Pranamar Villas Montezuma Visit

Visit Waterfalls in Montezuma Beach during your stay at Pranamar Villas

Side view of Montezuma first waterfall
Side view of Montezuma first waterfall

A short drive from Pranamar Villas, Montezuma town gives visitors the opportunity to hike up a river ending in beautiful waterfalls and to bathe in fresh water while enjoying surrounding forest.  Another option is El Chorro, a breathtaking fall over a cliff that ends directly on the beach. 

Costa Rica is fortunate to have an abundance of fresh water springs and rivers.  As this water moves towards the ocean, it often cascades as waterfalls providing us with pools to bathe in and scenery to admire.  Such is the case of the Montezuma Falls about a 40 minute drive from Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa, perfect for a day trip.

Montezuma waterfall view from forest
Montezuma waterfall view from forest

There are three levels at the waterfalls, all accesible depending on your hiker expertise level.  The 20 minute hike up the Montezuma river takes you to the first pool, and boasts tallest waterfall of almost 80 feet.  This is most popular stop on the trail, where you can swim, sunbathe and picnic the day away.

One of the upper pools at Montezuma waterfalls
One of the upper pools at Montezuma waterfalls

More adventurous hikers can follow a steeper trail up a side of the first waterfall to the upper pools.  In recent years, a canopy tour was set up in the area, and you can reach secondary pools by accessing trails and bridges built by tour operator for a $4 charge per person.

Another option for visitors is a two hour walk on the beach that ends up in a lovely waterfall known El Chorro at the end of Cocolito beach.  Loosely translated, chorro means jet of water, and that is what you will see falling from a cliff down into the rocks and the ocean.  If walking under the sun for hours isn’t your cup of tea, how about going there on horseback?

El Chorro Waterfall on Cocolito beach in Montezuma
El Chorro Waterfall on Cocolito beach in Montezuma

Montezuma town is an attraction in itself, with restaurant options ranging from Vegetarian fare to Mediterranean cuisine, wonderful beaches to explore and a lively nightlife.

Lively Montezuma town
Lively Montezuma town

So consider these adventures and include them as part of your yoga retreat experience at Pranamar Villas Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreats, and remember, when in Costa Rica, DO go chasing waterfalls!

Tips:

  • Look for Amor de Mar Hotel, trail to Montezuma waterfall starts close to its entrance.
  • Wear rainproof hiking shoes or comfortable strong water sandals during walk for better protection and grip on slippery rocks.
  • Do not swim right below waterfalls as currents can drag you under and make it difficult to resurface.
  • Wade into pools versus jumping in, water may be shallow in some places and rocks not visible.

Article by Katie Widdowson