Hiking Costa RicaA strong suggestion when deciding to take a hiking tour on your vacation Costa Rica is to participate in a guided tour wherever possible. In the event that a guided tour is not available get a self guided map before you decide to trek out into the jungle. There is an abundance of area to hike in but the problem is generally lack of information in terms of marked areas, length of paths and regulations governing the areas. For these reasons, guided tours are recommended. Can you imagine getting lost in the dense rain forest.

Before you embark on a hike in Costa Rica, guided of course, it is important for you to have the right equipment. Shoes are the most important and proper hiking shoes are a must. They will protect you from possible bites…. of what, let’s not get into that. The other staples include water, which is key, a proper hat, extra socks in case your feet get wet, rain gear or jacket at the minimum, sunblock, insect repellent and of course sun block.Popular sites to enjoy hiking include;

A. Arenal Volcano

One of the most active volcanoes in the world, is a must see for any visitor to Costa Rica especially on your honeymoon in Costa Rica and can be combined with the waterfalls of La Fortuna, a swim after a long hike. This is a great opportunity to come as close as possible to an active volcano. The Arenal area is also home to canopy tours where you can swing in the jungle like the animals and hot springs where you can relax after a hard day of hiking. In addition to the Arenal volcano, the Cerro Chato Volcano is located in the Arenal Volcano National park and is a hiker’s dream. It is an inactive volcano and the hike up the mountain is almost all uphill with the reward on one of the peaks , being Mount Chato Lagoon, the water-filled crater approximately 1,640 feet in diameter.

B. Chirripo Mountain

Known as the “land of eternal waters” and the highest peak in Costa Rica, is part of La Amistad International Park which is located in the Talamanca Mountain Range. This is a hiker’s paradise. Part of the park, which is approximately 195 square miles or over 50,000 hectares, there is lots to see and do. As Costa Rica’s highest peak and second in Central America, the opportunity to see from the top is amazing. This is not a one day trip and it is recommended that research be done to determine the best tour available as the terrain can be challenging. Temperatures range from 18-25 degrees Celsius during the day to below freezing during the night with high winds. This is not for the faint of heart.

C. Corcovado National Park

Considered by National Geographic as the “most biologically intense place on earth” is is a place that you cannot exclude on your honeymoon in Costa Rica. Known as the amazon of Costa Rica, this primary forest on the Pacific coast is home to more than 400 species of birds, including the rare scarlet macaws, approximately 139 mammals, which represent 10 percent of the mammals

Corcovado National Park is an undeniably beautiful place, considered to be one of the most important natural preserves in the Americas, this virgin rain forest park invites superlatives from all who visit. At least thirteen distinct vegetation types in close proximity, including mangroves, palm swamps and bloodweed forest make Corcovado a botanist’s dream. Jaguars, giant anteaters, hundreds of white-lipped peccaries, tapers, and a host of rare rain forest animals inhabit the vast reaches surrounding the crocodile-filled lagoon at the park’s center. The captivating visual beauty of its forest and of its coastline, with miles of uninhabited beaches and roaring cascades, draws visitors from all over the world.

D. Rincon de la Vieja National Park

The hike to the top is spectacular,,, there is so much diversity to see. The view from the top is breathtaking, now all you need is some time to take it all in. This hike usually takes three-four hours. Once you reach your destination you can see many vistas including the Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua Lake and of course, the Pacific Ocean. The highest point on this mountain is Von Seebach. There is much to do in this area and for avid hikers, this excursion will showcase the best that Costa Rica has to offer.

E. San Gerardo de Dota

This tour is a bit different as it starts at a high altitude and you hike down from the Cold Mount or Cerro Frio to your destination of San Gerardo de Dota. You will hike through the Paramo Forest, filled with trees and shrubs and down to the Tropical Cloud Forest which is known for large oak trees and its astounding views. This hike is usually in the 6 hour range and covers approximately 3.4 miles.


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  1. tilakahuja says:

    Interesting blog on Rincon de la Vieja. Costa Rica´s best known volcanoes are Volcán Poás, Volcán Irazú, and Volcán Arenal. Both Poás and Irazú are easily accessible from San Jose (about 2 hours away), and hundreds of tourists drive up to the crater to take small hikes around the crater.

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    Cool post, I really enjoyed reading it. I will check out your site for some more content on this subject….

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