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.
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.
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.
Spanish and several native languages
Costa Rican colón (CRC)
December to April
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