Parque Nacional del Agua Juan Castro Blanco

Parque Nacional del Agua Juan Castro Blanco

Parque Nacional del Agua Juan Castro Blanco
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Emily G
Los Angeles, CA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Not only is this park beautiful and very well maintained, it had one of the best meals we have eaten in Costa Rica.
We came here with a tour guide in April, and it was a great trail, lots of plants and birds!!
Unfortunately it did rain on us when we were not expecting it. It poured, and poured. So please pack rain gear like a poncho!!
The views are of course, a bit covered by the clouds since this is a cloud forest!!
The HIGHLIGHT, was the food served at the visitor center. I’ll post a picture, we got a Casado with a choice of protein. The grilled chicken was delicious, all the sides were amazing. We didn’t expect the food to be so good. The people that worked there were also really nice !!
Written 17 April 2024
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Denise S
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Breathtaking views, great hiking . An excursion that is well worth the time, cost and effort. Great exercise.
Written 1 October 2021
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Elizabeth S
Toronto, Canada639 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
The colours are beautiful - there are lots of opportunities to sit and enjoy with benches along the way. The first portion of the trail is cement steps and then it goes down to mud/stone steps. You have good access to stop at any point. If you go to the very bottom you get the rush of the water.
Beautiful hike. This was self-guided. It took 90 minutes.
Written 18 November 2020
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guliand
Costa Rica4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
What a wonderland of forest, waterfalls, and hidden trails! This is the perfect destination to enjoy the very best of Costa Rica's emerald green volcanic highlands. Bajos del Toro is a gem and the Juan Castro Blanco National Park is an inspiring backdrop for hiking, mountain biking, birding, and simply enjoying nature's living masterpieces.
Written 7 September 2020
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Ralf K
San Francisco, CA63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited the park for a day hike. Getting there is a bit rough, a AWD with high clearance helps, but a sedan can make it. Leave HW 141 in the small town of Sucre and head up 8km on a dirt/crumbled cement road. Do not try to get to "Agua Juan Castro Blanco, Sector El Quetzal National Park" on Google maps - it'll send you to a park ranger building on a bad road. Despite being the official National Park office, there are no trails or any other visitor facilities. Instead follow the instructions to get to "Hostel Water National Park Juan Castro Blanco" which is a private hostel/visitor center.
When we got there it was closed, but fortunately the trailhead is outside their property. Look for signs "Pozo verde".
The well marked trail follows a creek, crosses a pasture, crosses the creek (no bridge) again, heads up towards a saddle. From there it descends deep into the jungle and finally arrives at a beautiful green lake (pozo verde). The trail was very muddy, rubber boots would be the appropriate choice of footware - we had water sandals which was fine if you don't mind stepping into deep mud.
It took us about 2.5h to complete the 7km roundtrip. A fun trail, lots of rainforest and the best: We had the trail to ourselves!
Written 4 February 2020
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Tony P
Tampa, FL16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
On way to San Jose from Arenal, decided to visit Park. Using Waze we left 140 (main road) and followed a small dirt/partially paved road uphill for several miles. There are very few signs to let you know you you are headed in the right direction. The road winds through pastures, by small houses and cattle operations.

After a half hour or so we saw a sign for a private ecological reserve. We turned in the driveway and after a couple of minutes we arrived at the headquarters. The building includes rest rooms and a small restaurant. Parking is limited to a few vehicles. An attendant showed us the entrance to the hiking trail that was about 2k in length. He said the entrance was free but they accept donations.

We had the trail to ourselves. The trail leads up to an old growth cloud forest. Epiphytes (orchids, bromeliads, ferns, aroids)are abundant as are birds. FYI, trail is muddy and slippery in spots.

Highly recommend! After the hike we had lunch at the restaurant, very good food and service. Recommend guanabana juice. On way out of park had to engage four wheel drive as road was slick and steep.
Written 23 December 2019
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T M S
St. Petersburg, FL87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Awesome experience! Also, great location between Poás and Arenal volcanoes. Only 2+ hours north of San Jose. We plan to stop in Zarcero to see topiary at Iglesia de San Rafael and in Grecia to see the metal church.
Written 8 April 2019
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Tony B
Wokingham, UK1,902 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We did a horseback ride into here which was good. It was only for an hour so we didn’t get far but we did see some wild boat and also a Coati which we’d never seen before. The trees are so dense, great place to visit but I would suggest, only with a guide
Written 13 March 2019
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roadadvisor
San Jose, Costa Rica79,087 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
The location of PARQUE DEL AGUA say it alll..very important for many communities around, of course the protection of the forest to protect the water.
Written 19 October 2018
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K8E
United Arab Emirates434 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Juan Castro Blanco is a large and quiet park for hiking. The trails lead through a variety of different and beautiful habitats.
Written 2 December 2017
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