Juan Castro Blanco National Park, Bajos del Toro

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National Park
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 »
  • 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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  • 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 »
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  • I like to go camping there, is a great place, and requires that we take care of it
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  • Visit to coexist with nature
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  • Very nice
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