The best hiking trails in Costa Rica to enjoy with the fam …


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Even if Costa Rica is known to be a country with impressive beaches, exuberant nature and perfect waves for surfing, it is also an ideal destination for lovers of active and adventure tourism . You can go rafting, kayaking or canoeing, horseback riding or diving in its incredible waters. But, in addition, you will find a surprising number of trails to discover its natural environment .

Here is a list of the best hiking routes in Costa Rica:

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1. Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park is a great place to enjoy Costa Rican nature in all its glory. Although it is only seven square kilometers in size, it offers hikers the opportunity to access an impressive variety of landscapes.

On a walk in the park, you will see dense tropical forests, rocky shores, white sand beaches and spectacular coral reefs. You can also observe different species of wild animals like monkeys, tropical birds and even sloths.

The most recommended route is the main circuit. It has an area of ​​about three kilometers and covers the places of greatest tourist interest. It is an easy and pleasant walk ideal for less experienced families.

2. La Fortuna waterfall

The La Fortuna waterfall was formed by an ancient lava flow from the currently inactive Cerro Chato volcano. To get to the viewpoint of the waterfall and admire it from the heights, you have to climb more than 500 steps, but it will be worth it, because from there you will have an incredible panoramic view.

At the foot of the waterfall there are natural pools formed by the waters of the Fortuna River, ideal for swimming. It is located in a biological reserve of more than 200 hectares, where tropical rainforest predominates. The environment is part of the Arenal Volcano National Park.

3. Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

Visiting Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve requires being in good physical shape, or at least being used to taking long walks. At a leisurely pace, the visit can last more or less five hours. The path is to enter the jungle. Through it you will see how the dry forest mixes with the humid forest, so that gigantic old trees with dry bushes come together in one place.

The walk will be worth it because at the end of it you will find a spectacular passage. Cabo Blanco Beach is a beautiful and secluded corner of the Nicoya Peninsula and is also home to a large number of pelicans.

4. Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Costa Rica is home to this tropical cloud forest, one of the last in the world. This reserve is located at an intermediate point between the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, offering its visitors a privileged location unlike anything that can be visited in the country.

There are almost a dozen trails to choose from in Monteverde, but one of the best known is the Cloud Forest Trail. Although it is barely two kilometers long, the road becomes hard in some places, as it can reach up to 60 meters of vertical drop.

5. Catarata del Toro

The Toro waterfall is one of the most impressive in Costa Rica. Its waters fall into an ancient volcanic crater and it is surrounded by rock formations and impressive flora and fauna. The excursion is simple and suitable for all ages, although it involves going up and down a number of steps.

From the heights you will admire the waterfall and the beauty of the environment that surrounds it and, from below, you will find yourself at the edge of the volcanic crater which has become a small lake.

6. Cahuita National Park

The vast majority of travelers, who choose to hike in Costa Rica, usually do so through the Monteverde Cloud Forest or through volcanoes. But, Cahuita National Park offers tourists a different environment: the beach.

In the southern Caribbean, Cahuita combines forests, beaches and ocean. The park has 23,290 marine hectares and more than 1,000 land hectares. On the territory there is a set of ecological systems which, due to their diversity, are considered to be the most developed in the country.

The trails through Cahuita National Park are well marked and easy to do. The environment in which they thrive is calm and is one of the must-see places to visit in Costa Rica.

7. Rio Celeste

Río Celeste is one of the most spectacular in Costa Rica. It is located in the far north of the country and its light blue color, as its name suggests, is due to sulfur mixed with calcium carbonate.

Located in the Tenorio Volcano National Park, the walk to cross it takes about an hour. In addition to seeing the river, the excursion can also include a bath in its hot springs and the spectacular waterfall of the river.

8. Hule Lagoon

About eleven kilometers from the Poás volcano there are three beautiful lagoons. The best known and most important is that of Rubber. The whole area that includes the Laguna de Hule and its exuberant vegetation is called Bosque Alegre.

It is probably one of the most beautiful in the country and also an impressive wildlife refuge. The path along it has an extension of about seven kilometers through the rainforest, but the path is paved, so it is very comfortable to walk.

9. Arenal Suspension Bridges Trail

Arenal National Park is home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It is a must see for anyone visiting Costa Rica. The park has miles of walking trails, but one of the best known is the Suspension Bridge.

It is a very popular activity among tourists because it allows them to see the jungle from a perspective that they have never experienced before. Sixteen bridges, six of which are suspended in the air, span the forest and the jungle. You will be able to see a wide variety of unique birds and insects while enjoying the sounds of the jungle.

10. Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park is one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet. Inside, impressive fauna, plants and landscapes come together, all within the different ecosystems that the park brings together.

Each of the Corcovado trails requires guidance. All of them are excellent for walking, as they do not present major difficulties. The most famous path is the one that connects Leona to Sirena. Hopefully you will see jaguars, monkeys, wild boars, tapirs or anteaters.

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