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Hiking Cerro de la Muerte

This is a different and very special tour for travelers who like strong treks within forests and reserves with a variety of ecosystems. It is a Trekking Tour for walkers that in addition to connecting with nature, like a rural contact. The Cerro Buena Vista (3491 feet over see level), better known as "Cerro de la Muerte", is located on the central mountainous axis of Costa Rica. It is the highest point in the Costa Rican section of the Inter-American Highway. Its name means "Mountain of Death", since in the past crossing the mountains from the Valle Central meant a three - or four-day journey, on foot or on horseback, and many ill-prepared travelers succumbed to the cold and rain. However, the peak is now easily accessible since the highway runs close by. Los Santos Forest Reserve, which will be our starting point, includes primary, secondary cloud forests. The landscape is very varied, the natural ecosystems coexist with the cultural ones. This area includes one of the most biologically diverse places in the country, and is a link between the Manuel Antonio and Tapantí National Parks. The trails are narrow, with slippery stretches. Some require attention because of the abundance of obstacles such as rocks, mud, dense vegetation. The ground is broken. We will cross several shallow streams. At some point this difficulty is rewarded by a nearby waterfall. After 6 days of hiking we will arrive to our destination in the Central Pacific where we will rest in the beautiful waters of Manuel Antonio. This route is recommended for travelers who love nature and like to discover little tourist areas of Costa Rica.

Los Santos area
Los Santos area

Summary

Places to visit:
➣ Los Santos Forest Reserve
➣ Dota country town and lanscapes
➣ San Isidro de Dota town
➣ Quebrada Arroyo town
➣ Manuel Antonio

Main attractions:
➣ Lots of wildlife (flora and fauna)
➣ Mid-level Trekking through forest and natural reserves variety of ecosystems
➣ Direct contact with the hosting people in each lodging and shearing experiences
➣ Manuel Antonio National Park

Price US $1,814 per person. Could change depending on seasons.

This tour includes:

✓ Airport transfer - hotel and assistance
✓ 1 night at San Jose Hotel
✓ 6 nights in rural lodgings, 7 Days – 6 nights Trekking Package
✓ 3 nights at Manuel Antonio Hotel
✓ Daily breakfast
✓ Three daily meals during the Trekking
✓ Transportation needed    
✓ Service and hotel taxes
Price from US $ 1,814 per person. Could change depending on seasons.

This tour DOESN'T includes:

➣ Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
➣ Optional Tours
➣ Local and international calls
➣ Personal medical expenses
➣ Departure taxes (US$29 per person)
➣ Air tickets from and to Costa Rica

Travel Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO COSTA RICA
Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel in San José. Accommodation.

DAY 2: SAN JOSE – COPEY DE DOTA & LOS SANTOS FOREST RESERVE
Breakfast. Departure to Copey de Dota in Los Santos area. Accommodation.

DAY 3: COPEY DE DOTA – PROVIDENCIA
Breakfast and departure to the first day of Trekking. In the way, we will know the Copey de Dota church which was declared National Heritage. During the trip, we will go through producer farms of fruit trees. We will observe dairies in the mountains and beautiful landscapes. This trek has 18 kilometers and a duration of 6 to 7 hours. There will be several times of rest. Lunch on route. Accommodation and dinner.

Copey de Dota
Copey de Dota

DAY 4: PROVIDENCIA – LAS REJAS  
Breakfast and departure on 4x4 rural transportation to San Carlos, where starts the trekking this day. Route of 15.8 kilometers between primary and secondary forests with beautiful views of the Central Pacific. In addition, the guides will tell the nature mysteries and legends of the area. This trek lasts approximately 6 to 7 hours. Accommodation, lunch, and dinner.

Friends on route
Friends on route

DAY 5: LAS REJAS – BETANIA  
Breakfast and departure. This day we walk 13 kilometers, with a duration of 7 to 8 hours approximately. The Betania community is at a height of 1013 masl and temperatures are between 18º and 25º. At dawn the view of the forest is spectacular. Accommodation and dinner.

Sunrise landscape
Sunrise landscape

DAY 6: BETANIA – SAN ISIDRO DE DOTA
Breakfast and departure. This walk has 6 kilometers with a duration of 4 to 5 hours approximately. Accommodation in rustic hostel. The accommodation does not have electricity or hot water, shared bathrooms. Sharing with de host family is an enriching experience. Accommodation and dinner.

DAY 7: SAN ISIDRO DE DOTA – QUEBRADA ARROYO  
Breakfast and departure. This final crossing has 15 kilometers, with a duration of 5 to 6 hours. Will be the last challenge and at the end we will rest in a beautiful place. Full of nature and with the best hosting in Los Campesinos rural Lodge. Accommodation, lunch, and dinner.

Walking down in the forest
Walking down in the forest

DAY 8: QUEBRADA ARROYO – LONDRES IN QUEPOS
Breakfast and departure to Quepos. Accommodation in Manuel Antonio beach.

Waterfall, Quepos
Waterfall, Quepos

DAY 9 - 10: MANUEL ANTONIO
Breakfast. Optional activities: enjoying the beaches and take a Tour in Manuel Antonio National Park. You can enjoy a Sunset Sail Tour. Accommodation.

Manuel Antonio Beach
Manuel Antonio Beach

DAY 11: RETURN
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Juan Santamaria International Airport.

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