One of the things Costa Rica is known for is its amazing natural wonders and sights. But sometimes, the most popular national parks like the Manuel Antonio can get packed and crowded, which is less than ideal for those looking to unwind and take in the beautiful scenery of Costa Rica.
If you’ve been looking to take in all the glory of Costa Rica while avoiding the crowds, it might be time to take a look at the country’s lesser-known attractions, like the Los Chorros Waterfalls in Grecia.
The Los Chorros falls aren’t exactly very well-known amongst tourists but ask about any local about it and they’ll surely tell you it’s one of the best day trips you can take if you find yourself in the Central Valley.
And in this article, we’ll tell you all you need to know about visiting the place. Read on to learn more.
Where Is the Waterfall?
Grecia is arguably one of the best places to go for those looking for the small-town experience in Costa Rica, and it’s also only a 45 minute trip from the country’s capital!
Grecia is also where you can find two very beautiful waterfalls: the Los Chorros Falls. The falls are also called the jets of Grecia, located about 10 kilometers away from the town.
Getting there is easy, if you’re driving, all you have to do is enter the falls in Waze or Google Maps and it will lead you directly to it!
From Grecia, the falls are about 20 minutes away. Once you enter the park, the road will start to get rough and gravely, but don’t worry, you won’t exactly need a 4×4 to get around.
Do You Have To Pay A Fee?
The “Jets” are located in a private park, so you can expect to pay a couple of fees when you get there. For starters, you have to pay the parking fee of 1000 colones, which is roughly $2.
From there, there’s a separate entrance fee of $6 for foreign visitors, $5 for residents, and a fee of 1000 colonels for locals. It isn’t too much and it’s well worth seeing the beauty of the falls.
How Are The Hiking Trails?
Once you get into the park and pay the entrance fees, you have to take a hike to the waterfalls. The hike isn’t too hard, but be wary if you’re visiting during the wet season as the rain can make the trail a bit harder than it needs to be. Visiting during the summer is the best option as the trail is covered in forest canopy which can give you a lot of shade and make the hike down much cooler.
To get to the first set of falls, the hike will take about 15-20 minutes. You will reach a relatively flat picnic area where you can hang out and where locals usually get together with their families during weekends and holidays.
From the picnic area, you will see a suspension bridge that gives you a magnificent view of the falls. You can also walk all the way down to the falls, which involves crossing a river. This can be pretty tough, but it’s well worth getting to take a dip and cool down at the base of the waterfalls.
From the first waterfall, you can cross a river again and take a 15-20 minute walk to the second waterfall. It’s highly recommended to go and visit both of the falls while you’re there because they each offer a magnificent view and an opportunity to swim.
Tips For First Time Visitors
Here are a couple of things to remember if you plan to visit the Los Chorros Waterfals in Grecia.
- Wear sturdy, close-toed shoes for the hike
- Bring clothes that you can swim in!
- Remember to bring a lot of sunscreen
- Prepare to pay all the fees
- Visit during the dry season, or at least during a sunny day
- If you want the place to yourself, go early and on a weekday (the place is packed with locals on weekends and holidays)
- The river can get strong during the rainy season, which makes it too dangerous to cross
And that’s about all you’ll need to know about visiting the Los Chorros falls, or the “Jets” of Grecia. It makes for a very fun trip for the whole family, but it can also be a great solo adventure!
If you’ve been looking for an attraction in Costa Rica that’s off the common trail, this might be the one for you. Just remember to bring your swimming clothes and a lot of sunscreen!