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week in Dominical in January - waterfalls, etc on our own??

lou
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week in Dominical in January - waterfalls, etc on our own??

We will be in Dominical for a week in January and would like to see some of the countryside. Are there waterfalls that we could drive /hike to see ourselves, or is it advisable to go through an agency that offers the tours.

Also - what is within reasonable driving distance for us to see? Thanks!

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1. Re: week in Dominical in January - waterfalls, etc on our own??

A reasonable distance?? Hmm, I would say you could do a day trips to up the road to Jaco (Tarcoles river, carer NP, Manuel Antonio) and down the road to Sierpe (Marino Ballena NP, Sierpe river). Also San Gerardo de Dota is within a day trip distance.

Most waterfalls are on public land, and thus one should use organised ways to visit them. The one in Uvita can be done on your own as it is easy to find and close to the main road.

lou
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2. Re: week in Dominical in January - waterfalls, etc on our own??

how far to Nauyaca Falls?

Thanks!!

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3. Re: week in Dominical in January - waterfalls, etc on our own??

Although I am not necessarily recommending this website costarica.com/attractions/… it does have some good photos of the great waterfall/swimming hole near Dominicalito. Just scroll down to where it says "Poas Azul Waterfall in Pictures" and click on the photos. The bonus is a great Tarzan rope.

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4. Re: week in Dominical in January - waterfalls, etc on our own??

Nauyaca is about 20 min drive, you can buy a ticket and map to hike yourself. its about 6 miles each way from the entrance.

lou
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5. Re: week in Dominical in January - waterfalls, etc on our own??

Thank you!!

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6. Re: week in Dominical in January - waterfalls, etc on our own??

just did Nauyaca with a 7, 10, and 13 year old. Totally do-able.

Its 6km each way but if you have a 4x4 you cut it down to 3-1/2.

its hot and lots of uphill and your calves will be burning when you're done, but its an amazing experience and totally worth it.

$8.00US per person vs. $50 if you go by horseback or $70 through your hotel

lou
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7. Re: week in Dominical in January - waterfalls, etc on our own??

thanks!! Sounds like a plan!!

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8. Re: week in Dominical in January - waterfalls, etc on our own??

do the horseback ride. it was lovely and included breakfast and lunch. we passed by so many folks who chose to walk and they looked miserable-hot, sweaty and thirsty.

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9. Re: week in Dominical in January - waterfalls, etc on our own??

Before making the trek up to Nauyaca, be sure and check out the much closer waterfall just west of Uvita. We had great fish tacos in the small restaurant right above the falls. Be sure and bring your swimsuits. See more info at www.uvitadream.com/what-to-do-waterfalls.php and tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g635755-d4…

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10. Re: week in Dominical in January - waterfalls, etc on our own??

Also just a bit further South from Uvita in Ojochal there are falls you can easily visit on your own. We really enjoyed lunch at Tilapia El Pavon just across the small road. It is a Tilapia farm and the fresh fish cooked over an open wood fire was so good. Beautiful spot even just for a quick drink. The waterfall has small ponds for swimming. We visited the falls at Uvita and Ojochal the same day with no problem. Toucans galore!