Treadmill Rating (out of 10): 2 out of 10
Distance: 1 mile round trip
Max Elevation: Negligible
Elevation Gain: Negligible
Costa Rica provides a wide variety of hiking possibilities. There are black-sand beaches, rainforests, volcanoes, and mountains. Our trip to this Central American paradise, where many US citizens flock to for retirement, brought us the wonderful experiences of hiking and zip-lining through a rainforest and hiking through a sugar cane field.
This is a non-technical hike.
WHO CAN DO THIS HIKE?
These adventures are for young and old. Be prepared for heat, humidity and tropical insects (the mosquitos can be particularly mean). If you are afraid of heights, zip-lining may not be your favorite activity.
WHEN SHOULD I GO?
Because the Republic of Costa Rica is located from nine to ten degrees of the equator, there is always a tropical climate. The rainy season, or “winter,” spans from May to November.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
Atenas is located in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica, a short drive from San Jose and the international airport.
General exercise, including lots of hiking or walking, should get the average person in adequate shape to make this a pleasurable and injury-free adventure.
Bottled water, sunscreen, snacks/lunch, a first aid kit, hat and light, breathable clothing are musts. Ankle supporting hiking boots are recommended (flip-flops are strongly discouraged, especially with the fer-de-lance lurking in the shadows. And, if you forget your camera, don’t even bother telling anyone about your adventure.
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