Llano de Cortés is one of Costa Rica’s most scenic waterfalls, just a short drive from Liberia, which is more commonly the jumping off point to the Pacific beaches than jungle swimming holes. The waterfall is about 40 feet tall and 50 feet wide, creating a gorgeous veil of white water streaming over the rocks. Adventurous visitors can climb behind the falls to sit on the rocks looking outward through the veil, and the warm pool is perfect for wading, swimming and standing under the cascade of water.
It takes about 30 minutes to drive to the falls from Liberia, or two hours from the beach areas like Tamarindo. Once there, visitors can park in an open field after making a small donation to the guard just off the main road. A few dollars is the norm, and the donations go to help a local school.