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Waterfall - Hiking Montezuma - Costa Rica

Comprised of three cascading waterfalls, this short uphill hike is a must when visiting Montezuma. The trail quickly arrives at the first small waterfall, and though there’s a decent swimming hole, you’ll probably want to save your energy for the main attraction. The highlight of the hike is the second waterfall where it’s possible to jump from the top into the deep pool below. Although definitely a thrill, this is something you do at your own risk, as jump-related deaths occur every year. If jumping, continue up the path to the top of the falls, do not try to scale the rocks, most jump-related deaths are from people attempting this slippery feat. The trail continues on to the third and largest waterfall, where jumping is not safe. This stretch of path is the most difficult and can get treacherous in the rainy season. Guides are available, and recommended for less-experienced hikers, as the path is not well marked at the river crossings. It’s often difficult to see where the path continues on the other side and the best route through the water (there are no bridges). Be sure to travel light and wear shoes you can get wet. The entrance is off the main road, just past the bridge, when heading south out of town.


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By Bramble Heidt
30 Mar 2011

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