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“lots of wildlife, if you can handle the hike”

Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Nicoya
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 February 2012

Great hike, but start early if you're going all the way to the ocean as it gets hot. It took us about 5 hrs, with a half hour break at the ocean. There is drinkable water and picnic tables at the beach. Very hilly... the way back gets pretty difficult if you're not in shape. We saw a family of howler monkeys, some cool birds, bats, squirrels, agouti, coati, and tons of morpho butterflies. We went on a Thursday & it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. We didn't see anybody on the way to the beach and we only passed maybe 10 people on our way back.
You definitely need tennis shoes or hiking shoes. If you are pressed for time, I'd suggest hiking the beginning of the Sueco trail and then looping back on the Danes trail, rather than going all the way to the beach. The trails near the beginning are the most lush/ jungly part. There is some cool bamboo if you decide to go all the way to the beach, but for the most part, the best scenery is near the beginning of the trail in the primary forest.

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Reviewed 28 December 2011

This is a very strenuous hike - especially if you go all of the way to the beach. It is a solid 2 hour walk there and 2 hours back (retracing your steps). It's a good albeit rugged trail, and we did see howler monkeys. The piece de resistance is the deserted beach. Plan to spend some time there cooling off and enjoying the scenery before heading back up the trail to go back.

Our mistake was that we did not have enough water. We brought 4 liters for 3 people and really could have used at least 2 liters each - if not more. Learn from our mistake and bring more water than you think you'll need.

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Reviewed 19 February 2011

We took the short path through the park because we did not have the time to do the long path. What a shame, the nature is so beautiful there. What is a pitty is that many man made facilities like small bridges are in bad shape or just dont exist anymore. This does n't stop you from hiking but could be an obstacle for some people.

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