Juan Castro Blanco National Park, Bajos del Toro

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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  • Juan Castro Blanco is a large and quiet park for hiking. The trails lead through a variety of different and beautiful habitats.  more »
  • I saw a few reviews advising to look for the correct entrance.... Anyone experience can provide some guidance or where to actually go? Thank you so much  more »
  • If you want to get out of the routine visit the Juan Castro Blanco National Park, surrounded by cloud forest and tasting in rats and rivers, everything is an experience
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  • The park is beautiful, and so quiet. We saw 3 other people on our hike to the caldera, as well as a ton of wildlife and beautiful plants. It's off the beaten path but definitely worth a stop!
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  • Nice but very poorly signposted. We were ten side and help arrived. The track pretty bad. In faith the entrance no one (!)
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  • We had the good fortune that a local guide of San Vicente Hideaway, Steven Varela will take us to the Juan Castro Blanco National Park. The great knowledge that Steven has this great Park is impressive because the he was born in St. Vincent and his family have a farm next to the Park. Steven took a beautiful waterfall trails, showing detail the natural wonders that contains the forest. We hire service in the Legacy Boutique Hotel in the town of Quesada.
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  • Very nice everything! Failure to clean slightly trails and make more!
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