La Leona Waterfall Costa Rica, Everything you need to know!

La Leona Waterfall Costa Rica

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

la leona waterfall costa rica

Where is it located?

La Leona Waterfall is located in the Guancaste province of Costa Rica, only 30 min away from the Guancaste Airport (LIR) and only 20 min before Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park.

Link to location on Google Maps: La Leona Waterfall Official – Catarata La Leona

La Leona Waterfall maps

About the tour

La Leona Waterfall is a 2km hike each way (1.5 miles each way), normally the whole tour takes 3 hours, but, it’s not 3 hours of just hiking, in fact the hike is not too long the thing is that you go across rivers multiple times, go through some incredible ponds, some rock formation and also a canyon before seeing La Leona Waterfall. If you do this tour plan to spend 3 hours to complete the full tour.

The tour is considered a moderate hike, not suited for guests with knee, ankle, walking, or mobility limitations. Remember that this tour is not an easy walk in the park, this is an adventure tour.

La Leona Waterfall

Is it worth visiting?

La Leona Waterfall Adventure Tour on Google Maps has a rating of 5 stars with over 200 reviews and it has been considered by many guests the highlight of their trip in Costa Rica. Don’t believe us? Read the reviews yourself. Click here to read the reviews

La Leona waterfall reviews

Is the parking safe?

The parking area is very safe. The only people allowed to park inside the property are the ones doing tours. The parking lot is a private parking and all of our staff is always there to make sure everything is good, plus the town where we do the tour is called Curubandé and almost 80% of its people makes a living off of tourism so everyone there takes great care of tourists.

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La Leona Waterfall Hike

The meeting point to start the tour is in the small town of Curubandé, right in front of the local school. You have to arrive to the office first because that’s the only place where we have facilities: Bathrooms and Water only at the office, once you leave from there, there are no faciltiies and you go straight to the hike. From the office the start of the hike is 10min by car and the road is gravely, only recomended for bigger cars. If you have a smaller car don’t worry because we provide transportation from our office to the start of the hike (in the back of a 4 wheel drive vehicle which is quite adventurous )La Leona Waterfall Costa Rica

The Trail

Once we arrive to the start of the hike we start heading towards río blanco (White river). This River comes from Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and is one of the few that creates the most waterfalls in the area. 

Once we get to there we go across the river multiple times with the water up to our knees in order to reach La Leona Waterfall.  The hike is 2km each way (1.5 miles each way) and it the tour normallt takes 3hrs total there and back

La Leona Waterfall Costa Rica Trail

La Leona Waterfall river crossing

What else do we see?

Along the trail we will go through some caves, canyons and smaller waterfalls before getting to see the main La Leona Waterfall. Sometimes if you are lucky you can find wildlife such as: Monkeys, Birds, Ants…etc. However, this is never guaranteed, wildlife moves around a lot and sometimes we see and sometimes we don’t. 

Caves La Leona Waterfall

caves la leona waterfall

Jumping

Yes, along the way there is an optional jumping part. This is not mandatory in order to get to the main waterfall but, it is fun and a challenge for many people to jump into the pond. Almost before getting to see the main Leona Waterfall we can get off the trail for a little bit to get on top of a 4 meter rock (12 feet high) and jump into the pond. Remember this is 100% optional and it is not neccesary to do it in order to reach the main waterfall. (But it’s fun and you should do it if you can)

jumping la leona waterfall

Incredible Rock Formations

Before seeing La Leona Waterfall we have to go through some amazing rock formations, where the sunlight hits directly into the water and it makes us see this beautiful turquoise blue colors in the water. For these parts if you have basic swimming skills such as paddling, floating or just basic swimming you don’t really need to wear a life jacket for the tour becasue these are very small ponds. Now if you can not swim at all then you must wear a life jacket because some parts you won’t touch the bottom.

rock formations la leona waterfall

The Canyon to La Leona Waterfall

After a 2km (1.5 miles) adventure traversing the river off the beaten path we find La Leona Waterfall. In order to get to see the waterfall we have to go through a canyon holding a rope to get inside the cave and that’s where the waterfall is. Is there another way around it to see the waterfall? The answer is no. You have to hold on to the rope and pull yourself inside the cave with the help of the guides in order to see the waterfall.

Canyon La Leona Waterfall

Canyon La Leona Waterfall

The Guides will help you

Yes I know this part looks challenging but trust me, it is easier than what it looks. Our guides are always here to help and to make the tour as easy and enjoyable as possible. Just enjoy 

The Canyon La leona waterfall

The Canyon La leona waterfall

The Amazing Leona Waterfall

Once you go through the canyon with the rope you get to see La Leona Waterfall. Hidden inside a cave that’s where the waterfall is. There is a shallow area where you will be standing right in front of the waterfall and then if you want to you can swim in the waterfall. People usually stay from 5min to 15min in the waterfall because yes it gets a little chilly sometimes.

la leona waterfall

la leona waterfall

Summary

  • Distance: 2km each way (1.5 miles each way)
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • This tour IS NOT an easy walk in the park, This is an Adventure Tour.

What You Get

  • Dry Bags: To take small belongings to the tour
  • Facilities: Changing rooms and bathrooms
  • Life jackets: If you need them they will be available
  • Tour Guides

What to Bring?

  • Closed toe shoes (no flip flops )
  • (Keens/chacos are okay to wear)
  • Shoes with a good grip
  • Extra clothes to change
  • Extra shoes to change
  • Towels

Location:

 Google Maps “La Leona Waterfall Official – Catarata La Leona”

 

Reviews

 

Our Google Reviews

José Talavera López
José Talavera López
May 13, 2022.
Verified
Amazing Place
Don Preuss
Don Preuss
May 12, 2022.
Verified
Great hike, in and out of the stream. Really fun waterfall, worth going for a visit.
Elizabeth Huerta
Elizabeth Huerta
May 2, 2022.
Verified
The tour of La Leona was absolutely amazing. The hike was amazing. Our tour guide Jeremy was the best. He showed us the different trees and animal life in the area. The tour was full of fun, adventure, and laughs. I highly recommend this tour while in Costa Rica. Definitely the highlight of the trip.
Holly Olmstead
Holly Olmstead
April 30, 2022.
Verified
Victor was such a total gentleman! He carefully helped this old lady across the slippery rocks and was extremely patient and accommodating when my husband’s shoes broke half way up the trail. 🤪 The drive in does need a 4x4 and the trail is adventurous but TOTALLY worth every minute!!
Tracy Hesketh
Tracy Hesketh
April 29, 2022.
Verified
Absolutely a must do while in Guanacaste! Everything was fantastic, from sign-in to the falls and we even got to go to a bonus falls where we were able to go under them. Michael was an amazing, pointing out trees, iguanas, monkeys and took so many great pictures of our experience for us!
Jenn Sterling
Jenn Sterling
April 28, 2022.
Verified
Our guide, Randall, was so great! We did a private tour with our two kids - ages 6 & 9. He helped them out and carried my youngest in the water because it was SO cold for him (hehe) and just went over and above expectations. He kept it fun took some great photos and videos of our family along the way. Very accommodating and good English skills, too. Highly recommend. Side note - the water was on the colder side, so for younger kids maybe an insulated suit for the water?
Nicole Bogert
Nicole Bogert
April 27, 2022.
Verified
Had the ultimate experience on this guided hike. The waterfalls were unbelievable and the tour guide, Vlad, was so kind and very knowledgeable about the plants and animals we came across and he kept a great pace for everyone to keep up. He supplied us with waterproof cases for our phones and even offered to take pictures for everyone which was so unexpected and so nice of him to do!! Definitely recommend wearing water shoes like Keens or something similar or be prepared to get your socks and sneakers wet as there is lots of swimming involved. Booking the tour was so easy and once you book they give you a WhatsApp number to contact them directly with any questions AND a direct GPS link to find them which was so helpful. Once we arrived they were waiting by the street to wave us into the parking lot. I highly recommend this beautiful multi-waterfall tour to everyone with strong ankles and knees. Also there’s a bathroom onsite you can use to change. Thanks guys!!
Jeanette Koch
Jeanette Koch
April 25, 2022.
Verified
an absolute incredible experience!!! if I could give 10 stars I would straight away!! I highly recommend these guys to take you on an adventure with river crossings, swiming underneath waterfalls, rock climbing and much more! from booking the experience, organising transport to the actual tour everything was taking care off in a hassle free way. I was lucky to be in a small group of 3 people only which made the tour even more special. our tour guide Vladimir went above and beyond to make sure we have a blast! he also was making sure we were safe all the time, told us lots of interesting facts about the area and also has been a very patient photographer!! I have been exploring Costa Rica for 3 months now, but this tour was outstanding! breathtaking views, stunning landscape and the beautiful canyon with its blue coloured water simply blew me away! thank you so very much for making this possible! take care & pura vida! Jen
Robert Rotante
Robert Rotante
April 25, 2022.
Verified
This may have been our favorite experience in Costa Rica. Our guide Francisco took us on a great hike, pointed out wildlife and shared history of Costa Rica. We stopped to jump in the water and he took some great family photos. Once we got to the waterfall, it was amazing. Highly recommend this tour.

Our Tripadvisor Reviews

  • star rating  We had a great time on this tour. It included hiking down to the water, some swimming, and using some ropes. Our tour guide Randall made sure we always knew... read more

    breannatamoga
    May 16, 2022
  • star rating  This was an awesome adventure. It was a great hike and the waterfall didn't disappoint. Our guide was friendly and enthusiastic. He also took us to an extra waterfall on... read more

    Nina C
    May 16, 2022
  • star rating  Went with a small group of friends and had an AMAZING time, tour guide Randall went above and beyond to make it an extra special experience! It is absolutely gorgeous.... read more

    jessicamL4637ND
    May 16, 2022
  • star rating  I had a great time. Randall, my tour guide, was very nice, patient, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend him and the company to anyone wanting to see la Leona waterfall.

    staschas
    May 15, 2022
  • star rating  I wrote a review first in but it didn't let me add pics so this review is to show some pics.

    Remember ask for Daniel for a great guide!!... read more

    katief934
    May 14, 2022
  • star rating  Everything was awesome! The guides were very helpful and friendly, and they were lots of fun! Amazing experience!

    neyakoc
    May 11, 2022
  • star rating  The guys were great!! Very friendly very professional. We had a group of 15 and they helped us through out the trip with the most challenging climbs. And they took... read more

    andreadA7625CR
    May 11, 2022
  • star rating  My girlfriend and I hiked with Victor to La Leona and had a wonderful time! He provided dry bags and a locker which was v convenient. The trail was fairly... read more

    SethC404
    May 11, 2022
  • star rating  We all had such a great time, everything was stunning and it wasn't crowded at all. Daniel was our tour guide and was so helpful and genuinely kind, definitely recommend!!

    alexiswK9180MX
    May 9, 2022
  • star rating  Great tour! The guide, Fabrizio, was so informed and really made sure we got the best experience. The waters are nice and blue, and there are several beautiful smaller waterfalls... read more

    fridawath
    May 9, 2022

Our Airbnb Experiences Reviews

Catherine
Catherine
27. February, 2022.
we had an amazing day with our Guilde Michael! Everything was just as stated and even better. Michael guided us in a very safe way and since we were patient and walked us carefully. Michael showed us lots of wild and was quick to spot them. we highly recommend this tour! Cathy & Ron
Douglas
Douglas
22. February, 2022.
We booked with Fabricio and it was super simple. Our guides were Michael and Victor who were both amazing. Sweet, kind, helpful and very knowledgeable. It felt like we were hiking with friends. We did so much on costs rica but this was our favorite! We will be back, Pura Vida!
Noah
Noah
21. February, 2022.
Great tour! A relatively short hike to the waterfall and cliff jumping spots. If you’re solid on your feet you will do fine. Ian was an awesome guide, had a great time! Gracias!
Megan
Megan
19. February, 2022.
Amazing tour. Great guys. The place is amazing like from national geographic. I would recommend wearing running shoes. I wore hiking boots. They were too heavy for in the water and didn’t have any mesh so kept all the water inside.
Greg & Cecelia
Greg & Cecelia
18. February, 2022.
Don’t hesitate, awesome day, great hike with Ian and Victor, they had great patience with the pre teens as well as us seniors. It was a challenging hike in but fun and Informative, they were always concerned how everyone was doing and made sure we were aware of obstacles or dangers. Absolutely loved them showing us the ancient lava tubes. Would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks guys.
Annie
Annie
17. February, 2022.
Wow!! Sometimes you find a hidden gem that just exceeds your expectations immensely and this was one of those moments. Only a 20min drive from Liberia this was one of the best tours we did on our trip. It was unique, felt untouched and got to the heart of what Costa Rica is about. This was a perfect end to our trip and our guide Francisco was exceptional. He told us stories, showed us animals, provided information and was pretty much our personal photographer. He also helped us to learn a bit more Spanish vocabulary. He went above and beyond to give us an amazing, personalised experience.
Xany
Xany
15. February, 2022.
Una de las experiencias más hermosa y divertida que he hecho. Lo recomiendo al (Phone number hidden by Airbnb) vale completamente la pena.
Dylan
Dylan
12. February, 2022.
Fabricio was an excellent guide, and the hike was incredible. The stops along the way were unbelievable. An experience I would HIGHLY recommend!!
Melissa
Melissa
12. February, 2022.
What an unreal experience!! This was so so much fun and different than anything I’ve ever done in Costa Rica. We saw a family of monkeys! The hike wasn’t hard at all and Fabricio was an amazing guide. If you’re still deciding what to do, DO THIS!! Would go back a million times.
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