Rio celeste Hiking Tour
Rio Celeste hiking level is moderate. The trail is not terribly long or difficult but for inexperienced hikers, some sections may prove a little challenging, particularly the waterfall. There are around 150 or so steep steps to the waterfall. Additionally, there are many big rocks and tree roots you have to walk on as it’s a natural path.
The origin of Río Celeste's turquoise coloration
The origin of the turquoise coloration that this fantastic river has is due to an interesting physical phenomenon known as Mie scattering, which is as well related to the volcanic activity of the various hot springs belonging to Tenorio Volcano.
Río Celeste is fed by two rivers which both have the normal natural watercolor, the Buenavista River and Sour Creek River. The Buenavista river carries a high concentration of aluminosilicate particles with quite small diameter. On the other hand, Sour Creek has a high acidity level due to a constant volcanic activity. When these two water streams mix to form the Celeste River, the intense drop of pH causes the aluminosilicate particles to enlarge the diameter. These suspended particles produce a dispersion of Mie that gives the river a strong turquoise coloration (especially when it receives more sunlight).
While on this tour, you’ll hike through both primary and secondary rainforest in the Tenorio Volcano National Park. Enjoy the trails while searching for monkeys, sloths, tropical birds and more. As the hike continues, you’ll soon arrive along the banks of the Río Celeste. Have your camera ready, because you’re going to want it! The trail winds along the banks of the river, taking you upstream as you hike. The further upriver you travel, the deeper the color of blue in the water. You’ll eventually reach the point where this color is generated – the confluence of the Buena Vista and Roble rivers.
As the hike continues, you’ll soon arrive at an impressive waterfall – a wonderful place to take pictures . Once the hike is completed, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious meal. This hike is recommended for people in good physical condition. Although it is not physically grueling, it does require solid health and stamina. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera, and insect repellent