Best Costa Rica Hiking Tours

By Tim Kroeger March 24, 2020 Best Day Tours, Central America, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica hiking is simply rewarding. Enjoy reading through the best Costa Rica hiking tours in order to get closer to nature and more in tune with yourself.

A fun-filled Costa Rica itinerary is never complete without a hiking tour.

Because of the rich biodiversity that thrive in the region, walking in Costa Rica or climbing up to reach its volcanoes have become a popular activity to visitors.

Read on and find about the best hiking trails in Costa Rica that are just waiting to be conquered.

Best Costa Rica Hiking Tours

1. Celeste River and Tenorio Volcano Full-Day Hiking Tour

Go on a full-day Costa Rica hiking tour that takes you around the tropical Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Ten hours of hiking might just sound too tedious for you, but the rewards that you get from this activity, are going to be with you for the rest of your life.

The villages at the Arenal will be your starting point in this Celeste River and Tenorio Volcano Full-Day Hiking Tour.

For about five miles, you will go through a thriving rainforest.

Listen to your experienced local guide as he or she explains to you the diverse species of animals and plants that you can find in the Tenorio Volcano National Park. 

Once you arrive at Los Teñideros, get ready to be mesmerized by the waters that flow from Rio Celeste.

Have you heard about the story of how the river got its color?

They say when God painted the skies, he dipped his paintbrush in the river, making its color a vibrant light blue. 

Make a stop at the waterfalls and the furnace vents of the volcano before coming down to have your lunch.

A 10-hour cloud forest hike does not seem too long now, am I right?

Included:

  • Transportation
  • Naturalist guide
  • Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fee to park
Rio Celeste Waterfall
Rio Celeste Waterfall

2. Chato and Arenal Volcanoes: 2-Volcano Extreme Hike

This Chato and Arenal Volcanoes Hike is an activity which lasts for ten hours. 

Start by hiking through the dense forest that lies below the two volcanoes.

Your experienced local guide will brief you about the safety and security regulations you need to know before climbing up. Have lunch before going straight to the Observatory Park.

There is a rich population of flora and fauna along the trail, so make sure to listen to your guide as he or she talks you through the whole hike.

End your hike at the Arenal Observatory lodge. Enjoy the sunset that colors the sky overlooking the Arenal lake orange.  

Your reward for the long hike is a refreshing dip at the natural hot springs in a nearby resort.

Enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail as you settle down. You have one full hour to relax and enjoy the experience that comes with a volcanic mud facial.

Included:

  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch, with a vegetarian option available
  • Professional multilingual guide
  • Pick-up and drop off at central La Fortuna hotels
  • Cocktail in the hot springs

3. La Fortuna: Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and Lunch

How about enjoying a tour to the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and Lunch?

This activity runs for about six and a half hours, with an experienced local guide keeping you company all throughout the tour.

This proves to be one of the best hikes in Costa Rica which you can book.

In this tour, you get to visit the La Fortuna Waterfall.

This waterfall is a part of the Arenal Volcano National Park, standing 70 meters high and acting as a source of water to the Fortuna River.

Take a cool swim in the natural pool and enjoy taking photographs of this majestic waterfalls. 

Your lunch will be served in a restaurant downtown. You will be given a traditional Costa Rican cuisine of your choice.

Eat well – you will need it for the next leg of this Costa Rica hiking trip!

Head straight to the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Prepare to hike a total distance of about three kilometers that goes high up in the canopy.

There are 16 hanging bridges inside the park, and the number of bridges you have to conquer depends on the trail you would like to access.

The Main Trail remains to be the most popular route to take.

Included:

  • Transportation to and from your hotel in an air conditioned minivan with Wi-Fi
  • Professional, bilingual guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Water
  • Traditional Costa Rican lunch
  • Snacks
  • Insurance

4. La Fortuna: Night-Time Arenal Rainforest Walk

There is a different beauty that the evening gives to our ecosystem.

If you are as curious as I am, sign up for a Night-Time Arenal Rainforest Walk and experience one of the best Costa Rica hiking adventures you will ever have.

The lush forest of Arenal will be your playground as you hike under the light of the moon.

Once you begin your tour, you will see how about 60% of the animals are in action after the sun sets. Because of this, you actually get to see more wildlife species in the dark.

The rainforest night walk will take you in the middle of the 56-hectare rainforests near the Arenal Lake.

You will have a different sense of appreciation to the biodiverse environment that make up a huge portion of the Arenal as you walk through the jungle at night and see just how blessed Costa Rica is for having La Fortuna in its map.

Your tour operator will take care of your transportation to and from the forest. Just be sure to bring your own flashlight to use in this Costa Rica rainforest hike.

Included:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Flashlight

5. Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Hot Springs Tour

Costa Rica Volcanoes that you have to visit arenal volcano

I call this one of the best jungle treks you can take part in Costa Rica.

The Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Hot Springs Tour brings you all the ultimate things to do when in the region in one package.

This full-day tour will have you feeling pumped up, mesmerised and refreshed altogether!

Because of the vast coverage of this particular tour, allot at least ten hours for this activity.

You will be picked up at your hotel and be brought to the forest. It will be the start of one of the best picture-perfect La Fortuna hiking trails you will ever conquer. 

Imagine seeing the majestic La Fortuna river and waterfall as you make your way to the next destinations.

A tractor cart will then take you up the hill for a better look of the surroundings. Afterwards, take on a Arenal Volcano hike and enjoy the view from the area’s highest viewpoint. 

You deserve to relax after a long tiring hike. Rest your bones and soak in natural hot springs as you call it a day.

Included:

  • Pick-up and drop off at your accommodation in La Fortuna
  • Local guide
  • National Park fees
  • Natural hot spring resort fee
  • Lunch and beverages

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