We loved this hike. It was interesting and a very cool experience to see an active volcano. Although it was a very long walk, it's not particularly strenuous if you are a hiker. Most of the trail is flat. Being from Colorado, I would compare this to a long day hike in the mountains, except with better weather and way more oxygen. After the hike, we went to Campo Duro for lunch in the Highlands, which was great! It's a beautiful place and they have a land tortoise refuge.
It took us 4 1/2 hours round trip with breaks to complete the hike to Vulcan Chico. The caldera is cool and the extra hike to Vulcan Chico to see the recent lava fields is worth it. The one warning I have though is that once you get to Vulcan Chico, there are a lot of loose rocks and its hilly, so be sure to bring good shoes. If you are considering doing this hike but are unsure because of the activity level - I think it'd be good to consider whether you would normally be comfortable walking 6-12 miles on a normal day with some hills. The elevation gain is considerably minimal, but it's a long hike.
Also - our guide did tell us older people tended to struggle with this though.
Overall, we really enjoyed it and I recommend at least making it to the caldera if you can do it!
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