ECO CHONTALES Waterfall in Costa Rica – The Ultimate Guide

Eco Chontales waterfall is a stunning 60 meters high waterfall in Costa Rica. Tucked away in the jungle and hidden between Dominical and Perez Zeledon, you can easily visit this waterfall during a day trip from Uvita and Manuel Antonio. At the bottom of Eco Chontales waterfall is a beautiful natural pool in which you can safely swim and admire the beautiful surroundings. Take into account that the power of the waterfall changes drastically depending on the season. After heavy rainfall it might be too dangerous to swim in the pool, but then the power of the falls are impressive to witness. In this complete guide you’ll find everything you need to know about visiting Eco Chontales waterfall. 


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How to get to Eco Chontales waterfall

Driving to Eco Chontales waterfall is a bit of an adventure in itself. Because you will drive along a dirt road for 12 kilometres until getting to the entrance, I would highly suggest having a 4×4 car. The driver also needs a bit of courage and driver skills as you will have to pass a few sketchy hanging bridges. Definitely a great adventure before experiencing the waterfall itself!

Located in the mountains to the south of Quepos you will find Eco Chontales waterfall. The drive towards the waterfall is already beautiful as you will pass a wonderful green valley that looks as if it came straight out of a fairytale. With cows grazing and tropical birds flying around, you absolutely have to stop at some point and take in the breathtaking landscapes.

Along route 243 you will find the turnoff which is the road between Dominical and San Isidro del General, also known as Perez Zeledon by locals. Here you will see a big sign towards the waterfall, but from this point it is still 12 kilometres along this bouncing dirt road where you’ll encounter the hanging bridges you need to cross with your vehicle.

Best time to go to Eco Chontales waterfall

Eco Chontales waterfall is one of those waterfalls that has lots of different forms when it comes down to water flow. After the rainy season it looks more like a wide curtain of water, while after the dry season it is just a beautiful straight fall that hits the crystal clear blue pool. We went to Eco Chontales waterfall in April and had beautiful circumstances to visit. The pool was lovely to swim and the waterfall was beautiful to see. 

In terms of the best time of the day to visit, I suggest going in the morning before it gets too hot. It can also get more crowded later in the morning. So if you want to have a serene experience, then go directly after breakfast for a morning swim at this beautiful waterfall. 


Entrance fee and opening times Eco Chontales waterfall 

The entrance fee for visiting Eco Chontales waterfall is 3000 colones per person

The opening times for Eco Chontales waterfall are from 8.30 AM until 4 PM

What to expect at Eco Chontales waterfall

Once you’ve paid the entrance ticket you can start walking down for about 600 meters towards the waterfall via a short but beautiful trail. The walk down takes about 10 – 15 minutes depending on your speed. On the way back it can take a little longer as you will have to conquer the steep steps. 

You will hear the waterfall soon enough once you get closer. The roaring sound reveals that this is huge waterfall. The water drops down from 60 meters height and plunges into the beautiful natural pool below. The more rain the wilder the waterfall will be. This can affect your experience as with more water there will also be more spray coming from the waterfall. Swimming in the pool then can also be more dangerous. However there are always life guards around, so listen to their advice. 


Experiencing Eco Chontales waterfall

There are many smooth rocks in the canyon where you can sit or lay down and enjoy the beautiful Costa Rican nature. If you walk a bit further down towards the restaurant you can see a second waterfall which is smaller, but still nice to explore. There you’ll also see the restaurant where you can have a delicious lunch before you make your way back to the parking. 


Best tours in Costa Rica

If you want to explore the best of Costa Rica, then it is highly recommended to book a tour. During most of these tours you will combine a few locations on one day so you can see the diversity that Costa Rica has to offer. Because of Costa Rica’s popularity it is highly recommended to book your tours in advance as it is likely that tours sell out. So don’t wait with booking until you get to Costa Rica. Choose your favorite tours here and secure your booking! All of these tours include air conditioned transport with hotel pick up and drop off, certified guides and sometimes also lunch and the entrance fees. You can reserve now and pay later, with cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.


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