Detailed visitor’s guide

Our guests often have questions about our park, such as facilities and recommendations for the best experience. Below, we provide a detailed guide on what you need to know before your visit: routes, vehicle types, prices, options, and necessary equipment to make your visit enjoyable.

How to Get Here?

To reach our facilities, you can take different routes, which you can find using various navigation apps like Waze or Google Maps. Remember that Nauyaca has two accesses, but there is only one Nauyaca Waterfall Nature Park.

From Quepos:

Travel south on highway #34 or Costanera for about 43 kilometers until you reach Dominical, where you need to turn left onto route #243 towards Tinamastes. Continue for about 18 kilometers; along the way, you will see our signs guiding you to our office. First, you will pass the other access to Nauyaca, but you must continue 8 kilometers further. When you reach the town of Tinamastes, you will see a large church, and a few meters ahead, you will see a large sign indicating you need to turn right. Continue for about 12 minutes on an unpaved road, and you will arrive at our office.

From Uvita:

You can take three different routes:

More Adventure (4×4)
If you want more adventure and have a good 4×4, this route is ideal for you. Start by driving north on route #34 or Costanera for about 10 kilometers, then turn right onto the road leading to Escaleras. Take the concrete road for a few minutes, and at the next intersection, turn left. Continue on this route, where you’ll have an incredible view of the mountains. Then, you will descend until you reach a small hammock bridge, which you can cross without any problem. Turn left again and start the uphill road for a few minutes. Once you complete the climb, you will see a soccer field on your right. Continue 200 meters more, and you will arrive at our office.

Normal, but you still need a 4×4
For this route, you need a 4×4. Leaving Uvita, start heading north on route #34 or Costanera for about 4 kilometers, then turn right onto the road to San Josecito. Continue for about 15 kilometers until you see a place called Café Don Emilio. Turn left there and continue on the road without taking any detours for about 9.5 kilometers. At the next intersection, turn left and continue for 500 meters more to reach our office.

No 4×4 needed
This is a very simple route where you don’t need a 4×4 since it is mostly paved. Start by leaving Uvita heading north on highway #34 or Costanera for about 19.5 kilometers towards Dominical. After crossing the bridge, turn right onto route #243, which leads to Tinamastes. Along the way, you will pass another company, but remember that we are Nauyaca Waterfall Nature Park. Continue 8 kilometers further until you reach the town of Tinamastes, where you will see a large church. Continue a few meters more, and you will see a large sign indicating you need to turn right. Continue for 12 more minutes without taking any detours on an unpaved road to reach our office.

From San Isidro:

Start heading south on route #243 and continue for 16.5 kilometers without taking any detours until you reach Tinamastes. There, you will see a large sign indicating you need to turn left. Take the unpaved road that leads to San Salvador. Along the way, you will see our signage indicating the route. After 7 kilometers, you will reach our office.

Driving Times

  • From Quepos: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • From Dominical: 40 minutes
  • From Uvita:
    1. 35 minutes,
    2. 55 minutes,
    3. 60 minutes
  • From San Isidro: 45 minutes

Hours

Our offices are open every day of the week from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. Access to the waterfall is available from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm; after that time, no more tickets are sold. The last transport back to our office is at 4:00 pm.

Options

The options offered for park entry include:

Option 1:

Round-trip transport from the office to the park ranch and back to the office when you are done. From the park ranch, it is only a 10-minute walk to the waterfalls or an extra hour on forest trails if you want more jungle adventure. When you are finished, request transport back to the office.

Option 2:

Start the hike from the office to the waterfall, which is 2.7 kilometers, approximately 45 minutes, mostly downhill. Enjoy a ride in our transport uphill from the park ranch to the office when you are done.

How to Prepare for the Visit?

Regardless of the option you choose to enter the park, we always recommend:

  • Swimsuit
  • Water shoes, sturdy sandals, or sneakers
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • An extra set of dry clothes
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle

Recommendations According to the Dry or Rainy Season

For the dry season:

    • Hydrating drinks
    • Snacks
    • Sunscreen
    • Hat or cap
    • Light clothing

For the rainy season:

    • Hiking shoes
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Umbrella
    • Plastic bag
    • Water protector for your phone

We hope this information helps you have a wonderful experience in our park and resolves your doubts. If you need more detailed attention or have any other questions, you can contact us directly on our WhatsApp +506 87704222 or +506 87714222.

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