Close to Puerto Viejo, you’ll discover two remarkable waterfalls: the Volio Waterfall, nestled within the Bribri Indigenous Reserve, and the Catarata Waterfalls, a hidden treasure often referred to as the Bribri Sparkling Waterfalls.

Alongside these natural wonders, your journey will include visiting the Jaguar Rescue Center Tour in the Playa Chiquita area. This well-known organization is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating diverse wildlife species.

Bribri Waterfalls | Jaguar Rescue Center Tour – What to expect?

The meeting point is set for 09:00 at the Puerto Viejo Bus station, where we will arrange private transfers to the Jaguar Rescue Center Tour. Located near Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, the Jaguar Rescue Center is renowned for its wildlife rehabilitation and rescue efforts.

Despite its name, the center’s mission extends beyond jaguars to encompass the rescue and rehabilitation of various wild animals, with the ultimate goal of returning them to their natural habitats. The public tour commences at 09:30 and lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

From there, our journey continues towards the Volio Waterfall, a magnificent 15-meter-high cascade nestled within the Bribri Indian Reservation. To reach this natural wonder, we embark on a roughly 1-mile trek through the jungle, which involves crossing shallow rivers. Our experienced guides, well-versed in the area, will lead us to pristine natural pools and provide a captivating view of the lush canyon.

During our exploration, we pause to savor fresh fruits and snacks, revitalizing ourselves for the adventure ahead. Along the way, we’ll have the opportunity to encounter a rich array of wildlife, diverse flora, and fauna. This trail is renowned for hiking and birdwatching enthusiasts.

Following a brief lunch break in Bribri, our tour proceeds to one of Costa Rica’s most underappreciated waterfalls. We’ll uncover a hidden gem known as the Catarata Waterfalls, also referred to as the Bribri Sparkling Waterfalls.

As the day’s adventure concludes, our return transportation will bring us back to the comforts of civilization in Puerto Viejo.


Approximately: 6 hours.

What do you bring with you?

Sunscreen, drinking water, easy walking shoes, a towel, and eventually, rain cover, swim clothes if you want to have a fresh dip in the waterfall. Making a valid weather forecast can sometimes be challenging. And of course your camera.

Our Tour guides

Our guides are genuinely local and experienced tour professionals. They harbor a sincere and profound passion for nature and wildlife, deeply respect Costa Rican culture, are thoroughly prepared, and are licensed by the ICT (Costa Rican Tourism Institute).


For pricing, see the shop product page and the “Additional Information” Tab; minimum group size [adults] = four persons. For youngster discounts, visit the product page!

What is Included

An experienced, ICT-licensed tour guide, fresh fruits, and the entrance fees for the Volio and the Sparkling waterfalls are included.

What is Excluded

The Tour is based upon own transport [upon request transport can be arranged]. The entrance donation fees of the Jaguar Rescue Center are excluded [$24 for adults | youngsters below the age of 10 have free entrance], which is the public Tour. We need to book this in advance.

Meeting Point and Direction

The designated meeting location is situated at the bus station of Puerto Viejo. From there we start the tour, with a private transfer to the Jaguar Rescue Center Tour.

About the BriBri Waterfalls

Costa Rica is renowned for its lush rainforests and profusion of waterfalls, so you’ll encounter numerous captivating cascades to explore nationwide. This holds in the vicinity of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita, along the route to Bribri, where three notable waterfalls beckon your exploration:

• Volio Waterfall
• BriBri Hidden Waterfalls (Please note that we visit this waterfall during the Indigenous Tours – The Catato Family)
• Catarata Ma-Cu – BriBri Sparkling Waterfalls.

During this tour,  we visit the two best of the Bribri waterfalls. The Volio Waterfall, a magnificent 15-meter-high cascade, is nestled within the Bribri Indian Reservation, allowing you to meet abundant wildlife and immerse yourself in the splendor of the natural world.

And underappreciated are the Catarata Waterfalls or the Bribri Sparkling Waterfalls. This upper-tier waterfall exudes an enchanting charm and provides a secure environment for swimming.

Further along the trail, you’ll encounter a spacious area encompassing the waterfall at a lower elevation. This serene setting invites you to unwind and relish the enchanting natural surroundings. Despite its accessibility from the main road, the waterfall retains its essence within the heart of nature.

Shrouded by luxuriant greenery and foliage, it imparts a sensation of being distanced from civilization. The trails are diligently maintained and suitable for most travelers, ensuring an enjoyable and aexperienceexperience.

About Jaguar Resque Center Tour

The Jaguar Rescue Center Tour is a renowned wildlife rehabilitation and rescue center located near Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Despite its name, the center does not exclusively focus on jaguars. Still, it is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals to release them back into their natural habitats. Here’s some additional information:


The Jaguar Rescue Center was founded by Primatologist Encar Garcia and her partner Sandro Alviani. The name “Jaguar” is in memory of a baby jaguar thought to them in the early days of their conservation efforts.


The center aims to rehabilitate mistreated, injured, orphaned, and anandonfiscated animals. Once rehabilitated, these animals are reintroduced into their natural habitat in protected areas.


The center caters to a variousnimals, including but not limited to monkeys, sloths, snakes, wild cats, and various bird species. Many animals have been injured by vehicles, electrical lines, or poachers, or they are orphaned babies.


The Jaguar Rescue Center offers guided tours where visitors can learn about the rehabilitation process, meet some of the animals (with safety protocols in place), and understand the chregion’s wildlife conservation challengesThey provide an excellent opportunity for education on the importance of wildlife and habitat protection.


The Jaguar Rescue Center Tour is located close to the town of Puerto Viejo in the Limón Province, making it a popular destination for tourists visiting the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.

Conservation Efforts

While the center primarily focuses on rehabilitation, it also supports conservation initiatives by promoting the release of rehabilitated animals back into their natural habitats and working to address the root causes of wildlife endangerment, such as habitat loss and illegal wildlife trade.

It’s important to note that the Jaguar Rescue Center plays a vital role in the conservation of Costa Rica’s diverse wildlife and provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about the challenges facing these animals. However, it’s essential to visit and support such centers responsibly, ensuring that the welfare of the animals and their potential for release back into the wild remain the top priorities.

It’s worth noting that when visiting such centers, it’s essential to follow guidelines and rules set by the facility. This ensures both the safety of visitors and the well-being of the animals. Always approach wildlife respectfully and understanding, whether in a sanctuary or wild.

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