Juan Castro Blanco National Park

Juan Castro Blanco National Park covers 35,600 acres (14,250 ha). It was established to protect swaths of rainforest that grow on the sides of ancient volcanoes.

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  • Duration: 7 hrs
  • Available Days: Every day
  • Schedule: 7:30 AM
  • Hotel Transport Included
  • Mobile Ticket Included
  • Offered in English, Spanish

Experience Highlights

Hiking
Juan Castro Blanco National Park

60 percent of the park has primary forest – a type of forest with uninterrupted growth and many layers of rare wildlife. In some parts of the park, you will also come across cloud forest, which is a misty and humid type of forest that provides a habitat for some exceptionally rare birds.

As you hike your naturalist guide can give you expert bird watching tips. This park’s claim to fame is a rare bird called the resplendent quetzal. The males of this species have feathers in jewel-toned shades of green and blue. During the mating season, they grow tail feathers that are several times the length of their bodies. Other rare birds in this area include black guans and curassow. During your hike, you will reach a lake in the crater of an ancient volcano.

There are two dormant volcanoes in this park – Platanar Volcano and Porvenir Volcano. Neither has erupted for thousands of years. Rivers run through the cloud forest that surrounds the volcanoes. All of the 5 rivers in Juan Castro Blanco National Park boast healthy populations of trout. Your tour will conclude with lunch at the park headquarters, where you will dine on some of the fresh local trout.

Attraction Visited

Juan Castro Blanco National Park

One of the lesser explored parks in Costa Rica, Juan Castro Blanco National Park, is positioned in the center of various destinations. This bird-watching haven is located northwest of the Central Valley, with the Poas Volcano to the southeast and Braulio Carrillo National Park to the east. Juan Castro Blanco National Park provides an excellent opportunity to see incredible primary and rain forests, which make up 50% of the park.

Juan Castro Blanco National Park

What to Bring

Hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, a change of clothes, a raincoat, a jacket, and bug spray.

What's included

Transportation, ICT-certified bilingual naturalist guide, entrance fee, bottled water, snacks, lunch with trout, informative brochures, and a liability policy.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

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