Hiking: Mountain Peaks in Costa Rica
Hiking is one of the preferred outdoor activities in Costa Rica, there are many places to hike in the country and it is a low-cost activity which is why it has gained so much popularity, whether you are an amateur or a professional, you are sure to find a mountain that fits your requirements.
We give you a few options of mountain peaks:
Pico Blanco & La Ventolera
There is no doubt that the mountains of Escazú are ideal for hikers with a bit more experience and looking for a challenge, being so close to San José they are easy to access. The easiest way to get there is arriving to the San Antonio de Escazú Cemetery go up about 5 kilometer and there's an area where you can leave your car. La Ventolera: Before you get to Pico Blanco, many people just stay to just enjoy the view and a quick picnic, they even bring their pets.
When you begin walking the heat of Guanacaste will take its toll on you, make sure to bring sunblock, hat and lots of water; the first kilometer is the toughest one, in total it's a 3 kilometer hike, once you arrive at the top the mesmerizing view will receive you and the temperature lowers considerably because of the strong wind, it is a truly amazing place.
Cerro Espíritu Santo
Located in Naranjo, Alajuela, it is perfect for beginners, with just 1,363 meters, and it is also easily accessible. It is said there used to be volcanic activity here, the vegetation is beautiful, it is also one of the best places to practice mountain biking.
This peak can be reached through Aserrí or Acosta, but the recommended and shorter drive is through Asserí but you do need a 4×4 car. This is a challenging hike, not for beginners, the demanding walk can take close to 3 hours.
Bosque del Niño
There are three different trails, so you can choose the level of difficulty you want, the toughest one is the PN Poás Volcano. There’s a waterfall in the area that is a must visit.
Cabeza de Vaca
With an altitude of 2,790 meters above sea level, this mountain peak is located in the area of Prusia in Cartago.
Cacho de Venado 1,890 meters involves a walk of less than 2 hours, Vara Blanca observation deck; Lake and Volcano crater, and the toughest one Copey Lake which involves a total of 5 kilometers.
This is more of an expedition, Cerro Kamuk stands at 3,549 meters (11,643 feet) and it is located in La Amistad National Park, in the remote Talamanca mountains, this is a full one week trip, so if you don’t have plans for Holy Week, this might be ideal for you. Only for experienced hikers.
If you don’t feel comfortable venturing out on your own, there are usually local guides that can show you all you need to see and know of these magical mountains.