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JC Meyer reviewed La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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HikingGreat!

A few waterfalls line this hike. There is a lot of vegetation lining the water and some parts of the trail are steep. Very beautiful!

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Hiking

Hike was relatively easy in my opinion, most of the best views of the volcano is in the beginning part of the hike. Most of the trail was covered over head but def something fun to do around the area. Overall enjoyable and def recommend!

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Brittany Thiessen reviewed Arenal 1968 Volcano Trail
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HikingGreat!

I hiked the Arenal 1968 Trail in March 2019 as part of a tour booked with Jacamar Naturalist Tours in La Fortuna. The tour began at 8 am and included transportation and a guide and we spent the morning hiking this trail. The hike began by following through the forest at the base of the volcano. Eventually, the trail opened up where we walked across old lava rock fields from the last eruption in 1968. It was amazing to see how the vegetation had grown back and was lush and mature after only 50 years. There were some beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano along the way. I lucked out and it was a clear and sunny day, so the entire volcano could be seen. It was roughly a 5 km hike that was enjoyable and not too difficult. There were some ups and downs but it was very manageable for anyone of average fitness. The main viewpoint for the Arenal Volcano was amazing and had great photo opportunities with a view of the entire volcano. Thoroughly enjoyed my hike at Arenal Volcano! FYI - A guide is required to hike here as it is a private national park. The only downfall, is that you don't end up getting close to the volcano at all during the hike.

Brittany Thiessen reviewed Rio Celeste Trail
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HikingMuddy

I completed this hike in March 2019 and had booked a full-day tour with Canoa Adventures in La Fortuna. The drive from La Fortuna was approximately 1.5 hours through the beautiful Costa Rican countryside to the Tenorio Volcano National Park. We spotted howler and spider monkeys along the highway on the drive and stopped for photos. The trailhead was located higher in elevation and the temperatures were cooler, but it was incredibly humid. The jungle was thick and lush. This area resembled a cloud forest with low floating clouds and mist hanging over the rainforest. The Rio Celeste hike was approximately 7 km. The first portion of the hike followed along a paved path through the jungle which then transitioned to a rocky and muddy path. The mud was slippery in some areas. There were quite a few people on the hike during my visit but it wasn't overly crowded. The trail had lots of steps and steeper inclines which made it moderately challenging. There were many scenic viewpoints and interesting stops along the hike. Our first stop was a viewing deck overlooking the Tenorio Volcano. You could smell the strong odour of sulphur in the air from the crator but unfortunately, it was too cloudy to see the top of the volcano. The viewing deck still provided amazing views of the lush jungle canopy with the mist and was gorgeous. We spotted some wildlife along the hike including a snake peeking his head out of a hole in a tree, white faced Capuchin monkeys, and an interesting colourful beetle. Our second stop was the Blue Lagoon. This small lagoon was an amazing shade of turquoise! After walking across a narrow foot bridge over a river, we arrived at the place where the two rivers meet. There was a defined line in the water where the normal river met up with the turquoise coloured river, but they didn't mix, which was really cool to see! We hiked back along the same trail as we had come and made our final stop at the Rio Celeste Waterfall. This was a highlight of the hike! After walking down approx. 250 steps, there was an amazing view of this powerful and turquoise coloured waterfall surrounded by lush jungle. It was stunning! There were a couple of small local restaurants, called "sodas," located in the parking lot of the trailhead where you could enjoy a tasty authentic Costa Rican meal. I really enjoyed my hike through the jungle at Rio Celeste and was amazing to see the beautiful sights along the way. Would recommend!

Kristen Moore reviewed Rio Celeste Trail
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FeeMuddy

This hike was a fun workout with great views. There are a few sets of stairs, one of which leads to a waterfall. Bring your rain boots and pancho if you have them. We rented boots and bought a pancho near the entrance.

Arnoldo Gomez reviewed Laguna Hule and Laguna Congo
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Scenery and wildlife are great. Careful no to go far off path, foliage is denser. Great hike. Get out and Hike!

Arnoldo Gomez reviewed La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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HikingMuddyRocky

Awesome waterfall views. Be careful in jungle. Get out and Hike!

Arnoldo Gomez reviewed Poás Volcano
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Hiking

Nice hike, foggy at times but amazing when fog cleared and we saw the lake and vents, awesome!!!! Get out and Hike!

Chris Nguyen reviewed Rio Celeste Trail
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Hiking

Great trail! The waterfall was absolutely gorgeous. Love the blue green water. The coconut from the stand in the parking lot were cool and refreshing, especially after the hike. Happy hiking!

Shannon Brawley reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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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!!

Tatiana Kp reviewed Arenal Volcano Trail
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Amazing views, at least 4 different trails around the volcano.

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.

Jonathon Garcia reviewed Arenal 1968 Volcano Trail
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Piña .. reviewed Quebrada Cuecha Cascada
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Hiking

Forgot to turn on the all trails app prior to starting the walks. The clouded forest reserve is stunning!!! Highly recommend doing this. Just so you know you can’t park at the front gate you have to leave your car 1km down the hill. There is security and parking assistance there to help you. I believe it’s $5 and a shuttle comes and gets you. Go early in the morning. We did it without a tour.

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Joseph Heinlein reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

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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