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Hikes around road No. 2 (Pan American Highway)

Ramat Hasharon
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Hikes around road No. 2 (Pan American Highway)

We are travelling from 25 March till 8 April .( 13 days net )

My wife, 60 years old and I , 63 years old , like mainly standard hikes, wildlife , waterfalls, rivers,flowers, rainforests . We do not like, whitewater rafting , horseback riding ….

We are looking for short forest hikes ( some hours ) along way no. 2 in the nature of cloud forest area . The possibilities I think are near the following points :

- Wilson Botanical Garden ( one night),

- Cloudbridge nature reserve near Chirripo National Park ,

- San Gerardo de Dota .

After Alajuela-Volcan Poas (1)/Tortuguero (2)/ Puerto Jimenez(2) / Bosque del Cabo(2) .

Renting a 4x4 car in Puerto Jimenez or Golfito and drive from 3th till 8th April (international flight- 8th April 16 P.M. ) , we should visit cloud forest area .

Take into consideration that :

- After leaving Bosque del Cabo , i can't go far , so Wilson Botanical Garden is a good choice for 3th April .

- I need good marking hikes for finding the way back

- Should I give up Arenal area ?

Need your advice for completion my itinerary and recommended hikes and accomodations .

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1. Re: Hikes around road No. 2 (Pan American Highway)

Hiking trails in Wilson Botanical Gardens are well marked, and as you have planned your trip, I would go there for 1-2 nights. Next stop should be or San Gerardo de Dota (KM 80 on the PanAm Hwy2) or Quetzal's Paradise at KM70. The later has several well marked but otherwise very natural trails on its property, very cool cabins, fantastic views, one of the best hummingbird gallery I have seen so far, and excellent host/guide Jorge (for next morning quetzal hunt). Then you should stay the rest of your nights in Orosi Valley (Irazu volcano, Cartago, Lankester Botanical Garden) before returning to SJO. Or make your way toward Turrialba, as there is the most important archeological site, and some excellent birding.

I sincerely hope that by numbers you have indicated full days and not nights at each location. And now, by knowing you will stay at BdC I suggest you to hire a car in Puerto Jimenez and drive to San Vito. Use Solid as it has offices in both PJ and San Jose.

There is not enough time for Arenal.

Edited: 09 March 2014, 15:45
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