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Chris Nguyen reviewed Río Negro Hot Springs Trail
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We love the Hot Springs. It was amazing.

Chris Nguyen reviewed Oropendola Waterfall
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Hiking

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

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.

Laura the Explorer reviewed Catarata La Cangreja
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I don't think I realized what I was getting myself into when I started this hike lol. It was tough! We hiked it in March which is the hottest month of the year. I made the mistake of just wearing hiking sandals. Some parts were so steep and rocky which is rough on the ankles so I definitely recommend boots if you have. It was a beautiful hike though and takes you in and out of different terrains. The last stretch that descends to the waterfall was quite difficult (especially when knowing you have to climb back up that afterwards). The waterfall itself was stunningly beautiful and felt so refreshing- although you're technically not supposed to swim in it luckily nobody was around to stop us- no way was I gonna go through all that and not jump in! As I expected, the hike back was pretty hard for me as it's a lot of uphill. I'm a pretty avid hiker but do get winded easily. I felt so accomplished though once we got back to the car- like I can do anything now!

Nathan Hamaker reviewed Río Negro Hot Springs Trail
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Great hike in the rain forest. 2 waterfalls near the middle of the hike are both beautiful. Both waterfalls are found on short offshoots of the main trail. You can swim in either. Hot springs at the end are nice and feel about 90-95 degrees F. We saw a ton of spider monkeys playing together on the hike. The road to the trail is awful. There is a rundown ranger station where you check in. $15 per person and they want to see your passports. Bring sunscreen and mosquito spray

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Cynthia Gonzalez reviewed Catarata La Cangreja
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Raelene Ostberg reviewed Catarata La Cangreja
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Hiking

This is a wonderful trail! Through the dry forest with huge beautiful trees, into the prairies with beautiful views, then down the rocks to a gorgeous waterfall! Told no way to do it in under three hours, but I made it in two hours and 27 minutes! Have to catch a plane now, and will travel home with a big smile on my face! It's great for solo traveler because you do see others, but at 8 AM it was not very busy! Totally worth the travel :-)

Alyssa Ramirez reviewed Bridges at Selvatura
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HikingFeeMuddy

Didn't see many animals but really enjoyed the hummingbird garden. Our guide Andres was great.

Tadge McWilliams reviewed Bridges at Selvatura
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HikingFeePrivate property

This is a nice walk. The trail is part of the Salventura Adventure Park. Check their website for the current entrance fee.

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Hiking

Nice easy trail, beautiful waterfall and some cool volcanic activity. Worthwhile if you have the time to spare

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Eric Roth reviewed Catarata La Cangreja
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Long trail but good reward at the end with a gorgeous waterfall and some relaxation. The hike back is the hard part! Saw some Iguana and lizards, unfortunately no monkeys! Overall great trail and great workout.

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HikingFee

Unique hike on a well maintained trail. You will see a volcancito, bubbling sulfur mud pools, catarata (waterfall), amazing trees, and more. Plus you support Costa Rica’s commitment to national parks.

Chad Morris reviewed Bridges at Selvatura
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I have never seen trees this large. we did the zip line and the bridge hike. we loved it

Erik Garcia reviewed Catarata La Cangreja
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This is a difficult level of hiking Cangreja (Crab) Waterfall. The Cangreja Waterfall is located inside the Rincon de la Vieja National Park forest. Spilling 130 feet (40 meters) in a white ribbon of water out of the green forest, the waterfall forms a celestial blue pool at its base; its color comes from dissolved copper minerals from the volcano. The only way to get to this waterfall is by hiking 3 miles (5 km) into the national park. Inside the park there is a road to la Cangreja (3h). This route is quite long and if you arrive a little late, they do not let you access (initially, the last access is at 12h).

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Amazing trail, offers so much! kid friendly as well.

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HikingFee

Nice easy trail, mostly on concrete provided by the CR gov’t. It’s a loop that winds through rainforest with heavy flora and dry forest passing geothermal pools. Would highly suggest getting a guide at the park to better understand what you are seeing.

Lori Leon reviewed Catarata La Cangreja
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Beautiful! Mostly shady but some sunny places. The way back was steeper than the way there. But so worth it after seeing the waterfall. Saw many monkeys, butterflies and even a 10ft+ boa constrictor at the end of the hike!

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This hike was definitely off the beaten path. starting at the Rincon de la vieja visitor center, it's an easy hike of less than a mile to a little yellow gate where you exit the park maintained trail system. From there, two different trails can take you to the hot springs. I did not see a single soul during my hike through the unmaintained portion. I saw some horse tracks which looked recent, and there's definitely evidence of at least occasional trail maintenance due to sawed-off logs and whatnot. however this hike is definitely not for the faint of heart. Even in the middle of the day it feels like twilight in the forest, conjuring images of stalking cats to the imaginative mind. unless you are an experienced jungle hiker and familiar with Costa Rica's wildlife, I wouldn't recommend taking this hike unless you are able-bodied and have at least one friend with you. otherwise, it's definitely worth the trek to the hot springs. If you go a little further you can access some very private springs since the trail accessing them from the south west has been closed.

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Sarah Agnew reviewed Oropendola Waterfall
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Absolutely breathtaking. Easy to access this waterfall. Really nice swim in beautiful blue water. Cool suspension bridge to get to the falls. Highly recommend. If you stay at the "resort" nearby, you can get wristbands for free access to this waterfall, another beautiful set of 2 smaller blue falls, and the hot springs. Highly recommend all 3.

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