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JC Meyer reviewed La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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HikingGreat!

A few waterfalls line this hike. There is a lot of vegetation lining the water and some parts of the trail are steep. Very beautiful!

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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Hiking

Hike was relatively easy in my opinion, most of the best views of the volcano is in the beginning part of the hike. Most of the trail was covered over head but def something fun to do around the area. Overall enjoyable and def recommend!

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FeeMuddyOver grown
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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

Brittany Thiessen reviewed Arenal 1968 Volcano Trail
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HikingGreat!

I hiked the Arenal 1968 Trail in March 2019 as part of a tour booked with Jacamar Naturalist Tours in La Fortuna. The tour began at 8 am and included transportation and a guide and we spent the morning hiking this trail. The hike began by following through the forest at the base of the volcano. Eventually, the trail opened up where we walked across old lava rock fields from the last eruption in 1968. It was amazing to see how the vegetation had grown back and was lush and mature after only 50 years. There were some beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano along the way. I lucked out and it was a clear and sunny day, so the entire volcano could be seen. It was roughly a 5 km hike that was enjoyable and not too difficult. There were some ups and downs but it was very manageable for anyone of average fitness. The main viewpoint for the Arenal Volcano was amazing and had great photo opportunities with a view of the entire volcano. Thoroughly enjoyed my hike at Arenal Volcano! FYI - A guide is required to hike here as it is a private national park. The only downfall, is that you don't end up getting close to the volcano at all during the hike.

Brittany Thiessen reviewed Rio Celeste Trail
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HikingMuddy

I completed this hike in March 2019 and had booked a full-day tour with Canoa Adventures in La Fortuna. The drive from La Fortuna was approximately 1.5 hours through the beautiful Costa Rican countryside to the Tenorio Volcano National Park. We spotted howler and spider monkeys along the highway on the drive and stopped for photos. The trailhead was located higher in elevation and the temperatures were cooler, but it was incredibly humid. The jungle was thick and lush. This area resembled a cloud forest with low floating clouds and mist hanging over the rainforest. The Rio Celeste hike was approximately 7 km. The first portion of the hike followed along a paved path through the jungle which then transitioned to a rocky and muddy path. The mud was slippery in some areas. There were quite a few people on the hike during my visit but it wasn't overly crowded. The trail had lots of steps and steeper inclines which made it moderately challenging. There were many scenic viewpoints and interesting stops along the hike. Our first stop was a viewing deck overlooking the Tenorio Volcano. You could smell the strong odour of sulphur in the air from the crator but unfortunately, it was too cloudy to see the top of the volcano. The viewing deck still provided amazing views of the lush jungle canopy with the mist and was gorgeous. We spotted some wildlife along the hike including a snake peeking his head out of a hole in a tree, white faced Capuchin monkeys, and an interesting colourful beetle. Our second stop was the Blue Lagoon. This small lagoon was an amazing shade of turquoise! After walking across a narrow foot bridge over a river, we arrived at the place where the two rivers meet. There was a defined line in the water where the normal river met up with the turquoise coloured river, but they didn't mix, which was really cool to see! We hiked back along the same trail as we had come and made our final stop at the Rio Celeste Waterfall. This was a highlight of the hike! After walking down approx. 250 steps, there was an amazing view of this powerful and turquoise coloured waterfall surrounded by lush jungle. It was stunning! There were a couple of small local restaurants, called "sodas," located in the parking lot of the trailhead where you could enjoy a tasty authentic Costa Rican meal. I really enjoyed my hike through the jungle at Rio Celeste and was amazing to see the beautiful sights along the way. Would recommend!

Kristen Moore reviewed Rio Celeste Trail
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FeeMuddy

This hike was a fun workout with great views. There are a few sets of stairs, one of which leads to a waterfall. Bring your rain boots and pancho if you have them. We rented boots and bought a pancho near the entrance.

Arnoldo Gomez reviewed Laguna Hule and Laguna Congo
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HikingMuddyWashed out
First to Review

Scenery and wildlife are great. Careful no to go far off path, foliage is denser. Great hike. Get out and Hike!

Arnoldo Gomez reviewed La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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HikingMuddyRocky

Awesome waterfall views. Be careful in jungle. Get out and Hike!

Arnoldo Gomez reviewed Poás Volcano
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Hiking

Nice hike, foggy at times but amazing when fog cleared and we saw the lake and vents, awesome!!!! Get out and Hike!

Chris Nguyen reviewed Rio Negro Waterfalls
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Hiking
First to Review

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

Chris Nguyen reviewed Río Negro Hot Springs Trail
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Hiking

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!

Chris Nguyen reviewed Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Hiking

Everything about this place is absolutely amazing and beautiful. Happy hiking!

Chris Nguyen reviewed Rio Celeste Trail
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Hiking

Great trail! The waterfall was absolutely gorgeous. Love the blue green water. The coconut from the stand in the parking lot were cool and refreshing, especially after the hike. Happy hiking!

AllTrails User reviewed Playa Dantita
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Hiking

One of my favourite beaches in Costarica.

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.

Justine Duru reviewed Bebedero to Salitral
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Rocky

It's a beautiful hike to do with awesome views on mountains all the way long. However, I would recommend (and I'll do it next time!) that you do the hike the other way around. Start at Salitral and finish at Bebedero. The path to go to Salitral is 80% going down AND full of tiny rocks which makes the way super slippery.

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!!

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.

Kevin Minderhout reviewed Spartan Trail
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Hiking

Nice trail. The southern part of the loop is the nice part where for a good portion of it you are actually on a trail. The northern portion is on an uninteresting gravel road.

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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