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The Best Hiking Trails in Alajuela (Costa Rica)

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Photo of Cascata/waterfall - cascate La Fortuna, Costa Rica Photo of Costa Rica: Volcano Miravalles, Guayabo. Photo of Rio Cajon

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  • near La Fortuna, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    3.97mi
    Elevation +
    1024f
    TrailRank
    59| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofCascata/waterfall - cascate La Fortuna, Costa Rica Photo ofCascata/waterfall - cascate La Fortuna, Costa Rica Photo ofCascata/waterfall - cascate La Fortuna, Costa Rica

    Cascata/waterfall - cascate La Fortuna, Costa Rica Moderate trail due to elevation. Closer to the cascate there are stairs. To be monitored: the weather conditions. It can be sunny day, but a few hours later it can r...

    Muy buena ruta, hermoso paisaje,con algunos desniveles fáciles de superar.
    Maria Elena Viola
    You have to climb a bit, but is worth it! Loved it
    Jorge C. Lopes
  • Rio Cajon

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    near Ángeles, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    4.41mi
    Elevation +
    922f
    TrailRank
    47| Rating 2.25
    Photo ofRio Cajon Photo ofRio Cajon Photo ofRio Cajon

    This is a hike to a waterfall on the Cajon River and then back to the start point in Atenas. It is based on the Wiki trail Catarata Rio Cajon (submitted by Guifran). Some of this track may be on private property, after a...

    BEWARE! This route doesn't exist anyone. I tried going reverse and at the problematic property now even the alternative ...
    Zsoltee
    PLEASE READ BEFORE TAKING THIS TRAIL ** We followed this route today. The waterfall was amazing, no disappointment there...
    Monica5
    Amazing spot but I would NOT recommend going up the stairs as an attempted way out. We did this and got to the gate, whi...
    raqofm
  • Cerro Espiritu Santo

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    near San Miguel, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    5.64mi
    Elevation +
    1490f
    TrailRank
    45
    Photo ofCerro Espiritu Santo Photo ofCerro Espiritu Santo Photo ofCerro Espiritu Santo

    A climb through a coffee plantation to the top of Cerro Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit Hill). Numerous paths criss cross the plantation so a method of navigating is essential. Thanks to Van141 and Manry for their Wiki entri...

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  • Atenas - Pica Flora

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    near Atenas, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    5.94mi
    Elevation +
    1004f
    TrailRank
    44| Rating 4.33
    Photo ofAtenas - Pica Flora Photo ofAtenas - Pica Flora Photo ofAtenas - Pica Flora

    A walking tour of Atenas and the hills just south of town including a barrio named Pica Flora. The start point was selected because our map showed "Atenas Tourism". We did not find it, but it was a nice street and a good...

    We did the same route except we came down to the cemetery area instead of going to Coopeatenas. Easy walk very kind peop...
    Roberto J Galindo
  • Catarata La Danta

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    near Bureal, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    8.50mi
    Elevation +
    1670f
    TrailRank
    44
    Photo ofCatarata La Danta Photo ofCatarata La Danta Photo ofCatarata La Danta

    A pretty hike to a beautiful waterfall. You follow the same trail in and out and it takes you up over a hill and down into a cataract with an impressive waterfall. I followed the Wiki trail laid out by Carlos Piedra call...

  • El Plancillo

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    near Morazán, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    7.67mi
    Elevation +
    1857f
    TrailRank
    44
    Photo ofEl Plancillo Photo ofEl Plancillo Photo ofEl Plancillo

    A nice hike in a beautiful country. The trail sticks to lanes and roads (0.9 of a kilometer on highway #3) so footing is generally good (and traffic was limited). There is almost 600 meters of climb with some loose grave...

  • Chucas - Jateo

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    near Balsa, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    9.58mi
    Elevation +
    2700f
    TrailRank
    42
    Photo ofChucas - Jateo Photo ofChucas - Jateo Photo ofChucas - Jateo

    I started this hike just south of Balsa and parked in a Hydro Plant parking lot just north of the Tarcoles River. The road (now gravel) takes you down to a very old bridge that gives you some nice views up and down the r...

  • Cerro Chato

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    near La Fortuna, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    7.82mi
    Elevation +
    3068f
    TrailRank
    42
    Photo ofCerro Chato Photo ofCerro Chato Photo ofCerro Chato

    Very nice hike up on Cerro Chato. The trail is actually closed, but from The Green Lodge they let you up on their property (for $10 dollar pp) and from the old entrance of the park you’re on your own. Steep hike, kind of...

  • Morazan - San Jose Norte

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    near Morazán, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    3.91mi
    Elevation +
    886f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo ofMorazan - San Jose Norte Photo ofMorazan - San Jose Norte Photo ofMorazan - San Jose Norte

    I finally got it right (almost). This hike has a couple of predecessors listed on Wikiloc (including Morazan 3 and 4) but this is the best version. You get the traffic/main roads out of the way early. It provides some ni...

  • near National Park Arenal, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    9.39mi
    Elevation +
    2159f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo ofReception Toucans trail to Cerro Chato Photo ofReception Toucans trail to Cerro Chato Photo ofReception Toucans trail to Cerro Chato

    Starts at a small reception house and moves through jungle up to cloud forest and down to the crater lake. Remarkable biodiversity. You will see a multitude of birds, insects and flora. Very diverse terrain up and down a...

  • Cerro Chato

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    near Volcán Arenal, Alajuela (Costa Rica)
    Distance
    4.98mi
    Elevation +
    1729f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo ofCerro Chato Photo ofCerro Chato Photo ofCerro Chato

    Nice Trail from Arenal Observatory Lodge to La fortuna Waterfall, can be done both ways. Rain could wash out some of the trail. The short optional Hike down to the crater is very steep and very difficult.

  • Santa Eulalia - Rio Grande

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    near Santa Eulalia, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    10.46mi
    Elevation +
    2818f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo ofSanta Eulalia - Rio Grande Photo ofSanta Eulalia - Rio Grande Photo ofSanta Eulalia - Rio Grande

    No recomendado! Not recommended. Very tough going through heavy underbrush, dangerous side slopes and rushing water. Strong hiking, climbing, navigating and water skills required. You will get wet. The scenery was great...

  • Altos de Naranjo

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    near Morazán, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    4.46mi
    Elevation +
    1667f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo ofAltos de Naranjo Photo ofAltos de Naranjo Photo ofAltos de Naranjo

    I have come to the conclusion that in Costa Rica there are no roads that are straight and flat. A beautiful country and on this hike there is always a nice view. The northern section runs along a ridge and was breezy and...

  • Santiago de Palmares

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    near Santiago, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    5.42mi
    Elevation +
    1604f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo ofSantiago de Palmares Photo ofSantiago de Palmares Photo ofSantiago de Palmares

    We downloaded and followed trial by Manry of the same name. Started in a small town and began a long ascent using local roads. Then a nice hike along a ridge with great views down into several different valleys. Double p...

  • La Puebla - Torunes

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    near San José, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    5.95mi
    Elevation +
    1257f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo ofLa Puebla - Torunes Photo ofLa Puebla - Torunes Photo ofLa Puebla - Torunes

    A nice hike over a hill with several beautiful vistas. The trip north was very secluded and mostly a sand and gravel path. The trip south (and down) was a paved road with some traffic. The last few hundred meters was a s...

  • Atenas - San Martin

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    near Atenas, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    6.20mi
    Elevation +
    1198f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo ofAtenas - San Martin Photo ofAtenas - San Martin Photo ofAtenas - San Martin

    A decent walk through the nice town of Atenas and an area to the south. Park on any of the streets near the town square and then head south to the left of the church (about 5 blocks). Turn left on Avenida 10 / Calle Nuev...

  • El Vainilla

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    near San José, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    5.22mi
    Elevation +
    915f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo ofEl Vainilla Photo ofEl Vainilla Photo ofEl Vainilla

    Followed a few roads in the area around where I am staying. There were ups and downs but nothing too bad. Some nice views and not that much traffic (hiked on a Sunday). Saw a few lizards but they were faster than I expec...

  • Arenal 1968

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    near Pueblo Nuevo, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    3.37mi
    Elevation +
    384f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo ofArenal 1968 Photo ofArenal 1968 Photo ofArenal 1968

    Nice walk in a private reserve (we paid 17$ per person). There were many people but the view is nice.

  • Cerro Chato, Lake Arenal

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    near National Park Arenal, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    4.90mi
    Elevation +
    2411f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo ofCerro Chato, Lake Arenal Photo ofCerro Chato, Lake Arenal Photo ofCerro Chato, Lake Arenal

    4h:30m:44s | 4.9mi Length - 4.9mi Points - 421 Created - 2013-01-09 11:30:20 Max. speed - 4.7mi/h Min. altitude - 2346ft Max. altitude - 3825ft

  • Morazán 3

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    near Morazán, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    4.12mi
    Elevation +
    1007f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo ofMorazán 3 Photo ofMorazán 3 Photo ofMorazán 3

    A hike on roads and across some fields near Morazan. Lots of coffee planted, passed some livestock and got the occasional glimpse of wildlife. Some noticeable elevation changes and a decent view of the surrounding area f...

  • San Luis de Grecia

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    near San Luis, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    9.60mi
    Elevation +
    2592f
    TrailRank
    33
    Photo ofSan Luis de Grecia Photo ofSan Luis de Grecia Photo ofSan Luis de Grecia

    No recommendado! Not recommended. It was not easy to stay on the trail. It crossed private property (climbed several fences). GPS fades in and out. Numerous blow downs and spots where trail evaporates. Stayed on trail f...

  • near Concordia, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    0.50mi
    Elevation +
    236f
    TrailRank
    33
    Photo ofConcordia - Las Nubes 3 waterfalls circuit track Photo ofConcordia - Las Nubes 3 waterfalls circuit track Photo ofConcordia - Las Nubes 3 waterfalls circuit track

    Amazing view, beautiful waterfalls and the best - the trail is free!! This is the longer roundcours. It is private property. So please ask in the restaurant 'Las Nubes' if you can do the trail. It's on YOUR ON RISK to do...

  • MEJOR MIRADOR VOLCÁN ARENAL 2021

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    near Palma, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    2.02mi
    Elevation +
    692f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo ofMEJOR MIRADOR VOLCÁN ARENAL 2021 Photo ofMEJOR MIRADOR VOLCÁN ARENAL 2021 Photo ofMEJOR MIRADOR VOLCÁN ARENAL 2021

    The BEST PLACE TO SE VOLCÁN ARENAL! And do some hiking , The entrance is like 12 dólares. But no problem once you get there you can swim, make cayyak, trekking, Camping and a lot of stuff! You CAN GET THERE WITH A BUS...

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