How to reach us

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How to reach Catarata Del Toro is actually very easy. Use the popular apps Waze or Google Maps and voila! Warning for GPS users provided by the car rental companies: they do not work! After 12 years of informing them: We do not exist, Bajos Del Toro does, but you will make a loop of hours! Our advice: do not hire any gps device, it will save you money and even better: you will not limit your vacation experiences. Use a real map instead or the before mentioned apps. Tip: download the offline maps to your cellphone ar tablet before coming to Costa Rica.

Know that Costa Rican roads and road signs are slightly different then most visitors are used to. We will try to guide you straight to our place. And remember: Catarata Del Toro fits always in everybody’s schedule. You can combine a visit to Catarata Del Toro on your way to or from the Arenal area or the Saripiqui area. We are located exactly halfway. You will love it.

No matter how: Just pay us a visit!

Monday to Saturday 07.00 – 17.00 hours, Sunday closed.

Scroll down for more detailed directions.

From the Poás Volcano park drive back to the town of Poasito: turn left on ruta 120 and after 6 kilometers you will see an intersection, with on the opposite side a gas station: turn left. Road leads you to Varablanca, Cariblanco and finally San Miquel. When reaching San Miquel, make, at the police station which is located in the corner of the intersection, an almost 180 degrees left turn. After 4 kilometers you will pass the village Rio Cuatro. Keep going, take bridge, go up and then 1 kilometer more, take first turn left. We have signs there! Follow the signs to ‘Sarchi – Sur, route ‘708’. There are also some signs saying ‘Toro I’ and ‘Valverde Vega’. Keep going up for 14 kilometers. It will take you 15 to 20 minutes. The mountains are in front of you. You will pass first the village La Colonia, keep going, then shortly after a new Baily bridge, keep going for another 7 minutes and finally you will find the Catarata Del Toro on your right side. This route will take 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Option 1
Take the Interamericana (Ruta 1) to the North – direction San Ramon/Guanacaste. Take the exit Naranjo and follow the signs Zarcero, you will go through downtown Naranjo. As you enter Zarcero turn right after the church and park. This will lead you uphill to Palmira – Pueblo Nuevo and then down to Bajos Del Toro. From there it is only 6 k more north (downhill). This route will take 90 minutes from the airport and 2 hours from San José.

Option 2
Take the Interamericana (Ruta 1) to the North – direction San Ramon/Guanacaste. Take the exit Grecia and drive straight up into Grecia. Keep going straight until you pass the red church on your left – first left, left again (church is on your left hand again but in the opposite direction). Start following the signs ‘Sarchi’. First road right, after 250 meters you will see in the middle of the road a gas station (refuel). Pass the gas station on the left. You are on the right road now (to Sarchi) and soon you will pass on your left the new mall ‘Plaza Grecia’. You will find all over Grecia road signs to this place so in case of an emergency try to find this landmark.

Follow this road for 5 kilometers till you enter the town Sarchi. When you enter Sarchi, while the road goes uphill and just after a soccer field and a beautiful tree you will find on your left the famous Joaquin Chaverri Cart Factory. Slow down! Turn right just before the chart factory, after 100 meters turn left and immediately right. Follow this road for the next 25 km or 45 minutes. Meanwhile you will pass the little town of ‘La Luisa’ and the road will bring you higher and higher. Keep going. After the road goes down again you will enter the town Bajos Del Toro Amarillo – keep going. After 6 km and 3 bridges you will find Catarata Del Toro on your left. There are 10 flags outside. Welcome! This scenic route will take 90 minutes from the airport and 2 hours from San José.

Option 1
Drive first to the Interamericana and turn right towards San Jose / San Ramon. After the mountains you will pass San Ramon, till here it will be one hour. Keep going on the highway towards San José. Take Exit Naranjoand follow the signs Zarcero, you will go through downtown Naranjo. As you enter Zarcero turn right after the church and parc. This will lead you uphill to Palmira – Pueblo Nuevo and then down to Bajos Del Toro. Frome there it is only 6 k more north (downhill). This route will take 2 hours.

Option 2
Drive first to the Interamericana and turn right towards San Jose / San Ramon. After the mountains you will pass San Ramon, till here it will be one hour. Keep going on the highway towards San José. Take Exit Naranjo – go up 2 kilometers and turn right to Sarchi. Just before Sarchi you will see big signs of ‘Botanical Garden Else Kientzler’. Follow those signs. If you are in front of their place just keep driving uphill for the next 45 minutes. Meanwhile you will pass the little town of ‘La Luisa’ and the road will bring you higher and higher. Keep going. After the road goes down again you will enter the town Bajos Del Toro Amarillo – keep going. After 6 km and 3 bridges you will find Catarata Del Toro on your left. There are 10 flags outside. Welcome! This scenic route will take 2 hours.

Drive to Sarchi, after the gas station turn left, second crossing turn right and keep going. You can also follow the roadsigns from ‘Botanical Garden Else Kientzler’. If you are in front of their place just keep driving uphill for the next 45 minutes. Meanwhile you will pass the little town of ‘La Luisa’ and the road will bring you higher and higher. Keep going. After the road goes down again you will enter the town Bajos Del Toro Amarillo – keep going. After 6 km and 3 bridges you will find Catarata Del Toro on your left. There are 10 flags outside. Welcome! This scenic route will take 1 hour.

Drive to Zarcero. As you enter Zarcero turn right after the church and park. This will lead you uphill to Palmira – Pueblo Nuevo and then down to Bajos Del Toro. From there it is only 6 k more north (downhill). This route will take 1 hour.

In Zarcero turn left just before the park. This will lead you uphill to Palmira – Pueblo Nuevo and then down to Bajos Del Toro. From there it is only 6 k more north (downhill). This route will take 1 hour.

In San Carlos try to find the road to Aquas Zarcas or La Marina. You will find it east of the Kentucky Fried Chicken next to the park. If you pass a Shell gas station within 5 minutes you are on the right track.

Keep driving to Aguas Zarcas, keep going straight to Venecia. In Venecia keep following the road to the left (main road). After Venecia keep driving 3 kilometers, you have to pass Rio Toro; it is a big river with a big bridge. After 2 kilometers more first road to the right. Follow the signs to ‘Sarchi – Sur, route ‘708’. There are also some signs saying ‘Toro I’ and ‘Valverde Vega’. Keep going up for 14 kilometers, the mountains are in front of you. You will pass first the village ‘La Colonia’, then shortly after a new Baily bridge. After the bridge another 10 minutes and you will find the Catarata Del Toro on your right side. This route will take 1 hour.

Take the road to Muelle – Ruta 4. Drive all the way to Aguas Zarcas and turn left towards Venecia. Drive another 10 kilometers to Venecia. After Venecia keep driving 3 kilometers, you have to pass Rio Toro; it is a big river with a big bridge. After 2 kilometers more first road to the right. Follow the signs to ‘Sarchi – Sur, route ‘708’. There are also some signs saying ‘Toro I’ and ‘Valverde Vega’. Keep going up for 14 kilometers, the mountains are in front of you. You will pass first the village ‘La Colonia’, then shortly after a new Baily bridge. After the bridge another 10 minutes and you will find the Catarata Del Toro on your right side. This route will take 1.5 hours.

Take ‘Ruta 4’ all the way to San Miquel. Turn right at the police station which is located in the corner of the intersection. After 4 kilometers you will pass the village Rio Cuatro. Keep going straight, take bridge, go up and then 1 kilometer more, take first turn left. Follow the signs to ‘Sarchi – Sur, route ‘708’. There are also some signs saying ‘Toro I’ and ‘Valverde Vega’. Keep going up for 14 kilometers, the mountains are in front of you. You will pass first the village ‘La Colonia’, then shortly after a new Baily bridge. After the bridge another 10 minutes and you will find the Catarata Del Toro on your right side. This route will take 1 hour.

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Driving tips for Costa Rica

If you have a driver license you should be able to drive in daytime and nighttime, drive slowly and carefully, expect the unexpected (never be surprised or get angry it is just Costa Rica and not downtown Fort Lauderdale), obey the laws (tickets are high!), know what is North, South, East and West, use a map and common sense, always have a good spare tire and know how to use it, flashlight and drinking water, fill up the tank when you have the chance and please do not forget to enjoy the amazing views. Enjoy!

And if you want to drive off the beaten paths? Welcome, now you will see the real Costa Rica. If you think that you are lost…just keep going! Do not forget to buy a towline, extra drinkingwater, food, and buy in the first ‘Ferreteria’ you see a machete, a long one! And use common sense double! Keep driving! Enjoy!

By bus

You may take the daily bus service (except Thursday) from:
– Grecia (15.00 hours) – Catarata Del Toro (17.00 hours) – Rio Cuatro (18.00 hours).
– Rio Cuatro (05.45 hours) – Catarata Del Toro (06.15 hours) – Grecia (08.15 hours).

If you are coming with the bus you should plan to spend the night with us.

Travel tip: If you are on your way to Volcano Arenal or the Saripiqui area, it’s easy to stop by ‘Catarata Del Toro’. Please do, you will love it.

For your convenience, here is a photo of the bus so you may recognize it easier.

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