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BOSQUE DEL NIÑO – GRECIA

Alajuela

By: Qué Buen Lugar

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Hidden in Grecia, there is one of those places full of nature, with an enchanted forest in which only the elves are missing. While being there, we had problems understanding how such a cool place with lots of things to do is seldom visited. It has camping and BBQ areas, soccer field, trails, and a waterfall.

How to get there
Alajuela, Grecia, San Isidro, Calle Rodríguez. 2.48 miles (4km) from the school, San Isidro, Grecia.

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What to take

Coat, comfortable tennis shoes, food and picnic blanket, hammocks, accessories to play soccer, tennis, or Frisbee, and energy to get the most of it.

Distance
½ mile to the waterfall

1 mile to Carboneras

Difficulty: easy

Vehicle: Car

Paking:Yes

Pets:No

Camping:Yes

Schedule:Monday to Sunday. From 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: Citizens ¢600 Foreigners $5

Some days ago, we heard about this place that at the end was a reserved forest. This area was formerly pastures for grazing cattle, but 30 years ago, kids from the area planted more than 3 000 trees, making the forest we saw.  

As soon as we parked the car, the ranger welcomed us. He was pretty kind and explained the map and the trails to us. There are three trails: Los pinos, El panorámico, and Las carboneras, a total of 1.86miles (3km). There is also a trail that goes through some private farms and ends up in Poas volcano –we didn’t take it. 

First, we went to the waterfall. The day was a little bit cloudy and halfway, it started to rain; however, we have learned to enjoy despite the weather. On our way, we went through different kinds of forest, seeing awesome trees and different fungal species. There was one that called our attention for its berry-milkshake color. Then, we arrived to the waterfall which was bigger than we thought. After that, we went back to another trail; if you have been to Prusia, this trail looks similar since you arrive to a forest full of eucalyptus trees, with its characteristic smell and the soil full of branches and leaves. 

Later, as usually, we were starving, so we headed to prepare our picnic.   

In other words, this was a perfect place to unplug and immerse in nature. And it is perfect to go with the family.

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