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HikingMuddyOver grownRockyScramble

Sendero con dificultad técnica 9/10 Para excursionistas expertos Llevar mapa descargado, buena batería y ropa apta para caminar. Aproximadamente 2.8 kilómetros a la cima por sendero entre la montaña, no apto para principiantes, no se recomienda ir solo. Muy buena caminata, sin embargo se debe de ir muy preparado y OTRA MUDA DE ROPA para la vuelta.

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Rebe Mora Mayorga reviewed Cerro Cabeza de Vaca
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HikingGreat!

Bonito, un poco frío pero se entra en calor rápido con esas cuestas. Del parqueo al parqueo hicimos 10,5km en 3 horas caminando suave y parando a respirar un poco, no es taaaan difícil, hay un par de cuestas fuertes

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Todd Mitchell reviewed Zurqui Trail
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HikingMuddy

Not really a trail. Road ends and becomes basically a farmer's road, then it wanders into a super steep and muddy (if it rains) deeply rutted jeep trail. We didn't even get too far into it due to it starting to rain and the trail/road was like skating on mud. It was very scenic from the hilltops and quite lovely, but I only gave it 3 stars cause we couldn't actually do much of the hike.

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Brian Rogers reviewed Ocotal Beach - San Blas
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Todd Mitchell reviewed Irazu Volcano Trail
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Hiking
First to Review

I'm giving it a 4 mainly because it was better than I expected after reading some reviews. Also because it was my first "hike" after moving to CR. The trail loops from the parking lot around a gray/black sand open space surrounded by slopes with amazing flora. The contrast of the flower and leaf colors against the black sand was very nice. We walked clockwise and thus saved the crater for the last section. The crater was not filled with water and so a tiny bit of a let down. The steep and rough slopes down to the crater were quite interesting, especially as clouds started coming in.

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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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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.

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Chris Nguyen reviewed Río Negro Hot Springs Trail
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Hiking

We love the Hot Springs. It was amazing.

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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.

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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.

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Stephanie Vargas reviewed Spartan Trail
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Jonathon Garcia reviewed Arenal 1968 Volcano Trail
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Emma Johnson reviewed Arenal 1968 Volcano Trail
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Keith Ruffner reviewed Spartan Trail
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There is a long section of this path that is on private property. Maybe that's normal for Costa Rica, but it was confusing at times. Overall it was a nice hike, but I should have used more sunscreen.

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Ben Edwards reviewed Arenal 1968 Volcano Trail
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Jose Ramon Yepes reviewed Tres Cruces - Escazu Trail
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HikingRocky

Good trip, moderate climbing, steeper at the end. First cross is difficult to find, second cross is mostly gone. Excellent views along the way. 1 hour trip for a beginner hiker. There is a second way down via a trail behind the last cross, down to a river with nice views of pico blanco.

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Hiking

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

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Jocelyne Delabays reviewed Arenal 1968 Volcano Trail
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Hiking

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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Nathan Hamaker reviewed Río Negro Hot Springs Trail
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Hiking

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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Nathan Hamaker reviewed Arenal Observatory Lodge Trail
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Hiking

Great hike. You can go on the hike even if you are not staying at the hotel there. Cost us $12 per person to get in. There are several trail options of different lengths. We did the observation tower loop first. Very tall tower about 10 stories high. Lots of stairs. Then we hiked to the waterfall. Lovely and you are allowed to swim there. They have a couple of beautiful bridges. Circling back was on some rather boring roads. I’d rather treat it like an out and back once you cross the 2 main bridges

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Nathan Hamaker reviewed Arenal 1968 Volcano Trail
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Hiking

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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Shane Dixon reviewed Cerro La Carpintera
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HikingClosed
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Trail is fenced off.

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Nature trips

Easy hike for anyone in moderately good shape with amazing wildlife. Did not need a tour guide to spot a wide range of animals: three species of monkeys ( thieving capuchins, howlers, and squirrel), toucans, several augutis ( basically a squirrel pig), snakes, frisky raccoons, and iguanas galore. Got to the park around 0630 before it opened at 0700 and was able to be among the first to enter. Made my way to the far end of the park to avoid the morning crowds and felt like I was alone in the trails for a good couple hours.

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Jenny Young reviewed Agua Caliente River Loop
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HikingFee

well marked and easy to follow trail. nothing overly spectacular about it for the $15 entrance fee hense the lower rating. We saw a small snake and a monkey.

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