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Hiking trips – Costa Rica

Discover jaw-droppingly beautiful tropical rainforests and the abundance of biodiversity that teem within them!

From the summit of Cerro Chirripó to the verdant forests that surround it, Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries on the earth and the undeniably best way to experience it is on foot.  

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Located in the center of the Central American Isthmus, with Panama to the south and Honduras to the north, Costa Rica is a heavenly destination.

Known for being one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, in spite of its size, it is a great place to go out in the wilderness and hike.

Cerro Chirripó, just south of the capital and nestled in the rainforest, is by far the most popular hiking destination. However, before or after you summit the tallest mountain in the country, there are many other spots to check out as well.

Cerro Terbi (3.760 m), Cerro Ventisqueros (3.812 m) and Cerro Uran (3.600 m) are other popular mountains in the country. They are all quite close, so a week or so would be enough time to climb them all.

Hiking by the beach is also popular, head out along the coast and take in white-sand beaches and turquoise blue waters.

 

 

Good to Know

 

What’s the weather like?

Due to its proximity to the equator, there are only two season in Costa Rica: the wet and dry seasons. The dry season runs from December to April and sees average daily temperatures around 23ºC. Crucially for hiking expeditions, not much rain falls during this time of year.

How to get there:

Any trip to Costa Rica begins with a flight into the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in the capital. From here, it is easy enough to find a bus to take you to San Gerado de Rivas, the starting point of just about every hiking trip in Costa Rica.

Language:

Spanish and several native languages

Country Code:

+506

Currency:

Costa Rican colón (CRC)

Best time to visit:

December to April

 

 
 

 

What People Say

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We spent three incredible days on the trail with Armin trekking to the summit of Cerro Chirrippo. His knowledge of
the ecosystems we traversed provided our group great insight into the fauna, birds and animals of Costa Rica. Along the trail, conversation was easy given his many experiences throughout the world. The weather was perfect throughout the trip. The hut was more than adequate and the food was authentic Costa Rican. I would highly recommend any trip with Armin and we look forward to some type of adventure in the future.
We made a self planned trip to Chile and Argentina to climb Volcan San Jose and Aconcagua. While we are
fairly experienced climbers and mountaineers at lower elevations we had Armin as our guide for Aconcagua. He was our insurance for our lack of high altitude experience and organizer with the local support agency. It was a very nice experience. Armin for the most part let us run around on our own as we wanted and only reigned us in when he thought it appropriate. When he forced us to make a rest day in camp at about 5500m altitude to improve our acclimation we were not happy because we thought we were strong and wanted to continue. The photos of our faces in camp that rest day and the fact that I barely remember the day as I was falling asleep all the time tells me that he was very right and we needed rest. He did exactly what we wanted from him; protect us from our own enthusiasm and inexperience. Two days later we all reached the summit. It never felt like having a guide that was calling the shots but like traveling, trekking, and climbing with a very experienced friend. Thanks Armin, “pura vida”!
We made 3 individually organised trips with Armin in Costa Rica and Panama. What we like is especially the combination
of mountaineering, trekking and enjoying the nature. We know Armin as a responsible, flexibel and patient guide. He met our expectations, not only because of his professional manner, his knowledge of the country and the Spanish language. With his Austrian charme and his wide-ranging interest about the country with all its facets, we had a lot of amusing evenings and interesting discussions. We can recommend Armin for mountain tours as well as for observing the rarely seen green macaw in the rainforest :-).

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