This trip can be done without a guide, however it is a good idea to hire a guide to take you through the trail as there is so much to learn about the Cloud Forest you will be hiking through. We can arrange for a Spanish or English speaking guide.
There are two ways to access the interior of the park, Los Lobos or the tourist center bridge. Both are a short walk from Villas Pico Bonito. The Los Lobos entrance requires that you ford the river. Once you wade across, you will climb up along the side of the El Bejuco Creek. After only 20 minutes, you reach the first waterfall where you can jump into the pond and take a shower under the crystal clear waterfall. This trip takes around 2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete or more if you wish to climb up to El Bejuco, the big waterfall in front of the Villas and out across the bridge.
The other entrance is accessed via a hanging bridge over the river. The trail leads to the beautiful El Bejuco waterfall. Rates for trail access are $10.00 USA dollars per adult and $5.00 US dollars for children. Discounts are available for groups and volunteers. The visitor’s center here has a small souvenir shop, as well as an exhibit regarding the park. This hike usually takes around 4 to 4 1/2 hours to complete.
We recommend water bottles, proper shoes, long trousers, insect repellent, camera. If fording or planning to swim, a swimsuit or shorts and a dry pack.
There are many other hikes close by. If it is waterfalls you want to see, there is one within a 5 minute walk from Villas Pico Bonito. The Guaruma, the Vampiro and the Mapuche are also close by, so there are plenty to choose from. A suggestion on a great read, Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central and South America by Adrian Forsyth and Ken Miyata. This book is easy to read and prepares you for your hikes through the rain forests.