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The Best Hiking Trails in Alajuela (Costa Rica)

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  • Rio Cajon

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

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    near San Miguel, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    5.64mi
    Elevation +
    1490f
    TrailRank
    44
    Photo of Cerro Espiritu Santo Photo of Cerro Espiritu Santo Photo of Cerro 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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  • El Plancillo

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

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  • Atenas - Pica Flora

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    near Atenas, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    5.94mi
    Elevation +
    1004f
    TrailRank
    43| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Atenas - Pica Flora Photo of Atenas - Pica Flora Photo of Atenas - 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
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  • Catarata La Danta

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    near Bureal, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    8.50mi
    Elevation +
    1670f
    TrailRank
    43
    Photo of Catarata La Danta Photo of Catarata La Danta Photo of Catarata 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...

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  • Chucas - Jateo

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

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  • Morazan - San Jose Norte

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

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  • Cerro Chato

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    near La Fortuna, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    7.82mi
    Elevation +
    3068f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo of Cerro Chato Photo of Cerro Chato Photo of Cerro 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...

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  • Cerro Chato

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    near Volcán Arenal, Alajuela (Costa Rica)
    Distance
    4.98mi
    Elevation +
    1729f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Cerro Chato Photo of Cerro Chato Photo of Cerro 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.

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  • near National Park Arenal, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    9.39mi
    Elevation +
    2159f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Reception Toucans trail to Cerro Chato Photo of Reception Toucans trail to Cerro Chato Photo of Reception 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...

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  • Atenas - San Martin

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    near Atenas, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    6.20mi
    Elevation +
    1198f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Atenas - San Martin Photo of Atenas - San Martin Photo of Atenas - 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...

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  • Santiago de Palmares

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

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  • Santa Eulalia - Rio Grande

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    near Santa Eulalia, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    10.46mi
    Elevation +
    2818f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Santa Eulalia - Rio Grande Photo of Santa Eulalia - Rio Grande Photo of Santa 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...

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  • Altos de Naranjo

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    near Morazán, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    4.46mi
    Elevation +
    1667f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Altos de Naranjo Photo of Altos de Naranjo Photo of Altos 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...

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  • El Vainilla

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

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  • Morazán 3

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

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  • La Puebla - Torunes

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    near San José, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    5.95mi
    Elevation +
    1257f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of La Puebla - Torunes Photo of La Puebla - Torunes Photo of La 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...

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  • 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 of Cerro Chato, Lake Arenal Photo of Cerro Chato, Lake Arenal Photo of Cerro 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

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  • Arenal 1968

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    near Pueblo Nuevo, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    3.37mi
    Elevation +
    384f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Arenal 1968 Photo of Arenal 1968 Photo of Arenal 1968

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

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

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  • Iglesia San Francisco

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    near San Francisco, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    5.37mi
    Elevation +
    1768f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Iglesia San Francisco Photo of Iglesia San Francisco Photo of Iglesia San Francisco

    Not quite what we were trying to do. We downloaded Manry's trail (Caminata San Francisco de Piedades Sur) but needed a place to park, so we chose the local church and started our hike from there. We had difficulty stayin...

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  • Morazan north - San Jose Sur

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    near Morazán, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    4.19mi
    Elevation +
    784f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Morazan north - San Jose Sur Photo of Morazan north - San Jose Sur Photo of Morazan north - San Jose Sur

    Not a particularly scenic route, over a combination of roads and paths around Morazan. The trail will take you through some farm land (fruit trees, cane fields, coffee plants and some grazing cattle) as well as a couple ...

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  • Alto Morazan

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    near Morazán, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    3.95mi
    Elevation +
    1424f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Alto Morazan Photo of Alto Morazan Photo of Alto Morazan

    This is a nice hike along the road in the area where we were staying. The loop trail takes you down hill for the first 1.1 kilometers where you cross on a bridge over a small river. Turn right and begin your long climb (...

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  • San Luis de Grecia

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    near San Luis, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    9.60mi
    Elevation +
    2592f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of San Luis de Grecia Photo of San Luis de Grecia Photo of San 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...

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