We had choose for you some of the best hiking trails Costa Rica! With more than 30% of the land area protected by national parks, wildlife refuges, and preserves, and from plane terrains along the coast to cloud forests Mountains, Costa Rica hiking exposes a range of well-marked trails for the adventurers. The hiking here is exceptional and for many travelers is the principal reason to visit the country. Costa Rica is a destination both for those who wish to push themselves and those who desire to take their time. Guided hikes offer an enjoyable, safe and instructive outdoor experience for travelers. Different natural settings will make a difficult decision where to hike, waterfalls, impressive nature, amazing sunsets, rainforest, jungle, Cloud & Dry Forest or Paramus like Chirripo will enchanting you.

Cahuita NP
Celeste River
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Corcovado N.P
Diamante Falls
Chirripo Highlands

Cahuita NP

Cahuita Snorkelling and Rainforest Hike

Parque Nacional Cahuita has the largest system of Coral Reefs in Costa Rica, including 6 species of coral, a wide range of colorful tropical fishes and the occasional encounter of a harmless reef shark or sting ray. This beach has a horse shoe shape, with the entrance of the park at one end and beautiful Punta Cahuita at the other end. We start with a scenic 20 minute boat ride to have two snorkeling sessions. Then we get drop off at the Punta to enjoy a delicious fruit and snacks break at the beach followed by a 1 hour guided hike in this wonderful coastal forest: monkeys, sloths, birds, poison dart frogs, iguanas and other interesting encounters are common.

Itinerary

7:00 AM – Pick up time depending on location starting in Manzanillo.
7:30 AM – Drive to Cahuita with interesting information in route.
8:00 AM – Arrival at the park entrance and safety briefing.
8:30 AM – Snorkeling in two locations.
9:30 AM – Fruit and snacks break at Punta Cahuita and proceed to hike.
11:00 AM – Arrive back to the van, take a small break and drive back.
12:00 Noon – Arrive in time to shower before lunch on your own.

What to Bring

  • Swim suit on
  • Sunscreen, hat, long sleeve shirt/rash guard to cover your back
  • Camera (ideally water proof)
  • Water bottle
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Insect repellent, binoculars, raincoat and a bit of cash.

Included

  • Transportation
  • Service of professional guide
  • Gear, all entrance fees
  • Fruits, snacks and bottled water.
Cahuita Hiking
Tour Adults Child Departure Arrival
Cahuita Hiking & Snorkeling $55 $50 08:00 13:30
Punta Uva Kayak & Hiking $55 $50 08:00 14:00

Celeste River

Description 

According to legend, when God completed painting the sky, he washed his brushes in the river that now bears the name Rio Celeste (light blue river). Enjoy this legendary river on this hike!

This tour can be operated from Bijagua or the Arenal area. When we get to the park, we start our hike through this gorgeous ecosystem, which offers the opportunity to see animals and flora. Along the walk we will come across the dazzling Rio Celeste waterfall, and also the place where the river gains its incredible light blue color. A route trail of 7 kilometers will take us through the forest, to different interesting places, beginning with the magical Rio Celeste Waterfall, the blue lagoon, a stretch of the peaceful river that makes a beautiful natural lagoon, followed by the lookout deck of the Tenorio Volcano, which offers incredible views of the volcano and the surrounding mountains. Next come two more unbelievable attractions: “Las Ollas” which are fumaroles filled with boiling mud and lastly the “Teñideros” or Dyers, which is the place where the river obtains it unique color thanks to a natural chemical reaction.

On the way back we will continue to walk alongside the riverbank, admiring the bubbling waters, the natural hot springs and the fantastic scenery that surround us. The final highlight of our visit to this magical place will be a tasty hot lunch, before driving back to your hotel.

Important

Minimum age required: 08 years
Price for child’s: $89 (08 – 09 years)
This tour requires a minimum of 02 passengers.
Good physical condition is required
Pick ups in hotels that are located to far from La Fortuna town or the main road to the Volcano can have extra charge.
Any cancellation or modification of the reservation made less than 24 hours before departure will incur a penalty of 100%
The customer shall it be at the agreed time and place, we’ll wait a maximum of 5 minutes. In case of No Show, the reservation will be charged to 100%

What to bring:

  • Small bags to safeguard personal belongings
  • Sun block
  • Hiking attire
  • Hiking shoes or sneakers
  • During the rainy months (June to November) we recommend bringing a rain coat or poncho
  • Comfortable clothing, clothes for change
  • Insect repellent.

Includes :

  • Bilingual naturalist guide with ICT certification
  • Bottled water
  • Energizing snacks
  • Lunch
  • Transportation from the hotel with A/C vans.
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Material with supporting information
  • Liability policy.
Rio Celeste Hike
Tour Adults Child Departure Arrival
From Arenal $110 $85 07:00 16:30
From Bijagua $55 $50 08:00 15:00

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Description 

Founded in 1972, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is among the most famous reserves in the world for its biodiversity, conservation, contributions, and scientific researches. This 3,500 hectare of land holds 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity, and it is one of the most important private reserves in Costa Rica.

The geographical, topographical and climatic conditions have determined the surprising biodiversity found in the Monteverde Reserve. In this forest we can find four ecological “Live Zones” with different ecosystems for hundreds of species of mammals, birds, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, insects and arachnids, as well as a large variety of plants like mosses, vines and the typical trees of the Cloud Forest.

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Important

  • Trails are in outstanding condition with railings on the steps and sometimes slices of tree trunks or concrete bricks creating paths to keep people from walking through mud.
  • During the peak season the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is very popular and the Park restricts the number of travelers accessing the park at one time
  • Children under 6 are free
  •  Restrooms only at entrance of park
  •  Free Hummingbird Gallery near the entrance
  •  There is a coffee shop and a gift store at the entrance

What to bring:

  • Hiking shoes or sneakers
  • During the rainy months (June to November) we recommend bringing a rain coat or poncho
  • Comfortable clothing.
  • Insect repellent.

Includes :

  • English-speaking,  naturalist guide. The guides bring scopes and relevant reference books so you can really learn about the forests.
  • Transport to and from your hotel
  • Entrance fees.
  • Transportation from the hotel with A/C vans.
  • Material with supporting information
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Tour Adults Child 6-9 Open Closed
Regular tour $59 $42 07:00 16:00
Private Tour $100 $100 07:00 16:00

Corcovado N.P

Description 

San Pedrillo Ranger Station: San Pedrillo is Corcovado National Park’s northernmost ranger station, and this tour provides an unparalleled occasion to explore the intense jungle of primary and secondary rainforests nearby the ranger station. Your guide will point out many of the assorted species dwelling around the trails during an hour and a half hike. You may see howler monkeys and white-faced, white-lipped peccaries, coati, scarlet macaws, dantas and more. The trails are visibly marked and easy to explore, ascending and descending through the lush rainforest. After the first hike and a break for lunch, you will have the chance to hike to a beautiful waterfall, the ideal opportunity to take some photos and swim under the smaller falls close by.

Sirena Ranger Station: For those who are interested, we also organize tours to Corcovado’s Sirena Ranger Station. This ranger station is also placed along the Pacific coast, but further south in the middle of the Park. The boat ride to Sirena from Drake takes over an hour, well worth it for those who are fascinated in exploring the Park’s interior, where the most plentiful wildlife dwells. There are numerous trails that surround the ranger station, where you’ll observe many species including scarlet macaws, Baird’s Tapir, monkeys, peccaries, iguanas, sloths, cats, lizards, and a wide diversity of plants, amphibians and insect’s.

What to bring:

  • Small bags to safeguard personal belongings
  • Sun block
  • Hiking attire
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • During the rainy months (June to November) we recommend bringing a rain coat or poncho

Includes :

  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Bottled water
  • Picnic lunch
  • Entrance fees to the protected areas
Corcovado National Park – San Pedrillo
Tour Adults Childs Departure Arrival
From Dominical $140 $85 07:00 15:30
From Drake $100 $85 07:00 14:00

Diamante Falls

Description 

Whether you seek high adventure soaked with pure adrenaline, or peaceful hiking through pure Rainforests, we have what you want. Our provider Tree of Life is the only company offering tours to the top of the spectacular, 600 foot, Diamante Falls!

After an energizing hike up the mountain, and a dip in one of the natural ponds, you will enjoy lunch in an amazing open air cave located between twin waterfalls suspended high above the Diamante.

Tour Package One is set a top one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful natural lands. Home to the howler monkey, exotic birds and wildlife, here you will see some of the most fabulous Rainforests and intense river gorges in the country.

Explore the many facets of this natural jewel. It is approximately a challenging 2 to 2 1/2 hour hike to get into the immaculate cloud/rain forest. On the mountain there are 10 fantastic falls including Costa Rica’s tallest at 600ft! While at the top you are able to hike to other waterfalls with diving and swimming areas, plus a range of other activities listed below. The objective of this journey tour is to encourage a sense of teamwork within the group, promote spiritual tenacity, and enhance your consciousness of the divine harmony in creation.

What to bring:

  • Small bags to safeguard personal belongings
  • Sun block
  • Hiking attire
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • During the rainy months (June to November) we recommend bringing a rain coat or poncho

Includes :

  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Bottled water
  • Picnic lunch
Diamante Waterfalls – Dominical
Tour Adults Groups Departure Arrival
Diamante Trekker’s Special $95 $85 08:00 15:00
Diamante Trekker’s Overnight $160 $135 08:00 11:00

Chirripo Highlands

Chirripo Trek

Chirripo 3 day trek Overview

Location: Chirripo
National Park
Lodging: 1 night Lodge,
1 night Shelter National Park
Activity: Trekking Services included: Bilingual Local Tour Guide,
2 over nights,
Meals,
Food Entrance fees
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights Departures: On Request
Participants: minimum
2 persons
Hiking level: Challenging
Tours: Chirripo Tours Transportation: SJO – San Gerardo de Rivas – SJO
Price per person: US$680.00 Porter on request: US$70.00 (up and downhill)

Time to go

  • Dry season
  • December to April, Rainfalls are possible
  • Rain season

May to November, Rainfall occurs from noon on, Small summer season in

Climate

Chirripo

Weather on Chirripó is unpredictable and potentially dangerous, if you are not prepared. Bitterly cold winds can exceed 100 Kph with significant drops of temperature. Rain is always a possibility, especially in mid-afternoon. Temperatures usually fall to freezing, or below, during the night.

What to bring:

  • Sleeping bag
  • High-quality rucksack to carry your gear
  • Water bottle
  • Personal water filters to refill your water bottle.
    optional, but not necessary
  • A rain poncho
  • Warm clothes (layered, polypropylene) to keep warm in damp and cold mountains
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Cotton shirts – long and short sleeved
  • Parka
  • Trousers – light weight pants
  • Short hiking socks
  • Hat(s) with visor for rain and sun protection
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Bulb binoculars
  • FOOTWEAR – Lightweight hiking boots with traction and ankle support
  • Walking sticks are recommended.
  • Clothes for the hot springs.

Chirripo Treks Information – Hiking Levels :

Hike Los Crestones Base Camp to Chirripó/Cerro Terbi

Location: Trails: Level: Distance:
Los Crestones Base Camp Meter 3.400, feet 11.500
Cerro Chirripo Paramo embedded rocks Meter 3.820, feet 11.150 KM 5.0, miles 3.1
Cerro Terbi, Los Crestones Paramo embedded rocks Meter 3.550, feet 11.650 KM 3.5, miles 2.1
Faithless Mount Paramo embedded rocks Meter 3.200, feet 10.500 KM 3.0, miles 1.8

Sunrise hike to the peak 1½ to 2 hours
Hike back to Los Crestones 1½ hours
Hike to Cerro Terbi and Los Crestones 2,5 to 3,9 hours

Chirripo Hikes
Tour Adults Groups Departure Arrival
3 days and 2 nights/No transportation. Overnights $680 $650 07:00 12:00
4 days and 3 nights $935 $900 07:00 12:00