Trails

Walking

Walking is the best way to discover the beauty of Costa Rica. While walking through nature, you will find things you would never have seen while flying, driving, or running. We guess you came to Costa Rica to explore its abundant greenery and wildlife. So, walk in peace and open your senses, and you will be amazed. And besides that, it is very healthy; it clears the mind and cleans up toxins. We offer some excellent trails.

Trail Camera

Ever wondered what is moving around in our forest at night? We grabbed some images with a trail camera. See them here.

Enjoy and conserve

As you walk through the trails of this primary forest, please take your time to spot tropical birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to appreciate the countless variety of flowers, plants, trees, branches, mushrooms, rocks, and mosses. Feel free to take pictures of it, smell it, memorize it, but under no circumstances touch it, take it, or disturb it as there are many more fellow visitors coming soon who also want to enjoy all that beauty. Thank you so much for being so understanding.

First trail of 350+ steps

The first trail is a self-guided tour to the bottom of the most impressive waterfall of Costa Rica, which is second to none in beauty and splendor. It throws itself 90 meters into an old extinct volcanic crater. The first 500 meters of the trail is flat and has three fantastic lookouts: ‘El Toro,’ ‘El Palomar,’ and ‘La Vistada.’ The second part is also 500 meters with steps with high impact. People with heart conditions or other medical conditions, older people, and pregnant women should not go down. The rest of the people need to take their time coming back up. The 350+ steps are safe and partly made of concrete, and it has several sitting areas and lovely views.

Whoever takes the effort to go down will get the best waterfall experience in Costa Rica!

 

Summary

Duration: 90 minutes roundtrip, including the forest and garden trail.
Distance: 3.5 km roundtrip.
Weight: Medium.
Price: Included in the entrance fee.
Reservation: It is not needed.

While hiking down, do not forget to look up once in a while. So, you can enjoy the rock formations of this ancient volcanic crater and all its colors. Probably you will also notice the unique chemical composition of the water.

Catarata Del Toro steps

Hike to the forest and garden

The second trail leads you through the forest to the garden. This easy hike brings you to the edge of the crater, where you can easily spot the waterfall from different angles. Besides that, the trail goes through a primary forest with some beautiful trees. And at our fourth lookout, ‘La Danta,’ it also provides a spectacular view ‘ of the canyon and the national park. Finally, take a walk in our ever-under-construction-bird-garden, which its primary purpose is to attract birds and other animals.

Therefore, we have been planting lots of fruit trees from the area, attracting numerous birds under which the Toucan and the Quetzal as the ultimate goals. Also, bananas for the monkeys and birds and bushes with flowers already attract hundreds of hummingbirds and heliconias. Soon we will make some extra seating areas from where you can enjoy the fantastic views in peace.

 

Summary

Duration: 45 minutes roundtrip.
Distance: 1.5 km roundtrip.
Weight: Light.
Price: Included in the entrance fee.
Reservation: It is not needed.

Catarata Del Toro Trails

Rappel trail

Catarata Del Toro has a third trail that leads you to the rappel section. Unfortunately, we closed this for security reasons, as you end up at the edge of the 90 meters drop without a fence. However, for 2022 we do have some plans. You can ask permission if you want to go, and maybe we will let you go. The duration is only 5 minutes and very easy to walk.

Rappel platform catarata del toro (2)

Other hikes

Instead of hiking the regular trails, perhaps you want another experience? Just straight through the forest and rivers and maybe some rappelling included? Ask us, and if we have a tour guide available, we can arrange something, the charge will be by the hour.

In the area, other specialized tour guides offer many hiking opportunities. You can think of trails going to the Poás, into the national park Juan Castro Blanco, Cerro Congo, and others.

If there is any interest in the different hiking possibilities, please search online and social media. However, we are in no way responsible for those tours offered.

Scroll down for an impression, but the pictures are just for illustration purposes only.

Exploring catarata del toro
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