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Courtney Hull reviewed Cataratas del Toro
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Lots of stairs but a most breathtaking waterfall awaits!

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Arnoldo Gomez reviewed Cataratas del Toro
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HikingBugsGreat!MuddyOver grownRocky
First to Review

Amazing Fall. Jungle is fabulous! Get out and Hike!

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Shannon Brawley reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingOff trailScramble

I did this hike a few months ago, it was a bit difficult to find out where the trail started but if you follow the road and go under a couple of barbed wired fences then you are heading the right way. Once you get under the trees the hard part begins and the trail gets very steep. The hardest park was hiking down to the lagoon but it was very worth it, definitely bring lots of water and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty! Amazing trail overall and spectacular views!!

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Tatiana Kp reviewed Arenal Volcano Trail
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailOver grownRocky

Amazing views, at least 4 different trails around the volcano.

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Abigail Deppen reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingMuddyOver grownWashed out

My husband and I hiked this trail last week and it was worth every bruise and scrape I got along the way. The trail is definitely as tough as others have said. However, I found the most difficult portion to be the hike up to the actual trailhead in the jungle. The hike starts on a paved road, then through a farmers field with a bunch of cows/bulls (which I was sure were going to charge me!), and then through a field. This entire portion is uphill and we started our hike at noon while the sun and heat were agonizing. Once we got into the jungle the hiking was still grueling but you had the shade of the jungle and I found the rest of the hike to be more manageable. We saw several bugs and spiders so watch what you are grabbing onto as you make your way up the trail. We went on a clear day and were able to see the entire lagoon. The views were incredible and we took a much needed swim in the cool water. The path into the crater was very difficult and there were times I wasn’t sure I’d make it back up some of the mud walls. I imagine if it were raining it’d be nearly impossible. The hike down the trail was still difficult and at several points just sat and slide down on my butt out of fear that I was going to hurt an ankle. Needless to say, I ended up completely covered in mud by the end. Prior to hiking this trail we spoke to some locals who agreed that while it is technically closed, many tourist still hike it without any problems. We told a local on one of our tours about our plan to hike it and he actually drove us up to the green lagoon lodge so we didn’t have to take a taxi. He said that for locals it’s risky to hike as they would lose their tour operators license but for foreigners they’d just take down your name and tell you to leave. At the green lagoon lodge they made it pretty clear that by hiking the trail you are doing so at your own risk since it is technically closed. This hike was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is up for the challenge.

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Joseph Heinlein reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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Brutal hike. Glad we went for it, would make that choice over again, but it’s so rough and difficult I would not do it twice. We read what everyone said about it being extremely difficult and watched many videos, and somehow it was still much more difficult than expected. That being said, it is doable if you prepare properly. Bring about 1.5L water per person minimum. I highly recommend wearing gloves - we wore some garden style gloves with hand grips and it really made a huge difference. The more skin you leave exposed on this hike, the more you will suffer. As other have said, start at Green Lagoon. But beware, the road to the parking lot there is rough with rocks and might beat up your rental if the model isn’t high enough off the ground. We showed up at 8AM and finished around 1:30PM. And for the love of god - don’t bring your kids. It’s not safe at all. Would not recommend to anyone over 70 either or anyone over 50 who does not exercise regularly. There have been older men who dropped dead on this trail - take it seriously.

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Nice well made and safe - easy hike can finish in less than 2 hours even if you take your time to see the wild life and all

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Noah Leatham reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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$10 fee per person. At the Green Lagoon Resort you can pay the entrance fee and the give you a “map”. We were able to go all the way up. Around a mile in the trail turns to actual steep muddy trail, lots of drop downs and mud walls. All very fun and not too challenging if you’re in good shape. Bring the essentials, water, food, flashlight, etc. Once you get to the top of the crater it’s a very short but very steep section down to the lagoon- it’s definitely worth it. The lagoon is filled with cool, freshwater. We spotted some small leeches but they didn’t seem interested in us. It’s a fun, steep hike- I wouldn’t recommend it though if you’re not in good fitness or if you’re not feeling like going up a 2000ft muddy slog.

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Nathan Hamaker reviewed Arenal Observatory Lodge Trail
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Great hike. You can go on the hike even if you are not staying at the hotel there. Cost us $12 per person to get in. There are several trail options of different lengths. We did the observation tower loop first. Very tall tower about 10 stories high. Lots of stairs. Then we hiked to the waterfall. Lovely and you are allowed to swim there. They have a couple of beautiful bridges. Circling back was on some rather boring roads. I’d rather treat it like an out and back once you cross the 2 main bridges

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Laura Braden reviewed Arenal Volcano Trail
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Went with a tour group so it was a bit crowded just due to us! But the view from the lava field is amazing. We were fortunate to have a perfectly clear day with a stunning view of the volcano

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Eduardo Guido reviewed Bijagua Waterfall
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HikingPrivate property

Love it! The trail is properly marked and it leads to two different waterfalls. Make sure you pack some extra clothes and get in the water! The owners recently did another view point overlooking the town of Bijagua. Check it out!

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Emma Louise reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingScramble

Definitely worth the scramble and mud! Go from the Green Lagoon Resort, they will charge your $10 and give you a map that says you have to turn around at a specified point but then give you direction all the way to the crater lake. The entrance to the trail is a little confusing, there is a little bridge on the left side of the paved road where you enter the jungle.

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Nathan Vanderschaaf reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingMuddy

Pretty awesome hike. As someone who lives in Colorado and hikes at elevation, I had to catch my breathe multiple times. You go over 3 to 4 ft mud walls and vines plus some of the trail is extremely narrow and washed. Definitely need to be nimble and expect to get muddy. Overall, I got up in about an hour from really pushing it and the walk down to the lagoon was another 20 minutes but totally worth it. Bring bathing suits as the water is great to swim in. Ran into locals who agreed it is safe and said the lagoon reaches up to 60m in depth!

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Stephan Heilner reviewed Heliconias Bijagua
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One of the better maintained trails we found in Costa Rica. The trail leading to the laguna was closed so we could go clear to the top, but there are several suspension bridges on this trail. Such a cool experience!

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Tadge McWilliams reviewed Bijagua Waterfall
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Great hike. This gets overlooked due to the popularity and accessibility of Rio Celeste, but for any serious hikers, this is the better journey. The trail is well maintained, and less traveled. We only saw one other couple.

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This was a fantastic find. We are avid hikers that prefer off the beaten path hikes. We got here around 12:00, opted for a non-toured hike ($26 per person), and hit the trail. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of space and privacy we had while hiking despite a full parking lot! We saw multiple monkeys and pit vipers. The hanging bridges are exactly as advertised - stunning!!

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