guanacaste. You're staying at Tierra Madre, an isolated ecolodge with friendly Belgian owners doing everything to make you feel at home.
Live with the rhythm of the sun and sea in Montezuma
Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is stunning and its location, near beach and sea, makes that you really follow the rhythm of the sun and sea. Enjoy everything the lodge and the town of Montezuma have to offer. You have arrived in paradise here and we're sure you don't want to leave anymore!
Rio Perdido hotel is a sustainable luxury hotel offering great activities to its guests. You can go hiking, moutainbiking, rafting....and afterwards book a relaxing massage at the beautiful hotel spa. The hotel is a really off the beaten track destination, but you definitely will not get bored!
Junquillal is a charming coastal town and a real 'off the beaten track' location. Your Dutch hosts warmly welcome you to the paradise they built themselves and all you need to do here is to relax, indulge and enjoy the great food! If you want to leave your hammock, the town is a perfect base to explore the coastal region with its beautiful beaches. Or visit the Junquillal turtle conservation, to learn more about the turtles on the beach.
Sámara is a small coastal village with a laidback, relaxed atmosphere. There's a wide variety of hotels, restaurants and bars. The beach is always nearby and the quiet bay with a beautiful coral reef is a must for snorkel lovers. In conclusion, Sámara beach is also a great destination for families.
Monteverde is famous for its unique cloud forest reserve. The village lies in the mountains and is one of the few places in Costa Rica where you can still spot the beautiful quetzal. While in Monteverde you can explore the cloud forest by foot or hanging bridge, but also book a zipline tour and soar beyond the trees, a great experience!
Bubbling mud pools near Rincon de la Vieja Volcano
The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano has 9 craters and is still an active volcano. The area is wellknown for its thermal mud pools, waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. You can explore the area by foot, horseback or mountainbike. Enjoy your stay here!
The Caño Negro natural reserve is regarded as one of the most important 'wetlands' in the world. This is the perfect destination for nature lovers and a great place to spot reptiles and birds. From here you can also explore nearby Nicaragua and the jungle near San Carlos.
Get inspired at this sustainable Ranch in El Castillo
Stay in a unique sustainable eco-lodge of Costa Rica! El Castillo is a small village at the foot of the Arenal volcano, the most famous volcano in Costa Rica. You stay at an inspiring location, literally at the end of the road. Here, you eat what the land, cows, pigs and chicken have to offer. Everything is grown and prepared in an organic way and super fresh! You can experience the farm life yourself as well by helping to collect eggs and milk cows. Later on, you can take a relaxing yoga class or dive into the natural pool. Enjoy!
This destination is a true paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers. The most famous (and protected!) inhabitants of the Maquenque region are the Great Green Macaws. But you're likely to spot other birds, like toucans, turtles, caimans and crocodiles. Enjoy the jungle and set your alarm to wake up to a spectacular sunrise!