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    Chuck Herrington reviewed Poás Volcano

    over 1 year ago

    Easy stroll up a paved walkway to the viewing area into the crater, past the visitor center (which has a restaurant and shop). The day we went was perfectly clear with great views into the crater to see it's venting activity (you get a sense of how large and powerful the eruption was to blow the top off of the volcano and create the crater)--but I've heard many folks who visit can't see the crater and it's activity due to dense clouds. Pretty steep entry price to get into the park if you're not a local, so can be very disappointing if you pay to get in and can't see anything. Nice learning exhibit on Costa Rica's volcanos in the Visitor's Center. For more difficulty, you can do a loop hike around a lake adjacent and above the crater.

    Chuck Herrington completed Poás Volcano [CLOSED]

    over 1 year ago

    Chuck Herrington reviewed Llanos del Cortés Waterfall

    over 1 year ago

    Easy stroll down a well-maintained trail with gradual stair steps. Nice picturesque waterfall that is popular with locals for picnics and swimming. You can swim behind the falls, and even scramble to the top (although it's pretty slippery and dangerous--so be careful if you're feeling daring)!

    Chuck Herrington reviewed Rio Celeste Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Phenomenal hike. Start from the park entrance and the first part of the hike is a nice stroll through the jungle on a very well-maintained trail. At about 0.8 miles in, you get to the crossroad with signage to go down to the waterfall, or to continue up to the sulfur vents in the river where two rivers meet to create the blue Rio Celeste. DO BOTH!! The hike down to the waterfall is well maintained with stairs, and you'll be treated to an amazing waterfall that has to be one of the most photographed in Costa Rica. After reascending the stairs to the crossroad, continue up along a less maintained trail (can be very muddy at some times of the year) to the point where two rivers join to create the blue color. Amazing views, and it's good to go with a guide to help explain the flora, fauna, and many stories about the river and area in general. Highly recommended if in the Guanacaste or Arenal areas!

    Chuck Herrington updated Acatenango - Guilmer's Camp to Peak

    over 1 year ago

    Chuck Herrington reviewed Volcán Acatenango - ascent to Guilmer's Camp

    over 1 year ago

    Beautiful views, but a difficult hike! 1,000 ft of elevation for every 1 mile over a well maintained trail--however it's a standard volcano hike where for every 2 steps up you slide back 1 step. Folks with average fitness can do this hike, but may HATE it--continual ascent, very cold temps at the top with high winds (and potential stinging rain/mist). Not for everyone, but if you make it up to the top you will be treated to phenomenal views of the Antigua valley and a light show with neighboring Volcan Fuego hopefully erupting for you up close and personal. Best done as a an overnight backpacking trip, to watch the sunrise at the peak. Go with Guilmer's family as a guide!!

    Chuck Herrington completed Volcán Acatenango

    over 1 year ago

    Chuck Herrington completed Rio Celeste Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Chuck Herrington added Rio Celeste hike

    over 1 year ago

    Chuck Herrington added Valle Del Sol 5K

    over 2 years ago

    Chuck Herrington completed Tres Cruces - Escazu Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Chuck Herrington reviewed Tres Cruces - Escazu

    over 2 years ago

    Great hike in Escazu. Park at Valle Azue Restaurant, and start up the dirt road to the right of the restaurant. Takes you to 3 distinct crosses, with each one more impressive. It's a pretty steady incline, but the trail is in good condition with no need for technical climbing. The views at the 3rd cross are outstanding, and there were many families there enjoying the views and having an early lunch picnic. Definitely worth the climb!

    Chuck Herrington reviewed Cataratas Chirraca de Acosta (Acosta-Chirraca Waterfalls)

    over 2 years ago

    Short out and back hike that ends at a refreshing, 2-tier waterfall. Starts at a nice restaurant (El Restaurante Selva) and follows a dirt road up along side a river. At the end of the dirt road starts the backcountry trail for a short-ways, which opens up at the river right below the lower falls. A quick scramble up to the left of the lower fall gets you to the upper fall. Nice, gradual hike with no technical parts to it. Do it early to avoid the heat! Make sure to enjoy an inexpensive meal with some cerveza after the hike at the restaurant!!

    Chuck Herrington updated Tres Cruces - Escazu

    over 2 years ago

    Chuck Herrington updated Tres Cruces - Escazu

    over 2 years ago

    Chuck Herrington updated Tres Cruces - Escazu

    over 2 years ago

    Chuck Herrington updated Tres Cruces - Escazu

    over 2 years ago