The 250 foot tall San Luis waterfall is located near the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, in the hills above the small farming community of San Luis on property owned by Cristina y Geovani Mendez. A pleasant yet mildly challenging hike through transitional forests from seasonally dry, cloud and rain forests is required to view the falls. The hike begins at the local school and covers a round-trip distance of slightly over 4 miles. The trail has numerous moderate “ups and downs,” some more challenging sections, and a final steep section of about 300 feet distance before arriving at the waterfall base. At an elevation of near 2500 feet elevation the climate is generally comfortable and neither very hot nor cold (usually between 70-80˚ F) and mostly sunny from late Dec. through April. Wildlife one may see during the hike includes colorful butterflies (at times the giant metallic blue morpho is abundant here), two-toed sloths, white-faced monkeys, and a variety of birds from the Caribbean and Pacific slopes and cloud forest. The San Luis River, considered one of the cleanest rivers in Costa Rica, has three areas in this sector that are excellent for swimming (except during occasional heavy rains). We suggest using sturdy hiking shoes (all terrain types are best as the trail crosses through several streams) and bring insect repellent. If you wish to go swimming also bring a bathing suit, sandals and a towel. You should also take along bottled water and a snack. This guided trip takes a total time of about 2.5 to 3 hours and is for hikers in good physical condition.
“A 28 m. (92 ft.) observation tower dedicated to the viewing of canopy birds and other wildlife. Placed in the center of the rainforest, The Nest offers unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities. As you ascend the 146 stairs to the top, keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, toucans, and other wildlife moving through the lower levels of the trees. Once at the top, you will be treated to an incredible 360° panoramic view of Arenal Volcano, Arenal Lake, Cerro Chato, and the Tilarán Mountain Range. This is the perfect spot to scan the canopy for birds and other wildlife amongst the treetops. With a telescope, you may even find some aquatic birds in the areas surrounding the lake Arenal.”