My boyfriend and I had really wanted to hike through the rainforest to cap off our amazing Costa Rica trip, and our hike with Alverro did not disappoint! Like the reviewers before me have said, Alverro is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable and the property is huge and absolutely gorgeous. This was definitely one of the top highlights of our week-long trip. We learned a lot about the history of the land and it's native peoples, as well as the different plants, animals, birds, insects and fruits we passed during our walk. The pace was comfortable, the incline wasn't too steep and we frequently took short breaks while Alverro told us about different plants and wildlife we passed by. The three hours went by surprisingly quickly and we didn't feel tired afterwards. As others mentioned, we got to taste different fruits and plants we passed by, and even a termite (they were very small and tasted nutty). He also brought pineapple and watermelon for us to eat to restore our energy while we rested at the panoramic viewpoint at the top of the trail, which was amazing. We were lucky enough to have a cloudy day which kept the temperature slightly cooler (the path is mostly shaded by the thick foliage of the forest though, so you don't really need to worry about sunscreen anyway) but the humidity still had us working up quite a sweat. Surprisingly, mosquitoes/flies/bugs were really not a problem at all despite being in the middle of the forest, but probably still best to put on bug spray, especially if you plan to wear tshirts or shorts. I would recommend wearing sneakers as it is a dirt path with some red ants here and there along the way, but certainly no need for heavy duty hiking shoes. We were in the beginning of the rainy season, so the trail wasn't wet, but apparently a few streams run through the forest towards the end of may/beginning of june.
Overall, fantastic hike! If you are in the Samara or Carrillo area, you DEFINITELY want to do this hike!!
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