Hiking & Walking

Hiking & Walking

Walking Tour #1: Corcovado National Park
Hiking & Walking

Jaguar relaxing in Corcovado National Park – Costa Rica

Experience the rich biodiversity of Corcovado National Park by walking or hiking it!

Spot dolphins and sea turtles in your boat ride along the Pacific Coast to the San Pedrillo Ranger station.   Your Corcovado Expeditions bilingual naturalist guide will lead a 3-hour hike through the primary and secondary forest, locating and explaining the extensive rainforest wildlife and flora.   See four types of monkeys, coatis, sloths, anteaters, and much more. Bird lovers will be enchanted by the wide variety of birds including tanagers, flycatchers, trogons, and spectacular scarlet macaws.

After lunch at the park ranger station, a second shorter hike to a beautiful waterfall – bring your bathing suit for a refreshing swim in the cool, clear water!

Departs: 7 am      Returns: 3 pm

Price Includes:

  • Naturalist Guided Tour
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Boat
  • Lunch and refreshments

What to bring : Sunscreen and bug repellent, sport sandals for wet beach landing and hiking boots for trails, hat and sunglasses, water, camera and binoculars.

Package 2 Nights, 3 Days

Corcovado National Park -South Pacific - Costa Rica

Departs from Sierpe: 11 am or 3 pm

Price Includes:

  • 2 nights lodging
  • 3 Meals for day
  • Transfer in boat Sierpe-Hotel-Sierpe
  • Naturalists guided Corcovado National Park  including transportation, lunch , transfer in boat and entrance,
  • Guided hike to Punta Rio Claro National Wild Life Refuge.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact us at carlos@ballenatales.com





Walking Tour #2: Nauyaca Waterfall
Nauyaca Waterfall -South Pacific -Costa Rica

Nauyaca Waterfall -South Pacific -Costa Rica

You’ll be guided by an expert on excellent trails underneath the canopy of primary and secondary rainforest. Your hike leads to the breathtaking Baru River Falls considered by many to be one of the most spectacular and exotic falls in Central America.

Time: 4 – 6 hours

Price Includes:

  • Guide
  • Entrance
  • Water
  • Lunch



Walking Tour #3: Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge


It counts on 506 ha of primary and secondary tropical wet forest, besides pastures, mangroves next to Morete River and the beach.

Furthermore, it offers different environments to explore nature; it is easy to find amazing birds, reptiles, insects, and mammals.

Here, you will enjoy hiking on the reserve’s trails, admiring the tropical rainforest and mangroves.

Rancho La Merced has been protected from hunting for many years and it is an active member of the Asociacion de Amigos de la Naturaleza del Pacífico Central y Sur (ASANA). Furthermore, Rancho is part of the Tapir’s Path Wildlife Corridor. It was recently awarded with the “Bandera Azul Ecológica”.

National Wildlife Refuge has a series of trails to walk through primary and secondary forests, and plains; giving you the opportunity to observe the protected flora and fauna.

Come and experience how insects, birds, mammals and reptiles behave in their natural habitats; and observe the great variety of tropical plants.

Some of the trails are on the hills of the reserve and the Morete River basin. Because of the vast open space and forest, this is an excellent occasion to admire wildlife. The hike covers areas where the howler monkeys are always listened in the morning.

Estimated tour time: 3-4 hours. Tour starts at 8:00 am

Price includes:

  • Guide
  • Entrance
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge- Nocturnal walk:

Nightlife in the jungle! Here, you will observe the other side of the rainforest, searching for creatures that are not seen during the day.

Tour starts at : 7 p.m. Duration: 2-3 hours

Price include:

  • Guide
  • Entrance
Walking Tour #4: Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge

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The RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE,a four hour guided hike through the jungle, is a wonderful way to observe this fascinating tropical environment with an experienced, local, naturalist guide who has been familiar with the environment since childhood.   All the guides carry telescopes to help you see the wildlife up close.

Duration of the tour: 3 -4 hours

Times:  Monday –Saturday, 7:30 AM

Price includes:

  • Guide
  • Entrance



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The PRE COLUMBIAN RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE is a perfect combination of rainforest ecology and pre Colombian history. Though there has never been an official archeological study of the pre Colombian habitation of this region, a vast amount of evidence indicates that a large population of indigenous people once lived here. On this hike you will see petroglyphs, cemeteries and other evidence of early human habitation. During most of this hike you will be in primary rainforest.

Your bilingual naturalist guide will teach you about the tropical rainforest while at the same time painting a picture of the life of the people who inhabited this region hundreds of years ago.

Times:  Monday –Saturday, 7:30 AM

Duration of the tour: 5 hours

Price Include:

  • Guide
  • Entrance

Nocturnal walk


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The nocturnal rainforest hike we call the TWILIGHT HIKE will show you what happens in the jungle when the sun goes down. The tour begins just before dark. An experienced naturalist guide will show you the wonders of tropical nature at a time of day when few venture forth.

Duration of the tour: 2 1/2 hours

Times:  Monday –Saturday, 5:45 PM

Price Includes:

  • Guide
  • Entrance


Package 1 Night , 2 Days

The NIGHT IN THE JUNGLE is your best bet to see wildlife. Leaving at 3:00 PM, you hike up to the campsite which is also an excellent observation post. The hike takes about two hours over hilly terrain. The guide will, however, be going slowly and stoping regularly to point out interesting rainforest phenomenon. Showers and toilet are available at the campsite. After a hot dinner your guide will conduct a nocturnal hike, giving you a taste of the rainforest after dark. In a safe, roomy, platform tent with a wooden floor, you slumber peacefully on a bed with mattress, sheets, and pillows. Awakening to the sounds of the rainforest is always a very special experience. Cold breakfast with hot coffee or tea is served the next morning. On the return hike you will visit the largest trees on Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge. The tourfinishes about 10:00 AM.

Duration of the tour: 18 hours

Times:  Monday –Saturday, 3:00 PM

Price Includes:

  • Guide
  • Entrance


Walking Tour #5: Indigenous Terraba

Terraba Indigenous -South Pacific- Costa Rica

You can know the traditional form and life style of the indigenous ancestors and their house traditional as they are made of Royal Palm ,the rustic houses of wood made with indigenous designs where you can enjoy the tranquility of nature and listen to the noises of the animals in the mountains.

9 am: Starts from Terraba Downtown

9: 30 am: Hiking through Terraba Indigenous town

10:30 am Guided hike to a historic place: la Marca de la Abuela Ter, Cueva de los Duende, El Salto. (Ter Granma’s Mark, Dwarf Cave, “El Salto.”) You can swim in the lake (poza) if you want to.

12 pm: Traditional luch at U-Kesvan Restaurant

1:30 pm Hike through natural paths inside Rincón Ecologico Cultural Terraba, you will visit “The Giant of the woods”, Tilapia, Sugar cane mill, etc.

Price Includes:

  • Guide
  • Entrance
  • Lunch
Package 1 Night, 2 Days

Terraba Indigenous-South Pacific- Costa Rica

The same activities you just did the first day.

6:30 pm Dinner at U-Kesvan Restaurant

At night: Conversation about Terraba Indigenous culture. Enjoy a natural cocoa “guacal”. Walk and know all of our Terraba Indigenous ancestors experiences.

Second Day
7: 30 am Breakfast at U-Kesvan Restaurant
9:00 am Country house waterfalls
11 :00 am Leave the cabins

Price includes

  • 1 Night lodging
  • The first day lunch and dinner
  • Breakfast the second day
  • Tour guide
  • guided hike through Historic Site: la Marca de la Abuela Ter, Cueva de los Duende, El Salto. (Ter Granma’s Mark, DwarfCave, “El Salto.”)

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Email: carlos@ballenatales.com
Phone:  + (506) 8946-7134