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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Hiking Tour

Epic Trails from the Caribbean to the Pacific on the Camino de Costa Rica


Discover hidden gems of Costa Rica on an epic coast to coast trek, from the Caribbean to the Pacific. Dubbed the “Camino de Costa Rica,” this newly developed trail covers some 174 miles in total; we've crafted an MT Sobek exclusive 10-day itinerary that combines the best 40 miles of the route with comfortable, unique lodgings along the way, capping it off with a final day at leisure on the idyllic beaches of the Pacific Coast. More than a hike, it's a deep dive into vibrant local communities, enchanting wildlife and ecosystems, and rural traditions. Over 25% of Costa Rica is protected by national parks, wildlife refuges, and biological reserves, and you'll pass through several hidden gems that are off the beaten track, stopping to raft exciting rapids, spot a rich diversity of wildlife, visit local villages and farms, and sample homegrown coffee and vanilla. This journey also pledges to nurture the quaint towns of Costa Rica, blending development with conservation to treasure its rich history and natural balance.

10 Days

From: $7,495

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Highlights


  • Gear up for rewarding hikes on the best 40 miles of Costa Rica's new Coast to Coast Trail passing through the territory of monkeys, sloths, toucans, lizards, and other amazing wildlife
  • Delight in breathtaking natural wonders, from the lowland rivers and canals of the Caribbean to the majestic volcanoes and cloud forests of the highlands and the pristine beaches of the Pacific
  • Enjoy warm hospitality and hearty local fare at carefully chosen boutique hotels and wilderness lodges along the route

Costa Rica Coast to Coast Hiking

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica  End: San Jose, Costa Rica

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica

    Day 1

    Arrive at the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. Meet your guide and transfer to your charming hotel, surrounded by lush gardens. Recover from your travels with a dip in the pool or soak in the sights and sounds of the gardens. End the day with a delicious welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: Hotel Bougainvillea-Heredia, Costa Rica
    Accommodation: El Rodeo Estancia Boutique Hotel

    Meals: Dinner

  • Journey to the Caribbean Coast, Cruise Rainforest Canals & Hike the Pacuare Reserve

    Day 2

    Depart San Jose and head for the Caribbean Coast town of Barra de Pacuare. Set out by boat on local channels, similar to Tortuguero, scanning the shores for toucanets and crocodiles. Arrive at the Goshen Pier, the official start (Stage 1) of the new Coast to Coast Trail. After a relatively easy first day of walking through the Pacuare Reserve, home to howler monkeys, poison dart frogs, and rare jaguars and ocelots, take a final short boat trip to your lodge, surrounded by tropical forests and canals just a short distance from the Caribbean Sea.

    Accommodation: Lirio Lodge

    Activity: 3 hours/4.5 miles easy hiking with 50' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer; 45-minute private motorboat cruise plus shorter motorboat transfer to lodge

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Tsiobata Village & Raft the Pacuare River

    Day 3

    Return by motorboat this morning to Goshen Pier, then transfer by private van to the Linda Vista de Tres Equis trailhead for a short but challenging hike uphill on Stage 4 of the Coast to Coast Trail, to the traditional indigenous village of Tsiobata. After meeting the villagers and learning about their lifestyle, hike down to the Pacuare River and set out for an exciting rafting trip on class II, III, and IV rapids to Siquirres. Arrive at Casa Turire for an overnight stay.

    Accommodation: Casa Turire

    Activity: 4 hours/4 miles hiking with 1,519' elevation gain & 981' elevation loss; 3 hours rafting

    Transportation: 30-minute motorboat cruise; 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Spy Tropical Birds on a Hike to Tapanti National Park

    Day 4

    Hike Stage 8 of the Coast to Coast Trail, climbing steeply uphill from Pejibaye to the highlands of Taus and the entrance of Tapanti National Park. There is a rich variety of tropical birds along the trail, including resplendent quetzals and trogons. You may also spot capuchin monkeys, tapirs, or kinkajous. Your private van is waiting to take you to Hacienda Orosi for an overnight stay. Enjoy a self-guided coffee tour on the estate, as well as free time to take a soothing soak in hot spring baths (four pools with different temperatures).

    Accommodation: Coffee Pickers Village at Hacienda Orosi

    Activity: 5 hours/7 miles hiking with 3,668' elevation gain & 1,837' elevation loss

    Transportation: 40-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb to the Palo Verde Cloud Forest Reserve

    Day 5

    From the trailhead at Navarro de Muñeco, hike Stage 10 of the Coast to Coast Trail, climbing uphill to the Palo Verde Cloud Forest Reserve. Join a local mycologist to discover the diversity of mushrooms and other fascinating fungi, and the vital role they play in forest ecology. Following lunch in the reserve, transfer to a nearby lodge for an overnight stay. Birdwatchers won't want to miss the opportunity to seek out the elusive quetzal in some of their last remaining habitat, found on the trails around the lodge.

    Accommodation: Trogon Lodge
    Accommodation: Mirador de Quetzales

    Activity: 5 hours/7 miles hiking with 2,241' elevation gain & 935' elevation loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Descend to the Valley of the Saints & Sip Locally Grown Coffee

    Day 6

    After a short drive to Jardin de Dota, and from the highest point in your journey (7,671' above sea level), hike down into the Valley of the Saints (Stage 12 of the Coast to Coast Trail) passing rural villages in this fertile coffee producing region. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, then meet the private van for a transfer to Toucanet Lodge, where you spend the night. Here, savor the aromas and flavors of freshly roasted local coffee, considered some of the finest in Costa Rica, and learn about the deep traditions of this culinary delight. Also enjoy the pristine beauty of the lodge, surrounded by an exuberant cloud forest and its centennial oak trees covered in moss and bromeliads, and over 200 species of birds, including brilliantly colored hummingbirds.

    Accommodation: Toucanet Lodge
    Accommodation: Cedrela Eco Lodge

    Activity: 4 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,165' elevation gain & 3,271' elevation loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike through the Esquipulas Rainforest

    Day 7

    After a short drive to the cross of Santa Juan Pito de Tarrazu, hike Stages 14 & 15 of the Coast to Coast Trail through Fila Brunqueña and the Esquipulas Rainforest, with chances to see scarlet macaws, trogans, and even king vultures. Stay overnight in rustic but comfortable “tipis” in the rainforest, with elevated wooden floors and thatched roofs, outfitted with electricity and real mattresses with pillows and linens.

    Accommodation: Esquipulas Rainforest Lodge

    Activity: 4 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,276' elevation gain & 3,087' elevation loss

    Transportation: 45-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike the Final Stage to the Pacific Ocean

    Day 8

    The final Stage 16 of the Coast to Coast Trail culminates in an exhilarating encounter with the majestic Pacific Ocean. After a short van transfer to Villa Nueva for an eye-opening spice tour where you'll see how vanilla, cinnamon, cacao, black pepper, allspice, and other exotic crops are grown and be treated to a tasting. Set out on a hike to Finca Anita, a journey full of challenges and discoveries, where hikers are rewarded with the breathtaking view of the sea glittering on the horizon. From Finca Anita, a short van takes you to Quepos for a photo op at the end point of the Coast to Coast Trail, then transfer to your lodge. Check in at Si Como No Hotel in Manuel Antonio to indulge yourself after your amazing journey from coast to coast.

    Accommodation: Si Como No Hotel

    Activity: 4 hours/7 miles hiking with 456' elevation gain & 1,198' elevation loss

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Beach Relaxation at Manuel Antonio

    Day 9

    Spend the day unwinding on the palm-fringed pristine beaches of Costa Rica, soaking up the sun and reflecting on the incredible journey you've experienced. Watch for capuchin monkeys swinging through the trees. Gather for a festive farewell dinner this evening.

    Accommodation: Si Como No Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Return to San Jose & Depart

    Day 10

    This morning, transfer back to the San Jose airport and depart for home.

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek has been operating active adventures in Costa Rica since 1980, placing a strong emphasis on responsible travel practices that support local communities and protect the natural environment.
  • This exclusive adventure captures the best legs of the new coast to coast “Camino de Costa Rica” in an achievable perfectly paced timeframe, without rustic homestays or camping.
  • Experience Costa Rica away from the crowds with our top-notch local guides on an itinerary designed for active travelers who prefer an authentic experience.

Dates & Prices


  • 2025
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2025

Scheduled Dates


Price is per person, double occupancy in USD.

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

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Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.


Looking for a private family adventure?


This trip can accommodate guests with a
minimum age of 18.

Private Trip Pricing: 2025


6 to 9 guests from $7,995 per person double occupancy

5 guests from $9,295 per person double occupancy

4 guests from $9,995 per person double occupancy

*Seasonal rates may apply.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Make Your Own Dates in These Months


Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert


800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Juan Antonio C.

Juan Antonio C.

A certified guide since 2014, Juan Antonio has been leading hikers through Costa Rica since he started guiding and specializes in natural history, photography, culture, and history. He holds an international Wilderness First Responder certification. He is an expert on the Camino de Costa Rica, having completed over 40 treks since the first run. His passion for hiking and trekking has taken him up 300 of Costa Rica’s mountains and over celebrated treks and up high peaks internationally. He is an avid amateur photographer and mycologist and loves to get guests excited about their time on Costa Rica’s trails.

Steven S.

Steven S.

An engaging storyteller with a passion for birds, reptiles, and amphibians, Steven was born to be a naturalist guide. He is an ICT (Costa Rica Tourism Board) certified guide with a deep knowledge of local fauna and flora. His experience includes guiding hikers on the Camino de Costa Rica and nature tours at La Marta Wildlife Refuge. He has been guiding since 2022 and is committed to continuing his education, studying Adventure Tourism with a focus on Zip Lines and Rope Circuits, certified by the ICT. He loves to help guests discover the hidden gems of Costa Rica.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 4. You will be hiking 4-6 hours and up to 7 miles per day on 7 back-to-back days, on trails through a variety of terrain, from humid rainforests and river valleys to temperate cloud forests and agricultural lands. Sections of the trail are on rural roads, and parts may be rocky or muddy at times. Days 3, 4, and 5 involve particularly steady climbs and descents that require stamina. Elevations are between sea level and 7,700 feet. You need to be in good health and physical condition for this trip.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

3 hours/4.5 miles easy hiking with 50' elevation gain & loss

Day 3

4 hours/4 miles hiking with 1,519' elevation gain & 981' elevation loss; 3 hours rafting

Day 4

5 hours/7 miles hiking with 3,668' elevation gain & 1,837' elevation loss

Day 5

5 hours/7 miles hiking with 2,241' elevation gain & 935' elevation loss

Day 6

4 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,165' elevation gain & 3,271' elevation loss

Day 7

4 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,276' elevation gain & 3,087' elevation loss

Day 8

4 hours/7 miles hiking with 456' elevation gain & 1,198' elevation loss

Accommodations


Relax at first-class hotels, boutique historic properties, and ecolodges in the heart of Costa Rica, plus enjoy one night in elevated thatched-roof cabins with comfortable beds.
Hotel Bougainvillea-Heredia, Costa Rica
Hotel Bougainvillea-Heredia, Costa Rica

Hotel Bougainvillea is an oasis located just 10 minutes outside of downtown San Jose, surrounded by 10 acres of award-winning tropical gardens that attract many of the birds and butterflies that Costa Rica is famous for. Wander the grounds and enjoy the peaceful surroundings, lovely solar heated pool, and a restaurant beloved by both locals and visitors, with a focus on regional dishes. Rooms are bright and clean, with views of the Central Valley and surrounding mountains or the beautiful gardens.

Lirio Lodge
Lirio Lodge
Lirio Lodge is a charming boutique lodge in Barra de Pacuare, the most unspoiled sector of the Tortuguero canals on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast. Lirio Lodge's unparalleled location, right in front of the Madre de Dios Lagoon, surrounded by tropical rainforests and separated from the sea only by a narrow strip of virgin and untouched jungle called the Pacuare Reserve, offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of this breathtaking area. The lodge can only be accessed by boat, adding to its remote appeal. The 11 spacious bungalows feature giant windows and en suite bathrooms, along with ceiling fans, and kayaks and canoes are available to use free of charge.
Casa Turire
Casa Turire
Nestled just minutes outside the rural town of Turrialba, this elegant boutique hotel, with the feel of a private estate, boasts proximity to the majestic Turrialba Volcano (Costa Rica's second highest), as well as the lush rainforests and pristine rivers unique to this part of Costa Rica. Relax by the pool and birdwatch in the gardens and surrounding trails. The 16 guest rooms feature colorful handcrafted furniture and decor, with en suite bathrooms and ceiling fans. An excellent restaurant serves dishes made with ingredients from their own farm as well as homemade breads and pastries.
Coffee Pickers Village at Hacienda Orosi
Coffee Pickers Village at Hacienda Orosi
At Hacienda Orosi, immerse yourself in the mineral hot springs pools and enjoy views of the spectacular paradise of the Orosi Valley, Cerro Barba de Viejo, and the imposing Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes. Trails around the hacienda boast a rich biodiversity of birds and animals. The 10 villas of the Coffee Pickers Village are set amidst the coffee plantations and are fully equipped with modern amenities including en suite bathrooms.
Toucanet Lodge
Toucanet Lodge
Toucanet Lodge is located 6,400-feet above sea level in the scenic Copey Valley, within the prime coffee producing area of Dota, in the heart of Los Santos Forest Reserve, home to Los Quetzales National Park and Cerro Las Vueltas Biological Reserve. This secluded retreat is known for its hospitality and unique location, in a newly discovered destination for birdwatching. Guests can find themselves immersed in the serene beauty of a vibrant ecosystem. The region is renowned for its diverse flora and fauna, and the lodge provides a perfect base to discover this rich biodiversity. The 8 spacious rooms feature private bathrooms, large windows, and private terraces with spectacular views of the mountains and surroundings. Wake up to the sound of the river and the spotted wood quails after a peaceful night's sleep
Esquipulas Rainforest Lodge
Esquipulas Rainforest Lodge
The individual tipis at Esquipulas Rainforest Lodge serve as a cozy retreat, offering a serene haven to unwind and reconnect with nature. Though small and rustic, each tipi is thoughtfully appointed with all the necessary amenities to ensure a comfortable stay, with elevated wooden floors, thatched roofs, and canvas doors, and outfitted inside with electrical outlets, bedside lamps, and real mattresses with pillows & linens. Single-sex shared bathrooms with hot showers are just a short walk away. An onsite restaurant provides a delicious typical breakfast, complete with some of the country's finest locally grown coffee.
Si Como No Hotel
Si Como No Hotel
Located along Costa Rica's Central Pacific coast, Si Como No is a delightfully special resort that sits atop one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio. The resort overlooks lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens with the sparkling Pacific Ocean on the horizon. World-renowned Manuel Antonio National Park and the alluring golden sands of the beach are nearby. This award-winning eco-design nature resort features superb dining, relaxing spa treatments, inviting swimming pools, and a private wildlife refuge and butterfly atrium!
Trogon Lodge
Trogon Lodge
This lovely ecolodge sits at 7,000 ft above sea level in the area of Savegre Valley, surrounded by the lush vegetation and pristine habitats of the cloud forest. The surrounding small community of San Gerardo de Dota is part of Los Santos Forest Reserve, a biological corridor for a great array of wildlife, and just a short drive from Los Quetzales National Park. The lodge property is home to a captivating array of flora and fauna, with over 140 species, many of which are unique to Costa Rica, making it a birdwatcher's paradise. The 24 rooms are beautifully built in modules of 2 around the property, with pine wood walls and spectacular views of the cloud forest as well as heating and en suite bathrooms. The restaurant features many local products including produce from the lodge's own hydroponic farm along with homemade breads and fruit preserves.
Mirador de Quetzales
Mirador de Quetzales
This family-run ecolodge sits around 8,800 ft above sea level in the highlands of Cerro de la Muerte, surrounded by pristine forest and mountain views. The lodge property is home to a captivating array of bird life including quetzals, tanagers, warblers, and woodpeckers. Individual bungalows feature pine wood walls, picture windows with spectacular views of the surrounding forest and mountains as well as en suite bathrooms and coffee & tea station. The restaurant features many local products along with homemade pastas.
El Rodeo Estancia Boutique Hotel
El Rodeo Estancia Boutique Hotel
El Rodeo Estancia Boutique Hotel is a charming country-style hotel in a quiet and peaceful natural environment just 10 minutes away from the San Jose airport. It's surrounded by lovely grounds and features a steakhouse restaurant that's been a local favorite for over 40 years. Wander the grounds and enjoy the peaceful surroundings or take a dip in the outdoor pool. The spacious rooms are full of natural light and feature wooden floors.
Cedrela Eco Lodge
Cedrela Eco Lodge
Cedrela Eco Lodge is located 6,200-feet above sea level in the scenic Copey Valley, within the prime coffee producing area of Dota, in the heart of Los Santos Forest Reserve, home to Los Quetzales National Park and Cerro Las Vueltas Biological Reserve. This family-run lodge is known for its tranquil setting and delicious meals, and the region is renowned for its diverse flora and fauna. The 7 spacious rooms feature handcrafted furniture, wood floors, private bathrooms, and large windows with spectacular views of the mountains and surroundings.

Weather


Daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s F, evening lows in the 60s F, varying with elevation. Expect tropical humidity. December-April are driest in most regions but expect rain any time of year.

 
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San Jose 
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FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?
You will be met by a MT Sobek representative upon arrival at the airport in San Jose and transferred to your hotel.
Do all hotels have air conditioning?
Only the hotels in San Jose and Manuel Antonio have air conditioning (nights 1, 8 & 9). Lirios Lodge, Casa Turire, Hacienda Orosi, and Esquipulas Rainforest Lodge have ceiling fans (nights 2, 3, 4 & 7). There is no air conditioning or ceiling fans at our lodges in the cloud forest (nights 5 & 6), but rooms were built to let the breeze come in and you are at some elevation in these locations, so temperatures are generally cool at night.
Can I do the trip if I've never rafted before?
Yes! Great for beginners. No previous rafting experience is required but you need to be able to swim and actively paddle. We supply the technical equipment. Our guides have extensive safety certifications and will train you on what you need to know.
What is the rafting like?
Day 3 will have about three hours of rafting through class II, III, and IV rapids. We will use paddleboats with 4-6 participants and you will learn how to paddle together as a team.
What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for groups with younger guests.
Are insects a problem?
We recommend that you bring insect repellant to protect against mosquito bites in the more humid areas around sea level. In the coastal parts of our trip (at Lirios Lodge in Barra de Pacuare and Si Como No in Manuel Antonio), you may see a few mosquitoes around dawn and dusk. At higher elevations, there are usually no mosquitoes.
When and where should I depart?
You can depart from San Jose international airport any time after 2:00pm on the last day of your trip. An airport transfer is included for flights departing 2:00pm or later.

Guest Reviews


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