Llanos del Cortés Waterfall

Liberia, Costa Rica

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Llanos del Cortés Waterfall

Visiting a waterfall is on almost every traveler's bucket list but finding one in the rather flat and dry region around Liberia might seem like a challenge. And yet, Llanos del Cortés raises its magnificent cascades in the middle of nowhere, amidst arid landscapes, and it barely has any comparable rivals — at least within Costa Rica.

Do & See

With its historic buildings and a growing cultural scene, Liberia boasts a lot of opportunities to learn about its rich history and culture — start your stroll at Calle Real, Liberia's oldest street, to see where it all began, and where renovation and expansion are already planned ahead. The town makes an excellent launch pad for exploring the nature and beaches nearby (and farther afield), as well as getting around the impressive province of Guanacaste for a deep dive into the diversity of Costa Rica and its unfathomably beautiful nature.