Trying to find the best Alajuela trails? AllTrails has 27 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Tenorio Volcano National Park or around San Carlos, San Ramón or Guatuso we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 15 moderate trails in Alajuela ranging from 1.4 to 7.7 miles and from 1,686 to 8,809 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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We had a great time. Loved the waterfall. Went in the raining season only went to the waterfall. We will return to do the other part not in raining season! Love Costa Rica!

on Poás Volcano

hiking
4 days ago

Poas Volcano. knocked live volcano off bucket list (no liquid hot magma so that is still on there) have to pay ahead of time $15 per person on line.

hiking
5 days ago

actually did whole trek!! accidently turned off gps on crazy bouncy bridge!

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muddy
8 days ago

Well worth the views of the waterfall and where the two rivers join. Surprisingly busy for low season and a weekday. Can imagine that it’s very busy on weekends and in dry season. Keep your eye out for sloths, and interesting insects. A fair amount of steps mid-trail and could be challenging for people with knee issues, but definitely doable.

We hiked this with our 3 boys 8, 7, and 5 year old. Now, our boys aren’t your normal boys. They have done a ton of hiking and even 40, 36, and 32 mile bike ride respectively. We had a great time. It’s a little tough hike because of the length of the incline and uneven terrain with an pretty easy trail to follow. Make sure you make it to the lookout that has a view of the lagoon. We saw a ant eater and a small snake we haven’t identified yet. Lots of uneven ground and a little time on all 4, but nothing to tough.

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rocky
16 days ago

Great hike on lava flow 1968! Fairly steep climb, but 8 year old daughter managed well with hiking sticks provided. :)

Easy to moderate hike challenge depending on expert level. Danta waterfall is strong, and great spot for photos. Danta hanging bridge is simple starter in height for anything of greater heights. Best part of the hike is Arenal Volcano in every backdrop!

on Poás Volcano

hiking
17 days ago

Views into the crater are hit or miss depending on the weather. if conditions are right, the view is spectacular. Even in bad weather, if you hang around the view point for a while, you might get a peekaboo view. When it is misting or rainy the hiking trails are right out of a fantasy novel.

hiking
24 days ago

Enjoy the Rio Celeste in your vacations to Costa Rica. Perfect combination of length, difficulty, scenery, beauty, wildlife. It only takes about 35 minutes to reach the waterfall . A 6 on a scale of 1-10 as far as difficulty. Some stairs involved . It is crowded and people love to take themselves selfies. The first part of the hike is a nice stroll on a very well-maintained trail like a concrete path and then leads on to more rugged train. The hike down to the waterfall is well maintained with stairs. Enjoy

hiking
24 days ago

You will hike across three hanging bridges, discovering amazing views from the height of the canopy. you will pass over some suspension bridges and through the colorful canopy. Watching various types of wildlife, insects and flowers that are beyond imagination! An experienced guide will lead you for 2 hours in the pre-mountainous cloud forest (2,600-3,000 ft. above sea level). Thanks

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private property
1 month ago

This is a natural reserve with paved trails and wildlife refuge/exhibits. Entry costs $45 for foreigners (ouch!), and offers different trails. You can spend an entire day there, enjoy the exhibits, cafeterias and trails. The waterfall trails are safe with paved trails, steps and guardrails, making it accessible to almost everyone. It is a long climb down and up, so is not good for small children or if you have difficulties climbing stairs. There are a few overlooks/rest stops. Overall I enjoyed it very much and would go back once I get my resident visa and avoid the “gringo tax”.

Right guys this is my review after reading a lot of reviews before hiking. Couple hoax ar just lame review thing that I would write down. We did it on mid September as is beginning of rainy season? 1.You dont need be super fit to make it(I don't work out and had 5 fractures at my right foot 11 weeks ago 30yo slightly overweight and stillanaged to do it) 2. Its not 'vertical' or extremely dificult. But you will need some stamina. 3. Once you get to the top its not 30 mins to get to the crater. Even if you can't see the water just take left and you will be down in 5 minutes.( This part it is very steep but only 5 mins so you will survive) We didnt encounter any ''power rangers'' which I guess they might turned up there one in a month or even less. But if you do give random names to avoid fine. You can feel slippery part of trail when decending, but just get on your bum when there is biger steps and go slowly and you will be fine(dont be afraid to get dirty) I took me just under 2 hours to the top and 5 mins to the crater. We had a swim 3 sandwiches 3 cigarettes ( yes we do smoke on the hike) and 2 liter of water(should have been 3 as well, as I had to save it later), and in total 4.5 hours to finish the trail. Totaly worth it, bring enough water and enjoy it!

We were staying at Green Lagoon in February. We took off around 9am to hike up. It started out on a road, then gravel road, the you cross a foot bridge, walk up a hill on a trail through grassy area, then into the jungle! Lucky for us, it was fairly dry. Even the roads in were fairly steep. If you aren’t in 1/2 ok shape, DO NOT ATTEMPT! I was winded! We got all the way up & was going to descend to the lake when we crossed park rangers. They spoke Spanish & we couldn’t communicate well, but they turned ya around. Wouldn’t even let us take a picture. The trail IS CLOSED! You can get around the fence, but you may get turned back and/or fined. We didn’t because we were staying at the hotel. If you can/do make it, it’s a fairly difficult, but beautiful trail in Costa Rican Jungles!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked here in February. There are a lot of steps. Going down wasn’t so bad, but coming up.... We hiked Cerro Chato the day before, so my legs had enough for two days after this! The water was cold, but the waterfall & scenery was so worth it!! A must do in the area!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail condition today.

Beautiful trail. Enjoyed the hike so much. Saw howler monkeys, various butterflies and a peacock. The top viewpoint makes for an incredible 360° view which includes Arenal volcano. I would also note that the restrooms are continually maintained and very clean.

If your a fit family, it’s an easy trail. Normal trail and very nice. If you are out of shape or touristy this might seem like a challenge but definitely doable. I would call this a proper hike.

Beautiful location, short and easy run. Lovely place, beautiful nature and animals.

running
2 months ago

Not sure why this is listed as moderate. It’s short and easy but decent. Groomed trails, beautiful location.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Loved it!

Great views of the volcano. Easy well manicured trails. Saw some animals. .

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike. Trails are beautiful and really capture the rainforest feeling. The northern route along Río Peñas Blancas is well maintained and easy to access. DO NOT take the road along the southern shore of Río Peñas Blancas. This route requires you to cross a wooden hanging bridge that is in complete disrepair. The bridge is supposed to be closed, but neighboring properties keep removing the closure tape to continue use for their own purposes. The park employees were horrified to learn the bridge was still being used. DO NOT USE THE WOODEN HANGING BRIDGE. If you find yourself at the bridge, turn around and use the northern route. It only takes an additional 30 minutes and the park is well worth taking the extra time to visit.

Amazing hike. Trails are beautiful and really capture the rainforest feeling. The northern route along Río Peñas Blancas is well maintained and easy to access. DO NOT take the road along the southern shore of Río Peñas Blancas. This route requires you to cross a wooden hanging bridge that is in complete disrepair. The bridge is supposed to be closed, but neighboring properties keep removing the closure tape to continue use for their own purposes. The park employees were horrified to learn the bridge was still being used. DO NOT USE THE WOODEN HANGING BRIDGE. If you find yourself at the bridge, turn around and use the northern route. It only takes an additional 30 minutes and the park is well worth taking the extra time to visit.

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rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful views of the volcano. We saw birds and butterflies. Very accessible hike.

hiking
3 months ago

We arrive at Bebedero and start walking at the crossroads between Diagonal 68 (which goes to the Winds) and Calle 35. There you can leave the vehicle, it is a safe place. Continue on Calle 35 towards Ventoleras and from there continue along the street. At the beginning it is a ballast street, then there is an asphalted section and then it becomes dirt and shortly afterwards there is a turnoff to the left that must be taken. The return we made for a kinder path, is taken to the right of the true summit of Pico Blanco.

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muddy
3 months ago

This is one of several trails around the base of Arenal. The others are located in the national park where you pay $15 USD per person. You also have to pay $15 USD per person to access these trails. There is an easy path to the lava field and a more difficult path along the lagoon then a steep incline up to the lava field. It’s a pretty good work out.

Great trails in the rainforest. If you want adventure this is it! We used the directions from the All Trails app to get us to the trailhead. Let’s just say we were VERY glad to have a 4 wheel drive and high clearance vehicle. Probably wouldn’t have made it otherwise. If you go this route, when you’re around 10-15 from the trailhead make sure to take a RIGHT when you see the hand painted sign for the forest. We also went over a really scary hanging bridge on that route. We ended up taking different way out, which was less sketchy. Not sure where you get that route. When you drive up you’ll reach a lodge where you’ll pay $13 to hike the trails. TOTALLY worth it! We saw birds, frogs and armadillos. The waterfall was amazing. Vast and dense jungle and we didn’t see anyone else on the trails, which we like. We’d definitely go back.

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rocky
3 months ago

This is an amazing trail I have ever experienced. I complete this trail in May 2018. In the beginning you get to see sugar cane plants and beautiful flowers. As you walk through the forest it gets so dense with all the lengthy vines over the tree. You get to see lots of birds and mantled howler monkeys. Requires a hiking shoe as you may encounter rocks and unpaved trail. I had applied bug repellent as well. I could see few ants and flies on the way.

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