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Located deep inside the tropical rainforest mountains of the southern coast of Costa Rica, the Nauyaca Waterfalls burst into life through an spectacular canyon of rock and lush vegetation. What a sight!

My friend, the renowned Costa Rican wildlife photographer Álvaro Cubero and I, set out to explore this area. After a strenuous and hot 4km hike through the mountain trail, we finally reached the stunning waterfalls of fresh cool water. The views were worth the effort, but don’t be fooled, if your purpose is to photograph this location, it will be tough and will demand dedication, persistence and strength. The water currents were very strong near the rock formations making them extremely slippery, falling with your equipment was way too easy. There were constant showers coming from the main waterfalls due to the wind and the power of the falls. So setting the perfect composition and using long exposures with filters, was challenging in every possible way, not only physically but it was tough on the gear as well. A great challenge for landscape photographers, certainly one of the hardest photo shoots I’ve done in Costa Rica so far.

Nauyaca Waterfalls are a common tourist destination so get there early, before the crowds arrive. Don’t forget to visit the powerful and tall upper falls as well. Be careful with your gear and your own safety while walking around the rocks searching for the perfect photo spot. Finally, just enjoy the scenery and take it all in. Nauyaca is definitely one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, its adventurous and wild.

I will definitely be returning, there are countless angles to be explored and potential photographs to be taken at this breathtaking, untamed location. – Luis

“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence”

Let me take you on a journey through Nauyaca Waterfalls, Costa Rica


Gear Used:

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 PRO DX II Hoya ND400X MeFoto Roadtrip Travel Tripod
Canon 70-200mm F4L IS USM Hoya ND8
Canon 300mm F4L IS USM Lee NDG 4×6″ 0.9 Soft Edge
 Canon 1.4X Extender II Lee NDG 4×6″ 0.6 Soft Edge














Until next time!

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