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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.

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!

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rocky
1 month ago

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

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closed
2 months ago

Easy walk, barely hiking. Great for looking at small animals and flora and fauna. Good for young children.

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2 months ago

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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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Half the trail (south of Punta Cahuita) is closed for repairs (as of March 2020) so you can only enter at the Cahuita side and do that half as an out-and-back. At the Cahuita entrance, there’s no set fee but they strongly recommend some donation. I pretty much immediately saw a couple of sloths because several large tour groups were standing around looking at them. Maybe it’s just high season, or maybe it’s because of the closure, but the trail was pretty crowded when I did it. I also saw raccoons, white-faced monkeys, lizards, butterflies, many birds, and a snake. There are picnic tables throughout the first half of the trail and at the very end. At low tide you could do most of the hike on the beach one way and on the trail on the way back.

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fee
2 months ago

bridge out
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rocky
2 months ago

One of the best trails I had the pleasure to do. Moderate difficulty with various terrains, rocks, trees. You get to cross rustic bridges, there are like 5 different waterfalls, you walk along rivera. Just awesome!

on Rio Celeste Trail

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2 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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

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rocky
3 months ago

Awesome trail. Would also recommend doing Catedral loop for views. Swimming was great. Watch out for strong sun, bugs, monkeys/raccoons stealing your stuff.

Very easy hike, more like an easy walk in the woods. The first half was all paved and flat. The second half had a couple ups and down but they were very easy and only a few steps up or down. The entrance fee was $10/person and you could bring a guide for an additional $25/person (I’m sure you could make a deal with them) and they carry big camera equipment and binoculars to help you see some wildlife. We chose to do the hike alone and saw some birds, a monkey, some big lizards, and a big rodent of some kind. We did all the loops and it was 4 miles total. It’s very well maintained and the trail is very visible, they had a group of volunteers raking off the trail when we were there. The $10 pays for the park fee so you can do multiple trails in that park in the same day.

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3 months ago

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

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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3 months ago

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

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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3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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

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

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rocky
3 months ago

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

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