The biogeographical conditions of Costa Rica present certain characteristics such as broken terrains and constant changes in forest conditions and climate that allow hikes to become not only a physical challenge but also a way to learn more about the tropical forest.
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The highlands of the Central Valley of Costa Rica hide one of the greatest treasures of the country: The Braulio Carrillo National Park. Coronado’s town holds about 60% of that park and, traditionally, it is a region with large protected areas and dairy farming. Here, the biological reserve Locos por el Bosque offers different hikes that can be enjoyed in a day.
Chirripó National Park is the top walk in Costa Rica being the highest peak of the country: 3820 meters above sea level. A first hike of 14km of climbing that will take you to several types of forests until we reach Los Crestones shelter, in the middle of the Costa Rican moorland. From this point, there are different hikes and trails between 5 and 10 km that will take you to Costa Rica sky where you can watch the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea at the same time, besides impressive landscapes.
The mountainous region of Guanacaste holds the Rincon de la Vieja volcano and it offers perfect walks for those hiking-lovers, especially considering its beautiful landscapes in the middle of the forest and the prize at the end of the walk: one of the most delightful waterfalls of the country, La Cangreja.
The Corcovado National Park is known as one of the few “lost in time” forests, almost like entering the Jungle Book imaginary. It is cataloged by National Geographic as the best National Park in the world. The walk through Corcovado is not only of high demand, but it is also an unforgettable experience for nature lovers: about 140 species of mammals with the puma and the tapir as main search targets, approximately 400 species of birds and 116 of amphibians and reptiles. This national park is a dream-come-true. As if it were not enough, along the walk we can find some rivers of clear water to cool off.