Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio Trail

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Marco Antonio National Park

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio Trail is a 2.1 mile loop trail located near Aguirre, Puntarenas, Costa Rica that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 170 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching




Including sloth trail, Cathedral Punta, waterfall trail

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.

3 months ago

Nice nature walk. Definitely need a guide to see the wildlife. Saw snakes, sloths, lizards, birds and butterflies. Worth it.

5 months ago

We did each of the trails and loved it. every thing was very easy and controlled. Enterince was $25 per adult kids were free. I did not have my GPS so i dont have the details but we climbed at total of 1000 feet of elevation on all of the trails. do not buy anything at the snack shop it is way overpriced. you can only bring in fruit and sandwiches. we saw a tone of monkeys, lots of birds and one sloth. it is a must if you are on the Pacific side of CR

Great little nature walk! Saw lots of monkeys!!!

8 months ago

Beautiful national park. Easy trails. Toucans and monkeys among the wildlife. Lovely beach. If you find yourself in Costa Rica the park is a must.

11 months ago

It was hot when we went last year... sticky hot. Can’t bring anything into the park as far as food goes so ditch all snacks. Make sure you hydrate! All of the animals I saw made it worth it. Side trails for extra distance off of the main one. Monkies are everywhere!!

11 months ago

This was a moderate hike. Arrived by 7:30 am to beat the heat and crowds. Saw plenty of wildlife including sloths and monkeys without hiring a tour guide. Easy beach access and spectacular ocean views. Save yourself the effort and skip the waterfall trail, many stairs and no direct access to the waterfall or the pool.

Mon May 13 2019

Well marked trails throughout the park - as challenging as you want to make it. Good shade. Beach access. Lots of helpful signs. Potentially lots of stairs... be warned!

Sun Apr 07 2019

Without a guide, it is difficult to appreciate any animals. Reserve in advance, with à recommended guide, it will improve the experience. Also it’s overcrowded. Beach is splendid but many nicer, quieter beaches elsewhere.

Sun Feb 10 2019

It’s crazy to see all these animals in their natural habitat. We’ve seen 2 species of monkeys, a lot of iguanas, birds, a deer, a few sloths with babies and other mammals that I don’t remember the name. Definitely worth it! Do the trail with a guide or you won’t spot anything yourself, these guys have lynx eyes!

Fri Feb 08 2019

Long line ups to get in so go early. everyone is trying to sell you parking as well so delay paying the first person you see. once in the crowds at Main trail are large and noisy. But we did see Toucans near main gate which we heard guides say was rare. also saw Maccaws lots of Monkeys,raccoons and a Blue Iguana. waterfall trail and Caterdal trails much less busy likely due to there being many stairs to climb. waterfall was dry this time of year but we saw a couple of monkeys along the path. Beach at end of main trail is amazing so take swim gear as there are change rooms and showers available. watch out of thieving monkeys and raccoons here as they are very bold.

Thu Feb 07 2019

Not really a hiking trail. More of an overcrowded walking trail. You’ll see sloths and monkeys for sure, but it’s expensive to get in, and so many people pushing up against you, makes it hard to enjoy the experience. The line to get in is ridiculous. However, at the end of the trail when you end up in the monkey beach, it’s stunning. One of the top rated beaches in the world. But it’s completely possible to just pay less to get into the private beach and enjoy the water And the monkeys trying to steal your bag. My least favorite CR experience by far.

Sat Jan 05 2019

You need tickets, as most places in Costa Rica. Line can be long. The main attraction is wildlife viewing, hiring a guide is strongly recommended (equipment and experience). The walk itself is very easy. Do not touch any plants as our guide showed some unassuming but poisonous ones, and the chance of fer de lance and other snakes. At the beach watch out for capuchin monkeys who will steal everything left unattended, and for those signed large toxic trees.

Wed Nov 21 2018

Muy bueno! Se pueden ver monos, perezosos y muchos otros animales

Sun Aug 05 2018

This was a great mellow hike with so much to see. When we arrived at the beach the snorkeling was perfect, clear water and tons of fish. Watch out for the raccoon looking animals and monkeys they will steal stuff out of bags:)

Sun May 13 2018

Ct Ede

Sat Apr 28 2018

Sendero Mirador has a beautiful view point when you get up there. Totally worth it.

Wed Jan 03 2018

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Mon Oct 30 2017

Nice and cool under the canopy of the forest but humid. Get to see wildlife. The path to the beach was heavily trafficked when we went although you can take some side paths which aren't (maybe bump into 1 or 2 people). Also you can take the paths toward Playa Las Gemelas where you can get lucky and maybe have a piece of the beach to yourself.

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