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

Chris Nguyen
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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!

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

Jonathon Garcia
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Piña ..
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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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Emma Johnson
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Piña ..
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Hiking

Loved loved!!! You don’t need a tour either

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Piña ..
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Hiking

We only Loved this easy hike due to seeing monkeys!!!

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Ben Edwards
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Rock S
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Hiking

We took the red trail which had a shorter version. Rocky trail and steep sections

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Rock S
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Hiking

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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Jocelyne Delabays
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Hiking

Great trail! The jungle part is really cool and saw a bunch of weird birds and lizards. Also enjoyed the lava fields and the tall grass. We went on a cloudy day but still saw a lot of arenal . It was also hot so bring lots of water

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Rock S
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Hiking

The actual trail is closed due to prior volcanic activities. You can only go using the main road through the look out. Most of the time there is a fog covering the crater

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Laura Braden
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Hiking

The trails in the park are closed due to the volcano's activity. We had to park at the VIsitor's Center, get a hard hat and wlak along the road to the crater. It's an easy walk on paved ground. We couldn't see the crater due to fog, but I assume if you go on a clear day it is beautiful!

Sergiu B.
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Hiking

Great hike with the view of the mountain and the lake Check out the video of the hike I made: https://youtu.be/gwiz110MzIk

Nathan Hamaker
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Hiking

My wife and I loved this hike. Favorite in Costa Rica. Be sure and follow the entire trail as there is a lot to see even past the waterfall. Can’t get over how beautiful the water was! You can’t swim in the water in the park but there are places along the road on the way in where you can stop and swim. Moderate hike and narrow and rocky in a few places. The park is isolated and a bit hard to access. Get there early. It gets very crowded by afternoon. We got there at 830 and left at 1130. The crowds were large coming in as we left. There is an entrance fee. Take credit cards. There are a few small places to eat around the parking lot. Parking is $4 cash. Take US dollars

Nathan Hamaker
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Hiking

Great trail with great views of both the volcano as well as lake Arenal. We did the longer hike which includes the forest and lake loop and then the volcanic rock portion as well. As with all parks in this part of Costa Rica there is an entrance fee. The took credit cards. It is rocky and has some steep climbs at times. Took us 2 1/2 hours but we stop and take a lot of pictures too

Laura Braden
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Hiking

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

Michael Brodnansky
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Hiking

Beautiful!

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Michael Brodnansky
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Nice views. Hot and humid. Pretty touristy. Technically closes at 4 but they won’t kick you out.

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Eduardo Guido
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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!

maya ferry
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HikingFee

Very scenic, nice views of the volcano and well maintained. There is a fee but worth it. It rained on and off so I would recommend a light rain jacket. Most of the trail is pretty easy with the exception right before the lava fields.

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