In some places along the trail, tree stumps and fallen logs are used to encourage particular kinds of exercise.
December 12th marked the opening of a new hiking trail cut through the jungle on land administered by the Nosara Civic Association just off the “high road.” With plans for expansion to about six kilometers, the current trail offers 2.1 kilometers of relatively easy hiking. The trail sections to be added will involve significant changes in elevation and thus will offer greater challenge for those hikers who seek it.
Hikers will see along the trail beautiful examples of jungle flora. Giant Guanacaste roots cross the path, and mushrooms, palms, vines and a wide variety of trees all enhance the experience.
Inspired by many such trails winding through his native Switzerland, Marcel Shearer, president of the Nosara Civic Association, spearheaded the introduction to Nosara of the concept of a hiking trail marked by “stations” with posters encouraging calisthenics.
The lion’s share of labor that cut the path through the forest was provided by members of the local volunteer firefighters, the Bomberos de Nosara, aided by gardeners sent to the site by their employers. With four more kilometers to cut and work remaining on the first path, more volunteers will be needed in the weeks ahead. To volunteer, contact Marcel Shearer at Giardino Tropicale.
To find the trail from Nosara/Arenales, take the dump road and about 100 meters past Paseo del Sol watch for the entrance sign on your left. From Five Corners, head toward Estancia/Del Mar Academy/Arenales, and watch for the entrance sign on your right. There is limited off-road parking at the trailhead.