Hiking

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Hiking is actually the only way to discover the beauty of Costa Rica. While walking through nature you will discover things you would never have discovered while flying, driving or even running. We guess you came to Costa Rica for the nature in the first place so, hike in peace and open your senses and you will be amazed. And besides that, it is very healthy, it clears the mind and cleans up the body toxics. We offer some nice hikes.

Hike to the base of the WaterfallThe first trail is a self-guided tour all the way to the bottom of the most impressive waterfall of Costa Rica which is second to none in beauty and splendor; it throws itself 90 meters into an old extinct volcanic crater. First 500 meter of the trail is flat and has several fantastic lookouts; second part is also 500 meters with steps with high impact. People with heart conditions or any other medical condition, older people, pregnant women, etc. should not go down. For the rest of the people they need to take their time coming back up. The 350+ steps are safe and partly made of concrete and it has several sitting areas and views are incredible.

While hiking down do not forget to look up once in a while to enjoy the rock formations of this ancient volcanic crater and all its colors. Probably you will also notice the special chemical composition of the water.

Whoever takes the effort to go down will be rewarded with the best waterfall experience of Costa Rica!

Duration: 90 minutes including the forest and garden trail.
Age: 4 – 75.
Weight: Heavy.
Price: Included in entrance fee.
Reservation: Not needed.

The second trail leads you through the forest and garden. This easy hike brings you to the edge of the crater from where you easily spot the waterfall from different angles. Besides that, the trail goes through a primary forest with some nice trees, with a spectacular view of the canyon and the national park. Make a walk in our ever-under-construction-bird-garden which has been designed to attract birds and all kind of animals. So, do not expect a flower garden, but you will have nice views and soon there will be a lot of birds and other wildlife.

We have been planting lots of fruit trees from the area which will attract numerous birds under which the toucan and the quetzal; bananas for the monkeys and birds, bushes with flowers which already attracts hundreds of hummingbirds, heliconias, etc. Soon we will make some seating areas from where you can enjoy the amazing views and peace.

We apologize that it is not finished yet but like all good things in live: It takes time, but it is coming up.

Duration: 45 minutes.
Age: All.
Weight: Light.
Price: Included in entrance fee.
Reservation: Not needed.

There is actually a third trail that leads you to the rappel section. But for security reasons this is permanently closed as you end up at the edge of the 90 meters drop without a fence. If you want to go ask permission and maybe we will let you go.

Duration: 10 minutes.
Weight: light.

Hike to the Blue Falls – Light

Park your car at Catarata Del Toro, Costa Rica’s Ultimate Secret® use the restrooms, get your ticket and from there we will start walking over the public road, enter the farm, cross a river, cross the beautiful farm with very nice views, trees and birds until we end up in the Blue River. Thirty minutes till this point, read more.

Duration: 2 – 3 hours.
Age: 10 – 65
Price: USD 15
Weight: Easy.
Requirements:
Reservation: Not needed.

Hike to the Blue Falls – Full

Park your car at Catarata Del Toro, Costa Rica’s Ultimate Secret® use the restrooms, get your ticket and from there we will start walking over the public road, enter the farm, cross a river, cross the beautiful farm with very nice views, trees and birds until we end up in the Blue River. Thirty minutes till this point. Now the real tour can start: … read more.

Duration: 4-5 hours.
Age: 18 – 65
Price: USD 50
Weight: Heavy.
Requirements: Participants need to have a very good health and condition.
Reservation: Needed.

 

Other hikes – Instead of hiking the regular trails, maybe you want another experience? Just straight through the forest and rivers and maybe some rappelling included?  Just ask and if we have a tour guide available probably we can arrange something, charge will be by the hour.

Also, the area itself, however it is not developed yet, offers many opportunities for hiking. Think about trails going to the Poás, into the national park Juan Castro Blanco, Cerro Congo, and others.

Hiking to Poás
Sorry
….but we cannot offer this tour anymore. We are notified by the Poás Park manager that we are not allowed to come to the edge of the crater anymore. So, we won’t. By the way since April 2017 the Poás is very active. You can be cooked in a second. Better not to come to close.

The tour was a walk of seven hours total,  four hours up and three hours down. If you will ever make this tour one day, you will never forget it. The pictures are just for illustration purposes only, and to show you the beauty.

Chirripó

At last but not least: As our area is nice not to say very nice and it will be developed in the coming years we do not want to withhold you the best hike that exist in Costa Rica: Chirripó!

We personally did it and it is highly recommended. More information about that hike: https://www.chirripo.org/ or if you want to get help with the booking process, hotels etc. please contact: Ingrid Sancho at isanchow@gmail.com. She did a great job for us and if you want to have a private tour-guide who will bring you up, no matter what, please ask Ingrid Sancho to contact Gilbert Dondi for you.

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