✔️ Hike 280 km across one of the most scenic and biodiverse countries on the planet
✔️ Experience virgin rainforests, high cloud forests and mountain trails teeming with wildlife
✔️ Help to support and develop rural tourism in Costa Rica
✔️ If you’re looking for more than sun and sand-style tourism and are ready for a challenge, El Camino De Costa Rica is for you!
✔️ Intermediate and experienced hikers looking for a challenge
✔️ Hikers looking to experience their first long-distance hike
✔️ Single travellers welcome
✔️ Multi passionate adventurers
My daughter and I recently joined Vegan Adventure Holidays, owned by Emma Fry on an unforgettable 10 day Coast to Coast trek on the famous El Camino de Costa Rica. This remote, scenic and challenging hike took us through beautiful jungle, remote villages, cloud forest, sugar cane fields, coffee plantations and so much more. The fully vegan menu was delicious and plentiful for the energy needs of hiking an average of 8 hours/day. The Costa Rican people we met along the way were kind and generous. If you are looking for a unique, unbelievable adventure that will test you physically and mentally while letting you touch both the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans this trip is for you!
El Camino de Costa Rica – Coast to Coast – Vegan Trailblazer Queens – what an utterly amazing, life changing experience! Emma took us on a journey of wonder through this beautiful country, and found quirky, unique places to stay, where they fed us the most amazing vegan food. The most amazing 2 weeks of my life!
Day 1: Arrive San Jose International airport & Transfer To Barra de Pacure
This afternoon we’ll have a private transfer to our rustic lodge in the jungles of the Caribbean! A 4.5-hour drive from San Jose will take us to Goshen Pier followed by a 35-minute boat ride to Barra de Pacure. This evening we’ll have dinner and a briefing for the upcoming day’s hike and an early night to prepare for the adventures ahead!
Day 2: Pacure Reserve – Cimarrones
Hiking: 31km | Ascent: 134m Descent: 63m
Highlights: Pacure reserve
We start our day with a short 5-minute boat ride to the Pacure reserve to touch the waters of the Caribbean Sea before hiking 7 km through the reserve, on the other side a boat will be waiting to take us to Goshen to continue the hike another 25 km to Cimarrones where there will be a transfer to our lodge.
Day 3: Cimarrones – Las Brisas – Tsinikicha
Hiking: 17 km | Ascent: 743m Descent: 210m
Highlights: Hiking through NaiRi AwaRi indigenous territory
A quick transfer will get us to the starting point for this morning’s hike, some of today’s hike will take us through the NaiRi AwaRi indigenous territory and toward Barbilla National Park ending at Tsinikicha.
Day 4: Tsinikicha – Tsiobata – Linda Vista – Tres Equis
Hiking: 24 km | Ascent: 134m Descent: 63m
Highlights: Nairi AwaRi indigenous lands
Today we’ll have the privilege of hiking through the Nairi AwaRi indigenous lands, we’ll be accompanied by a local indigenous ‘bosquero’ having lunch is Tsiobata village and crossing some rivers, let’s hike!
Day 5: Tres Equis – Pacayitas – La Suiza
Hiking: 27 km | Ascent: 505m Descent: 247m
Highlights: Turrialba volcano / Angostura dam
Today we’ll be walking through small villages connected by gravel roads, there will be some steep ascents and descents and a good view of the Angostura dam before finishing the day in Plaza de Canada and taking a shuttle to the lodge.
Day 6: La Suiza – Canada – Pejibaye – El Copal
Hiking: 23 km | Ascent: 313m Descent: 180m
Highlights: El Copal preserve
Today we’ll be hiking across what’s known as the old sugar cane trail which passes through the small community of Atiro where farmers used to bring their sugar cane to be processed. Later we’ll reach the beautiful El Copal reserve which preserves a 177-hectare area of humid and diverse tropical forests close to the Macizo de La Muerte National Park.
Day 7: El Copal – Muñeco Navarro
Hiking: 32 km | Ascent: 986m Descent: 463m
Highlights: Tapanti National Park
The route today offers beautiful views of the Copal Reserve on one side and the Tapanti National Park in the other, later we’ll be passing through the Orosi Valley where we should get a good view of the Orosi river before having lunch in Purisil and finishing the day in Muñeco.
Day 8: Navarro – El Empalme
Hiking: 25 km | Ascent: 590m Descent: 199m
Highlights: Palo Verde cloud forest
Our day starts with a wonderful few hours hiking through Palo Verde cloud forest before crossing the reserve and reaching El Empalme which is the highest point on our hike. Some steep ascents take us through the town of La Luchita and our day finishes in Cerritos Alto.
Day 9 : El Empalme – Napoles
Hiking: 28 km | Ascent: 310m Descent: 949m
Highlights: Coffee plantations views
Today we’ll hike through the beautiful area of Los Santos to reach San Pablo de Leon Cortes where you’ll get your first glimpse of the coffee plantations on the side of the mountains. Some steep ascents will reward us with good views of the surrounding valleys and mountains around Cerro de la Muerte before finishing the day in Napoles.
Day 10: Napoles – Naranjillo – Esquipulas
Hiking: 31 km | Ascent: 72m Descent: 765m
Highlights: Esquipulas bird paradise
Today we start descending toward the Pacific, our final destination! Starting our hike early in the morning we’ll head from Napoles towards Naranjillo where we’ll stop for lunch and enjoy the views before continuing on to Esquipulas, our endpoint for the day.
Day 11: Esquipulas – Quepos
Hiking: 22 km | Ascent: 126m Descent: 306m
Highlights: Reaching the Pacific!
Our last hiking day will take us through the towns of Naranjito and Gallega before a triumphant entrance into Quepos where you’ll touch the Pacific Ocean! A well-deserved lunch and comfortable hotel await just 100 meters from the end point of the Camino.
Day 12: Quepos – San Jose
Time to leave and head home after an amazing 12 days but this is not the end of your journey, maybe you’ll join a volcano hike in Guatemala next!
Day 1: Jungle lodge group share cabin
Day 2: Rural hotel group share
Day 3: Camping twin share tents
Day 4: Rural hotel group share
Day 5: Rural hotel group share
Day 6: Rural hotel group share
Day 7: Rural hotel group share
Day 8: Rural hotel group share
Day 9: Rural hotel group share
Day 10: Glamping twin share
Day 11: Hotel twin share
Please note, if on a mixed trip women and men will be in separate group share cabins
✔️ The airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and the pickup time will be 2 pm, if you cannot find a flight arriving before this time it’s advised to arrive one day before the trip begins
✔️ There will be a group transfer from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) airport to the Caribbean on day 1 departing at 2 pm and returning from Quepos on day 12, the earliest we will arrive at the airport on day 12 is 11 am so it’s advised to make sure your departure is from 2 pm onwards
✔️ There are direct flights into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) from the USA and Canada, and Europe
The Following List Can Be Used As A General Guide
BAGS & LUGGAGE
What is the price of this trip?
The cost of this trip is US$2400 per person on a shared accommodation basis.
Can I book a private room for this trip?
There’s no private availability on this trip due to being in very remote areas with limited accommodation options but believe me when I say, after you’ve hiked for 30km through the jungle and over mountain ranges, you won’t care where you sleep!
Do I have to carry my backpack on the hike?
No! All you have to carry is a day bag, you main luggage will be transported each day.
How fit do I need to be to do this trip?
A reasonable base level of fitness is required (comfortably being able to hike 10 miles for example) but you will get a suggested training plan when you book the trip so providing you have around 3 months of training time pre-hike and a I’m-going-to-give-it-my-best-shot attitude you’re good to go 🙂
What will the weather be like?
Changeable, you’ll need to be ready to experience heat and humidity in the jungle and low-land regions and possible rain and cooler climates at a higher elevations. Bring on the elements!
I’m a single traveller is that okay?
Absolutely! Around 60% of Vegan Adventure Holidays guests are single travellers, everybody is welcome.
Do I have to have travel insurance to join the trip?
Yes! It’s recommended to get a policy that covers trip and flight cancellations and should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, and evacuation/repatriation. Safetywing and World Nomad have good policies.
How much should I tip?
Tips for the local guide are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. I suggest between US$5-10 per person per day.
What is the trip cancellation policy?
1: Your deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days after you book.
2: Final payment is due 90 days before your trip start date.
3: If you have to cancel your reservation, you will have the option to save the remainder of your credits to use toward another trip in the future, the cancellation fee will be determined according to the terms outlined in the terms and conditions policy.
Please understand that Vegan Adventure Holidays reserves the right to change these policies without prior notice due to an ever-changing landscape within the tourism industry at present.
I’ve got a question that isn’t answered here, who shall I contact?
Email Emma at hello@veganadventureholidays and I’ll answer your questions and queries personally.