Phoenix Hiking Trails
Starting from our facilities and going through the vegetable garden, our signs will guide you along the path into the forest for approximately one hour, where you will have spectacular views of the Eternal Children’s Rainforest, Lake Arenal and our reforestation areas. Take into consideration that these hiking trails go along a transition zone (rain forest to cloud forest) where you can enjoy the majesty of secondary forest and mature forest giving you great chances to see birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and of course many species of plants.
El Mirador Hiking Trails
Enjoy a hike to our look-out point where you will experience a variety of views including virgin forest (Children’s Eternal Forest), the mighty Lake Arenal and once you reach the top of the mountain you will have the privilege to observe the extraordinary Arenal Volcano, Tenorio Volcano and Miravalles Volcano. Pay close attention to the melodious songs of birds, occasionally the howl of the “mono congo” (howler monkey) and other animals. Take special notice of the cloud forest of Monte Verde, Caño Negro River and the El Castillo town. You will return on a loop trail by taking the path down that will guide you through regenerating forest, with occasional views to the delta of Caño Negro River and Lake Arenal.
Suggestions for using the hiking trails at Rancho Margot:
- Notify Reception about your visit to the trails with the approximate time
- Use the trail map & stay on the path
- Avoid touching or ingesting unfamiliar plants
- Do not feed the animals
- Do not throw trash
- It is forbidden to extract any kind of plant or animal present in the forest
- Wear long pants, closed shoes, sunscreen and insect repellent