Costa Rica has enough trails to keep serious hikers stepping for a long time, and the scenery those routes pass
ranges from lowland rain forests to brisk mountain valleys. The routes themselves are as varied as the scenery,
ranging from invigorating jaunts in the mountains near San José to backpacking adventures that lead you into the
heart of the country's wilderness.
Nearly all of Costa Rica's national parks have short trails that can be hiked in an hour or two, while others have
routes that take the better part of a day to complete, such as the trails to the top of Barva and Rincón de le Vieja
Volcanoes. Santa Rosa, Corcovado and Chirripó National Parks have longer backpacking routes, which require several
overnights in tents or Parks Service cabins. There are also plenty of well marked hiking trails in the country's