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Canopy Walk, Arenal, Costa Rica

Remote Hiking in Costa Rica

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Duration

12 Days

Prices Start from

$3,788pp (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Couples Adventure Traveller Solo Traveller Photographers

Unveiling some of the unknown highlights of Costa Rica, this itinerary takes in the cloud forests of Monteverde and the ancient indigenous paths of Chirripo National Park on a journey that seamlessly blends down and dirty hiking with a 3,821-metre summit attempt.

Then, to offset the arduous week of hiking, travel to the dazzling coast to spend a few nights in luxury (with an infinity pool and a waterfall shower to boot).

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Monteverde Cloud forest, Monteverde, Costa Rica (Senda Hotel) 1

Cloud Forest Hiking

Explore the remote forests of Monteverde in the company of an expert naturalist guide.

Views from the peak of Cerro Chirripo, Costa Rica 2

3,821-Metre Summit

Summit the highest mountain in Costa Rica, Mount Chirripo, and marvel at the views.

Sloth, Amazon 3

Scout for Sloths

Observe a wide variety of wildlife and plant species while trodding lesser-known trails.

Kura Design Villas, Uvita de Osa, Costa Rica 4

A Touch of Luxury

Indulge in post-hike luxury, staying in a high-end property overlooking dolphin-rich waters.

Why we like it

This hiking trip is a truly remote adventure through the mountains of Costa Rica, far away from the tourist trails and overcrowded parks. Even though 25% of Costa Rica’s landscapes are designated National Parks, it can still be difficult to find a little piece of secluded wilderness. We found two. From the mist and moss-covered hills of Monteverde to the mountains of San Gerardo de Rivas, these hikes are not for the fainted-hearted. Utilising very basic refuge accommodation while hiking (but luxurious properties either side) and navigating challenging altitudes in variable weather conditions, this journey will take you deep into the Costa Rican wilderness for a memorable and unique privately guided nature experience. After the arduous multi-day hiking expedition, unwind on a coastal resort where whale-watching, deep sea diving and leisurely snorkelling are the only orders of the day.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Xandari Resort & Spa £££££

  • Costa Rica
  • Boutique
  • Farmstead and Ranches
  • Wellness and Spa

The Xandari Resort & Spa consists of 24 spacious villas in the grounds of a 40-acre fruit plantation overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Valley. All villa types, from Primus to Ultra, to the two-bedroom Star Villa, have private terraces, kitchens and walled sun patios.

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Grano de Oro £££££

  • Costa Rica
  • City
  • Boutique
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Grano de Oro is the most upscale hotel it the city centre providing a true oasis in the heart of the bustling capital. Converted from a Victorian mansion, this 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private house. The hotel’s atrium has sparkling fountains and lush tropical plants, while a rooftop deck has jacuzzis and a spot for secluded sunbathing. The restaurant at the Grano de Oro is one of San Jose’s finest, serving continental cuisines in a warm and intimate atmosphere.

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Kura Design Villas £££££

  • Costa Rica
  • Beach and Island Escapes

A collection of beautifully designed luxury suites and villas incorporating cutting edge modern design and the best materials in a primitive and wild natural setting. There are astonishing views across pristine rainforest down to the coast. A twenty-minute transfer will see you on wild and rugged dark sand Pacific beaches that are pounded by rollers and completely undeveloped. There is a 19-metre saltwater infinity pool, a spa, the sky lounge on the roof and a restaurant that specialises in creative Costa Rican fusion cuisine. Whale watching, diving, snorkelling and hikes into National Parks can all be arranged. This is one of Costa Rica’s best boutique hotels.

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We found it extremely helpful to visit the Steppes office and have a face to face discussion with James about what our requirements were for our adventures in Costa Rica. He really listened and made sure that the trip was tailored to our needs.

Destination: Costa Rica
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Great work from John. The additions of zip-lining and surfing lessons were exciting experiences that we would not have considered without his expert guidance.

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When to travel

Costa Rica in January

January to April generally has the lowest rainfall throughout the year, though showers can still be expected in such a tropical climate. One of the most popular times of year to visit, with fantastic opportunities to view wildlife, explore the jungle, and relax on white sandy beaches. The ideal time to visit the Pacific Coast.

Costa Rica in February

January to April generally has the lowest rainfall throughout the year, though showers can still be expected in such a tropical climate. One of the most popular times of year to visit, with fantastic opportunities to view wildlife, explore the jungle, and relax on white sandy beaches. The ideal time to visit the Pacific Coast.

Costa Rica in March

January to April generally has the lowest rainfall throughout the year, though showers can still be expected in such a tropical climate. One of the most popular times of year to visit, with fantastic opportunities to view wildlife, explore the jungle, and relax on white sandy beaches. The ideal time to visit the Pacific Coast.

Costa Rica in April

January to April generally has the lowest rainfall throughout the year, though showers can still be expected in such a tropical climate. One of the most popular times of year to visit, with fantastic opportunities to view wildlife, explore the jungle, and relax on white sandy beaches. The ideal time to visit the Pacific Coast.

Costa Rica in May

May and June mark the beginning of the ‘green season’. Rainfall increases a little, but with that means fewer visitors and quieter national parks. The flora and fauna return to its lushest state and makes for beautiful photography opportunities.

Costa Rica in June

May and June mark the beginning of the ‘green season’. Rainfall increases a little, but with that means fewer visitors and quieter national parks. The flora and fauna return to its lushest state and makes for beautiful photography opportunities.

Costa Rica in July

July and August is green season, but there is a brief little summer or ‘veranillo’, which breaks up the rain in July. A great time to enjoy water sports in the country, although sun-seekers can still enjoy the beaches on the far northern Pacific coast.

Costa Rica in August

July and August is green season, but there is a brief little summer or ‘veranillo’, which breaks up the rain in July. A great time to enjoy water sports in the country, although sun-seekers can still enjoy the beaches on the far northern Pacific coast.

Costa Rica in September

While travel is not recommended on the Pacific side in September and October, as it is the peak of the wet season, it is the ideal time to visit the Caribbean coast.

Costa Rica in October

While travel is not recommended on the Pacific side in September and October, as it is the peak of the wet season, it is the ideal time to visit the Caribbean coast.

Costa Rica in November

November and December see the country start to dry up, although the exact timing of the end of the green season varies. By Christmas and New Year, it is getting busy again so it is worth booking accommodation in advance.

Costa Rica in December

November and December see the country start to dry up, although the exact timing of the end of the green season varies. By Christmas and New Year, it is getting busy again so it is worth booking accommodation in advance.

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