National Parks in Province of Guanacaste

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National Parks in Province of Guanacaste

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  • Elayna R
    United States12 contributions
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    We took a tour with I Love Travel and had Jose`as our guide. It was fantastic! The park was beautiful. There are lots of areas to explore in the park. We took a tour offered by ILT called Sensoria. We hiked with a guide from Sensoria-Juan from the home base to the falls.
    Along the way, we hiked and saw great things in the forest. Toucan, monkeys, butterflies, snakes, birds galore. So incredible! The falls were amazing, and we swam in the cool water. Hiking back along the water, we saw more amazing animals and stopped at the thermal water to soak. We finished with a delicious lunch and cool drinks provided by Sensoria. A magnificent day.
    Written May 9, 2024
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  • Destination798947
    1 contribution
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    Great river boat tour with a driver and guide who spotted wildlife and got us up close with crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and multiple bird species. Recommend booking a trip early in the day when animals are more active. Tour included shuttle and Costa Rican lunch. Good value!
    Written March 22, 2024
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  • Keith MacPherson
    Panama102 contributions
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    This beach was our kids favorite to date for boogie boarding . They looked forward to it each day we were there . It’s a very clean beach and very big.
    Written July 6, 2020
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  • Chris H
    Encinitas, CA9 contributions
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    What an amazing and beautiful view!

    We made a reservation online ahead of time (which we totally recommend).

    When you arrive, a guy is charging $4 USD for parking. In theory he's watching your car so seems a small price to pay. There are stores/restaurants near the entrance to eat.

    It's timed entry. There's a line manned by a security guard. The guard lets you in when it's your turn. If you need to use the bathroom before your turn, the guard will let you enter to use the bathroom.

    The hike to the waterfall is about a mile. You start out on pavement, but then gradually moves to more difficult terrain. First stop is the waterfall. You don't have to go all the way down the stairs to see the pretty blue water. But it's nice if you make it down.

    Then less than a mile past the waterfall on more uneven footing (you might say strenuous) is where two rivers meet to make the chemical reaction that causes the stunning blue water.

    Don't forget bug spray!
    Written January 1, 2024
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  • Brooke M
    Campbell River, Canada54 contributions
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    This is one of our favorite hikes in Costa. You need to be prepared as the hike is hot and arduous so expect this! Great challenge, beautiful jungle, good road to ranger station, clear maps. We normally hit the trail right at opening time which I highly recommend; being the first on the beach is magic and it is slightly cooler and damper in the morning! The agates on this beach are unreal and very unique. In addition to the usual monkeys bugs and butterflies we saw a hawksbill playing in the water on our most recent visit!
    Written December 16, 2023
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  • sparkles85
    Windsor, Canada34 contributions
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    I travelled to Costa Rica a few weeks ago, with two main purposes. Waterfalls and Wildlife. I will tell you I was having difficulty finding a local guide to take me, one single solo person for a day trip. Then I found Manuel! (or he found me?) Manuel had no hesitation saving me a day in his calendar. He is so easy going and me being a shy girl, he made me feel so welcome. He brought me to Llanos de Cortés waterfall, followed by a rainforest tour, lunch and a cacao plantation tour. Manuel is so informative and I learned so much that day! He stopped for roadside pineapple and mango, and I still keep telling people about the spice he made me try on the pineapple. This day was an awesome experience and I feel so blessed. Much thanks to Manuel, one of a kind and just so...Pura Vida!
    Written June 2, 2024
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  • Olivia P
    13 contributions
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    The park was absolutely beautiful and we also did the cave tour! We had two others join us on the tour who spoke Spanish, but little English, and we spoke English and very little Spanish. Our guide Oscar was so kind and told us so much information about the park on the way to the caves and he happily repeated himself in both English and Spanish to accommodate all of us. We saw a big group of howler monkeys both on the way to the cave and the way back. We drove up the first few kilometers of the trail to a different parking lot to shorten the hike, but I wouldn't recommend this unless you have a 4x4 vehicle! It was very steep at times and extremely bumpy due to parts of the road being washed out. The cave was an awesome experience -- some of the formations in there were insane (both in size and shape!) and it was a very hands on experience given that you have to climb down and up a couple ladders. I am scared of heights, but the safety measures taken were very good and that put me at ease! Caves are a bit slippery so I would recommend wearing sturdy shoes and also shoes that you don't mind getting dirty!

    Also, you can inquire for more information at the information point about doing other tours organized by the park employees. They offer a tortilla tour (actually done at Oscar's parents house!), which we became very interested in doing once Oscar told us about it. When we finished the cave tour, we inquired about the tortilla tour at the information point and were sad to find out that you normally have to book this tour 24 hours in advance and that the tour runs with a minimum of 4 people. However, the woman at the desk called Oscar's mother and she invited us (2 of us) over right away (11 minute drive from the park). She spoke very little English, but we had the most amazing time! She taught us how to make a traditional corn tortilla and also prepared a lunch of rice, beans, salad, cheese, and fresh natural orange juice for us. It was the most amazing experience we had on our entire trip (even better than volcano hikes, rio celeste, etc.) Oscar's family are an amazing bunch of people and we are so grateful they welcomed us into their home! I highly recommend the cave tour and the tortilla tour!
    Written January 12, 2024
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  • Curiosity14269302173
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We save the best national park for last - Santa Rosa, the day before we flew back to the USA. We didn't make our reservation until the night before and learned to our utter dismay that the park is closed on Tuesdays. We got there too late in the day our last visit to Costa Rica. And this was probably our last visit to Costa Rica so I cried I was so disappointed. We drove slowly along the road to the entrance, but they wouldn't let us stop to birdwatch so we were tremendously disappointed. I still rated the park of very good because I'm sure it would have been had we been able to visit it!
    Written February 7, 2022
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  • Daniel C
    10 contributions
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    Spectacular views! The roads were steep and require a 4x4, but if you have a SUV or Truck and a bit of experience off-roading (I've only done a little, and I was never super uncomfortable) it's a great time!

    There are several small rivers that, in February, are no sweat at all to cross. But they made great little paths to explore for a little bit.

    We did a loop - we came from the north and took the left road at the ranger station / park entrance. From there, we traveled up the road until we left the park. These roads were in fairly bad shape, but didn't ever really struggle in my 4X4 SUV (Thanks Avis!). We then took a right at the T, and went back down the road that goes to the right at the ranger station, so we ended up back where we started. (Fairly easy to see on google maps as there are very few roads.

    The important thing to mention is that there are INCREDIBLE views before you turn right to go back into the park. You are up very high and can see for miles and miles. Well worth it!

    I personally loved the challenge of the roads, and had a great time driving through the area on our way back to San Jose from Tamarindo.

    If you have time to kill, it's a great little trip!
    Written February 15, 2024
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  • Misler
    Boulder, CO154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed a wonderful two hour hike with our older children. We came in the middle of the day and had the path to ourselves. Be advised that you must make a reservation and pay online in advance on the Costa Rican national park website. It was so cool to see the bubbling volcanic mud pools. We ended our hike and were surprised by about 8 to 10 spider monkeys who came cruising overhead in the trees.
    Written November 23, 2023
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  • Aaron M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Four of us did the kayak tour down a river which ended at the ocean. Our guide, Marlon, met us in Samara in front of the tour operator’s office and drove us to a river about 30 or so minutes away. He unloaded everything, made sure we were all equipped and gave us water or tea. We stopped at different points so Marlon could show us something of interest whether it was a bird, plant or other animal. It was a good shoulder workout right when we were approaching the beach, but was pretty mellow the rest of the way. While checking out the beach, Marlon cut a pineapple for us to snack on.

    Overall, this was a great trip that we all enjoyed a lot..
    Written June 11, 2024
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  • David P
    6 contributions
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    Lots of great places to visit in the Nicoya Peninsula, but the town of Nicoya itself is not one of them. Not much of interest there for a visitor, just shops for the locals to go about their regular business. Central bus station is a good starting point for travel to the various towns in the region.
    Written January 31, 2024
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