Costa Rica is one of Central America’s hottest and most exciting destinations to travel to right now! A lot of people get put off by the idea of visiting in the green season - what we call the rainy season, yet it’s probably one of the most vibrant, lushest and freshest times to see the country in all its glory. The Latin America team have been working together, to come up with ten (very important) reasons as to why the green season is a great time to travel to Costa Rica.
Costa Rica on foot
With its stunning and varied landscapes, there are few better ways to explore Costa Rica than on foot. We can offer a range of dedicated hiking programmes to help you get the most out of this tropical destination, which are all led by knowledgeable guides. From the humid trails of the rainforest to the lofty peaks of the country’s most famous volcanoes and mountains, these hikes will awaken your adventurous spirit. The following treks can be included in a tailor-made itinerary taking in all of Costa Rica’s highlights, or pieced together to create a really extensive hiking holiday, taking you from the Caribbean to the Pacific coast.
Barra de Pacuare to Pacayitas
3 nights, easy
This trek starts on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast in the community of Barra del Pacuare, a small village at the end of the Pacuare River, surrounded by 2,400 hectares of biological reserve (and home to three sea turtle conservation projects). Hiking through the reserve, you will have the opportunity to watch sloths and howler monkeys, and from February to May you’ll be able to observe the turtle nesting process. From here, you continue to the scenic Rio Pacuare to spend the night in a magnificent lodge nestled in the heart of the rainforest. The final full day of trekking takes you to the Cabecar indigenous community, where you’ll have the chance to see how small tribal communities live in rural Costa Rica. On your last morning, enjoy a very peaceful walk to Pacayitas, where your trekking adventure comes to an end.
Pacayitas to Palo Verde del Guarco
3 nights, advanced
Starting from Finca Vialig, a small archaeological site on a private farm in Pacayitas de Turrialba, your trek will begin with a steep walk, but you will be rewarded with beautiful views of sugar cane plantations. You will continue to the town of La Suiza for lunch, before spending a relaxing night in a colonial farmhouse. The following day you’ll embark on an easy hike to Humo de Pejibaye, past the magnificent La Angostura Lagoon. You’ll spend the night in Copal Reserve, one of the world’s premier birding destinations. Your final full day will begin with an early morning birding tour, before setting off to Hongos Tapanti – a walk which will take you through ranchlands and across small streams – where you will enjoy a hilltop barbecue. Your final night will be spent in a hotel in the beautiful Orosi Valley, before continuing your walk to Palo Verde del Guarco the following morning.
Palo Verde to Quepos
3 nights, moderate
Set off early from Palo Verde to embark on a 13-kilometre trek through picturesque forests and small towns to Cerro de la Muerte. You’ll spend the night in a stunning lodge set among 80 hectares of primary forest, which is home to the resplendent quetzal – an elusive and brightly coloured bird. From here, you will trek through the picturesque Zona de los Santos to Copey de Dota to spend the night. This is one of the prime coffee producing regions and is also a popular destination for birders. Your final full day of walking is an eight-kilometre trek to the Light of Dawn Rainforest, accompanied by impressive ocean views. The following morning you will walk to the town of Villa Nueva, famous for its vanilla and spice shop, before continuing through African palm plantations to Quepos on the Pacific coast, where your trek comes to an end.