Hike to Juan Castro Blanco (The Cloud Forest)

Hike to Juan Castro Blanco (The Cloud Forest)

Just 90 minutes from La Fortuna, across the San Carlos plains, lies the Juan Castro Blanco National Park, known as the “National Water Park” This is not a man-made wonder full of plastic and metal structures that you might think of as a waterpark. Instead, it is a true piece of paradise. At a height of 2,200 meters (6,560 ft) above sea level, surrounded by impressive cloud forests and with an average temperature range from 16 – 22° C (60-72° F), the National Park serves as a reprieve from the active streets and higher temperatures of La Fortuna. This park ranks as the 10th largest body of fresh water in the world!

The natural scenic beauty, unmatched peace, and the opportunity to see rare wildlife species make this tour truly spectacular. Our certified naturalist guides will point out some of the unique characteristics of the cloud forest, the importance of this ecosystem on the northern region of Costa Rica, and its impact on the world. In addition, they will use their specialized gear to help spot wildlife treasures. During March and April, you may even be lucky enough to spot an elusive Quetzal with its majestic jewel-colored plumage.

After the 90-minute drive through the scenic plantations of the plains, we will arrive to begin our hike. The 3 km (2 mi) trail will take about 2 hours as we slowly discover and take in all these wonders. Then we will share a delicious lunch right in the middle of the cloud forest, before returning you to the hotel.

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Tour Information

What’s Included: Round trip transportation from the hotel, certified naturalist guide, bottled water, entrance fees, lunch.

What to wear: Comfortable clothing, closed walking shoes (sports sandals are not permitted).

What to bring: Sunscreen, insect repellent, camera, binoculars, optional cash for tips.

Departure: 7:15 a.m.

Duration: 6.5 hours

Difficulty: 6/10

Additional Restrictions/ Requirements: Minimum age – 7 years. Not recommended for people with recent surgeries, back problems, low mobility, pregnancy.

Accessible (Law 7600): No

Sustainable: Yes – Blue Flag Ecological Awardees

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