Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jan 30, 2013 2:06 PM Last Post By: _hutch_
Jan 28, 2013 4:10 PM
I will be traveling to Nicaragua next month for an event, and traveling around the surrounding countries (Costa Rica, Honduras). I would like to initially fly into San Jose, CR and travel north on land. I am an avid hiker and would like to partake in some pretty gnarly adventure hikes in the surrounding area. I have been to Costa Rica and it is indeed touristy, and I am afraid the hiking there, (as nice as it sounds) might be a little too conventional and crowded for my taste.
Can anyone recommend some hikes around these countries? (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras) that might fit the bill? Maybe1,2 to 3 day camping hikes with guide, that aren't touristy but cover some thick bush and wicked nature?
So far I've found this for Honduras:
This for Nicaragua:
Maybe there are some 'off the beaten path' hikes in CR?
Advice is much appreciated.
Jan 28, 2013 5:36 PM
1The top 3 hikes in Costa Rica-
Corcovado- Its a rugged and raw hike for 23 km in jungle, sleep at Sirena ranger station (or 2 nights is better) then hike 17km to La Leona, timed with tides for river crossings, guide recommended, need permits/reservations and suggest buying the meals, then you cna hike woth just a change of clothes, leave everything in Pt Jimenez. 10 hour bus ride from San Jose.
Chirrpo- La Amistad- This is a hike up the second highest peak in Central America at 11,000+ ft. 2 say/1 night going up, 1 day going down. Need to have long underwear/hat/gloves/cold weather jacket/high winds/below freezing at night.
Rincon- This a great area to hike with multiple trails, though the 2 going to the summit are closed due to volcano activity.
Please keep in mind there are multiple issues to consider in these places, for one, there are poisonous snakes, Vipers, some are in true jungle, where going alone is not advised, then you have getting lost as a factor, this is a real risk, as trails are not well marked, and weather/clouds/fog and rain can make the hike a nightmare, especially the higher elevations of Volcanoes (Ometepe Island/Rincon CR), and then you have the issue of robbery/mugging, random but a real threat, having a guide, or a group, or a armed escort, is sometimes needed. Then you have private land/trespassing issues/going where you should not go, so National Parks offer the best security, usually, depending where you are.
Lots of great hiking in Nicaragua. Moon Nicaragua, (and Costa Rica) has all the info you need for getting off the beaten path, which sometimes, is not that wise....
Jan 28, 2013 6:39 PM
Jan 29, 2013 2:04 AM
Jan 29, 2013 2:36 AM
4Try "nativo tours" (contact them on facebook) or "matagalpa tours" for the Matagalparegion. Northward Nicaragua is Matagalpabased but covers bigger part of the region.
Jan 29, 2013 6:56 AM
5We did a lot of hiking in Nicaragua. Volcanoes Concepcion and Maderas on Ometepe (very different and especially Concepcion is a challenge... but the top is often covered in clouds). Volcano San Cristobal near Chinandega. Volcanoes Telica, Cerro Negro (near Leon) and Cosiguina (peninsula north of Leon) are not hard but still amazing. We loved the Rio San Juan (did a lot of kayaking in Guatuzos, Rio Papaturro) and for hiking you could go to Indio Maiz close to El Castillo.
Jan 29, 2013 12:08 PM
6Awesome. Thanks for all the info everyone. I will be doing a marathon on Ometepe, however I am considering doing hikes around Conception or "ring of fire" area. I will also look into the Somoto Canyon area. Looks amazing.
Does anyone have any experience with Honduras? Particularly around the Parque Nacional Montaña de Celaque?
Jan 30, 2013 5:52 AM
7The San Ramon waterfall on Ometepe is a short hike but worthwhile. Not super-crowded. Last week I did it and there were a total of 6 other people in the afternoon.
Jan 30, 2013 2:06 PM
8Can't say enough about Quetzeltrekkers in Leon: http://leon.quetzaltrekkers.org/
Volcan Hoyo was amazing.
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