Costa Rica hiking

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Hiking in Costa Rica will prove to be an unforgettable experience for keen walkers and those new to trekking. This beautiful Central American nation is renowned among hikers for its gorgeous landscapes and superb trails, with stunning scenery and fascinating wildlife around almost every corner.

What makes Costa Rica a great destination for hiking?

The diversity of landscapes in Costa Rica sets this country apart from its neighbours, and makes it a stand out destination for hiking trips. Whether you want to hike through lush jungle or take challenging trails up the side of mountainous volcanoes, Costa Rica's climate, vegetation, wildlife, and varying terrain all combine to create unique trails.

The best places to go hiking in Costa Rica

It's hard to narrow down the best hikes in Costa Rica as there are so many spectacular options. The following hikes are some of the can’t-miss opportunities for hikers in Costa Rica.

Walk up Mount Chirripo

Mount Chirripo is the tallest mountain in Costa Rica, reaching 12,500 feet. The hike takes up to two days and starts at the Chirripo cloud forest. You'll travel over steep rocky terrain to arrive at the peak, where you'll get unobscured views of the Pacific Ocean and the Carribean Sea.

Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

In this amazing reserve, you can look forward to easy hiking trails that are well marked and maintained. A hike through the entire reserve will take you a day. Apart from the lush foliage, you'll also come across suspension bridges and majestic waterfalls, as well as myriad exotic birds.

Hike different terrains at Corcovado National Park

You require a certified guide for exploring this trail as there are several wild creatures like crocodiles and spider monkeys in the area. It is a national park with a mix of terrains like rushing rivers, dense rainforests, rocky ravinesand beaches.

Journey to La Fortuna waterfall

In the Alajuela Province, La Fortuna Waterfall is a fantastic hiking option. At the bottom of the Chato volcano, its waters drop almost 250 feet into a freshwater pool below. Bring your hiking boots and your swimming gear, as after the trek there you can cool off in the pool beneath the falls. There’s an $18 entrance fee and access is via a 500-step staircase. 

Marvel at abandoned ruins on Miro Mountain

Miro Mountain offers trekkers a short but challenging trek to reach the peak, where fantastic views of Jaco and Playa Hermosa can be enjoyed on clear days. The first stretch of the trek is the hardest, as the terrain is rather steep, but the rewards worthwhile. En route, don’t miss the El Miro Ruins, an abandoned mansion.

Tips for planning a hiking tour in Costa Rica

Always ensure you have the necessary permits for hiking in Costa Rica, whether on trails or within national parks. Waterproof shoes are also ideal to have when hiking in wet areas. Pack a lightweight poncho or raincoat just in case it starts to rain. Sunscreen for hot days and insect repellent are other must-haves.

When to go in Costa Rica?

The climate of Costa Rica is tropical, with the country experiencing both a dry season and a rainy season. The best time to visit Costa Rica is during the dry season, between December and April. It is noticeably hotter at the coast than in the center of the country. Coastal areas are hot, with temperatures of around 30 degrees, whereas the central area remains temperate all year round and experiences temperatures of around 17 degrees. Costa Rica is a superb country to discover and explore, consisting of mountains, forests and heavenly beaches, and with one of the most favorable climates you could wish for.
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