Nauyaca Waterfalls

nauyaca waterfalls

If you love Waterfalls AND Horseback riding, this is a local Dominical attraction not to be missed!

In the hills between San Isidro el General and Dominical, is one of the country's most spectacular waterfalls, Nauyaca falls. The falls are the highest and largest in the entire country with three levels crashing down over 150 feet into a number of swimming pools at the bottom. The area surrounding the waterfall is lush and tropical with an abundance of different species of animals.

Nauyaca Waterfalls is a Costa Rican owned family company. They offer horseback riding tours, traveling through the farm that border with two impressive waterfalls from Río Barucito. Reservations must be made several days in advance, so contact us to help you find out about available dates.

This Tico family has been guiding tours to Nauyaca falls since 1992 are well versed in the types of local flora and fauna. The total trip last six to eight hours and begins at 8:00am at the house of Don Lulo. Included in the tour are breakfast, lunch, bilingual guide and well trained the reliable horses

These majestic waterfalls are one of the main attractions of the southern region in Costa Rica, not only for their natural scenic beauty, but also for horseback riding swimming, climbing, and jumping off the cliffs.

Nauyaca Waterfalls is the ideal place, not only for those in search of tranquility and nature, but also for people who might enjoy a tranquil horse ride through the jungle.

One of the falls is forty-five meters high in free fall and the other, twenty meters high with a tiered fall, forming at the bottom a 1,000 square meter and six meter deep pool. There are also other smaller natural pools nearby.

The tour is from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The horseback ride takes approximately 2 ½ hours with three resting periods.
It includes: horseback tour, experienced guides, breakfast, lunch, entrance to the waterfalls, raincoats during the rainy season and safe parking.
Closed on Sundays and special dates.
Open year-round.
Limited space so reservations must be made in advance.
They have tame horses for all ages.
They prefer cash in dollars or colones.
At latest check in January of 2012, price was $70/person.
They offer transportation from Playa Dominical and surrounding places, at an additional cost, depending on the place.
The maximum weight is 230 lb or 105 kg

The horseback riding tour is over a 12 kilometer route with three resting periods, departing from the office, passing by Don Lulo’s house, where you will have a delicious and typical Costa Rican breakfast.

The horseback riding tour takes approximately from 45 minutes to one hour up to “Don Lulo’s house”. After breakfast and observing animals in the family’s mini-zoo, the ride continues on for 25 minutes until arriving at the waterfalls. You may swim in the natural pools the waterfalls have formed.

On the way back we stop once again at “Don Lulo’s house” a delicious Costa Rican lunch is offered. The return trip begins after a well-earned rest on the hammocks and a renouned Costra Rican cup of coffee, which is different because of the use of fresh beans. (I don't get the "caffein jitters" that I do with US coffee.)

Once you find the entrance off the main road going towards San Isidro, you either have to hike or horseback ride. It is 6 kilometers through the forest and country side, so unless you are used to hiking under very hot and humid conditions, we recommend you take the guided horseback ride.

The area is a watershed for the plateau above and during the rainy season the amount of water in the falls can truly be impressive.

Because of their familiarity with the local region, the family not only knows the different types of plants and animals in the area but where the best places are to find them. Depending on the size and interest of a group, the tour can be customized to particular interests.

The location is only ten minutes from Dominical. When planning a trip to the Nauyaca falls make sure you bring a change of cloths, swim trunks, long pants for the ride and a passion for adventure. The Nauyaca falls is one of the most visually stunning and picturesque waterfalls in all of Costa Rica.

If you want to go on this trip, book early as they fill up fast in the high season. please return to the "create your vacation" form, and instead of the rating, put the date you wish to go and the number of people in your party, or contact us.