Incredible views at Cerro de la Muerte
Incredible views at Cerro de la Muerte

Known as one of the wettest parks in Costa Rica, Tapanti-Macizo Cerro de la Muerte National Park spans about 360 square miles along the northern slopes of Cordillera de Talamanca, which sits along the border of Panama and Costa Rica. As a tree frog, this is a great place to hop along because the scenery is so diverse. Hundreds of rivers, including the Orosi River, flow through this park, leading to stunning waterfalls. For me, the thick vegetation and mossy land is perfect, but there is plenty for humans to enjoy here as well!

Remote river perfect for a swim
Remote river perfect for a swim

Make it to the top of Cerro de la Muerte

You may have traveled to Tapanti to trek to the top of the "Mountain of Death", or Cerro de la Muerte. This is one of highest points in Costa Rica - you can see for miles! Don't be afraid of the mountain's nickname, because its origins are from the past when travelers came ill prepared. Now, Cerro de la Muerte is much more accessible. But you still need to come here well-equipped because the thin air can cause many people to burn and the chilly overnight temperatures can be a bit much without a coat. Bird watchers will love this area because nearly 50 percent of the bird population is unique to the area.

Wind turbines making electricity on Cerro de la Muerte
Wind turbines making electricity on Cerro de la Muerte

Pick a Path

The terrain can be rugged in the park, so it's important to stay on the designated trails, but don't think you won't see some amazing nature along the way. Sendero Oropendola leads to a deep swimming pool by the Rio Macho where you can grill and have a picnic. The Sendero Arboles Caidos, La Pava and Sendero La Catarata will lead you to right to a waterfall! The Arboles Caidos Trail will take you through a heavy forests where you can see a variety of different wildlife.

Costa Rica tourism is attractive to people for so many reasons, and the hiking trail along the Rio Grande in Tapanti should not be overlooked. Home to some of the most diverse ecosystems in the country, it will be like traveling through different worlds!

Beautiful view from Cerro de la Muerte
Beautiful view from Cerro de la Muerte

When to Visit?

If you're planning a hiking trip in Tapanti, you may want to come during February, March or April - the driest months of the year with the nicest weather. Throughout the year, the park gets 127 to 315 inches of rain depending on the elevation. Regardless of when you come, you'll probably want to pack a raincoat!