Rainforest Ridge Hike


This delightful excursion for hardy hikers begins at 8:15 a.m. at the Guide Hut, where guests are outfitted with rubber boots, socks, and walking sticks (highly recommended). The experience begins with a short drive, during which a bilingual guide will brief guests on the activity, including potential obstacles and precautions to take in the rainforest. From the trailhead, participants will hike along the high ridges of the Lapa Rios Reserve under the shade of lush primary and secondary rainforests, where curious monkeys, parrots, and the endangered scarlet macaws feed on treetop seeds and fruit. The trail descends along the ridgeline to a river crossing and two spectacular waterfalls where hikers can refresh themselves in the cool, clean water. The last stretch of the adventure involves hiking uphill, which may be challenging for some participants. For a lighter hike, try the Rainforest Ridge Short Version or the Osa Trail Hike.


Minimum age: all ages

Duration: approximately 3.5 hours

Distance: 3 miles (5 km)

Schedule: 8:15 a.m.

Difficulty: high

Includes: transportation, bilingual naturalist guide, binoculars, rubber boots, and walking sticks

What to bring: Water, camera, bathing suit, insect repellent & sun hat.

Rainforest Ridge Hike – the short version: For children and adults wanting to experience the treasures of the reserve’s primary and secondary forests without the challenging uphill terrain. Note: The shortened version does not include a visit to the waterfalls. Duration: 1:45

Distance: 1.5 miles (2.5 km)

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