Catarata del Toro


Catarata del Toro is the largest waterfall in Costa Rica at 270 feet (82 meters). This waterfall is located in Bajos del Toro, the “waterfall capital of Costa Rica.” The waterfall is on private property, and they charge a small fee to access the falls and grounds. This waterfall is great as a roughly three-hour long detour to or from La Fortuna and San Jose and is worth the $14 per person entrance fee (2024 rates).

Please note that the area is closed on Sundays, however, according to this YouTube video, if you rent rooms at the location on Sunday, then you can access the falls on the closed day.

Swimming is not allowed at the waterfall, however, you can book a guided rappelling down it.

Price and Hours

$14 per adult and children are $7/pp. Three years and younger are free. View pricing here.

Their website doesn’t specify the cutoff ages for adult/youth, outside of 3 and younger are free.

They are open six days a week, being closed on Sundays. Their hours are 7AM to 5PM, with the last entrance at 4:30PM.

Monday: 7A-4:30PM
Tuesday: 7A-4:30PM
Wednesday: 7A-4:30PM
Thursday: 7A-4:30PM
Friday: 7A-4:30PM
Saturday: 7A-4:30PM
Sunday: Closed.


I rate the accessibility as easy to medium. While you do have to climb 350+ stairs (takes about 20 minutes if you don’t stop) to get to the base of the falls, there are very scenic viewpoints at the top of the canyon, which don’t require any stair climbing.

Keep in mind as you get closer to the falls, the terrain gets more and more slippery, especially so as you leave the paved bottom viewing area and walk towards the very bottom.

Four weel drive/4×4 is not necessary for this waterfall as it is paved up until the parking lot.

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