One of the best ways to explore Costa Rica and its diverse habitats is by hiking. Being on foot allows you to be truly present and immersed in your surroundings. You are also far quieter on foot than by car, quad, shuttle, or boat, so your chances of having unique wildlife experiences are far greater. There is something soothing, healing, enlightening, and primal about finding yourself deep with the jungle among ancient trees, surrounded by a symphony of bird, frog, and insect songs and by the cleanest and most oxygen-rich air you can imagine.
Santa Juana Mountain Hike
The Santa Juana mountain hike is a magical hiking experience and one that the whole family can enjoy. A certified guide will accompany you through the jungle, where you can see where three rivers are born, swim in a pristine natural spring beneath a stunning waterfall, see an abundance of wildlife, and enjoy a panoramic view of the Manuel Antonio National Park from an elevated viewpoint.
Tirimbina Biological Reserve Night Hike
The Tirimbina Biological Reserve is a research, education, and ecotourism destination in the beautiful rainforest of Sarapiqui. There are six miles (nine kilometers) of trails within the reserve and several different hiking and walking options. The best way to experience all that this biodiverse spot has to offer is by taking a guided hike with an expert naturalist. The best of the options has to be the night hike, as at night the forest comes alive with fascinating nocturnal animals.
Arenal Hanging Bridges and Nature Hike
This self-guided or guided hike will take you across 15 different bridges, six of which are hanging high up in the rainforest canopy. The two-mile (three-kilometer) looped trail is a beautiful nature hike for those looking for a more gentle pace. The rainforest is alive with birds, monkeys, butterflies, and other more elusive creatures that require a bit of luck and a keen eye. The plant life is also spectacular.