There are short hikes up to hikes that last two and more days through National Parks, other reserves, and along the beaches. There are always short nature trails where wildlife watching is more the point than hiking. Assaults and robberies have been reported in some national parks, in particular Carara and Braulio Carrillo, so if you plan on visiting these areas, go with a group or guided tour and seek local information. Other parks don't seem to have that bad reputation. However short your hike, always remember to carry plenty of water (bring extra in case you get lost), insect repellent, and sun protection when hiking in the tropics.
For longer distance and overnight hiking, there are several good choices. If you've always wanted to try backpacking in the rainforest, then the National Park Corcovado offers some adventurous opportunities. If you prefer to get away from the heat and humidity, try a climb of Chirripó, Costa Rica's highest peak, located in the National Park Chirripó. Other good hiking trips include a visit to Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, where you hike through tropical dry forest down to the beach. The hike from the Arenal area to Monteverde, which can be done in one long day, is pretty popular. If this hike interests you,
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