Reserva Forestal Grecia Bosque del Niño (Grecia Forest Reserve of the Children) is right here in Grecia. It’s a nice little getaway from the city life. When we were there – we were the only ones there!
There’s a huge field for soccer or playing catch, and behind it is a large covered area with several picnic tables and grills. The bathrooms are located behind the covered area.
There are a couple of houses that are available for renting overnight (see details at end of this post):
Starting out, you see this map right away which explains the different trails. Camino al Volcán Poás means “the way to Poas Volcano” – a 5 km/3 mile hike (we decided to save this hike for next time!). We did hike up to the #4 Catarata (waterfall).
Almost immediately you become enveloped in the quiet forest.
Watch where you are walking at all times and bring a stick if you have one (or find one in the forest to borrow), as there are many places with gnarly tree roots exposed that you could easily trip over.
At this sign, we took off to the right to see the waterfall (catarata):
The waterfall was a mere trickle of water, though still beautiful. Our friend Lance said this might have been because of a downed tree further up the river that he knew of.
We took a break here and had a snack by the waterfall. By the way, we all used just a small day pack, which was perfect for snacks, water, towels, etc. I loved my pal Samantha’s Osprey Daylite Pack, it was so cute and small and just perfect for a light day of hiking:
The trees were huge and full, and therefore the sun was almost completely blocked out. It was quiet except for chirping birds and running water. We had a great time hiking here, and will most definitely come back for a long picnic lunch afterwards.
Our hiking group:
Oh – on the way back, we happened to startle a wild pig! Happened too fast for us to get a picture, and the pig actually kind of “barked” at us. You never know what you’ll come across in the forest…
Entrance fee: ₡600 per person (foreigners or residents, and includes parking!)
Hours: open every day, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grounds include: bathrooms, picnic tables, grills, camping area
Also: There’s 2 houses you can rent overnight (about $2-3 a night!)
Altitude: 1500 – 2500 meters (4900 – 8200 feet)
Bring: Snacks (or lunch if you’re picnicking), water, sunscreen, walking stick…
Where: from Grecia, follow the San Isidro ridge towards Poas, until you can branch off on Calle Rodriguez, keep going until you see a sign on your left for Bosque del Niño:
That’s all for now, folks! — Jen
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