Explore the most popular Running 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.

I was only able to reach the first cross as was super muddy

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rocky
13 days ago

Great hike on lava flow 1968! Fairly steep climb, but 8 year old daughter managed well with hiking sticks provided. :)

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!

Beautiful trail. Enjoyed the hike so much. Saw howler monkeys, various butterflies and a peacock. The top viewpoint makes for an incredible 360° view which includes Arenal volcano. I would also note that the restrooms are continually maintained and very clean.

If your a fit family, it’s an easy trail. Normal trail and very nice. If you are out of shape or touristy this might seem like a challenge but definitely doable. I would call this a proper hike.

Beautiful location, short and easy run. Lovely place, beautiful nature and animals.

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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. .

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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

Beautiful park! Loved hiking here. Only issue is to find parking as there are hustlers all over telling you it’s the last parking lot. So much wildlife and beautiful ocean!

Beautiful views of the volcano. We saw birds and butterflies. Very accessible hike.

So incredible! We hiked every inch of this park in February! There are ocean views from every end point! We saw monkeys and birds and sloths oh my! Bring lots of water as there is only 1 place to purchase food or water within the park. Make sure you have tons of sunscreen and other sun protection. Bug spray would be a good idea also and maybe being a swim suit to stop off and take a quick dip. So much to see and breath taking views!

Cairn with cubs

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rocky
3 months ago

This is an amazing trail I have ever experienced. I complete this trail in May 2018. In the beginning you get to see sugar cane plants and beautiful flowers. As you walk through the forest it gets so dense with all the lengthy vines over the tree. You get to see lots of birds and mantled howler monkeys. Requires a hiking shoe as you may encounter rocks and unpaved trail. I had applied bug repellent as well. I could see few ants and flies on the way.

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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rocky
3 months ago

Moderate/Intermediate Hike: It could use better trail signage- make sure to take a left at the cows!

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rocky
3 months ago

The trails are in good shape, lots of lava rock so wear sturdy shoes. We didn’t get to compete the trail due to time constraints and it getting dark but we enjoyed it. Parts have a moderate incline. The ticket booth will give you use of a walking stick which is helpful and I recommend taking it.

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rocky
3 months ago

This trail was awesome. We got there at 2:30p and had plenty of time to complete the loop with good light. The volcanic rocks lead to a view of the volcano—this is a great place to stop. Once you’re done, walk down the boat ramp looking decline to the left of the suspension bridge, head on down and enjoy cooling your feet in the river. You’ll have deserved it and it will make your walk back to the car super satisfying. We were the only ones on the trail, it was just what we were looking for.

Amazing view from the top, hiking is beautiful, some creeks, some bridges, a few strenuous spot towards the end, but the view it’s worth the while. Only Cons: not enough sign, easy to get lost, never do it at night.

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rocky
4 months ago

We took this trail with a naturalist guide. Learning the history of the volcano and flora/fauna made the trail. The trail itself is well maintained. There is moderate elevation gain but it is doable if you are in reasonable physical shape.

Super fun way to explore. It was incredible how dark the rain forest gets. We went at 3pm and hustled to get done by closing at 5:30. Amazing views and pretty technical over lava rocks. Recommend sturdy shoes and a rain jacket. Saw monkeys, lizards, frogs, and a million cool birds. So close to seeing the volcano but the clouds just didn’t want to cooperate fully.

beautiful

Great trail. From the directions given in this app you can make a good start up. We took an uber there from Escazu, starting the trail Just after 200/300meters you can/should go left on the cow path, let the climb begin! This trail is a continues climb up till the top, pretty steep! At the second cross you can go down via a different path if you like. Just know that if you came with your own car you won’t get back to the same spot, in that case i strongly recommend to take the same way back. The view on the second cross is super! From there it is only 15min further to the top. Tip: Be sure to wear good shoes, we went on our nikes and slipt a lot resulting in dirty dusty hikers when we got down. But that kinda makes it fun as well :). Time up: 1.5hour Time down: 1 hour We are beginners.

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