One of the most beautiful natural landmarks in a country known for its stunning beauty is the Nauyacan waterfalls located near the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.
Situated approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Playa Dominical in Puntarenas, the Nauyacan waterfalls contain two spectacular sections. Known as the cataratas de Nauyaca in Spanish, the majestic waterfall sends water plummeting 200 feet (61 meters) down a canyon into a huge pool perfect for swimming or cooling off on a hot day.
The Nauyacan waterfalls are a collection of different natural features that include smaller pools perfect for watching nature at its finest or for people watching. Despite the beauty of the falls, this amazing natural site is rarely crowded as they are difficult to reach by car. Most visitors arrive at the falls either on foot or by horseback, the perfect way to approach one of the most majestic natural landmarks in the country.
Despite its location deep in the heart of the jungle, the Nauyacan falls can be easily reached from Dominical. The starting point is Route 243 from the Costanery highway, heading in the direction of San Isidro del General. Just before arriving at the village of Plantanillo, visitors will see a small office of the Don Lulo company that owns the land on which the waterfalls sit. Entrance tickets must be purchased ($8 US dollars) and the path to the falls is unpaved and rather steep.
On the path to the Nauyacan falls, it is easy to spot a cornucopia of native wildlife such as monkeys and birds. There are also many beautiful flowering plants that thrive in this undeveloped corner of paradise. After approximately 2.5 miles (4 kilometers), visitors will arrive at the base of the falls. Despite the difficult trek, the astounding sight of these magnificent falls is well worth the effort.
There are steps that lead to the top of the upper portion of the falls, but it is generally recommended to take in the sights of the lower falls first. Approximately 60 feet up is a panoramic viewpoint where visitors can see both the splendor of the lower falls below them as well as the upper portion of the falls above. At the base of the falls is a very large pool of sapphire water, perfect for relaxing in one of the most beautiful spots in the country.
Visitors interested in touring the Nauyacan waterfalls can book their tour with Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp (MASS).