Of all the kinds of tourists, we know that there are some who love being in nature, cooling off in mountain pools. People with a sense of adventure, people looking for a nice hike and stunning photos, but who also want to relax and take in the scenery around them.

Is this you? Then may we suggest a visit to the incredible Catarata La Leona, a tour that you’ll be glad you did.

The waterfall is located in the town of Curubandé, in the district of the same name and the canton of Liberia. In fact, it’s just 20 minutes from downtown Liberia itself.

Once you’ve reached Liberia, take the road to Rincón de la Vieja National Park. When you pass through the town of Curubandé, take a left along an unpaved road until you see signs for Rafa’s Adventures.

While the difficulty of the hike is moderate, you should come well-prepared. That’s because you’ll have to cross rivers and gullies, and even swim across a stretch of the river.

Note that if you don’t know how to swim, you should make sure to travel with people who do, or go with a guide for your own safety and to avoid any accidents in the water.
As you approach your destination, you’ll see a rope that will help you cross the river to get closer to the waterfall.

During the tour, you’ll feel like a part of nature and enjoy crystal-clear water in pools singed sky blue. Don’t think twice: invite your friends and family to experience the tour with you.

You’re sure to enjoy a fun, refreshing day. Another recommendation is to plan your trip so you end up staying at least two days, so that you can also fit in a trip to Rincón de la Vieja National Park and other nearby waterfalls, including La Cangreja and Oropéndola.

Some more details are below:

  • Total distance: 4 km.
  • Tour includes: trails, river crossings, and one section that will require a short swim to the waterfall.
  • Vehicle: 4×4 recommended.
  • Location: Finca Rafa’s
  • Admission: ₡5000 per person
  • Recommendations: plenty of water, hiking shoes or footwear that can get wet, snacks, waterproof bag for cellphones and cameras, and a can-do attitude.