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Insider Tip: The Best Hiking Spots in Puerto Viejo

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Grab your gear and pack some water – you can’t miss out on the best hiking spots in Puerto Viejo!

Cahuita National Park (Donation-Based Entrance Fee)

This beautiful hike meanders along the protected Caribbean coastline. With ample opportunities to spot local wildlife, you’ll be sure to see some of the creatures that make Costa Rica so unique! Located 10 kilometers from Puerto Viejo, the entrance of the National Park is directly in the Cahuita town center. The hike takes approximately 3 hours from start to finish, and ends on the opposite side of the park. You’ll easily be able to hop a bus or take a taxi to your next destination!


Looking for a little extra adventure? Head to Manzanillo! Just an hour by bike (or 20 minutes by car) from Puerto Viejo, Manzanillo is a laid-back fishing village with beautiful beaches, a few quaint restaurants (Calm and Maxi’s are local favorites) and a pura vida vibe.

To enjoy one of our favorite hikes, continue south past the town of Manzanillo and follow the path along the beach. After crossing a small bridge you’ll find yourself inside the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge. This is a great spot for hiking through the jungle and exploring beautiful deserted beaches – especially on a sunny day!

Indigenous Reserve Waterfall

Located just outside of the small town of Bribri, the Indigenous Reserve waterfall is 20 meters high and is one of the must-see attractions for anyone visiting Puerto Viejo. About a 25 minute drive from Puerto Viejo, the waterfall is only accessible by car. After passing the Police station in Bribri, turn right and cross three rivers. (There aren’t any bridges – you actually drive right through the water!) You’ll find the trailhead on your right-hand side, shortly after you cross the third river. Safe parking is available just before the second river for a few dollars.  

Punta Uva

If you’re a sucker for a good view, Punta Uva is for you! This beautiful rock outcropping offers beautiful views onto Arrecife (reef) beach to the south and Cocles, Black Beach, and Cahuita to the north. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb below the overlook and discover the hidden natural bridge!

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