Hiking in Costa Rica

Plan your trip in the healthiest way and enjoy hiking the most exciting paths of Costa Rica

Hiking in Costa Rica
Hiking in Costa Rica
© Henar Lanchas

Hiking is one of the most appreciated activities by the tourists in Costa Rica, since the country has lots of paths that traverse their parks and natural reserves and turn hiking into an authentic experience to live surrounded by the purest nature.

In the Limón province there are lots of wonderful virgin forests, large mangroves, and high mountains. Is in this province where La Amistad International Park is located. This park stands out because of its amazing landscapes and its so valuable ecosystems. In this park, there are lots of paths of different difficulty levels that go deep into the lush vegetation and allows its ramblers to observe its varied wildlife. Some of the best paths in this park are Los Gigantes del Bosque, Valle del Silencio, and Cerro Kamuk, among many more.

In the Central Pacific area, some of the better suited places for hiking are Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve (where the El Sueco path is located, which leads to the fantastic Playa Cabo Blanco Beach), Curú and Peñas Blancas national wildlife refuges, and the impressive Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most important parks of the country, whose paths lead visitors to some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.

Other astonishing places in this area are the Dúrika Biological Reserve, where it is possible to visit a primary forest, a banana plantation, the Dúrika Hill, crystalline waterfalls, an indigenous reserve and, of course, the important Corcovado National Park, one of the most extraordinary and beautiful parks in the entire Costa Rica.

In the country’s inland, in particular in the Northern Plains and in the Central Valley, some of the most incredible hiking spots are located in:

- Juan Castro Blanco National Water Park: The paths in this park lead to three impressive volcanoes, various rivers and the amazing wildlife there.

- La Fortuna de San Carlos: In this city, apart from hiking, it is possible to practice lots of sports and ecotourism activities.

- Arenal Volcano National Park: Its paths lead to the Loma Volcánica and Lava scenic views, where it is possible to admire the volcano and its eruptions.

- Maleku Indigenous Reserve: different guided tours allow the visitors to go over the tropical forest and the natives that live there.

- Braulio Carrillo National Park: this park, with its lots of paths traversing it, is one of the most important parks of Costa Rica. There, you will be able to observe the great volcano and the Brava lagoon.

- La Selva Biological Station: this nature reserve has more than 35 miles of paths that traverse both marine and terrestrial habitats.

- Irazú Volcano National Park: its paths go along the Reventado River and lead to the impressive volcano.

- Tapantí-Macizo de la Muerte National Park: it is one of the best places to practice hiking. It has paths of all difficulty levels. Some of them lead to the river, where you can enjoy a pleasant and refreshing dip.

- Guayabo National Monument: the paths in this monument lead to one of the most important Pre-Columbian archaeological sites of Costa Rica.

Apart from the aforementioned places, there are a lot more to mention, since in almost every other park and nature reserve in Costa Rica it is possible to practice hiking. Also, in the majority of the Costa Rican beaches, apart from hiking its routes, it is possible to take a dip in its fantastic waters.

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