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Hiking in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has over 3.2 million acres of predominantly rainforest contained within the boundaries of 25 national parks, 58 wildlife refuges, 15 mangrove reserves, 11 forest reserves, 8 biological reserves and other protected areas in the country, totaling 169 parks.
Unlike touring other countries, getting to know Costa Rica can only be best done on foot, not sat in a car or bus, peering out the window at the sights as they go by. In Costa Rica the ‘sights’ can only really be seen from up on high, either atop one of the many dormant volcanoes, ziplining, or crossing hanging bridges. From the roadside, the view tends to be of dense foliage and greenery, wherever you go.
Trekking is essential to see the best of Costa Rica
Of course, to access the tops of volcanoes, ziplines, etc. requires going on foot, trekking, through the rainforest to get to any of the best vantage points from which to witness the true beauty of the country. Above the canopy of treetops you can see for miles, unless you are in the Monteverde cloud forest, in which case even up high the chances are all you will see is clouds!
Trekking in Costa Rica brings you closer to nature
One of the main reasons visitors come to Costa Rica is the unspoilt environment. Unlike many tourist destinations, Costa Rica is heavily committed to ecotourism, to the protection of the diverse and rich tropical ecosystem which contains an astonishing array of plants, animals and insects. While reading about them is one thing, nothing can take the place of seeing everything ‘up close and personal’, and exactly as nature intended it.
If we were to list every species of flora and fauna to be found in Costa Rica, by the time you had finished reading that list of over 500,000 entries, your vacation time would have come and gone! However, of particular note, what you would be likely to come across in the rainforest and jungles of Costa Rica in the form of wildlife includes the:
- White-faced Capuchin monkey
- Three-toed sloth
- Rhinoceros beetle
- Jesus Christ lizard
- Red-eyed tree frog
- Scarlet macaw
- Resplendent Quetzal
Trekking with a guide makes so much difference
It is possible to go on self-guided treks and tours, but there are invariably two problems when doing this. First, it is not easy to know here you are going owing to the lack of forward visibility. Second, every time you want to know what something is, whether it is a plant, an insect or a mammal, you have nobody who knows the rainforest well enough to ask. Aside from ensuring your safety and that you never get lost, guides for trekking in Costa Rica will love sharing their lifetime of knowledge with you, and particularly those guides who are recommended for our individual adventure tours here at Costa Rica Rios.
Pupular hikes in Costa Rica
- Corcovada National Park
- Rio Celeste and Tenorio Volcano
- Arenal hanging bridges
- Manuel Antonio National Park
- Santa Juana Mountain
Specializing in adventure vacations in Costa Rica, here at Costa Rica Rios, aside from our 8-day Adventure Tour, we can create individual, bespoke adventure packages, including a give us a call, to concentrate on your favored activities, such as trekking.
It is hard to resist the allure of Costa Rica if you like exploring and are looking for the adventure of a lifetime, so take advantage of our local knowledge and give us a call. We’ll be glad to talk you through all you can expect from an adventure vacation in Costa Rica, and happily answer any questions you may have.