1) What is El Camino de Costa Rica?
It is a trail composed mainly of rural roads but has several parts that are footpaths through forests. These forest sections are mostly in Sections 3 and 10. There are also alternative options for advance hikers, for example in section 4 and 14. These sections require a local guide particularly the part through the Cabecar indigenous people's lands.
2) How can I walk El Camino de Costa Rica?
One should contact one of the guide agencies to establish a date and make reservations through them. You can arrange for yourself, a few friends or a large group.
3) Can I do El Camino de Costa Rica by myself?
Yes you can, if you are an experienced solo hiker. You must be able to communicate through text in Spanish and have equipment that allows you to send an SOS message where there is no celular coverage. Ideally, you should take a tailored orientation workshop offered for solo hikers.
4) Are there emergency services on El Camino de Costa Rica?
The guides and agencies all have a way of contacting emergency services. For that reason we recommend that you engage one of them to walk with you and your group.
5) Are there 4 or 5 star hotel on El Camino?
Only in two places are there nearby hotels of 4 stars. Usually you will find lodges of 2 stars o houses where families will let you sleep in your sleeping bag under a roof. The guides and agencies may be able to provide options away from the route that are more comfortable and then the next day return you to the trail so you can complete your walk.
6) How difficult is El Camino de Costa Rica?
El Camino has two days that are considered for advances walkers and three days that are considered for intermediate walkers. The rest of the experience, if you can walk 15 kilometers can be done by everyone. It is necessary that you have proper equipment, shoes, walking poles, hat and ability to carry 3 liters of water. Proper attire for walking in rainy conditions is recommended.