How to reach us

Reaching us

Reaching Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica is very easy. Use Google Maps or Waze – ‘Catarata Del Toro’ and voila! But even then, they sometimes lead you completely wrong, so, to be 100% secure, drive first to: ‘Bajos del Toro – Sarchí – Alajuela.’ And when you are almost there, change to Catarata Del Toro’ and this works!

 

Type of car

You do not need a 4×4 to reach us; however, it will be much more fun for the rest of your Costarican trip. So, any car can make it to our place; access roads are all paved. Tip: download the offline maps to your cell phone or tablet before coming to Costa Rica.

 

Schedule

Know that Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica always fit in everybody’s schedule. You can easily combine a visit to Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica on your way to or from the Arenal area or the Sarapiquí area. It is worth the effort, and you will love it and, therefore, no matter how, but visit us!

 

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 07.00 – 17.00 hours, Sunday closed.

Scroll down for more detailed directions
and when you are traveling by bus.

Note

Instead of renting a car or taking the bus, another convenient way of traveling to us is with private transportation. See the internet for options. But a good reliable one, based next to the airport SJO; José Daniel Campos González – WhatsApp +506 8922 1201 – https://www.truedrivercostarica.com/.

By Car

Important

Keep in mind that the roads, signs, and the way people drive here in Costa Rica are slightly different from those in most other countries.

Compression

Going downhill can be a new tricky experience for many, and therefore, you always need to use the compression of your engine. For automatic cars, please put it in 2 or 1 or L, and manual shift cars do use the low gear 1 or 2. Doing so will keep your breaks available when you need them, and not doing so can lead to hazardous situations.

GPS users

The GPS in the rental car does not work, and even after all those years, we still do not exist. Bajos Del Toro does, but sometimes the GPS let the people make a loop for hours! Use a real map instead or use the before mentioned apps.

Nighttime

You should be able to drive in the daytime and nighttime drive slowly and carefully and expect the unexpected. Obey the rules and laws as traffic tickets are very high and know where is North, South, East, and West. Use a map and common sense and always have a spare tire and know how to use it. Have a flashlight and enough drinking water in the car and some cash. And finally, fill up the tank when you have the chance, and please do not forget to enjoy this amazingly beautiful country.

Off the beaten path

Welcome, now you will see the real Costa Rica. And when lost, enjoy the moment and keep going!

Inter-Americana

Take the Inter-Americana Highway (Ruta 1) to the North – direction San Ramon. Take the exit Naranjo and follow the signs to Zarcero, you will go through downtown Naranjo. And as you enter Zarcero turn right after the church and park. This road will lead you uphill to Palmira – Pueblo Nuevo and then down to Bajos Del Toro, just keep going. And after 6 kilometers and three bridges, you will find Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica on your left-hand side. Welcome! This route will take 90 minutes from the airport and 2 hours from San José.

Inter-Americana

Take the Inter-Americana Highway (Ruta 1) to the North and take the exit Grecia. Drive through Grecia and after the red church, turn left, and left again followed by a right and pass the mall ‘Plaza Grecia.’ Follow this road for 5 kilometers until you enter Sarchí.

At the famous Joaquin Chaverri Cart factory, you turn right, followed by left and right again, and follow this road for the next 25 kilometers. You can choose the ‘La Luisa’ or the ‘San Pedro’ route; the latter is shorter and faster. The road has scenic views, and after going downhill, you will enter Bajos Del Toro. Keep going, and after 6 kilometers and three bridges, you will find Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica on your left-hand side, welcome! This scenic route will take 90 minutes from the airport and 2 hours from San José.

New intersection

Take ‘Ruta 4’ towards Arenal – La Fortuna and, after a few kilometers, at the new intersection, get off the main road. Roadsigns are there. At the top of the viaduct turn left and follow the road to San Miguel, what is the old main road. In San Miguel, turn right and drive towards Rio Cuatro, pass this town. Keep going straight, cross the bridge, go up, and then after 1 kilometer, you take the first turn left. We have signs there!


Uphill

Drive for 14 kilometers uphill what will take you 15 to 20 minutes, and you will pass first the town of La Colonia followed shortly after by a new Bailey bridge. Just keep going for another 7 minutes, and finally, you will find Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica on your right-hand side, welcome! This route will take 60 minutes, and if this is a detour on your way to La Fortuna, it will cost you only 30 minutes extra.

Muelle

Take the road to Muelle (Ruta 4), continue the road, take Exit Aguas Zarcas, and in Aguas Zarcas turn left towards Venecia. Pass Venecia using the main road, and after 3 kilometers you will pass a big bridge over the Rio Toro, then only 2 kilometers more and turn right. We have signs there!


Uphill

Drive for 14 kilometers uphill what will take you 15 to 20 minutes, and you will pass first the town of La Colonia followed shortly after by a new Bailey bridge. Just keep going for another 7 minutes, and finally, you will find Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica on your right-hand side, welcome! This route will take 90 minutes.

Poás

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. The road leads you to Varablanca, Cariblanco, and finally to San Miquel. When reaching San Miquel, make an almost 180 degrees left turn. After 4 kilometers, you will pass the town of Rio Cuatro. Keep going straight, cross the bridge, go up, and then after 1 kilometer, you take the first turn left. We have signs there!


Uphill

Drive for 14 kilometers uphill what will take you 15 to 20 minutes, and you will pass first the town of La Colonia followed shortly after by a new Bailey bridge. Just keep going for another 7 minutes, and finally, you will find Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica on your right-hand side, welcome! This route will take 75 minutes.

Inter-Americana

Drive first to the Inter-Americana (Ruta 1) and turn right towards San José – San Ramon. After the mountains, you will pass San Ramon, till here it will be 1 hour. Keep going on the highway towards San José. Take 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 road will lead you uphill to Palmira – Pueblo Nuevo and then down to Bajos Del Toro. Keep going. After 6 kilometers and three bridges, you will find Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica on your left-hand side. Welcome! This route will take 2 hours.

Inter-Americana

Drive first to the Inter-Americana (Ruta 1) and turn right towards San José – 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 Sarchí. Just before Sarchí, you will see significant signs of ‘Botanical Garden Else Kientzler.’ Follow those signs, and if you are in front of their place, keep driving uphill for the next 45 minutes. The road will bring you higher and higher and keep going and enjoy the views until the way goes down again, and you will enter the town Bajos Del Toro Amarillo. Keep going, and after 6 kilometers, you will find Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica on your left-hand side. Welcome! This scenic route will take 2 hours.

Sarchí

Drive to Sarchí, and just before Sarchí, you will see significant signs of ‘Botanical Garden Else Kientzler.’ Follow those signs, and if you are in front of their place, just keep driving uphill for the next 45 minutes. The road will bring you higher and higher and keep going and enjoy the views until the way goes down again, and you will enter the town Bajos Del Toro Amarillo. Keep going, and after 6 kilometers, you will find Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica on your left-hand side, welcome! This scenic route will take 60 minutes.

Zarcero

Drive to Zarcero and as you enter Zarcero turn right after the church and park, and this will lead you uphill to Palmira – Pueblo Nuevo and then down to Bajos Del Toro. Keep going, and after 6 kilometers and three bridges, you will find Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica on your left-hand side, welcome! This route will take 60 minutes.

Zarcero

Drive to Zarcero, and as you enter, Zarcero turn left before the church and park, and this will lead you uphill to Palmira – Pueblo Nuevo and then down to Bajos Del Toro. Keep going, and after 6 kilometers and three bridges, you will find Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica on your left-hand side, welcome! This route will take 90 minutes.

Aguas Zarcas

Try to find in San Carlos the road to Aguas Zarcas or La Marina, and if you pass a Delta gas station within 5 minutes, you are on the right track. Drive straight through Aguas Zarcas to Venecia and 3 kilometers after Venecia; you will pass a big bridge over the Rio Toro, then just 2 kilometers more and turn right. We have signs there!


Uphill

Drive for 14 kilometers uphill what will take you 15 to 20 minutes, and you will pass first the town of La Colonia followed shortly after by a new Bailey bridge. Just keep going for another 7 minutes, and finally, you will find Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica on your right-hand side, welcome! This route will take 60 minutes.

If you arrive at SJO airport and you want to visit Catarata Del Toro the same day

– You should be driving at 14.00 hours latest!
– If not, maybe it is better the next day so you can walk the trails in peace.
– And be aware of our opening hours!


If you arrive at SJO airport and you have a reservation for a room

– You should be driving at 16.00 hours latest, so you will reach Catarata Del Toro around dark.
– If not, it is probably better to sleep the first night in Alajuela and not choose San José.
– And start driving the next morning early.

– To arrive later than 18.00 hours you need to verify first if this is possible!
– If so, you will probably encounter full darkness, unmarked winding roads, deep cliffs, potholes, fog, and rain.
– Many did, and many wish they should not have done it :).
– We always drive, but we leave it up to you.

 

Note

Instead of traveling by bus or a taxi, you can use an Uber. Directly from the airport or from Grecia.

By Bus and Taxi

Sorry to inform you, but there is no direct bus service anymore!

By bus and taxi from San José or Alajuela

– Start early and take the bus to San Carlos or Zarcero and get off in Zarcero.
– Diagonally from your bus stop, you will find the informal taxis.
– They will bring you to the Catarata Del Toro for C15.000, and it will take approximately 40 minutes.
– If you ask them to wait 2-3 hours, you pay a little bit more.
– Instead of the informal taxis, you can also use the officially red taxis.
– For all, do not pay more than C15.000 and make sure you make the price arrangement before you get in!
– This way of traveling is not too expensive, especially when traveling with more than one person.

Then depending on your travel plans

– Go back with the same taxi to Zarcero.
– Take a hitchhike downhill (14 kilometers) to the intersection with route 140.
– Or take a local informal taxi, and they will bring you there for around C7.000.
– From where you can find buses to the Sarapiquí area or San Carlos or la Fortuna – Arenal.

By bus and taxi from San Carlos and La Fortuna

Option 1

– Start early and take the bus to Zarcero and get off in Zarcero.
– Next to the bus stop, you will find informal taxis.
– They will bring you to the Catarata Del Toro for C15.000, and it will take you around 40 minutes.
– If you ask them to wait 2-3 hours, you pay a little bit more.
– Instead of the informal taxis, you can also use the officially red taxis.
– For all, do not pay more than C15.000 and make sure you make the price arrangement before you get in!
– This way of traveling is not too expensive, especially when traveling with more than one person.
– After your visit to Catarata Del Toro continue with your travel plans.

Option 2

– Take the bus to Rio Cuatro and from there, take an informal taxi to Catarata Del Toro.
– They will bring you to the Catarata Del Toro for around C7.000, and it will take you approximately 20 minutes.
– If you ask them to wait 2-3 hours, you pay a little bit more.
– Instead of the informal taxis, you can also use the officially red taxis.
– For all, do not pay much more than C7.000 and make sure you make the price arrangement before you get in!
– This way of traveling is not too expensive, especially when traveling with more than one person.

All the above: you can make any combination as you wish.

If you arrive at SJO airport and you want to visit Catarata Del Toro the same day by bus

– Go to the Alajuela bus terminal with a taxi on the other side of the airport parking lot.
– This small ride will cost you only C2.000-C3.000 as it is only 2 kilometers from the airport.
– You should be on the bus at 12.00 hours latest!
– If not, let the taxi take you to your hostel or hotel in Alajuela and not in San Jóse.
– And start the next day early.
– Around 13.00 hours, you are in Zarcero that makes 14.00 hours arriving with a taxi at Catarata Del Toro.
– Remember our opening hours!

If you arrive at SJO airport and you have a reservation for a room

– Go to the Alajuela bus terminal with a taxi on the other side of the airport parking lot.
– This small ride will cost you only C2.000-C3.000 as it is only 2 kilometers from the airport.
– You should be on the bus at 16.00 hours latest!
– If not, let the taxi take you to your hostel or hotel in Alajuela and not in San Jóse!
– And start the next day early.

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