Cloud Forest Hike @ Water National Park : JUAN CASTRO BLANCO NATIONAL PARK - La Fortuna

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 1 Day
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  • Departure Time :
    07:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Jacamar Naturalist Tours, Costado Sur de la Iglesia Católica de La Fortuna Apartado Posta 40-4417, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 4417, Costa Rica
    Traveler pickup is offered
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


In this tour, you will go on a 1.5-hour drive from La Fortuna toJuan Castro Blanco National Park. There, you will be able to observe several types of birds such as the Red Brocket Deer, White Faced Capuchin Monkey, Armadillo, Paca, Tapir and several cat species.


  • Family friendly
  • Ideal choice for families
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment

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This tour is a great new alternative for bird watching enthusiasts. The trip to this rarely visited cloud forest will give you the opportunity to see a wide variety of flora and fauna including the spectacular Quetzal with its eye-catching plumage and many other bird species.

When many people think of the Costa Rican cloud forest, Monteverde is the first name that comes to mind but those that take this tour will quickly find that Costa Rica has much more to offer than just Monteverde. To reach the Juan Castro Blanco National Park which is located only 1 hours from La Fortuna, you will drive through the San Carlos lowlands, Costa Ricas most productive agricultural region.

The small number of tourists that visit the park, the personalized nature of the tour and the areas beauty make for an excellent combination. Many of the San Carlos lowlands most prominent rivers have their origins in the park as do many of the most of the important aquifers in the area. The total area of the park which was created by decree in 1992 is 14,250 hectares (approximately 35,600 acres).

The most common species of fauna found in the park are birds such as the Quetzal, Crested Guan, Black Guan and Chachalaca and mammals such as the Red Brocket Deer, White Faced Capuchin Monkey, Armadillo, Paca, Tapir and several cat species. The park has a very diverse array of flora with approximately 60% of the parks total area being covered by primary forest and the remainder consisting of patches of secondary forest. The tour will end with a delicious lunch with trout as the main course.


Bottled water


Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off


Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Not wheelchair accessible

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Infant seats available

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Please inform the age of kids under 12 years

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Traveler Reviews

  • 22-Sep-2022

    This hike was amazing! Jairo is a wonderful, friendly, extremely knowledgeable guide. From the drive there to the 3 hour hike to the home cooked lunch at the end we enjoyed it all. We hiked through beautiful forest to overlooks and the stunning crater lake only seeing a couple other visitors. We saw cool insects, birds, and so many plants. Highly recommend the hike and Jairo!

  • 30-Jun-2022

    Dia estupendo con la compañia de Gerardo y Gustavo. Nos han alimentado todas nuestras curiosidades con sus vastos conocimientos. Hemos hecho la visita al parque Castro Blanco, perfecto.

  • 03-Jan-2019

    We did a birdwatching tour in Guancaste - I was amazed by how many different species we saw. An incredibly wide variety, and a number of uncommon ones as well - everything from a laughing falcon to owls to bats and mot-mots and a roseate spoonbill. Even a very large crocodile.... The guide was very knowledgeable and nice - it starts early, but we were the only ones even in high season, so you might score a private tour!

  • 17-Mar-2018

    We have done a lot of birding in Costa Rica, but had never been to Juan Castro Blanco. We asked our hotel, and none of their naturalists had been there before. They recommended Hugo of Jacamar. It was a great recommendation -- Hugo is one of the top naturalists we have met in Costa Rica. He is experienced, knowledgeable and very friendly. JCB is not an easy place to explore, because it is remote and not completed as a national park. Hugo probably knows JCB better than anyone. First he took us to a private location bordering the park, where we did some excellent birding and had a tasty breakfast at El Congo. Then we went into the park itself. The park's infrastructure is not yet completed. But is has some excellent cloud forest birding. Hugo told us that it was probably similar to Monteverde fifty years ago, before development kicked in. As a result, the trails were rustic, but there was nobody else there and we did some great cloud forest birding. A memorable day of birding, thanks to Hugo! Thank you, Mark & Susan