Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Costa Rica with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Do exactly what Ray Schmidt says below, start in Puerto Vargas in the morning, then have a late lunch in Cahuita. Was perfect. Great hike. Took a little longer because we stopped and swam and spent a lot of time staring at monkeys. Lots of monkeys in the trees by the beach.

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.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful easy to moderate trail with gorgeous views . Dog friendly. Finish at the beach and Jump in the water! Very private small beach. Bring a snack and spend a relaxing day here .

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!

hiking
10 days ago

A coastal walk along a beautiful beach, the trail is flat and easy to navigate. The tide pools near the point are fun for the kids to play in. Pay attention to the sky behind you, storms can move in rapidly.

La casona played an important role in shaping Costa Rican identity , because of the military political events . Santa Rosa National Park and Liberia City Tour. The Santa Rosa National Park is the most important monuments in the dry forest of freedom after independence. “La Casona” is where in 1856 the Costa Rican army beat a group of filibusters that tried to conquer the whole central American territory. In 1890 it is purchased by Sacaza family who demolished the casona and builds a new one The haciendas in Guanacaste had a garden with crops such as cocoa and sugar cane . Haciendas extracted timber and farmed cattle y dairy products. The battle of Santa Rosa is one of the most important moments of National Campaign . The campaign stemmed from a Civil War between the Liberal and the Conservative parties in Nicaragua from 1854 to 1857 . To win the cause the Democratic Party appealed to William Walker And his mercenaries. Colonel Lorenzo Salazar with 480 men from San José vs 230 filibusters . The battle lasted 14 minutes. 19 filibusters died and 20 were executed.

You will walk a small distance on a path that leads to La Oropéndola waterfall, with its impressive 25 meters cascade . The Oropendola waterfall rushes into a bubbling turquoise pool in the exuberant canyon of the Blanco River, creating an incredible tropical oasis.

hiking
15 days ago

Definitely worth the effort! The weather is so uncomfortable and I was soaked before I got there but the waterfalls are incredible and the jungle is beautiful. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
17 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

A magical experience!

Beautiful national park. Easy trails. Toucans and monkeys among the wildlife. Lovely beach. If you find yourself in Costa Rica the park is a must.

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!

Beautiful views. Hard to find the start with the construction in progress. The Dantita trail was closed with a "keep out" sign so we took a detour to re-meet that trail.

running
2 months ago

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

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

My wife and I hiked this trail in the Spring of 2018. We connected with a local guide and it was well worth it. He was very knowledgeable about the local wildlife and plants. There was so much to see and learn. The hike was laid back and not strenuous.

hiking
muddy
scramble
2 months ago

Nothing special: a wide yet steep forest track. It starts from the Belmar hotel. You can not miss it nor get lost. The view must be good from the top but in August, I got only clouds and rain. It’s a good workout for trail running though : quite steep but you can run all the way, and you can go on your own without worrying about anything else but the odd dog. Beware of slippery mud in the way down.

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

Beautiful forest, path is well constructed, super easy, didn’t see much for wildlife (small birds and centipedes)

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

I think people must be taking an alternate route than shown. I found it incredibly overgrown about 3/4 mile in (by cross) Appeared unused for a very long time - I turned around. Seems there are other trails in the area but are unmarked

I hike a little and I didn’t find it as difficult as people say, an hour and 10 minutes to the third cross is reasonable if you’re fit and don’t stop for too many photos! I can imagine it’s much tougher in the wet as it is quite slippery under foot The view from the second cross is stunning Took an alternative route down and an Iber was easy to find back to Escazu

hiking
2 months ago

Really beautiful. It was like walking in a postcard. We saw several animals: lazy, bats, monkeys, turtles ... We bathed in a crystalline sea.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful spot!! Try and get there as early as possible. For those taking the bus the first bit down to the parking lot is fine heading down but pretty tough coming back up, especially if it’s sunny and hot like it was for us! Amazing pool to swim in. Totally worth any payment! A must if you’re in the area.

Cairn with cubs

hiking
2 months ago

Go early and take lots of water - IMPORTANT NOTE - more than you think you’ll need! This is a long and hot hike but the abundance of wildlife we observed was worth every second. The first part has some decent tree cover but where the sun gets through it is blazing! Hike quietly and you may find yourself surrounded by a troop of capuchin monkeys as they made their way through the jungle, as we were. We were able to stand and observe them for quiet a long time and got some amazing photos. We also saw and heard howlers communicating with another group down the valley - it was amazing to hear their calls echo all around us. We also also saw many coatimundis, a deer, agouti, and spotted the rare great curassow in the underbrush as well as many colourful birds and butterflies. At the half way point you are rewarded with Playa Blanca - a rocky beach safe for a refreshing dip and a mid way lunch at the shaded picnic tables on the beach. Amazing hike! 10/10 would do it again!! There is a well at the trailhead with drinkable water, however 3 out of 4 of our group had some tummy trouble after drinking it - FYI.

This is a beautiful walk. You encounter many hanging bridges. You get to see many birds especially Costa Rican Tucan.

My wife and I enjoyed this hike, I’d say the proximity To Santa Ana and Escazú plus the views of the Central Valley and physical challenge makes this a good hike to try. It is very steep with a mix of gravel, small rocks, and clay—so at times it wasn’t the best traction even for good hiking boots, but it was good exercise and do-able for all ages and average fitness levels. We missed the turn to go up by the cow pasture initiative so got extra credit hiking in (thank you Costa Rica and your usage of signs), so make sure you watch for a small social trail shortly into the hike to your left! (Btw, the hike is misnamed, solo hay un Cruz , not tres! )

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