The Top 10 Hiking Trails in Costa Rica

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Intricate mangrove forest

Hot Springs Hiking Tour in Sensoria

Take a four-hour hike on the trails of Sensoria. Guanacaste province is known for its dry forests and vast farmlands, but when you get to this sanctuary outside of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, the scenery completely changes. The lush and verdant forest seems like a beautiful oasis. Within this sanctuary runs the magical blue waters of the Rio Celeste. Hiking this jungle trail will grant you the opportunity to encounter some fascinating wildlife and the chance to soak in a natural thermal pool, which will be welcome after the hike.

Cerro Chirripó Grande Hike

Cerro Chirripó Grande is the highest peak in Costa Rica, and this is a strenuous nine-mile (15-kilometer) hike to elevations of over 10,000 feet (3,000 meters). From the peak on a clear day, you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Camping is prohibited in the park, but there is a refuge that can house up to 40 climbers; you have to reserve space in advance. The weather can be quite chilly at these elevations, so make sure you bring warm clothes, as well as lots of water, food, and a cooking stove, if you are planning on spending the night.

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