Quick Facts


Popularity: High
Province: Guanacaste
Difficulty: All levels depending on trail.
Regional Airport: Tamarindo – 10 minutes away
International Airport: Liberia – 60 minutes away
Distance to San Jose: 258 KM, 4-5 hour drive

Hiking in Costa Rica


With so much to see in terms of wildlife, views, beaches and waterfalls, there is no better way to explore the world around you than to immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s hiking trails. Take yourself on a journey through the jungle as you admire all that the green season brings into sight, and cool off in a natural spring under a towering waterfall. There is truly no other experience more exotic than hiking through the protected trails of the great outdoors in sunny Costa Rica. While there are amazing hiking options in the mountains and jungles there are also beautiful options for hiking near Tamarindo as well!

Arenal Volcano is one of the most popular places to go hiking and explore wildlife here in Costa Rica. Stretching over 7,114 acres, Arenal is one of the most unique landmarks that any explorer would want to check off of their sightseeing list. What makes Arenal so unique is that it has a perfectly symmetrical shape, making it a great place to both hike and spectate. If you truly want to immerse yourself in this special place, Arenal offers easy bookings for hotels, tours, and transportation all on their website, Arenal.net.

Rio Celeste Waterfall has a reputation that precedes itself. With water so blue it is often mistaken for being photoshopped, Rio Celeste is a destination that you must see to believe that it isn’t something out of a fairytale. Rio Celeste offers guided hikes that are challenging and go for about 3.4 miles in and out, where you will see the nearby volcano’s furnace vents along the way. This hike may be a bit more challenging to amateur hikers so going with a guide is highly encouraged.

Santa Rosa National Park is home to the largest concentration of sea turtles, truly a sight to behold. This national park has 12 miles worth of hiking trails along with popular surf breaks and stunning white sand beaches. Santa Rosa National Park is the only fully protected beach, so visitors are bound to see a surreal amount of wildlife and if you are lucky, some baby turtles hatching too! The best time to visit is from August through November if you are interested in seeing this natural phenomenon take place.

Rincon de la Vieja is a phenomenal hiking destination that offers dozens of other activities that easily fill up your day. Beyond some of the best hiking trails that Costa Rica has to offer, guided horseback riding will take you up and down hills and through glistening waterfalls. Rincon de la Vieja offers combo tours if you are looking to diversify your exploration. A combo tour might be the best option if you are exploring Rincon in a group. Rincon de la Vieja is a part of the UNESCO world heritage list, which means that it is one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the country! During your hike you will surely discover endless species of flora and fauna. Many tourists that visit Rincon are attracted to the thermal hot springs. The mud from these thermal springs have insane detoxifying benefits and will make you feel like you just visited a luxury spa. For all of these reasons, Rincon is a destination that you do not want to miss out on when staying in Costa Rica.

For those who are looking for Hiking near Tamarindo, there is no shortage of hiking trails that flow through the town. You can find exquisite sunset spots at the top of just about any hill if you’re looking for a leisurely activity to end your day . These peaks serve 360 degree panoramic views of Langosta, Tamarindo, Playa Grande and the mountains out towards Huacas and Flamingo.

Watching sunset is a very communal activity that is unique to Costa Rica’s pura vida lifestyle, so grab your friends, lace up your sneakers, and chase the views. Tamarindo hiking is popular option for both locals and tourist with many trails throughout the town, on back roads and even near the beach!

Useful links about Tamarindo hiking & excursions throughout Costa Rica:

Rincon de la Vieja

Hiking trails in Guanacaste

Trip advisor’s top trails in the area

More trails

We hope this information was useful and that your stay in Costa Rica is all up hill!
Enjoy !

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