The secluded Llanos de Cortez Waterfall spans 35ft high and 50 ft wide and cascades into a white sand pond. It's only an hour drive from most of the Playa Hermosa, Coco, Ocotal and Playa Panama area. The falls drop into a freshwater pond rimmed by a gold-flecked, white sand beach and rich tropical vegetation. There, you can sunbathe, swim, drift over to stand directly under the falls, or climb onto the rocks and tuck in behind it. The tumbling water keeps the air cool and fresh, making it the perfect escape from the Guanacaste heat. Although Llanos de Cortés is well known to locals, the waterfall has never been part of established tours for visitors. So if you go, it is possible to enjoy this getaway in utter seclusion. Lunch time! We are now off to Liberia for a typical Costa Rican meal and some shopping if you wish.
Highlights of Cortez Waterfall & Liberia:
Recommended Departure Time: 8 to 9 am
Return Time: Approximately 5-6 + hours later
Travel Time: Approximately 1-1/2 hours each way from Papagayo area Hotels . Tamarindo, Conchal, Flamingo or Pinilla 2-1/2 hours each way.
What to Wear: Comfortable clothing (shorts, t-shirt, sneakers, sun glasses and/or hat)
What to Bring: Swimsuit (underneath clothing), towels, Sunscreen, Mosquito repellent, Camera, a good book.
Tour Includes: a/c transportation, bilingual guide, a cooler with water .
Not Included: Additional beverages (soda/beer) and gratuities for drivers and tour guides
Activity Level: medium to high . Suitable for kids from 9 up
Time spent at Cortez Waterfall: You decide!