el pavon waterfall and a man standing in front of it

El Pavon Waterfall

El Pavón Waterfall

This is an enchanting place. The 2 big rocks on each side of the waterfall make you wonder how they could have landed here, and if someone (or something) had placed them on purpose. This is an exceptionally beautiful and peaceful place and a refreshing stop on a hot day.

The water level is usually high enough to swim all year round, except maybe over the driest months. Access is particularly easy, so anyone can visit this site (no 4×4 needed).

This free waterfall is a bit off-the-beaten-path, but the road to get there is quite interesting as it will take you through the forest, over a couple of bridges, and by a river. However, this special place’s popularity is growing; you may be the only car up there, or you may end up with 3 other minivans at the same time.

Good to Know

Very easy. The little path taking you to the waterfall is flat and very short (only 2 minutes). There are a dozen steep steps at the end but those with mobility issues can see the waterfall very clearly from the trail.
None. Free access.
Free on-street parking.


From Ojochal, driving south towards the Osa Peninsula and Panama, you will see a sign for this waterfall just before a bridge. Turn left just before the bridge, then follow this usually well-maintained dirt road for just over 2 miles (3.5km). There will be a sign on your left with a little path going to the waterfall.

Like in any other unsupervised area in Costa Rica, remember not to leave any valuables in your car.