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Miro’s Mountain in Jaco, Costa Rica

Published on July 1, 2016 by DayStar Staff

If you have ever walked to the far south end of Jaco beach, you have no doubt seen the white pillars and arches sticking out of the side of Miro’s mountain. I know that the first time I spotted it walking down the beach, I was immediately intrigued. It just sits there, lonely and desolate yet majestically perched on the mountainside.

It wasn’t long until my friend Patrick Hundley offered to take me out there to have a look. We drove out to the highway on the south end of Jaco and almost immediately took a left turn heading down a dirt road towards Miro’s mountain. The trail is pretty well traveled and a favorite among local joggers and hikers.

As you start to ascend Miro’s mountain, you’ll notice that the walled side of the path has been completely sculpted in cement with a 3D mural of animal shapes and vines, now aging and being reclaimed by the jungle.

The path winds back and forth up the side of the mountain for what seems like an eternity before we finally reached the awesome white pillars that can be seen from the beach. One look off the side from this amazing vantage point and it’s clear to see why so many people love to hike this trail during sunrise and sunset.

I took in my fill my fill of the landscape, able to see the entire 2.5 mile stretch of Jaco beach from end to end. This is when Pat told me that this is the half-way point, “just a little rest-stop for hikers”. Here I thought I had seen the whole glory of Miro’s mountain, yet I was only half way.

We geared up once more and continued up the winding trail ahead. We were traveling through true jungle at this point, although on a well traveled ten foot wide path, so I wasn’t too concerned with any bugs creeping up on me. The jungle is full of life, so you are almost bound to see some sort of creature while you are exploring out here, most of the time they are cute, but occasionally not so much.

After successfully making it to a large clearing at what I assumed was the top of the mountain, there was a small pathway leading into the trees. Once again I thought, “ok, we’re here”, only to find that this pathway extended much further than I imagined, all the way around a bend and out of site. That only added to the mystique though, I instantly started to feel like Indiana Jones on the precipice of a major find.

After a couple hundred meters the trees along the path thinned out just enough to make out the pacific ocean. The path finally ended at a huge structure built onto the side of Miro’s mountain. Three stories of white pillars and terraced stairways topped with a massive balcony overlooking all of Jaco.

Suddenly I felt foolish for basking so much at the half way point. The view from the balcony was just incredible. I can say that my expectations were surpassed at that moment and any griping along the hike was immediately recanted.

If you ever find yourself walking along the south end of Jaco beach and spot some white pillars on the side of the mountain… go explore it! Thanks to Patrick Hundley for showing me a great hidden spot in Jaco!

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