When visiting Costa Rica, one can expect crowded attractions filled with positive energy and tourists. But there are a lot of things you can do in Costa Rica away from the crowds of tourists.
The country is filled with natural wonders with sights that take your breath away. And one of our favorites is the Nauyaca Waterfalls in Dominical. It is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the entire country, and one that is well worth your time.
So if you’ve been looking for something to do in Costa Rica that is off the beaten trail, these falls would be a great activity, whether you’re traveling alone or with the whole family!
In this article, I take a look at everything you need to know about visiting the Nauyaca Waterfalls in Dominical. Read on to find out more.
What Are The Nauyaca Falls?
These waterfalls are majestic and it is one of the main attractions in the entire southern region of Costa Rica, It is tucked away in a private forest reserve about 10 kilometers away from the town of Dominical.
You can find the falls on the road from Dominical to Platanillo. Getting there isn’t too hard, as you can simply search for the location on Waze or Google Maps and get clear and concise directions to the falls. The Southern Region of Costa Rica has some pretty tough roads, so if you’re renting a car it’s highly recommended to rent an SUV.
Once you get to the falls, you’re going to have to ride a truck for around 20 minutes, which is a fun activity on its own. After the ride, you’ll still have to hike a little bit (it can get really hot in the area, so make sure to bring water and wear comfortable clothes).
But the Nauyaca Waterfalls itself isn’t the only attraction in the reserve. You can also go on horseback riding tours, observe the beauty of the rainforest, go swimming, and even jumping. So this trip can be a great outdoor adventure as well as a serene and relaxing experience.
Rates And Hours Of The Nauyaca Falls
As it is a private reserve, expect to pay a fee once you get there. The falls are open every day from 7 AM to 2 PM, but they open at 8 AM on Sundays. The parking fee for the reserve is $3 and you can expect to pay more fees to get to the waterfalls as the entrance fee to the waterfall is $9.
There are three ways to get to the falls from the parking lot. You can either walk and hike the whole way, take a horseback riding tour, or ride on the back of a 4×4.
The horseback riding tour costs $70, you’ll need to make a reservation for this and the tour is from 8 AM-1:30 PM. The tour includes a small breakfast and lunch. The truck tour will cost $32 per person and is scheduled at 7 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM, and 12 PM.
Which Is The Best Way To Get To The Falls?
The trail of the Nauyaca falls is pretty tough. It will take around an hour and a half to complete and is recommended for those who are experienced in hiking or are in good physical condition.
The hike will require you to walk through dense rainforest through hot and humid conditions, so if that isn’t exactly your speed, it’s recommended to go on either the horseback riding tour or ride the truck.
The hike is the cheapest option, as you’ll only have to pay the entrance fee of the falls, and if you enjoy walking through nature it’s worth every step.
The truck ride is the most expensive option, but it’s also the quickest and easiest way to get to the waterfalls and back. The Horseback riding option is the middle ground, but expect to get wet and dirty as the horseback trail has a lot of puddles and muddy spots.
Tips For Your First Visit
Firstly, bring extra clothes. It’s hot and humid around the falls so you’ll be sweating a lot, also, swimming in the falls is an integral part of the experience. So make sure to bring swimming clothes that you can change into.
Also, since it’s very hot in the area bring a lot of water and sunscreen. If you don’t want to deal with the heat while you’re hiking, we recommend going early in the morning so you won’t be met with blistering heat on the trail.
And that’s about all you need to know about visiting the Nauyaca Falls in Dominical. Now, all that’s left to do is plan your trip and have fun!