This was advertised as an "Intermediate" hike. The section between the farm at Observatory Lodge and the peak should be closed. There wee 1+ meter deep ruts in the mud alternating with big twisting roots to trip over. There was no time to stop and look at flora or fauna, just a hard slog. It was a waste of our guide's expertise. We had no views once in the forest; it was cloudy at the lagoon. The trail condition is really dangerous. It is only fit for extreme challenge types who have no interest in spending time observing nature. Only those who are in excellent physical condition should attempt it. I wouldn't recommend this section to anyone.
The trail is OK from the La Fortuna waterfall end up to near the peak. It would be worth doing from that end,and going back down the same way,
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