7 Day Hike

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Los Santos Forest Reserve: It comprises some 63,000 hectares of primary, secondary, coffee and pasture cloud forests. The characteristic landscape of this space shows us a mosaic where natural and cultural ecosystems coexist, nuanced by a high biological diversity, which encompasses a natural flavor along its many routes. All visitors will be able to explore the different paths of the Savegre, a set of attractions, ranging from the clear and sonorous waters of the mountain torrents, the peaceful and majestic woods. There are also daily activities in the picturesque rural communities’ married to the forest. This area includes one of the most biologically diverse places in the country, and constitutes, among other functions, a key link between Manuel Antonio and Tapantí national park. The trails are narrow, with slippery stretches or that require attention for the abundance of obstacles such as rocks, mud, dense vegetation, as well as precipices or ravines. The land is scarred. It is likely that the guide will wield to use his machete to clear the path a bit. Several shallow but flowing streams cross our paths; generally this difficulty is chore rewarded by the abundance of multiple waterfalls. This area is literally an oasis of great importance for the conservation of hydrographic basins and preservation of biodiversity. It is a habitat for the quetzal and other beautiful birds like the trogon. Also for hummingbirds, turkeys, multicolored butterflies, frogs, white and red monkeys, peccaries, foxes, raccoons, coyotes, coatis, mountain mice and felines such as jaguars, cauceles and breeding lions also abound. Tapirs whose footprints attest for their search for the so-called tapir culantrillo, an omnipresent plant in this area. There are also snakes such as the Toboba, the Kera and the coral. As to flora, the reserve contains very tall trees and many epiphytic plants (orchids, bromeliads and ferns). Here you will find dear and trees such as oak, myrtle, magnolia and jaul. There are also species such as murta, tirrá, guaba, quina, bacillus, papayillo, cucaracho, quizarrá, duraznillo, picarillo, palm hearts, straw stick, arborescent ferns, taco de mico, copey, cirrí cañuela, parrot, cypress, poor parasol , cedrillo, arrayancillo, candelillo and male nance. The forest is characterized by high humidity and cool temperatures, and by being frequently covered with clouds.

Included

  • Hiking Experienced Bilingual guide
  • 6 Nights Lodging
  • Taxes
  • 2 bottles of water per person per day
  • Meals as described

Not Included

  • Tips
  • Alcoholic Beverages

What to Bring?

  • Raincoat
  • Sun scream
  • Insect repellent
  • Flash Light
  • Hat
  • Hiking shoes (already worn)
  • Comfortable clothe (dry fit)
Itinerary

Day 1Cedrela Ecolodge en Copey de Dota

Copey de Dota is a village with a rich cultural history. One of its greatest treasures is the beautiful Heritage Church. In Copey de Dota, there are many orchards, woods with excellent trails, and lovely gardens. There are cabins at the Cedrela Ecolodge and a dining facility which offers excellent service and delicious food. We will spend the night there.

Day 2Copey de Dota to Rejas

Breakfast at 5:30 am in Cedrela Ecolodge to have the departure at 6:30 am in private transport to San Carlos, starting point of the walk. Approximate route of 15.8 kilometers between primary and secondary forests mostly of Oak with a view like few of the central pacific the two cleanest river basins in Central America. In addition the guides will narrate the mysteries of the nature of the area and legends of the pioneers.

This walk lasts 6 to 7 hours approximately and an altitude of approximately 2700 to 1013 meters above sea level.

Lodging at the Rancho Quetzal and Tucán lodge, where they will have lunch, dinner and breakfast. This place is a hostel which has cabins.

Distance: 15.8 km
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Providencia start at 1750m until 2800m in vehicle to start the walk that in the first 2 hours is maintained between 2742 and 2500m to finish in 1960m

Day 3Rejas - Betania

Breakfast 5:30 am to start the walk at 6:30 am to Betania. This crossing has a distance of 13 kilometers, with a duration of 7 to 8 hours approximately.
Lunch is en route and wrapped in banana leaves living with nature. This Betania community is at an altitude of 1013 meters above sea level and the temperatures are between 18º and 25º. Betania Lodge is a two-story house in a pasture in the middle of the forest and surrounded by mountains. At dawn the view of the forest is spectacular, together with the noise of the birds around it!

Lodging at Betania Lodge where they have dinner and breakfast.

Distance: 13 km
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Maximum height: 1013 meters above sea level
Las Rejas starts in 1960 ascends and descends constantly up to 1765m for the last 4 kms descending to 1013m in Betania

Day 4Betania – San Isidro de Dota

Breakfast 5:30 am to start the walk at 6:30 am to San Isidro de Dota, this walk has a distance of 6 kilometers with a duration of 4 to 5 hours approximately.

Here they will spend the night in the Rancho Tinamú lodge where they will share part of the
day and night with the Parra family, very welcoming and friendly people, maybe in the
night Mr. Santiago played a little music with his guitar which is very famous.

The lodging does not have electricity or hot water, but private bathrooms or
shared, cabins, blankets. In this place they will have dinner and breakfast.

Distance: 6 km
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Betania starts at 1013 meters above sea level, descends to 600 years ago and rises to 900 meters above sea level to descend to 830 meters above sea level at Ranchos Tinamú.

Las Rejas starts in 1960 ascends and descends constantly up to 1765m for the last 4 kms descending to 1013m in Betania

Day 5San Isidro de Dota

Breakfast at 6am to leave at 7am to the Caverns of Piedras Blancas and return to Ranchos Tinamu.

Start with a magical view of the Massif de la Muerte from the middle basin of the Savegre River and with a descent to the river, passing from one margin to the other through a cableway to go to the caverns created by nature.

Distance; 14 kms
Duration; 7 hours
Altitude; from 830 meters to 400 meters and 830 meters above sea level
Depth of the cave 376 meters

Lunch at El Rio Hostel, breakfast, dinner and lodging at Rancho Tinamu.

Day 6Ranchos Tinamu to Los Campesinos

Breakfast 5:30 am to start the walk at 6:30 am to Quebrada Arroyo.

This crossing has a distance of 15 kilometers, with a duration of 5 to 6 hours Lunch in Quebrada Arroyo in a hostel called Los Campesinos. Here you will spend the night, where you will get to know a bit of vanilla, you can visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country and the 127 meter suspension bridge.

Lodging in Los Campesinos, lunch, dinner and breakfast on the spot.

Distance: 15 km
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Ranchos Tinamú starts 830 and stays with ascents and descents between 50 and 100 meters for the last 4 kms down from 700m to 250m in coopecampesinos

Day 7Quebrada Arroyo – Londres de Quepos

Breakfast at 6:30 am to leave Los Campesinos at 7:30 am, walking to the Brisas del Nara restaurant near London, to meet with the minibus and continue with your itinerary. End of services.

Important Notes

– Minimum operation with 2Pax and máximum 16pax. .
– Please note that you may only take a hiking backpack with you with all necessary clothes and personal belongings. No suitcases! If necessary, we would be glad to assist you with the luggage transportation to your next hostel on day 4 of the package at an extra cost.
– Experience in hiking and good physical condition is required.
– This hike is operated year round, except September and October due to the rainy season peak.

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