Do you love hiking? Well, Costa Rica has 3 magical places that Travel recommends not to miss but that you will only see if you do a challenging hike before. Do you want to know about them?

One of the best places to do hiking in the world is Costa Rica. Its beautiful landscapes, the green of its mountains and the perfect climate are the perfect combination. A true paradise for those who enjoy spending time doing outdoor activities.

These 3 places are full of beauty but not everyone is blessed with the opportunity to visit them. Only those who are accustomed to exercise and have the physical condition required have the chance to get there.

Cerro Chirripó

Cerro Chirripó is the highest peak in Costa Rica. This National Park is located 34 miles from San José in Perez Zeledón, the climb to this hill will take you at least 3 days.

Its highest peak is 3,820 meters above sea level (12, 530 feet) and it’s the best-known mountain of the Talamanca Cordillera. Cerro Chirripó is besides, one of the highest mountains in Central America and offers incredible views that cannot be seen anywhere else in the country.

When the weather allows it, you can see from there the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and even some Panamanian territory.

The only way to get to this point is to walk up the mountain about 20 kilometers, which is usually done in two stages. In a first stage you climb to 3400 meters in an average time of 6 or 7 hours, where the Refugio El Paramo is located, which has electricity services, potable water, cooking utensils, two computers with limited connection to Internet, and a sleeping space for 80 people. The second stage is usually done the next morning on a walk of 5 kilometers of moderate intensity and a time of 2-3 hours.

La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Costa Rica. It’s a breathtaking waterfall of 200 feet high, surrounded by lush vegetation and with a tropical climate that invites to dip in its clear waters.

It’s located in La Fortuna town, really close to the Arenal Volcano National Park. The people from Travel always recommend doing this tour if you are visiting this area.

To get to this natural wonder you have to do a challenging hike through a trail made of hundreds of stairs. You need to have good physical condition because you have to obviously climb up those stairs once you want to go back to your hotel.

Most of the tours include time to refresh in the natural pool at the bottom of the waterfall; but if you don’t want to do that and you prefer to stay dry, you can stay in the picnic area taking pictures of the spectacular scenes and natural views.

Celeste River

This last place is one of the most popular destinations of the country. It’s located in the northern region of Costa Rica within the Tenorio Volcano National Park.

A moderately challenging hike through a secondary lush forest will lead you to the place where two rivers merge. The magical part of all this is that the river is light blue colored. This blue hue happens because of the confluence of minerals from the volcano and the river.

The hike will take you about 1 hour per way, always depending on your physical conditions and the stops you have to do along the trail to see flora and fauna. Once you finish the trail, you will have free time to enjoy this amazing marvel and the magnificent waterfall.