At the western end of Costa Rica’s Central Valley region, on the slopes of the Poas volcano, is Bajos del Toro. At 300 feet, it’s one of Latin America’s tallest waterfalls. With water cascading down a sheer rock face, surrounded by dense rain forest—it’s a natural wonder on a grand scale.
Bajos del Toro, though within a couple hours’ drive of most Central Valley towns and San Jose, Costa Rica‘s capital, doesn’t get many visitors. But it’s well worth the trip. You can get there through the towns of Sarchi, known for its handicrafts and tropical hardwood furniture, or Zarcero, a charming mountain village with a surreal topiary-filled central park. And if you’re heading to the Lake Arenal region, one of the routes takes you right past Bajos del Toro—which is a great spot to take a break.
Editor’s Note: In the video below, International Living’s Costa Rica Editor Jason Holland shows the waterfall, as well as the lush cloud forest around it.
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