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“Beautiful, cultural, and a must see”

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Owner description: This 35,000-acre national park centers around a volcano that last erupted in 1995.
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Our large school group of 23 teens and 7 adults enjoyed our beautiful hike. The volcano was breathtaking and definitely a must see.
The museum on the way up was informative and had a few local vendors, which provided fresh fruit and items to purchase. Around the back of the main area is a great panoramic view and place for pictures. It also has restrooms for those in need.

2  Thank Nancy H
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Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Loved this tour. It was one of the best during our 9 day trip to Costa Rica. The area was beautiful and the volcanic activity was breath taking.

2  Thank WendyHaggerton
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

We didn't have loads of time but we did get to hike to four waterfalls (free) and do the hot springs/mud baths ($20). It was STUPID GORGEOUS out there.

1  Thank mrgrita
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

The main hike takes about 2 hours and it is a loop that goes around the mud pots and little volcano. It is an easy hike - mostly flat and paved. Very interesting - we saw a lot of animals too - snakes, agouti, birds etc. You can hire a guide but I don´t think that you need one. There are other hikes too but were closed because of the volcanic activity. Overall, definitely worth the trip!

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Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

This was a perfect fit, exactly what we were looking for. We got to the main building and were greeted in English by a very knowledgeable and very friendly Ranger. He explained the trail options, told us all about the park and answered our extensive questions. I think you can hire the Rangers and we should have simply because they were so friendly and informative. Anyway, we chose to hike the 9-mile round-trip Las Cangrejas waterfall trail. It was so amazing how the ecosystem changed from wet jungle to drier jungle to more open Prairie. There were bugs for sure but we had closed-toe trail shoes, high socks and the green Off! with 25% Deet so we were fine.
It's actually a demanding hike. I'm always leery when we descend a lot on the leg into a location and that's exactly what we did. That means after hiking 4.5 miles in and swimming in the beautiful pool under the waterfall we had to climb back out. It's not a complete killer but it's stair steps and uphill after uphill. I will say it's 70% intermediate and 30% difficult overall. Of course we walked and hiked 160 miles in the past three weeks also so our legs are a bit tired.
The hike itself I'd spectacular with so many trees and plants and insects and birds and flowers.
We then hiked the little two-mile loop to see the fumeroles and mud pots and it was interesting but nothing compared to the waterfall trail and the nice swim and walk behind the falls.
It was nice to have a hat since I don't put Deet on my head and the bugs can annoy your head and possible bite.

1  Thank Michael C
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