The Best Trails in Costa Rica

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  • near Providencia, San José (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    15.52mi
    Elevation +
    4150f
    TrailRank
    59| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Providencia/La Chaqueta/Rancho Tinamu Photo of Providencia/La Chaqueta/Rancho Tinamu Photo of Providencia/La Chaqueta/Rancho Tinamu

    High difficulty trail that walks down from the high Talamanca mountain range at the Cerro de la Muerte at Providencia Town. This trail is not for unexperienced hikers! Ask your guide to finish the trail at the Savegre Ri...

    Gracias por subir la ruta!!
    OsoCaballo
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  • near Carate, Puntarenas (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    13.29mi
    Elevation +
    489f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo of Carate - La Leona - Sirena (Parque Corcovado) Photo of Carate - La Leona - Sirena (Parque Corcovado) Photo of Carate - La Leona - Sirena (Parque Corcovado)

    An amazing trail along the beach from Carate to Sirena station in Parque Corcovado. You need to reserve tickets and hire a mandatory official guide. The entrance to the park is at La Leona station where your paid reserv...

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  • Mangrove Kayaking - Portalon

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Portalón, Puntarenas (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    14.26nm
    Elevation +
    266f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo of Mangrove Kayaking - Portalon Photo of Mangrove Kayaking - Portalon Photo of Mangrove Kayaking - Portalon

    You will discover the beauty of its canals and enjoy the great variety of flora and fauna that this estuary offers. Along the way you will have the opportunity to see different types of mangrove trees and learn the impor...

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  • Pico Blanco

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    Hiking
    near San Antonio, San José (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    6.40mi
    Elevation +
    3215f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo of Pico Blanco Photo of Pico Blanco Photo of Pico Blanco

    We strongly recommend that you visit Pico Blanco only if you feel in shape, and have physically and mentally prepared yourself for the tour. Although many join the ride without having much experience, you do need to have...

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  • Tamarindo - playa Junquillal

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    Mountain Bike
    near Tamarindo, Guanacaste (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    51.00mi
    Elevation +
    2769f
    TrailRank
    49
    Photo of Tamarindo - playa Junquillal Photo of Tamarindo - playa Junquillal Photo of Tamarindo - playa Junquillal

    The first 3km are a nice single track rail in the forest. This is followed by 25kms of a unpleasant gravel road with a thick cloud of dust being raised after each car. Playas are amazing. The best part is that loop on th...

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  • Rio Cajon

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    Hiking
    near Ángeles, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    4.41mi
    Elevation +
    922f
    TrailRank
    47| Rating 2.25
    Photo of Rio Cajon Photo of Rio Cajon Photo of Rio Cajon

    This is a hike to a waterfall on the Cajon River and then back to the start point in Atenas. It is based on the Wiki trail Catarata Rio Cajon (submitted by Guifran). Some of this track may be on private property, after a...

    BEWARE! This route doesn't exist anyone. I tried going reverse and at the problematic property now even the alternative ...
    Zsoltee
    PLEASE READ BEFORE TAKING THIS TRAIL ** We followed this route today. The waterfall was amazing, no disappointment there...
    Monica5
    Amazing spot but I would NOT recommend going up the stairs as an attempted way out. We did this and got to the gate, whi...
    raqofm
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  • near Sabanilla, Cartago (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    5.80mi
    Elevation +
    1079f
    TrailRank
    46| Rating 4.0
    Photo of Parque nacional irazu. Prusia. Trail El Roble Photo of Parque nacional irazu. Prusia. Trail El Roble Photo of Parque nacional irazu. Prusia. Trail El Roble

    The Trail is well marketed and good maintained. It has some inclined parts, but most of the trail is flat or with low inclination. We did with with our 7 years old son and a 18 months baby. Both had a great time. T...

    Nice description and references. I will give it a shot and will come back later. Thanks 👍🏼
    Roy.Mena
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  • Rincon towards Corcovado

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    Hiking
    near San Pedrillo, Puntarenas (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    8.47mi
    Elevation +
    1545f
    TrailRank
    45
    Photo of Rincon towards Corcovado Photo of Rincon towards Corcovado Photo of Rincon towards Corcovado

    A beautiful trail, mainly through the jungle, through several secluded beaches and with some great views on the ocean. We did the walk at the end of the rainy season and paths were very muddy, good shoes are necessary. ...

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  • Los Planes to beaches

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    Hiking
    near Drake, Puntarenas (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    12.79mi
    Elevation +
    1014f
    TrailRank
    45
    Photo of Los Planes to beaches Photo of Los Planes to beaches Photo of Los Planes to beaches

    A beautiful trail through the rainforest, fields, along the coast and the village of Los Planes. You have to cross numerous streams on the way, and the part along the coast can be very muddy. In the rainy season, or a...

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  • Cerro Espiritu Santo

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    Hiking
    near San Miguel, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    5.64mi
    Elevation +
    1490f
    TrailRank
    44
    Photo of Cerro Espiritu Santo Photo of Cerro Espiritu Santo Photo of Cerro Espiritu Santo

    A climb through a coffee plantation to the top of Cerro Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit Hill). Numerous paths criss cross the plantation so a method of navigating is essential. Thanks to Van141 and Manry for their Wiki entri...

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  • El Plancillo

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    Hiking
    near Morazán, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    7.67mi
    Elevation +
    1857f
    TrailRank
    44
    Photo of El Plancillo Photo of El Plancillo Photo of El Plancillo

    A nice hike in a beautiful country. The trail sticks to lanes and roads (0.9 of a kilometer on highway #3) so footing is generally good (and traffic was limited). There is almost 600 meters of climb with some loose grave...

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  • Atenas - Pica Flora

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    Hiking
    near Atenas, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    5.94mi
    Elevation +
    1004f
    TrailRank
    43| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Atenas - Pica Flora Photo of Atenas - Pica Flora Photo of Atenas - Pica Flora

    A walking tour of Atenas and the hills just south of town including a barrio named Pica Flora. The start point was selected because our map showed "Atenas Tourism". We did not find it, but it was a nice street and a good...

    We did the same route except we came down to the cemetery area instead of going to Coopeatenas. Easy walk very kind peop...
    Roberto J Galindo
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  • Catarata La Danta

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    Hiking
    near Bureal, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    8.50mi
    Elevation +
    1670f
    TrailRank
    43
    Photo of Catarata La Danta Photo of Catarata La Danta Photo of Catarata La Danta

    A pretty hike to a beautiful waterfall. You follow the same trail in and out and it takes you up over a hill and down into a cataract with an impressive waterfall. I followed the Wiki trail laid out by Carlos Piedra call...

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  • Manuel Antonio

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    Hiking
    near Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    4.99mi
    Elevation +
    1194f
    TrailRank
    43
    Photo of Manuel Antonio Photo of Manuel Antonio Photo of Manuel Antonio

    Road in Manuel Antonio national park. According to a National Geographic review, one of the best national park in the world. The trails are quite easy/moderate going. The park has an observation points with excellent vie...

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  • Chucas - Jateo

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    Hiking
    near Balsa, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    9.58mi
    Elevation +
    2700f
    TrailRank
    42
    Photo of Chucas - Jateo Photo of Chucas - Jateo Photo of Chucas - Jateo

    I started this hike just south of Balsa and parked in a Hydro Plant parking lot just north of the Tarcoles River. The road (now gravel) takes you down to a very old bridge that gives you some nice views up and down the r...

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  • Monte Verde

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    Hiking
    near Monte Verde, Puntarenas (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    6.22mi
    Elevation +
    1040f
    TrailRank
    42
    Photo of Monte Verde Photo of Monte Verde Photo of Monte Verde

    Trail in the Monteverde forest. It was very nice even if it was very wet. It is better to take the bus from Santa Elena. There are multiples trail. It takes about 4 hours to use them all.

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  • Hike from Escazu

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    Hiking
    near Naranjo, San José (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    9.70mi
    Elevation +
    4088f
    TrailRank
    42
    Photo of Hike from Escazu Photo of Hike from Escazu Photo of Hike from Escazu

    This is a nice hike that you can start in Escazu or Bebedero. Much of it is on roads and some parts are very steep. There are great views of San Jose, Escazu and Santa Ana the whole way. The route passes through forests ...

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  • Volcán Barva (Costa Rica)

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    Hiking
    near Sacramento, Heredia (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    9.13mi
    Elevation +
    1558f
    TrailRank
    42
    Photo of Volcán Barva (Costa Rica) Photo of Volcán Barva (Costa Rica) Photo of Volcán Barva (Costa Rica)

    Quick Facts Location : Braulio Carrillo National Park (province of Heredia, Costa Rica, Central America) Altitude : 9,700 feet above sea level Hours : 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Hiking: There are four major trails tha...

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  • Morazan - San Jose Norte

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    Hiking
    near Morazán, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    3.91mi
    Elevation +
    886f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo of Morazan - San Jose Norte Photo of Morazan - San Jose Norte Photo of Morazan - San Jose Norte

    I finally got it right (almost). This hike has a couple of predecessors listed on Wikiloc (including Morazan 3 and 4) but this is the best version. You get the traffic/main roads out of the way early. It provides some ni...

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  • Cerro Chato

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    Hiking
    near La Fortuna, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    7.82mi
    Elevation +
    3068f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo of Cerro Chato Photo of Cerro Chato Photo of Cerro Chato

    Very nice hike up on Cerro Chato. The trail is actually closed, but from The Green Lodge they let you up on their property (for $10 dollar pp) and from the old entrance of the park you’re on your own. Steep hike, kind of...

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  • Parque Nacional Carara

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    Hiking
    near Camaronal, Puntarenas (Republic of Costa Rica)
    Distance
    3.52mi
    Elevation +
    249f
    TrailRank
    40| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Parque Nacional Carara Photo of Parque Nacional Carara Photo of Parque Nacional Carara

    Followed Manry's trail by the same name. The path is well marked, not particularly well maintained and easy to follow (although GPS signal was often weak). Signs with nature information are posted along the way. A haven ...

    Ruta accesible. Casi sin desnivel. Muy húmeda. Cuenta con aseos.
    RubioMC
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  • Cerro Chato

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    Hiking
    near Volcán Arenal, Alajuela (Costa Rica)
    Distance
    4.98mi
    Elevation +
    1729f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Cerro Chato Photo of Cerro Chato Photo of Cerro Chato

    Nice Trail from Arenal Observatory Lodge to La fortuna Waterfall, can be done both ways. Rain could wash out some of the trail. The short optional Hike down to the crater is very steep and very difficult.

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