Updated: Jan 28
Los Chorros waterfalls are a must visit when you stay with us in Grecia! This place, where two waterfalls of about 50 meters high tumble down, guarantees a great adventure in nature.
These waterfalls take their name from the particular jets of water (‘chorros’) that seep down through the cracks in the rocks that surround the two bigger waterfalls. Once at Los Chorros, you’ll notice a couple of dozens of these ‘chorros’ running down into the river. It’s a delight to make your way to the foot of the first waterfall, catch the morning sunlight and take a swim in the pool of the second waterfall…
Many people who visit Los Chorros for the first time, actually miss the second waterfall that’s hidden just about 50 meters lefts of the first waterfall. Just follow the river on the left-hand side of the first waterfall upstream. You’ll discover a very powerful waterfall tumbling down in a pond where you can swim and (if you’re lucky) enjoy some great rainbows.
Los Chorros is a place where locals like to picnic and spend some time during the weekend. Actually still few tourists take the time to discover this worthwhile and accessible place. If you go to Los Chorros early on a weekday, you’ve got a high chance that you won’t have to share the place with too many other people (and that’s certainly not the case for many other similar waterfalls in Costa Rica)!
How to get to Los Chorros by car?
There are several options to get to Los Chorros. The easiest way is to get there by car. You simply type ‘Los Chorros Municipal Recreative Park’ into Google Maps. It will show you a pointer, exactly at the place where you need to get off the main road (Calle Flores). There is a sign at this point that indicated where you need to leave the main road:
A little bit further down, at a Y-shaped intersection, you’ll see a small house (in the red square on the map below) at the left side of the road that bends off to the right. In this small house lives a guard that will charge you a small fee (about 2000 Colones) for parking your car.
From this point you’ll have to continue your journey by foot. The guard will point out which way you need to take to get to the waterfall. From the guard’s house, you’ll follow a path that leads to Los Chorros Waterfalls. Take into account that this is a hike down (a total drop in elevation meters of 140). Since you leave your car at the guard’s house, consider that you’ll have to hike the same way up again!
How to get to Los Chorros by public transport?
Another way to get to Los Chorros is by public transport. This way might be a little bit more complicated, but it’s still very doable and gives you the opportunity to explore a bit of the surroundings and the nature nearby Grecia.
You start your adventure at the bus station at the back side of the ‘Mercado Municipal’ of Grecia. It’s just two blocks down the road from Mangífera Hostel. On Google Maps this bus station is called ‘Parada San Roque’. Once at the bus station, you take the bus to Santa Gertrudis Sur. Normally, this bus runs about every half an hour (at 7:00 am, 7:30 am, …) This is a picture of the bus schedule of the ‘Parada San Roque’ bus station:
You can always ask a bus driver to point you the right bus. Just mention that you want to visit ‘Cataratas Los Chorros’. The bus will take the following road. It's a 8,5 kilometre drive and it takes about 20 minutes.
You’ll have to get off the bus in the centre of Santa Gertrudis Sur, at a bus stop near the local church. A good strategy to get down at the right bus stop, is to ask your driver to give you a heads up when you’re there. This is the church where you need to get off the bus:
From the bus stop, you take the road downward slope that goes southwards (check out the pictures for a visualisation + map):
From this point you’ll always stay on this same road. Every time you come to something that seems to be an intersection, you’ll have to take a right! The picture down below shows you a crossroad where many people mistake. They keep walking straight/to the left/downwards, but at this point you must take the asphalt road to the a right!
You’ll know you’re right if you get to a wide road with on the right hand side a forest / farmland area / coffee plantations that’s on a lower level than the road you’re walking on. We have seen some Toucans around this part!
After this stretch, you’ll have to be on the lookout for a sign, on the left side of the road, that indicates the entry to Los Chorros:
A little bit further down, at a Y-shaped intersection, you’ll see a small house (in the red square on the map below) at the left side of the road that bends off to the right. In this small house lives a guard that will charge you a small (voluntary) fee for the entry.
The guard will point out which way you need to take to get to the waterfall. From the guard’s house, you’ll follow a path that leads to Los Chorros Waterfall. Take into account that this is a hike down (a total drop in elevation meters of 140).
The pictures below show you some additional maps and measurements on the length and difficulty of the complete hike from the Santa Gertrudis Sur bus stop, all the way to Los Chorros.
What to take to Los Chorros waterfall?
First of all: take your swim shorts and bikinis because you might want to take a dip! Perhaps you want to take a change of clothes and a small towel to dry yourself off after splashing in the water.
Especially during the rainy season, you’ll have to consider the possibility to get caught by the rain! Be aware that when it rains in Costa Rica it often poures down like crazy (you can be completely wet within 10 seconds) and that it often comes with thunder and lightning, so be prepared. We always go out with a waterproof bag to protect our electronic devices (mobile phones, camera…), our wallets and other valuables against the rain. We often bring both a rain coat and an umbrella… To reduce the chance of getting wet, we advise you to go out early (the sun already rises around 5:15 am!). During the dry season it it's very unlikely that you’ll get cold, but during the wet season you can consider to take a sweater or warmer clothes with you.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to protect yourself against the sun (whether it is with sun screen or with protective clothes). Depending on the time of the year, you’ll also find it helpful to protect yourself from mosquitoes or other small insects that are eager to bite. Some clothing brands offer ‘insect bite proof’ fabrics. It’s a great way to protect yourself from getting bitten in a more sustainable and healthier way than to spray insects repellent on your skin. Always check yourself for ticks after a visit to Los Chorros (or a forest in general). Once we have found a tick on our body after a visit to Los Chorros…!
To hike comfortably around Los Chorros, we would advise to wear good hiking shoes or stable sport shoes with good profile on the soles. Another great option is to wear (or to additionally take) are water resistant (hiking) sandals. If you want to hike through the river in a comfortable way, water resistant sandals are a great option. Also keep in mind that your shoes can get pretty dirty!
We personally also really like to take our binoculars. Apart from all this equipment it’s advisable to take water and a nice snack for the road or to have a nice picnic.
How to get back to Grecia by public transport?
If you want to get back to Mangífera Hostel by public transport, you can choose to hike back up towards the guard’s house and take a bus back to Grecia from Santa Gertrudis Sur, but if you would like to take another (and easier) way back, then you can get out through another path, south of the waterfall. In that case, you’ll have to search for a hanging bridge with yellow details:
Follow this path until you get to a big green bridge, and cross it.
Keep following the obvious path back to an asphalt road. Keep walking south on this road until you reach the small city centre of Tacares. The pictures down below show some additional information about the length and difficulty of this hike:
Once in Tacares, you just ask the locals where you can find stop for the bus to Grecia… The bus ride back to Grecia takes also about 20 minutes.