There's no better way to experience the incredible beauty of Costa Rica than a rugged hike through the jungle. When I'm out exploring, I often see groups of tourists wandering through the rainforest, and you should see the looks on their faces! With so much exotic wildlife to meet on your travels, a hike through Costa Rica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For some of the best hiking trails in the country, you should head to the Osa Peninsula. Let's see where you can go during your unforgettable jungle hikes!

Hiker sitting on rock in river at Corcovado National Park
Hiker sitting on rock in river at Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park

One of Costa Rica's most popular national parks, Corcovado is located in the heart of the Osa Peninsula. There are three ranger stations located in the park where you can begin your explorations - Los Patos in the northeast, La Leona in the southeast, and San Pedrillo in the northwest.

These boots were made for walking

So, you've packed water and sunscreen, laced up your hiking boots and entered the park. Now you're ready to start exploring! Depending on how you enter Corcovado National Park, there are a number of trails you can hike along.

The Rio Sirena trail runs for a little less than one mile and the terrain is largely flat, making it an ideal place for beginner hikers. For more ambitious tourists, the Rio Pavo trail is a little longer at just under two miles. Both routes meander through secondary growth forests, offering visitors the chance to see creatures like howler monkeys, wild cats and anteaters.

Down by the river

Several of Corcovado's hiking trails run alongside rivers, offering travelers a glimpse at some stunning scenery and interesting wildlife. The Pargo trail runs for almost two miles, weaving through the rainforest and bordering several rivers. This route should take most hikers a couple of hours to navigate.

The Catarata trail is circular, ending in a spectacular waterfall. The Las Marias trail also ends with the beautiful La Llorona waterfall, and is one of the best trails in the Osa Peninsula for birdwatchers. At just over six miles, this route is much longer than the others, and will take most hikers between four and five hours to complete.

A hiking expedition is one of the best ways to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Costa Rica. While you're out exploring, keep your eyes peeled for me or one of my brothers and sisters!