Start planning your Costa Rica hiking adventure
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 ravines, and 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.