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Hiking in Costa Rica for the adventurous kind!  These tours are very popular for those who like adrenaline activities combined with breath-taking views. You will love this splendid activity.

Nature Hiking in Costa Rica

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True Costa Rica nature vacations are more than just a nature retreat. They’re more likely to introduce you to fantastic destinations in the form of nature walks. From deep jungle trails in the mountains to amongst the evergreen giants of the lowlands.  We were meant to explore on foot, and there’s so much more to explore in Costa Rica.  Nature walks in Costa Rica put you up close and personal with some of the best spots Costa Rica has to offer!

In order of easiest to most difficult, physically speaking, these are my favorite walks on the wild side in Costa Rica. Anything else is a hike.

  • Poas Volcano National Park.
  • Canopy Suspension Bridges.
  • Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • La Fortuna Waterfall.
  • Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve.

Poas Volcano Crater Observation Walk

Poas Volcano has a very easy paved trail and is even wheelchair accessible.  You would think that peeking over a crater’s edge and looking eye to eye into the depths of an active volcano would require high fitness training.  But in the Poas National Park, it’s truly a ten-minute walk in the park.  Accessibility over pavement makes it the easiest active crater to take a peek into in the world.

The National Park has other easy but uphill trails like one that penetrates, as a tunnel would a mountain.  Thickets of tropical cloud forest stumped growth towards a clearing of jaded water glaring from the reflection of a jungle wrapped volcanic crater’s lagoon.

Top cuatro reasons to love Poas Volcano, National Park:

  • Universal accessibility to peek into an active volcano’s crater.
  • You’re up in the sky at 2500 meters.
  • The road to Poas is very scenic.
  • Botos Crater Lagoon.

Cloud Forest Canopy Suspension Bridges

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Canopy walks should not be excluded in your Costa Rica Nature Vacation.  They are very popular with tourists in the jungle.  This places them at a point of view they have never experienced before in nature.

An excellent example of canopy bridges in Costa Rica is Selvatura in Monteverde.  The Selvatura experience includes jungle trails and eight suspension bridges that take you into over and under the tropical cloud forest canopy where visitors come to look for Quetzals. Also, the three-wattled bell bird and some other unique creatures. Selvatura can also claim the shortest walk in Costa Rica, a ten second twenty step stroll to its hummingbird gardens where, at hand grasping distance, these speedy little insect looking birds will leave you in awe.

Selvatura’s attractions:

  • Zip Lining in the Cloud Forest (unique).
  • Tree Top Walkways.
  • Hummingbird Garden.
  • Insect exhibition.
  • Herpetarium (snakes and frogs).
  • Butterfly Garden.

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Manuel Antonio Wildlife Bonanza

Manuel Antonio Jungle

Walking Manuel Antonio National Park is an excellent place to visit during the low tourist season.

During the high season, the Sloth Trail in the park can get crowded with mobs of full gear nature lovers inspecting its biodiversity to the fullest.

Manuel Antonio National Park is a great place to get most out of your walking experience by paying for a government qualified nature guide, who you can pay for at the entrance.

This oasis of nature along the most beautiful beach in Central America is worth a visit.


480 Steps to La Fortuna Waterfall

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Then there is the short, difficult Hiking in Costa Rica that are also very much worth taking, like the one to La Fortuna Waterfall.  The 480 step journey down a jungle covered canyon which destination is a tall, powerful waterfall and natural swimming ponds. This puts you in the essence of what most people were expecting to see in any Costa Rica nature vacation.

The strong plunging fresh water through a crevice of a wall of rock attracts valiant swimmers. Here swimming is recommended a few steps further down the trail where a dark green pond awaits for picture perfect moments in Costa Rica.

Ah, but it’s going back up! That’s the hard part.

Their low price souvenir shop is also worth a visit.

Hiking in Costa Rica, Absolute Natural Reserve

The Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve is another walk that requires a body in good condition and plenty of take-a-long water, especially during the dry season months, when it is best to visit.

At a quiet pace, the Cabo Blanco trail can be accomplished in a total of 5 hours.  This is an excellent trail that involves a three-hour journey through a jungle where the dry forest transitions into the wet forest back and forth.  In Cabo Blanco, elements of both life zones can be appreciated just steps away from each other in a unique display of ancient giant trees and dusty dry thickets.  Monkeys, deer, and wild turkeys are usually your observant bystanders as you walk through their territory.

The reward for such a beautiful walk that at times transitions into a hike, lies at the end of the trail.  It is Cabo Blanco beach; the solitary and pristine corner of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula and home to a great number of brown pelicans and ocean side beauty.

Hiking in Costa Rica is a great way to explore new surroundings, anything more difficult would be considered an outright hike, which is also a great way to enhance Costa Rica nature vacations.

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