Montezuma Falls

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The Montezuma Falls (formerly Osbourne Falls), a horsetail waterfall on a minor tributary to the Pieman River, is located on the West Coast Range of Tasmania, Australia.

Naming

The falls draws its name from Montezuma (1466-1520), an Aztec emperor of Mexico. A mining company called the Montezuma Silver Mining Company, formed in 1891, held leases in the area surrounding the falls.

Location and features

The Montezuma Falls are situated north-east of Zeehan, near the village of Rosebery, accessible via the Murchison Highway. The falls commence at an elevation of 449 metres (1,473 ft) above sea level and descend in the range of 103–110 metres (338–361 ft), making the falls one of the highest in Tasmania

 

If you’re visiting Montezuma on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, chances are you’ll be heading to the Montezuma Waterfalls at some point during your trip. This set of three waterfalls is one of the area’s biggest attractions and for good reason. Not only are the falls themselves beautiful but you can swim in the refreshing pools and even jump from some of them if you dare. In this post, we’ll tell you more about the Montezuma Waterfalls and the two best ways to access them.

The Montezuma Waterfalls are a set of three different cascades.

The Top Waterfall is the smallest at only about 15 feet (5 meters) tall, but dumps into a nice deep pool that is perfect for swimming and jumping. How high the jump is depends on where you stand on the rocks, but varies from about 5 feet (1.5 meters) to 15 feet (5 meters). There is also a rope swing on a tree here, so you can hurl yourself into the pool that way too. This is a great place to swim and hang out for an hour or so.

The Middle Waterfall is hidden between the Top Waterfall and the Lower Waterfall. You actually have to swim across the pool of the Top Waterfall to see it. Once you do, you can look down at the roughly 40 foot (12 meter) drop. People do jump from the top of this waterfall—we saw someone do it—but there have been accidents where people have died so we don’t recommend it. It’s cool to see from above, though. Just watch your step when peeking over the edge as sometimes the rocks are slippery.

The Lower Waterfall is the biggest at about 80 feet (25 meters) and also the most visited. This waterfall has a nice pool to swim in while gazing up at the cascading water. During our visit, it hadn’t rained for months so there wasn’t much flow and the water in the pool was quite murky. Still, it was very pretty and there are smooth rocks to relax on and some trees for shade. It’s not safe to jump from the top of this waterfall because of the dangerous rocks, so if you’re looking for a thrill, plan to visit the upper falls.

 

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