The El Burrito Extreme Jungle Hike will take you on a challenging 3.5-kilometer hike through the rainforest and into the cloud forest. As you climb and hike through the rugged terrain, you may spot exotic birds and animals and eventually reach a towering waterfall!
The day starts off when you are picked up from your La Fortuna area hotel. Transportation will be provided to a local finca at the base of Cerro Los Perdidos where the adventure begins.
Your naturalist bilingual guide will lead the way. First, you’ll pass through a finca until you reach the jungle edge and a trail that cuts through it. The rugged and often extremely muddy trail winds its way through the rainforest and eventually into the beginnings of cloud forest, where you’ll reach a height of 600 meters above sea level.
Along the way, you will be able to experience the beauty of the rainforest and cloud forest. There is also a mirador with amazing views of Costa Rica’s Northern Plains as well as Arenal Volcano on clear days from the southern side. You may be able to see colorful tropical birds or exotic animals such as monkeys or sloths. While you may have the opportunity to see them, it is important to remember that this is not a wildlife hike. Eventually, you’ll reach the beautiful 40 meters tall El Burrito Waterfall where you can take in the natural beauty and even cool off below the falls.
After the hike, you will stop by a traditional Costa Rican farmhouse. The wooden house has a dirt floor and characterizes the rural traditional lifestyle that still characterizes the people of San Carlos. You will also learn about how they grow plants such as yuca, nampi, sugar cane, jalapeno peppers, and various fruits.
The El Burrito Jungle Hike tour includes roundtrip transportation from designated La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano area hotels (some hotels require an additional transportation charge if located outside of the designated zone). The tour also includes a bilingual naturalist guide, entrance fees, tropical fruits, and bottled water. The tour is expected to last approximately 4 hours of hiking, an hour for lunch and additional time in transportation but this is subject to change based on a variety of factors including but not limited to your hotel location, environmental factors, and speed of the people participating in the activity.
Warning: You must be in good physical condition to take part in this hike. People with respiratory or cardiac conditions or any physical injuries should not perform this activity. It is also not suitable for pregnant women or children under the age of eight years.