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Juan Castro Blanco National Park

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Address: | 10km al este de Sucre, San Carlos, Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
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Cloud Forest Hike at Juan Castro Blanco National Park
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Hiking to Hule Volcanic Lagoon

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Wrong entrance

Unfortunately didn't do my research and entered through the entrance near the town of bajos del toro ( there is an alternative entrance where better hiking / real trails are... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2017
Sarah K
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Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately didn't do my research and entered through the entrance near the town of bajos del toro ( there is an alternative entrance where better hiking / real trails are found). There was a sign indicating 2 km to the national park - however it was a very LONG and bumpy drive down an ill maintained road (definitely need a... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

We took a ride to this park from the village of Baja de Toro. (We were staying at the marvelous Bosque de Paz but a very windy, wet day put us in the car). A poorly marked gravel track, surely longer than the indicated 2km(?) almost had us give up but we persisted. Don't even think about it unless you're... More 

1 Thank jmaxwellb
Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

Incredible beautiful national park with amazing scenery and waterfall. I did a half day hike during mid may which was excellent! One can easily use a full day here.

2 Thank thrane1010
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

Oh group of four adults took an all day guided hike to the "cloud forest" of Juan Castro Blanco. Great hike, not for the timid or weak with challenging slopes,rocks,narrow trails and creeks but big payoffs with beautiful views! It was the dry season so no waterfall but went to the lagoon. Tried to reach the mine but trail was... More 

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Reviewed 6 July 2015

The park is about 3 hours from San Jose. The hike to the lake took us through some of the most beautiful scenery in Costa Rica we have ever seen! And we've seen a lot of Costa Rica. We definitely recommend you bring hiking shoes, extra socks, raincoat, water and a snack.

3 Thank Fravelrocks
Forest Park, Illinois
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Reviewed 21 April 2015 via mobile

This park is very interesting. Almost Alpine in some places with vistas I simply did not expect. We made the mistake of simply following our vehicles GPS and it took us to the wrong entrance. We missed a lot of the scenery driving the wrong road and hiking up the wrong hillside. That being said it was still stunning and... More 

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Pico Rivera
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

This Park is a wonderful experience for nature lovers worldwide! After photographing the waterfall (100 meters fall), I then spent 2 hours hiking the several well maintained trails. I was glad I wore waterproof hiking boots as it drizzled for about one hour. Along the hike I came to a place where I took an image of the Rio del... More 

5 Thank Lou O
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Bring coat, is very rainy...we did hiking ( 14km). The lake is an old volcano very amazing, if you want to go to the mines ask to your guide, because this road is very difficult. If you like adventure is your place!!! Remenber bring extra clothes and shoes.

2 Thank Nancy C

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