Three must-see Rincón de la Vieja waterfalls outside of the National Park
Towering over Guanacaste is the behemoth, majestic Rincón de la Vieja Volcano—a sight to behold. But
equally eye-catching and deserving of your attention are the Oropéndola Waterfall, La Victoria
Waterfall, and Las Chorreras Waterfalls, a collection of enchanting cascades that soften the volcano’s
rugged slopes and create peaceful, private-feeling swimming holes. Visit one (or all) of these waterfalls
during time spent at Hacienda Guachipelín to discover the striking beauty that belongs to Costa Rica’s
The picturesque Oropéndola Waterfall will most likely make your jaw drop. Set in a gorge along the Río
Blanco River, the waterfall bisects a craggy rock wall and tumbles for 82 feet before crashing into a most
inviting turquoise pool. Swims here are refreshing and heavenly; sunrays drench the water with warmth
and light, there are shallow areas that are perfect for wading, and the entire place feels secluded. Part of
the fun of visiting this waterfall is descending into the gorge on the footbridge that crosses the river.
Elsewhere around Hacienda Guachipelín, the powerful La Victoria Waterfall plunges 115 feet into the
Río Negro River. From platforms positioned at the waterfall’s edge, you can cool off in the cascade’s
invigorating spray or snap photos of the waterfall at close range. If you’d rather swim, park yourself in
the pool at the base of the cascade and enjoy a 360-degree view of unique dry forest vegetation while
floating in crystalline waters.
Closest to the accommodations at Hacienda Guachipelín are the Las Chorreras Waterfalls. These two
mini, parallel waterfalls feed a swimming nook that’s partly enclosed by giant boulders. Soaks at the
quiet, intimate spot, which shouldn’t be missed by any Hacienda Guachipelín guest, feel magical thanks
to the pool’s dazzling blue water.
Guided walking tours and horseback riding tours to each waterfall depart from Hacienda Guachipelín. If
you can’t decide which one to visit, sign up for the One-Day Waterfall Expedition—it travels to all three
cascades. If you’re feeling adventurous, combine a trip to the Oropéndola Waterfall with a tour of the
nearby Rincón de la Vieja National Park, or participate in the daring Waterfall Canyoning Tour, which
visits the La Victoria Waterfall. Regardless of the specific experience you choose, you’ll love that
Hacienda Guachipelín makes exploring waterfalls in Costa Rica safe and fun.