With national parks, animal refuges, and preserves protecting 30% of the country’s territory, hikers will find a variety of well-defined routes in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is suitable for those who want to challenge themselves or take their time. You can hike through jungles, stroll along beaches, and climb up the side of mountains. There are several hiking paths in Costa Rica, each of which is distinguished by its setting. 

Arenal Volcano 

The Arenal Volcano National Park is accessible to hikers daily from 8 am to 3 pm. There are stunning vistas of the Arenal Volcano across the park’s 7,114 acres. Take a guided trek for around 40 minutes to witness commonly overlooked species and environments passing through ancient lava flows and into the secondary rainforests. You will go through regions of regenerating nature with a qualified naturalist, where you may see a unique collection of plant and animal species. If you decide to hike the trails without a guide, stop by the park ranger station after paying the admission fee to pick up a map and some advice.

Rio Celeste 

Rio Celeste is a river in the Guanacaste province that is so blue that it often seems photo-shopped in images. To genuinely believe in the natural color of the water, one must see it with their own eyes. The best way to see this region is on a full-day guided trip, which includes a strenuous 3.4-mile climb. You’ll pass through the unique Rio Celeste waterfall on your way back down. Bear in mind that novice hikers may find this trek challenging. 

Manuel Antonio 

Despite its diminutive size, Manuel Antonio National Park is considered one of a kind. Take a leisurely trek through the jungle to observe monkeys in the trees and watch the waves crash on three of the nation’s most stunning beaches. The Manuel Antonio National Park has several paths. All ages will enjoy the main trail, which is flat and sandy and is accessible from the park entrance. Many of the guided hikes will follow this route. This is a fantastic choice since it branches out to the park’s main beaches. Costa Rica experts advise setting out early with a qualified naturalist guide who can show you all the park’s features. The Cathedral Point Trail is a reasonably challenging trek with breathtaking views and a 0.9-mile circle around the park’s crest. Manuel Antonio and Escondido Sur Beach provide access to the route, which may be challenging in certain places.