Rio Celeste Costa Rica Hike: Kelly + Russ –
Within a three hour car ride from Tamarindo, Costa Rica there lies one of Costa Rica’s natural wonders, Rio Celeste. This celestial, aquamarine colored river winds through one of Costa Rica’s numerous national parks, Tenorio Volcano National Park, and is most famous for its beautiful waterfall. And interestingly enough, after almost four years of living in Tamarindo, last week was my first trip up to this magical place with some friends that were vacationing in Tamarindo.
Escaping the intense April heat in Tamarindo, my friends and I were excited for a change of scenery. (Yes, even living in a beach town some times can get repetitive!) And just my luck, two of those friends, Kelly and Russ, are engaged; what better way to capture these two lovebirds than photographing them doing one of the things that they love to do together, exploring new places!
During the 4.5 mile hike, we stopped, we admired, and we ooohed and ahhhed at Costa Rica’s natural beauty. Or as our friend Mike, who also was on the hike, likes to say, “We stopped to smell the roses.” Between the magical waterfall at Rio Celeste, beautiful vista point of the Tenorio Volcano, magnificent Costa Rican trees, a blue lagoon, multiple hanging bridges, and seeing where the “magic” happens to turn Rio Celeste blue, we thoroughly enjoyed our hike. And I certainly gave Kelly and Russ a little warmup being in front of the camera before their wedding day in September in beautiful Duluth, Minnesota!
P.S. I highly recommended spending the night by the national park at either The Hideaway Hotel, located five minutes from the entrance to the park, or at La Carolina Lodge, an eco lodge located about fifteen minutes away.