Hiking in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a beautiful mountainous country which many natural jewels. There are many trails in all of the national parks for all physical conditions, as well as in almost any natural area, even around the capital city. However, local information is sometimes very limited and sometimes guides are much needed. There are various travel agencies and tour operators that offer hiking tours in most touristic places, and guides, maps and some equipment are included, making it easier to get to know the country from this perspective. Hiking tours could last from 1 hour to 10 days with camping included, depending on what you want and how much you want to get to know the country this way.

Costa Rica has enough trails to keep serious hikers busy for a long time; the scenery varies from  lowland rain forests to brisk mountain valleys, volcanoes, beaches, among many others. As any other serious sport for committed hikers or amateurs, there are some essential objects to take on any hiking or camping trip in Costa Rica. Those objects include canteens, good hiking boots, a hat, insect repellent and sunscreen, as well as raingear and a jacket.

Whether you’re hiking in a rainforest, cloud forest, near a volcano or along the coast, you will encounter amazing natural sites in the country. As hikers go inside the forest, there are some wild animals that they could encounter, such as snakes, poisonous frogs, alacrans, among others.

Among the most known hiking places in Costa Rica are:

Chirripó National Park

Corcovado National Park

The National Park offers many services for tourists: La Casona or Information Center, Lookout View Point, Camping Sites, Hiking Trails, Restrooms. There are 4 ranger stations and these can be used for overnight trips into the park. The entrance has a price of $10 per foreign tourist. Visitors must register at the Park Office in Puerto Jimenez for overnight stays and it is encouraged that you book ahead to reserve the dates that you want to visit the Park. There are no cabins inside the Park besides the 4 ranger stations but visitors could also camp if they bring their own equipment. Contact the Park at (506) 2733-5036 for registrations and bookings details.

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