Volcán Maderas stands at 1,394 meters and the trails wind you through an established cloud forest, and it is still by no means an easy feat. Expect around a 6 – 8 hour round trip to the top of this prehistoric volcano. Pack a lunch, and bring at least 2 liters of water per person. If you want to swim in the lagoon inside the crater add another hour hiking plus whatever time you spend there. A Guide is required and should cost around $10 per person, but they will want a minimum of $20. There are also trails around the forest level that wrap completely around the volcano. There are petroglyph tours, coffee and cacao tours, horseback riding, and the San Ramón waterfall is also located on the western side.
You have the option of starting from one of several finca/hostel-hotels that are scattered around the base of this beautiful behemoth. Most groups leave at 6am and return by 3pm. The beauty of this volcano is well worth the climb!