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Kevin Minderhout reviewed Manzanillo a Punta Mona
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Hiking

At times beautiful but overshadowed having to spend time dodging mud and it has been relatively dry recently. The first 1/4 of this shouldn’t be a problem with mud and is the best of the trail. The beach at the end is excellent as well. The other 3/4 is why this is 3 stars.

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Maricruz Rodriguez reviewed Carara National Park Trail
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Hiking

Recomiendo estos senderos para paseos familiares. Es apto para todo público ya que tiene un nivel de dificultad bajo. Los senderos están en muy buen estado y me pareció un recorrido de distancia moderada. Un bonito recorrido lleno de árboles hermosos y naturaleza. No pude observar fauna

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Courtney Hull reviewed Cataratas del Toro
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Hiking

Lots of stairs but a most breathtaking waterfall awaits!

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Hiking

Was an amazing adventure made me really do some self reflection along the arduous trek after a terrible loss. The Paramo is otherworldly. Love the glacial lakes and constant change in environment

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Arnoldo Gomez reviewed Chilamate Rainforest Eco Trail
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HikingMuddy
First to Review

Muddy but very nice rain forest. enjoyable hike, saw any frogs many colors. Get out and hike!

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Arnoldo Gomez reviewed Cataratas del Toro
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HikingBugsGreat!MuddyOver grownRocky
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Amazing Fall. Jungle is fabulous! Get out and Hike!

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Chris Nguyen reviewed Rio Negro Waterfalls
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Hiking
First to Review

Easy trail. The waterfalls were pretty cool. Happy hiking!

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Chris Nguyen reviewed Río Negro Hot Springs Trail
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Hiking

We love the Hot Springs. It was amazing.

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Chris Nguyen reviewed Oropendola Waterfall
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Hiking

Great trail with an amazing waterfall at the end. Enjoy!

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AllTrails User reviewed Playa Dantita
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Hiking

One of my favourite beaches in Costarica.

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AllTrails User reviewed Río Negro Hot Springs Trail
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HikingFloodedMuddy

This is one of my favourite places to go in Costatica. Ive done this trail 2 times. In the rainy season we had to cross a couple rivers so prepare to get wet! 2 waterfalls and then you get to the hot springs. So magical.

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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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Dominique Champagne reviewed Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio Trail
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Attention pour le parking, les locaux sont très agressants et t'arrêtent partout en voulant que tu aies dans leur parking à gros prix. C'est des arnaqueurs. Il faut continuer jusqu'à la porte d'entrée, au fond complètement. il y a des parkings sur une ruelle à côté du ticket booth. Ça coûte de l'argent aussi.

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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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Morgan Bennett reviewed Nauyaca Falls
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Hiking

The hike is mainly uphill on the way to the falls. We saw toucans in the trees. There are options to horseback ride/atv/ride in a cart for those who do not want to hike. Go early in the morning and you will have more solitude. Beautiful waterfalls with rocks at the base to lounge. Pack snacks and water. There are changing rooms and restrooms at the falls if you do not want to hike in a swim suit.

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Manuel's Tours. Costa Rica reviewed Sendero Laguna Meandrica
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Bird Watching
First to Review

Its name is related to the meander formed in the Tarcoles River with a lake (Totally dry since 2010) in the sector of approximately 1.968 feet (600 meters) long and 131 feet (40 meters) wide. This trail is usually used by ornithologists, birdwatchers and tourists to observe many birds and other wildlife, mainly in the morning (7:00 am to 11:00 am) This trail is closed in the heart of the rainy season (from late August to late November) because it’s often covered by several feet of water when the river floods. Easy to walk and don't forget the bug spray and water.

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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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