The Back Door of our 165-acre preserve is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine tropical rainforest, full of fruit trees and tropical flowering plants. Explore the jungle by hiking our labyrinth of trails that wind through the rainforest canopy, up the mountainside, and connect through the National Park. These trails are perfect for all levels of guided and self-guided hikes.
Our trails offer a casual walk/hike as well as challenging climbs. We have selectively sited view terraces to observe wildlife or just relax and enjoy the solitude of nature. Listen to the howler monkeys, watch and hear the calls of any one of the 250 species of birds, and end up at a waterfall. OR, just relax in a hammock under the almond tree by the sea and take in the ocean and mountain views while listening to the rhythmic waves.
National Park Trails
Our property abuts the PiedrasBlancas National Park. Several private trails on the preserve connect with trails in the national park. Since access to the park is through private properties reachable by boat only, you can be guaranteed little to no encounters with other people… making your experience truly one-with-nature.
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge Private Trails
On our 165-acre preserve there are numerous trails that wind through the primary and secondary rainforest and coastal lagoon areas, offering hiking adventures of all levels.
Listed below are just a few of the hikes on Nicuesa's private trails and National Park trails:
For the true adrenaline lovers, hike up a steep trail and enjoy amazing views of the gulf and the lushness of the rainforest from our canopy level platform. This is just halfway. Hike further to the top and then down the other side. Earn a guilt free swing in the hammock the rest of the day!
This is a 4 hour (round trip) guided hike that leads from the lodge to a beautiful waterfall where you can swim in a natural swimming hole tucked away in the jungle. This is a mostly flat trail that offers interesting and serious hiking but avoids steep elevations.
This trail offers the hiker a variety of experiences from flat to inclining sections, with stream crossings, coastal trails and a beach walk. Cool off from your hike as you end at the beach!
Easy/Moderate and Moderate/Difficult hikes
There are several other trails that wind through the rainforest offering short and longer excursions. All levels. Ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Self guided or guided. Grab a trail map and explore!
Tracks ‘n' Tracking (easy, 1.5 hours)
Follow the footprints of various wildlife with a reformed hunter.
Night Hike (easy, 1.5 hours)
The jungle at night is another world. Join a guide and learn how to find nocturnal creatures. Take note of the different sounds while searching for kinkajous, snakes, spiders, and big cats.
Botanical Gardens (easy, 2-3 hours)
Short boat or self guided kayak ride will land you at Casa Orquidias, a botanical garden where you will learn about the many indigenous tropical fruits and plants while touring the grounds of a beautiful private reserve. May be self guided or guided.
Edible Landscape Tour (easy, 1.5 hours)
Probably the most fun you will have cooking in the jungle! Take a walk through our gardens with a guide, learn how to open a coconut, juice a sugar cane and then gather some fresh ingredients. Return to the lodge kitchen and assist the chef to cook tonight's dinner.
Early Morning Birding (easy, 1.5 hours)
Follow one of our guides into the early morning primary and secondary rainforest, wetlands, and coastal lagoon areas to encounter the diversity of Neo-Tropical bird life.
Sustainability Tour (easy, 1 hour)
Join in on the daily tour at no charge and get an inside glimpse into the ecofriendly construction and operations that has earned Playa Nicuesa the highest sustainability certification awarded by the Costa Rican government for the past 5 years.
Medicinal Plants Tour (easy)
Meander through our gardens with a self guided tour plant identification sheets that describe the many tropical plants and their medicinal uses.
Organic Chocolate Tour (easy, on and off-site tours)
Did you know that chocolate grows on trees? Learn about organic chocolate farming while making chocolate from scratch. Enjoy your homemade chocolate at dessert tonight!
Horseback Riding (moderate, full day)
Enjoy a day in the rainforest by horseback. Half-day and full-day guided trips can be arranged to a variety of locations including many hidden waterfalls in the area.
Canopy Tour (moderate, half day)
Experience Costa Rica's primary rainforest from the tree tops! Zip-line through the lush rainforest canopy.