Nacapule Canyon
Nacapule Canyon
4.5

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Michael E
Oakland, CA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I took a tour of the Nacapuli Canyon with Mike as my guide both because of the great reviews on TripAdvisor and because he is a biologist. Let me say up front this is a hike that is mostly trail, but does includes clamoring up and down some boulders, so, you would be wise to wear shoes with tread on the soles and the hike is a bit challenging. That said, what an experience this was!! Despite the fact the the wider area receives only about 10 inches / 30 cm of rain per year and essentially is desert, the Nacapuli Canyon is a micro-climate which collects rain and actually has pools of water. Consequently, the flora includes palms and other deciduous plants which thrive in the canyon, but almost no where else. Mike, meanwhile, was awesome. Not only did he take the time to point out specific plants, but he explained what roles they play in the eco-system. One specie of palm, for example, form shirts as the palm frons die and hang down covering the trunks. Those 'skirts' serve as the home for birds, bats, and other small animals. There were plants with flowers which sustain a particular specie of hummingbird. There were pools of water which were some of the few places where Leopard Frogs live. And then, at the end of hike, Mike set up a table. covered it with a table cloth, and served ceviche and drinks !!! Mike was so friendly and knowledgeable, I simply can't say enough good things about him and the hike was amazing in the sense the flora and fauna of the Nacapuli Canyon are such a contrast to the surrounding area. This simply was a great, great experience.
Written March 28, 2024
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NikeofNargothrond
Central Florida, FL531 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
Very interesting place not far from the beaches. The road to get there is rough, so go slow and take your time. The cost is $50 pesos for each person when we went just to hike.

Follow the canyon bottom to the see a pool that is supposedly spectacular. It was not.

From there you can finish up and head back or climb the rope ladder and proceed on to a much more rigorous hike deeper into the canyon. I have read the canyon leads to spectacular views of the sea. We didn't make it that far and turned back. The rope ladder is very sturdy. It looks intimidating, but it holds up well.

We hiked about 2.5 miles in all and spent about three hours there.
Written February 13, 2021
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Round_the_world
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Bit of a challenge to find and get to. But for hikes in the San Carlos area, this is a really nice one. Work your way from the parking lot into the canyon and take your time enjoying the quiet and vegtation.
You will find the canyon comes to a split.
Right fork takes you to a (sometimes) water hole with some rock scrambling. You need to have some good mobility to get around, don't be afraid to climb on rocks and pockets to work your way up a couple levels further into the canyon.
Left fork takes you to a rock wall with a rope to climb up. We love this side. Lots of pockets and slots. You might think you were in southern Utah! There are some rock climbing routes higher up in the canyon for those who bring the proper gear. Otherwise, just enjoy the water holes and the super unique beauty of this canyon.
Depending on how aggressive you want to be with your scrambling, you can work your way all the way up thru the top of the canyon, but it does have risk and you need to have the right fitness and footwear.
If you have the time in San Carlos, and want to check something out away from the beaches... this is a really cool place!
Written September 3, 2020
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Randy C
Pasadena, CA166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
We have been there numerous times and the last timer we took our family there for the zip lining, all had a great time
Written December 8, 2019
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Mary Jo D
Amarillo, TX16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
In my opinion it's a been there done that deal but I've been twice and will likely go again. There are zip lines there as well though they weren't open during either of our visits.
Written December 6, 2019
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ann w
Dover, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
We wanted to hike and see something of the countryside here - where desert meets the sea. Being on The San Andreas fault the rock formations are incredible. So pleased we went to Enrike’s Adventures (which I think may be called St Carlos Adventures now) . Such a lovely guy who is really passionate about the environment.. Very informative about the geology and flora and fauna of the area and the effect of the micro climate created by the canyon. This was the best day of our holiday - even though I was shaking like a leaf going up and down THE LADDER! I don’t like heights. The tranquility and connection with nature made it worthwhile.......
You can climb, abseil and go on on a zip line in the canyon, too,if that’s your thing.
Written November 26, 2019
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Raul R
Tucson, AZ1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
First off rent an off road vehicle would be way better and funnier. The road to get there is road and off road dirt. Far up the mountain. Also the fun part of the canyon, which is the zip line is only open on Saturdays unless you reserve a group of people. Which you need to call ahead to let them know.
Written July 5, 2019
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Jorge
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
For outdoor enthusiast is a highly recommended tour self guided or with a park guide. Try to visit early in the morning if going in summer and go to the "ojo de agua" point it is a 2 hour hick well worth it.
Written March 27, 2019
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Carole H
Bellingham, WA81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Fabulous geological location...diverse rocks and plants. A series of rugged trails, zip lines, birding. Entrance fee of 50 pesos- $2.50. Secure parking.
Written February 22, 2019
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Natalya M
Princeton, NJ41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is a beautiful place where you can enjoy nature. You can take it easy, but we went off the beaten path by mistake and ended up in an scary and fun adventure. The beauty of the desert microclimates as it's best
Written February 20, 2019
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