Nature & Wildlife Areas in San Jose

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Nature & Wildlife Areas in San Jose

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  • Nadina P
    New York City, NY350 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was definitely the most authentic jungle experience I ever had--I don't know if there's a way to get one quite like it. It's hard to really describe the drive up; I wouldn't call it a dirt road. it's more like rock with dried dirt from the rainy season. If you come in the dry season, I recommend an SUV, though 4WD is still better. This is the only place we went in Costa Rica where we used 4WD in the dry season. In the wet season, I don't see how you could come here without it.

    The park itself is incredible; you hear all kinds of sounds, though I didn't see much wildlife. Something did growl at me, though!

    The plant life is incredible. The hike is not as hard as I thought it would be, and Copey was completely worth it. That said, the return hike from Copey was a bit rough for maybe a Kilometer, so keep that in mind.

    We got there right at 8am and didn't see another soul again until we were nearing the entrance; even so, there were only 2 other cars in the parking lot. Everyone I did see appeared to be a local.

    There are bathrooms at the entrance, but only at the entrance, so be prepared for that.

    The staff is very hospitable; the person we encountered did not speak any English, but he spoke very slowly and used the map to tell us a bit about the trail. Between my French and Italian, I understood enough--he was a very helpful person.

    Overall, if you are in good enough health and willing to brave the drive, DO NOT skip this! And if you are worried about your ability to do a proper hike, at least go up to Barva; I thought the trail was reasonably easy up to that point.

    Be warned, the weather in the area is really unpredictable; we were just barely able to see the laguna, and we got no views at all from Barva. It was still worth it, but mentally prepare yourself for that.
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • Ian C
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful oasis of tranquility in San Jose with the optional walk down to the river an unexpected bonus. Well worth a visit and highly recommended.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • Stephanie A
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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