Nature/ Wildlife Areas in San Jose

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Nature & Wildlife Areas in San Jose

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  • mnzamora
    Costa Rica179 contributions
    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and wanted to visit a different national park in Costa Rica and close to San Jose. We decided to visit Braulio carillo and chose the second entrance of this park which is the easiest and most popular the Zurqui ranger station. It is just 12 miles (20 km) northeast of San Jose along the Guapiles Hwy (32) and we surprised with a mysterious but lovely animal (An anteater) that was hidden in a tree, this was the first time we ever saw an anteater in the wild such a lovely animal.
    Written June 21, 2022
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  • kizzyjenny
    llanelli106 contributions
    Well worth a visit during a day in central San Jose, even though it's a 20 minute walk away. Fairly cheap entrance fee. Information is given on the life cycle of butterflies and on the species that they have, If you are also going to be walking in the nature of Costa Rica during your holiday, expect to see the same butterflies many times over in the wild.
    Written November 15, 2022
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  • Stephanie A
    7 contributions
    My children and I (8 and 10 years old) took a day trip here from Orosi and it surpassed my expectations! The hiking trails were challenging, but fun, and beautiful. The lookout of the valley and volcanos (if the clouds clear) was gorgeous. We felt secluded and that we could really enjoy the rainforest around us, as there were few people that we met on the trail (and it was a Saturday). Crossing the small streams was fun for us all, and the waterfalls truly were beautiful. Completely recommend for a visit. We spent about 3 hours there, and hiked three of the trails. You actually have to "hike up" to the lookout and beginning of the trails. They offer walking sticks at the bottom - get them! Very helpful, especially for the muddy trail and crossing the streams.

    Best surprise of all......we saw a quetzal!!! Such an amazing experience and lifetime memory!
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Gertje F
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands38 contributions
    With our Nomad America 4x4 with rooftop tent we found this beautiful place to camp. Not busy we were alone.

    Nice view of the lagoon (you can make a short walk), clean toilets, electricity, running water, cold shower. Even have soap and toilet paper!

    I think we paid 3000 colones per person so price is good. Met the owner, is a friendly guy.

    There is also shelter in case of rain.

    Take an extra blanket cause it gets cold at night!
    Written December 8, 2018
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  • Gail B
    Sunapee, NH2 contributions
    Sergio Guevara, who owns and operates Guanacaste Expeditions,
    can offer you a customized tour with a true flavor of the country. He has an incredible knowledge of flora and fauna and of the places to experience what Costa Rica has to offer.He is able to take you quietly to the best of places,without being with swarms of other tourists. He is accommodating, he is a good listener, and he will work with all people in an unfaltering patient manner, with a good sense of humor. Having worked with him several times and gone to places less traveled as well as more popular locations, I recommend him highly for touring to a variety of places. He researches his choices and works to be sure he offers high quality experiences for reasonable prices.
    Written August 16, 2016
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