Juan Castro Blanco National Park, Bajos del Toro

#20 of 22 in Nature in Province of Alajuela
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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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  • 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 »
  • We took a ride to this park from the village of Baja de Toro. (We were staying at the marvelous Bosque de Paz but a very windy, wet day put us in the car). A poorly marked gravel track, surely longer ...  more »
  • Incredible beautiful national park with amazing scenery and waterfall. I did a half day hike during mid may which was excellent! One can easily use a full day here.  more »
  • 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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  • Great place to go for a walk.
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  • Biodiversity for the future
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  • 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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  • Dreamy, lots of nature, ideal place to stroll and unwind.
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