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El Tigre Waterfalls

Amazing Trekking Through Lush Tropical Forest To Reach The Most Impressive Waterfalls in Monteverde


Adults 18+ years old
Children 5-17 years old

Discover El Tigre Waterfalls

El Tigre Waterfalls is a fantastic 4-hour trekking tour on a 4.0 Kilometer (2.5 miles) off-the-beaten-path nature trail in Monteverde, leading to four beautiful waterfalls between 15 and 30 meters in height (50 to 100 feet tall). The scenery here is out of this world, immersed in nature and surrounded by thick layers of the forest, hammock bridges, and waterfalls.

The Best of Monteverde in One Place

El Tigre Waterfalls truly encompasses the best of Monteverde in one place. Here you will find lush green cloud forest, great nature trails, hanging bridges, waterfalls, rivers, and natural pools. You will be amazed by this hidden gem, situated in the outskirts of Monteverde, surrounded by beautiful nature everywhere you look.

El Tigre Waterfalls Full Package

Our Full Package at El Tigre Waterfalls Includes the entrance fees, horseback riding (or a safari car ride) and full typical lunch, so you don’t have to worry about nothing but having an amazing experience.

Your adventure begins at the El Tigre Waterfalls reception, a small building where the staff will give you the instructions and a map to enter a 4 km (2.5 miles) nature trail that leads to the waterfalls.

You will then use your map and follow the well-marked trail to reach El Tigre Waterfalls.

You will cross ten hammock bridges surrounded by beautiful scenery, and you will visit four waterfalls and a couple of swimming pools along the river. Even though the water is significantly cold, you’re welcome to swim for a while on those pulls if you’re so inclined.

Towards the end of the trail, you will reach the last waterfall, an impressive 100-feet waterfall, a magical place to photograph for a memorable experience.

Then you will meet again our staff who will give you the option to come back to reception via horseback riding or in a safari car. The horseback ride will take approximately 30 minutes, while the ride on the safari car will take about 15 minutes.

Once you’re back at reception, you will finish the tour with a delicious home-cooked lunch served by the staff at the main building, a small cozy restaurant with an astonishing view overlooking the magical forest.

El Tigre Waterfalls Difficulty Level

El Tigre Waterfalls Trek has an easy-to-moderate difficulty level. We don’t recommend it for young kids and people with problems to hike (such as knee issues). As you can see on the following trail map, the hike is mostly downhill with minimal elevation gain until you reach the last waterfall.

Once you reach that point, there is a steep climb to get back to reception with a significant elevation gain of 270 meters (885 feet). Don’t worry, though, with our complete package, that part of the trip is on a horseback ride or a safari car ride, so rest assured knowing that the hike is over once you make it to that point.

El Tigre Waterfalls Trail Map

Prices For El Tigre Waterfalls

At El Tigre Waterfalls, you can get the entrance only or the Full Package, which we promote on this page starting at $49 for kids and $59 for adults plus taxes and transportation if you don’t have a car to get there on your own.

Other websites advertise a “full trekking,” “big hike,” or “entrance fee” to El Tigre Waterfalls. Even though those pages promote the entrance at a lower rate, they don’t include the horseback or the safari uphill ride back to reception. That means you need to hike those last three kilometers uphill on a steep climb, which is very tough and makes the trekking difficulty level much more demanding.

We used to offer that option but decided to create the complete package based on feedback from our customers. The whole package includes the entrance fee, a free ride on horses or a safari car back to reception, and an entirely typical lunch.

How to Get to El Tigre Waterfalls

Once you make your online reservation, you will get a confirmation email with the Google Map to get to El Tigre Waterfalls. Two roads will take you to El Tigre Waterfalls, Monte de Los Olivos, and Las Nubes. Please use the first one, and refrain from using the latter as it’s only accessible for 4×4 vehicles. The easiest way to make sure you are following the right road is to type in “Mirador Los Olivos” in Google Maps and once you get there, keep driving down that road for a couple of minutes until you see our reception building.

El Tigre Waterfalls Transportation

If you don’t have a car, you can use our shuttle system to get to El Tigre Waterfalls for an additional fee of $10 per person. We will pick you up at your Hotel/Airbnb at around 7:30 am, and we will bring you back once you have finished your adventure with us.

When you’re making your online reservation, please choose the option for transportation and type in your Hotel/Airbnb name and address.

Book Now With Flexible Cancelation

We understand that covid19 has changed the entire travel business. With the uncertainty of what the future holds each day with the pandemic, tour companies need to offer flexibility at the time of booking.

Book Now, and rest assured knowing you have up to 24 hours before the day of your activity to cancel and get a full refund. Spots are limited, and we only work with reservations, so we encourage you to take advantage of our flexible cancelation policy to get your tickets today.

El Tigre Waterfall Reviews

Every Step Is Picture Perfect El Tigre Waterfalls

Monteverde is the 3rd region we’ve visited during our vacation. This was hands down, our family favorite activity. The hike was beautiful and it had the perfect amount of hike and walk. Not exhausting but you get a session good enough that you don’t feel guilty about the incredible lunch they’ll present at the end.

– TripAdvisor
A Great Few Hours El Tigre Waterfalls

This is a combo of a hike, waterfall views, horseback ride, and local lunch. The hike itself wasn’t particularly taxing as most of it is downhill, as long as you choose to take the horses or 4x4 back up the hill. While not the ‘coolest thing’ we did in Costa Rica, it was a very enjoyable way for us to spend a few hours, and felt like a good value for all that was included.

– TripAdvisor
Excellent Hike! El Tigre Waterfalls

Great hike through a lush, beautiful forest. Steeply down at first, then along a river, and past several striking waterfalls. You cross the river repeatedly on casual-looking but sturdy bridges, some a bit high, so not a good choice for someone who is afraid of heights. I suggest you accept the option to ride a horse the final bit of the trail, it's steep.

– TripAdvisor
You Will Love This El Tigre Waterfalls

This is a must do if you are in good physical condition. The trail is about 8 km. It is well marked and slightly rugged. My daughter and I hiked it in closed toe water/trail shoes and my husband wore hiking boots. There are some small areas where shoes get wet. There are 4 large waterfalls, numerous small waterfalls and hanging bridges.

– TripAdvisor
Amazing Experience El Tigre Waterfalls

We went last weekend on a trip to Monteverde and this is a must if you are visiting this beautiful place. If you like to walk and want to have a great experience with nature, water, and some mud this is a great tour, is not a heavy one. They offered the option "All-Inclusive" tour with lunch and you can return ridding a horse or in a 4x4, we choose to return in 4x4.

– TripAdvisor