Trekking or hiking is an activity that is definitely not relaxing since it can be quite exhausting and difficult to reach the top of the mountain we want to conquer. The reward is from the beginning of the journey, that contact with nature at every step on the trails. It is the challenge to ourselves that motivates us to enjoy these trips. And for those who love these types of goals, Costa Rica has a lot to offer. We invite you to live a unique hiking experience inside Los Santos Forest Reserve, in an area of great importance for the conservation of river basins. We will cross gravel roads and pass through farms and coffee plantations. The area is one of the most biologically diverse sites with abundant flora and fauna species, covered by very humid tropical forest that forms a key link between the Manuel Antonio, Chirripó and Tapantí National Parks. The Sukia Route is a 3-day trek where we will go from more than 1890 m in height to 100 m. After 4 days of hiking we will arrive to our next destination in the Central Pacific where we will rest in the beautiful waters of Manuel Antonio. Then we continue our trip to Arenal, perfect cone volcano area! From Arenal we will have a walk of high and low intensity to finish our trekking tour of Costa Rica. This route is made for travelers who love to get into the forest, get dirty and get exhausted to have that intimate contact with nature and with themselves. Come and enjoy this different trip through Costa Rica!
Places to visit:
➣ Los Santos Forest Reserve
➣ Nubotropica Foundation
➣ Manuel Antonio
➣ 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
➣ Arenal Volcano National Park
Price US $ 1,250 per person. Could change depending on seasons.
✓ Airport transfer - hotel and assistance
✓ 1 night at San Jose hotel
✓ 3 nights in basic lodgings, 4 Days – 3 nights Sukia Trekking Package
✓ 2 nights at Manuel Antonio hotel
✓ 3 nights at Arenal hotel
✓ Daily breakfast
✓ Three daily meals during the Trekking
✓ Transportation needed
✓ Service and hotel taxes
✓ Price US $ 1,250 per person. Could change depending on seasons.
➣ 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
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO COSTA RICA
Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel in San José. Accommodation.
DAY 2: SAN JOSE – SANTA MARIA DE DOTA
Breakfast. Transfer departure to Santamaria de Dota in Los Santos area. Accommodation.
DAY 3: CEDRAL – BETANIA CAMP
Breakfast and beginning to the first day of Trekking. Departure in 4x4 transport for 1.5 hours approx. (16 km) to Cruce Las Rejas (1800 masl), where the journey begins. A mountainous road with magnificent views of the Pacific awaits us. The walk of this day is 8 hours (16.5 km), crossing Los Santos Forest Reserve. Difficulty: intermediate. Lunch in the mountain at Cerro La Flecha (picnic type). Approximate arrival at 4 p.m. to the Betania camp. Dinner and lodging with shared bathroom in beds or tents. Betania is at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level and the temperatures are between 18º and 25º, the nights are cool. The camp rustic house in an open space in the middle of the forest and surrounded by mountains. At dawn, the view of the forest is spectacular with the sounds of the birds around it!
DAY 4: BETANIA CAMP – RANCHOS TINAMÚ
Early breakfast. Departure to our second day of hiking. We will descend from 900 meters above sea level to 840 meters above sea level in San Isidro de Dota. Most of the route is in descent until the 600 masl by the presence of several brooks. Then starts a strong but short climb to 840 meters. The walk of this day is 6 hours. Difficulty: intermediate.In this route grasslands and cows in freedom predominate where we walk. There are excellent views towards the mountain and the great La Bomba waterfall. As we get closer to San Isidro more cottages are appreciated. Difficulty: intermediate. Lunch in route at the house of the rural settlement. We continue our route to our next destination, Rancho Tinamú. Approximate arrival at 2 in the afternoon. In the afternoon we can visit the “Olla de la Bruja” Waterfall and enjoy a refreshing dip. Dinner and lodging in cabins with shared bathroom.
DAY 5: RANCHOS TINAMÚ – QUEPOS
Early breakfast. Departure to the last day of hiking to Cerro Nara through a public gravel road. The walk of this day is 4 hours. Difficulty: intermediate. Lunch in Quepos London. Transfer to the Manuel Antonio National Park area. Accommodation.
DAY 6: MANUEL ANTONIO
Enjoy a day of beach and nature within the Manuel Antonio National Park. It is one of the smallest and most popular national parks in Costa Rica. In Manuel Antonio you can enjoy a relaxing day on one of the four beaches or take a walk through the vibrant green tropical jungle. From natural pools of sea water with crustaceans to species of monkeys in danger of extinction and impressive panoramic views. In addition, you can enjoy other exciting activities such as rafting Tour, Sailboat Tour, boat ride or Kayak in the Isla Damas Estuary, Dolphin Tour, or take a paragliding tour on the beach. Accommodation.
DAY 7: MANUEL ANTONIO – ARENAL
Departure to La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano. Accommodation.
DAY 8: TWO VOLCANO EXTREME HIKE
Breakfast. Departure from La Fortuna on a 45-minute trip to visit the great valley that lies between Arenal and Chato Volcanoes. We passed the first hanging bridge which is only access to this almost unexplored valley. A challenging path takes us deeper into the dense jungle. In addition to large trees, we will see a variety of wildlife. Leaving from the bottom of the valley we reach the base of the Arenal volcano. Here we will visit the fields of black lava rocks that lie in the shadow of the Arenal cone. Continuing the trek, we stop at an impressive canyon where you can see the different layers of volcanic material. After this point the trail will follows an ascent that will take us to a viewpoint where we will have the most impressive views of the valley, the Arenal Volcano and the impressive lake. We continue to the most challenging part of the walk through the valley to reach a dry river of lava that we must go through "the comb of the Devil" which is an area of 7 canyons carved by volcanic activity. We will pass some of the canyons where the ground is very irregular and kind difficult, crossing over fallen logs of great size. Some have ropes that will help us climb. Once we reached the dry lava river, we went down to connect with the Cangrejos trail. This trail right at the foot of the Chato volcano will take us to the Caliente River. Here on the river side we will take some time to enjoy a nutritious lunch. After crossing the river, we arrive at the fields and trails of the Observatory Park. These trails are easily accessible so we will have a good opportunity to see monkeys, coatis, frogs and different birds. We cross another hanging bridge to reach the refreshing waterfall of Danta. Near the end of the walk we visited the tropical gardens and observed the Arenal Observatory and its information center. At the top of the roof of the Arenal Observatory shelter you will see the entire valley you just have walked and enjoy stunning sunset views over the volcano and Lake Arenal. Once the sun sets, we get on the bus that takes us to the hot water river. In this natural river we enjoy the thermal water while receiving a facial of volcanic mud. Transportation back to the hotel at night. Accommodation.
DAY 9: EL BURRITO HIKE
Breakfast. Departure from La Fortuna on a 15-minute trip to the community of El Burrito, there we continue our drive on a gravel road in the middle of cattle farms that will take as to an altitude of around 600 meters above sea level up in the mountains until we get to the entrance of our trail that will take us into the beautiful rainforest. Once we start the hike in our trail, we will be entering the rainforest and making the transition to the cloud forest which is also part of the Children's Eternal Forest. On this trail we will hike for approximately 2 hours until we reach our final goal that is the beautiful “El Burrito Waterfall” of approx. 40 mts. drop. In this hike we will be able to enjoy a diversity of flora and fauna, also we will have the experience of crossing rivers of crystal clear water and also find different species of birds, and if we are lucky observe white faced monkeys, spider monkeys, small mammals, natural water springs and diversity of lush plants and a large tree that its roots will take your breath away. At the waterfall we take a break of approximately 20 to 30 minutes, so you can load up energy from mother nature and feel the strong breeze that the water falling makes. Then we will continue the trail for 45 more minutes until we reach our rustic ranch where we will have a snack of fresh fruits and you will be able to enjoy the beautiful views of the north plains that can only be observe from this altitude of 600 meters above the sea level and do not forget that Arenal Volcano and right beside us. Also, we will have the opportunity to see different typical Costa Rican crops such as yucca, ñampi and tiquizque (there like sweet potatoes), plantains, bananas, sugar cane, aromatic plants and many other fruits and if there are any fruits on season you are more than welcome to teste it. We will finish the activity with a 20-minute drive back to La Fortuna. Accommodation.
DAY 10: RETURN
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Juan Santamaria International Airport.
Warning: good physical condition is required, people with physical injuries, respiratory or cardiac diseases will not be able to perform the activity. Not suitable for children under 8 years or women in pregnancy.
** This trip can be modified with more or less travel days according to your like and need.