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We begin the trail from Rinconcito Lodge.
The trail was very beautiful and it's vert nice to swim near the waterfall or in the hot springs.

great trail. easy-moderate only due to rocky river crossings, not difficult just need to pay attention. hike to the hot springs is on a nice wide trail. roots and rocks here and there, well marked. Hot springs are simple with heavy sulphur smell. The road off of 918 is bumpy. It's actually flat and no ruts but consists of 2 to 4 inch rocks and its crazy bumpy. A car may make it but no struts or shocks left when you get there

Fun hike overall that is moderate difficult level due to a few a few steep portions of the hike. The hike is interesting since the hike includes streams, jungles, and more aired climates. We saw multiple monkeys, lizards, and birds. Many amazing trees along this trail.

trail running
2 months ago

I’m a professional trail runner and this is as good as it gets. NEED YOUR PHOTO ID AND $15 USD for each person. Single track and wider trails with no scrabble and perfect climate. I did a counterclockwise loop called Sector La Pailas off of the Hot Springs Trail. Although I report on trail running I loved it so much I took my wife walking which is why it took 4 hours at walking pace. Saw 3 large groups of capuchin and howler monkeys. There are 6-8 water crossings that will NOT get your feet wet and some crossings have cable assist. This is an awesome trail for walking AND running.

There are a few things people need to know before they do this hike. The first is getting there. The beginning of the trail looks like it's to the left of a dirt road (right after the fork in the road). That is not the beginning!! If you look on the trail map, you'll see it veers to the right for the first half and then juts to the left. The trail starts when the trail juts left! Don't park your car off to the side of the dirt road--drive all the way up until you see the info/ ranger station (if you zoom into the map you'll see there is an info sign right by the top right most point of the trail). There is parking, a bathroom, etc. You'll also need to bring $15 CASH for each person in your party.
The trail itself was nice and not too hard. I'd recommend going to every side trail too as that is where the sights are (the side trails are all marked on the map with black dotted lines). First there is a hummingbird trail (we didn't see any), then the longest side trail is to the cold sulfur bubbling water pools (if you want to skip any, this would be the one), then an enchanted forest which has a waterfall and a brook, then a bigger waterfall, and then finally the hot-springs. It's worth bringing a towel and a bathing-suit. Remember that sulfur reacts with lots of metals so remember to take off jewelry!

It was quite windy in January and the surface is badly eroded. We saw two species of monkeys, capuchin and spider. Swimming is now prohibited by the falls but many ignored that. There is a hot spring that joins the swimming hole. Since the park closes at 4pm you must start before noon. A little over an hours drive from Playa Hermosa.

We visited the reserve by ourselves, did not saw any wildlife. It is less crowded than monteverde park hopefully. We did the 1h30 and 25 minutes hike (from which you can see the Arenal).

Great hike through the rainforest

Well worth the hike to the mud bath and hot springs

Sunday, February 18, 2018

awesome! go first thing to have the waterfall/blue lagoon to yourself (or mostly) :) took me about 1.5 hours to get there with plenty of quick stops to check for monkies.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Awesome trail with side trails leading to two waterfalls and 'cold water pots' where volcanic gasses are bubbling out of shallow pools of water. The hot springs themselves are warm and pleasant, but do smell a bit like eggs because of their sulfur content. We saw lots of wildlife on the trail including a large troop of white-headed capuchins.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

FYI closed on Monday. We tried to hike and were threatened by the local “security guard” as he insisted we pay him $15 per person. Total shakedown.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Good hike through different vegetation to a gorgeous blue waterfall begging you to jump in. Bring the swim suits!

6 days ago

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