Sacred Earth Travel - Sustainable Nature and Adventure Travel

Hiking Costa Rica
Departure: from San José ETD: to be confirmed
End of Roundtrip: San José ETA: to be confirmed
Min/Max:This tour is operated with a minimum of two people

itenerary: Costa Rica Walking tour 7 days

Day 1, Monday: San JosÉ – Zarcero – Zapote Hiking – La Vieja – La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano

Aewnal volcanoReception by the tour guide and chauffeur at the city hotel. We will then head towards the coffee plantations on the fertile slopes of the Poás Volcano, making a short stop in Zarcero to visit the artistically designed gardens of the town church. Zarcero is located on the highest point of the mountain pass, between the central valley and the northern plains. Only a few kilometers north of Zarcero, we start today’s hike at 1,520m altitude. A country lane takes us through meadows and pastures and then 16km downhill through the jungle to the northern plains. The hike ends in the town of La Vieja at an altitude of 300m. On our way, we discover numerous look-out points over the volcanic Cordillera Central and the plains. Not surprisingly, the only town we encounter on our journey is named Buenavista (beautiful view). During the hike, we gain insight into the rural life of the Ticos and have time to get used to the tropical climate. Near La Vieja, we board our bus and drive to La Fortuna at the foot of the active volcano Arenal. Settling into rooms at hotel Arenal Paraíso, where you may relax in the hotel’s own hot springs in the evening. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Included meals today: only dinner

Day 2, Tuesday: Hiking to 'Cerro Chato'

Cerro Chato, also known as the 'little brother' of the Arenal Volcano, is our destiny for today. We begin our hike at the foot of the Arenal Volcano, in a region of farmland where you will learn more about the agriculture and products of the area, such as macadamia nuts. Soon we will enter the exuberant forest and climb up to the summit of Cerro Chato. Right at the top, if we are lucky and it is a clear day, we will be able to see the Arenal’s crater and the lagoon. Weather permitting, we will then descend to the shore of the lagoon. The descent will take place at the other side of the mountain through the forest with wonderful views of pasture land and lots of natural sights. Finally we will end our hike in an ornamental plants garden. The main purpose of today’s hike is to enjoy our natural wonders, lush cloud forest, agriculture and scenic beauty. It requires a good physical condition since it takes around 6 km to complete the trail (around 4 to 5 hours). Afterwards, we pass by a local restaurant at La Fortuna for lunch (optional) before returning to the hotel where you have another opportunity to enjoy and relax at the resort’s hot springs.
Included meals today: breakfast
Included fees/tours: Cerro Chato


Day 3, Wednesday: Hike at Arenal National Park – Bijagua

This morning we will hike at the Arenal National Park; we will walk on the trails 'Las Colada' and 'La Ceiba' for about 2 to 3 hours. This hike overall takes place on a ground level where we will have the opportunity to observe all different kinds of flora and fauna (particularly heliconias) and also toucans, monkeys and coatis. Our journey through this magical tropical forest will lead us to an impressive kapok tree which is over 50 metres high and more than 100 years old. Last but not least, we will visit a lava field from 1992, and if the weather allows it, we will have a spectacular view on Lake Arenal. Afterwards, we will drive along the shore of the lake and watch the beauty of the landscape in our surroundings. Now we can finally understand the reasons why quite a lot of Europeans have come to live here... For lunch, we will visit the Swiss Franz Ulrich in his Swiss Cottage and Restaurant 'Los Heroes' where a delicious lunch will be served. In the afternoon, we will continue our journey towards the north to reach our final destination, Bijagua, where the next cosy hotel is waiting for us.
Included meals today: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Included fees/tours: Arenal National Park

Day 4, Thursday: Hike in Tenorio National Park – Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste WaterfallToday’s agenda features a very special highlight. Even though there are no changing rooms on location, uncomplicated guests should make sure to bring bathing suits and towels along. We will hike through the Tenorio National Park, in the midst of the Costa Rican jungle, along the banks of the extraordinary river Rio Celeste, which is fed by the streams 'Roble' and 'Buena Vista'. We will hike at a slower pace today because our travel guide will give us a lot of interesting information about the jungle vegetation and point out some animals. We will encounter many types of birds and maybe even monkeys, sloths, coatis and anteaters. Other jungle residents such as reptiles will be harder to come by, as they usually hide from hikers. You don’t need to be afraid of the animals, but a certain level of respect is appropriate. The Rio Celeste is also quite spectacular. The meeting of two rivers colours the water a beautiful sky blue, and the contrast of the water and the rich green of the jungle is a popular motive for photos. The hike continues to an idyllic waterfall. At the park’s exit, the bus waits to take us back to Bijagua for the night.
Included meals today: breakfast, boxlunch, dinner
Included fees/tours: Tenorio National Park

Day 5, Friday: Bijagua – Aguas Claras – Hiking in Colonia Blanca – Hacienda Guachipelin

After breakfast we drive to Aguas Claras where we take an unpaved road leading us to the village of Colonia Blanca. Today’s hike begins here at an altitude of 560 m. A country lane takes us past several houses to the edge of the forest of the giant Rincón de la Vieja National Park which surrounds the volcano of the same name. After lunch, we slowly hike up the hill through the forest to the Hacienda Santa María at 1,000 m. This is the highest point of our journey. On our way, we have to cross several streams. Our alert guide will be on the lookout for animals. The hike can be extended by up to 23km upon request. From the Hacienda Santa María, we travel downhill to the lodge where we will spend the night.
Included meals today: breakfast, boxlunch, dinner
Included fees/tours: Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Day 6, Saturday: RincÓn de la Vieja National Park

In the morning we will hike around 3 hours on the trail Las Pailas in Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Thanks to the near volcano, we also will find volcanic activity in the middle of the jungle. Hot springs, geysirs and boiling mud holes will convert our walk into the highlight of our roundtrip. During green season, we will also pass by a clear waterfall. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we walk through Hacienda Guachipelin which is mostly covered by virgin forest. The trail goes through a natural paradise, sometimes a little uphill and sometimes downhill again, so without much effort, we will make it in about 1 hour. Monkeys and various bird species can be watched from here. Nowadays, we recommend you to bring a bathing suit to enjoy a dip in the 'Las Chorreadas' waterfall, a well-deserved refreshment and relaxation. Later, we walk back to the Lodge. Dinner and overnight.
Included meals today: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Included fees/tours: Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Day 7, Sunday: RincÓn de la Vieja – San JosÉ

We end this roundtrip with the transfer back to San José. We will drop you off at the hotel of your choice or at the airport where you reach international flights with a scheduled departure up from 4 pm. Against an additional charge we can also organise you a transfer to the Pacific coast.
Included meals today: breakfast
Included fees/tours:

Rates in 2016/2017

This tour is privately arranged. Rates depend on the number of participants, time of the year and type of room. Please inquire

Included Services

Not included

Hotel Arenal Paraíso*** (*) - Superior - La Fortuna, 2 nights
Tenorio Lodge*** - Bungalow - Bijagua de Upala, 2 nights
Hacienda Lodge Guachipelín** (*) - Superior - 2 nights
Day 1: ca. 16km hike downhill
Day 2: ca. 8km, approx 700m altitude diffference
Day 3: ca. 7km, approx. 120m in altitude difference
Day 4: ca. 10km, approx 200m altitude difference
Day 5: ca. 18 - 23 km, ca. 440 m difference in altitude
Day 6: ca. 6 km, approx 150m altitude difference
Day 7:no tour

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