Best trails in Costa Rica

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Ready to check out the best trails in Costa Rica? AllTrails has 150 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 76 moderate trails in Costa Rica ranging from 1.3 to 37.7 km and from 6 to 3,768 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Costa Rica
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#1 - Rio Celeste Trail
Tenorio Volcano National Park
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Length: 5.5 km • Est. 1 h 51 m
Trail closes at 2pm, $12 entrance fee. Start from the park entrance. The first part of the hike is a nice stroll through the jungle on a very well-maintained trail. At about 0.8 miles in, you get to tShow more
#2 - Arenal 1968 Volcano Trail
Arenal Volcano National Park
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Length: 4.7 km • Est. 1 h 33 m
Beautiful hike along the Yellow 1968 Sendero Bosque / Forest Trail. $16 entry.Show more
#3 - Arenal Observatory Lodge Trail
San Carlos, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Length: 6.1 km • Est. 1 h 54 m
The Arenal Observatory Lodge is the only resort in La Fortuna to be located within Arenal Volcano National Park known for putting visitors right in the middle of pristine rainforest habitat that is upShow more
#4 - La Fortuna Waterfall
San Carlos, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Length: 1.0 km • Est. 21 m
There is a fee to enter this area.Show more
#5 - Catarata La Cangreja
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
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Length: 9.5 km • Est. 3 h 7 m
Catarata La Cangreja is a 9.5 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bagaces, Guanacaste, Costa Rica that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarilyShow more
#6 - Arenal Volcano Trail
Arenal Volcano National Park
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Length: 3.2 km • Est. 58 m
Note: $15 admission fee.Show more
#7 - Nauyaca Falls
Pérez Zeledón, Limón, Costa Rica
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Length: 9.2 km • Est. 3 h 23 m
Since the waterfalls are on private property, there is an $8 entrance fee to visit the area.Show more
#8 - Manuel Antonio, La Trampa, y Playa Gemelos
Marco Antonio National Park
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Length: 7.7 km • Est. 2 h 27 m
This universal trail is incredibly enjoyable with a well-built raised platform, rest benches, and Braille signs every 50 meters with some useful information about the surrounding flora and fauna so yoShow more
#9 - Rio, Bosque Eterno, el Camino, and Bosque Nuboso Loop
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
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Length: 5.8 km • Est. 2 h
Rio, Bosque Eterno, el Camino, and Bosque Nuboso Loop is a 5.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Puntarenas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica that features a waterfall and is ratedShow more
#10 - Miro Mountain
Garabito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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Length: 2.7 km • Est. 1 h 3 m
Miro Mountain Trail offers great views of Jaco, Costa Rica and includes old ruins of a house.Show more
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