This incredible three day trek will take you through spectacular oak forests of Costa Rica’s highlands to lowland jungles and remote waterfalls before reaching the coast.
The Ruta Sukia is the original route community members used to travel from the lower, coastal areas of Quepos to the upper regions of Dota and vice versa when road access was non-existent. Today the trails are maintained by different community and tourism organizations that promote the route and host visitors throughout the journey. Please note that you do have to carry your personal items on this trek.
The adventure begins with a transfer from San Jose to a rustic lodge located in Santa Maria de Dota. This afternoon we will meet visit a local coffee mill and meet up with our local guides before dinner. The following day we board 4x4 vehicles to shuttle to the trail head at Cerro Las Rejas at 2000 meters above sea level. Here we will begin our 16 km downhill trek through majestic oak forests, past stunning waterfalls and surrounded by amazing flora. We will stop for a picnic lunch and time to take in the incredible views of the coast before reaching Betania at 900 meters above sea level. After a long day on the trail we will be rewarded with the simple, cozy comforts of our high mountain tent camp. There is no electricity here so dinner will be cooked for us on a wood burning stove, and we will gather around a large picnic table to enjoy a candlelight dinner in this spectacular and remote place.
Day three is a short 7 km hike down the canyon of Rio Bomba and straight back up again to finish at 840 meters above sea level at Ranchos Tinamu, a charming rural community lodge owned and operated by the Parra family just outside of San Isidro de Dota. The site hosts a nice waterfall to cool off in and incredible views of the Savegre River valley. Doña Consuelo will concoct her delicious local meals and Don Santiago will entertain us with his guitar.
Our last hike includes another long (16 km) but easy hike out of San Isidro de Dota and on to Quebrada Arroyo in the upper reaches of the Quepos area. The route will roll through the hillsides until we reach the Los Campesinos Reserve where we will take a quick break at the local “mirador” before heading through the jungle to our final destination. The Los Campesinos Reserve is another wonderful example of rural, communal tourism efforts at its best. Under growing concern for deforestation and development issues, the community members united their properties as a reserve to protect the flora and fauna as well the incredibly rich hydrological resources of the area. After another delicious “almuerzo tipico”, we will be able to explore the various gushing waterfalls and swimming holes on site as well as venture across a 120 meter suspension bridge that leads from one side of the canyon to the other before our relaxing evening at the lodge.
After breakfast on our final day, you have the option of returning to San Jose or extending your journey to explore any of the other magical areas nearby like, Dominical, Manuel Antonio or Quepos, or even Osa. Be sure to let us know your preference.
Price: $895.00 (minimum 8 people)
Includes: transportation San Jose – Santa Maria de Dota and Quebrada Arroyo to San Jose; Accommodations in Dota, Betania, Tinamu and Los Campesinos; all meals as of Dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 5; 2-3 guides.
Does not include: Tips; alcoholic beverages.