Juan Castro Blanco National Park, Bajos del Toro

#18 of 23 in Nature in Province of Alajuela
Juan Castro Blanco National Park is a National Park, part of the Arenal Huetar Norte Conservation Area, in the northern part of Costa Rica about 100 km north of San José, to the east of Ciudad Quesada in Alajuela Province. It contains the active Platanar Volcano, the dormant Porvenir Volcano, and the inactive El Viejo Volcano. It was created in 1992 and covers an area of both rain and cloud forest. There is an extensive trail system that winds through the park and offers visitors the chance to see an array of plants and animals. Aside from the trail system, however, there are not any public facilities at the park.The park contains a wide variety of orchids and birds as well as natural hot springs. At least 57 species of mammal recorded in the reserve and include tapir, ocelots, sloths, howler monkeys, deer and at least 22 species of bats. Over 233 species of birds, resident and migratory have been recorded including the national bird of Costa Rica the clay-coloured robin. Endangered species found on the park include the quetzal, curassow, red brocket deer, and black guan.
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27 reviews
  • May 26, 2017
    I have decided to travel to this beautiful place, where the water flows from the ground as doing a greeting of welcome, beautiful green landscapes, mixed with drops of rain that we invited to receive a shower of freshness, is a beautiful place where you can observe birds, rivers and get very intimate contact with nature, if missing a bit of signage and road is heavy have decided to go by the asphalted Zarcero but if a bit of danger.
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  • March 28, 2017
    Unfortunately didn't do my research and entered through the entrance near the town of bajos del toro ( there is an alternative entrance where better hiking / real trails are found). There was a sign i...  more »
  • January 22, 2017
    I liked the scenery varied between primary and secondary forest is wonderful to see the process of regeneration of the paddock and the walk is quite nice, snack may be and in the pasture areas are ideal for a break. There was no staff at the visitor center by who with the help of other visitors arrived to the lagoon but lack signage. Soon we will return to the trail up to the mines that have recommended us for trekking!. It is not a very tourist park so the routes are solitary but it felt safe.
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  • April 20, 2017
    This National Park is an outstanding attraction with a flora and fauna of the cloud forests, joined the lagoon green well a great complement.
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  • June 11, 2017
    Great place to go for a walk.
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  • May 2, 2017
    Biodiversity for the future
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  • March 8, 2017
    Nice place to breathe fresh air and take a walk through pastures and rivers to reach the waterfall that is spectacular.
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  • May 3, 2017
    Dreamy, lots of nature, ideal place to stroll and unwind.
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