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“Uphill climb takes some energy; emerald green acid lake worth it”
Review of Santa Ana Volcano

Santa Ana Volcano
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

We're glad we did this climb -- the acid lake and views from the top are worth it. However, be aware that it is sold as an 'easy walk' and it's not. After a downhill start (which, of course, us uphill on the way back), this is an uphill climb that ends at about 8,000 feet -- high enough for the altitude to impact some people's climbing stamina. Our 'guide' compounded the problem by setting a very aggressive pace and not providing rest stops. He would get far ahead of the stragglers in our group, finally wait until they caught up, and then start moving again as soon as they arrived. He literally ran up the last portion and intentionally chose small 'shortcuts' that eliminated little bends in the trail by allowing you to climb more steeply uphill. In a nutshell, he was awful. Mauricio was his name. Anyway, bring lots of water (at least 1 liter pp) and an energy snack or two. The view from the ridge is spectacular, and the very green acid lake is quite unique. The economics of the thing are a little puzzling. They charge an entrance fee for the park, and then a separate fee to climb (although no one would to to the park and not climb), and then, about a third of the way up, you pay another fee, apparently for crossing someone's private property. Altogether, it's about $13, so not a lot of money. I suggest a decent pair of hiking boots, although some choose to wear sneakers/tennis shoes/whatever you call those things. There may also be an ice cream vendor at the top. He was a nice guy -- he didn't have change for me, but he gave me the ice cream anyway with a promise to pay at the bottom.

If you are taking the bus, be aware of the time, as the last bus leaves at something like 4pm.

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Reviewed 26 March 2014 via mobile

We took the bus from Santa Ana to the volcano. Sit on the right hand side for beautiful views over the lake on the way up. The bus arrived at about 9.30, giving an hour to grab some breakfast and some snacks from the comedor there. The trip started at 10.30, we were accompanied by a guide and two security officers, all of whom were very friendly and informative. It's a good walk up to the volcano crater, with gorgeous views on the way. The crater itself took our breath away, sweeping volcanic landscape with a picture perfect bright green, smoking lake. Absolutely stunning. We arrived back to base at about 2pm. As the bus back leaves at 4 we had a bit of hanging about, but apart from that it was a brilliant day out, all for about 12 dollars.

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Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

The hike is tough...1.5hr walk up hill. Wear good shoes. Travel when there is no cloud so you get the the views, not just a view of the crater. Overall, worth a visit.

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Reviewed 28 February 2014

The hike to the top of the volcano Santa Ana is worth it. It is an easy walk and you get rewarded with beautiful views. Take into account that for the entire hike you have to pay around $9(you pay it in 4 different locations).

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

We did a day hike of Santa Ana as an excursion from the Royal Decameron resort. It was a perfect vacation hike - a good workout with amazing views but not too strenuous, and accessible to a wide range of people. If you can walk for 4 hours you can handle this hike.

We had an overkill of escorts (a guide from the resort and one from the national park, plus a few police armed with machine guns), but it was good to have locals to talk to and ask questions of. They were very knowledgeable.

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