Pico Blanco Hiking

If you would like to hike up into the Escazu mountains. For a great view of San Jose, Costa Rica and surrounding volcanoes. This is a perfect half-day hike. With your own private guide. 

Cerro Pico Blanco, Cerro Cedro to Bebedero

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What to Bring

I highly recommend the following:

  • Comfortable footwear; The more grip the better!
  • 2.5 litres of water.
  • Food; chocolate, cookies, empanadas, potato chips. Anything to keep your energy up. 

Other recommendations

  • A long sleeved top; Occasionally it can be quite cool at the summit
  • Raincoat.

What's Included

  • Personal Guide with knowledge of the plants and wildlife.
  • Coffee, Mint tea or Agua Dulce and a cake at the top of Cerro Pico Blanco.
  • Water 500ml.
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Elevation Gain

1170m (3840 foot)

Distance

16km

Difficulty

Hard

Hours

5.5-8

The Hike

We will start walking from Plaza San Antonio south towards the Escazu mountains. Walking 2km (1.2 miles) on paved road through a nice neighbourhood. Until we reach a dirt road, we walk along this for 1,5km (0.9 miles). Then we are onto the trail 3km (2 miles) to the summit Pico Blanco. This is a great section for magnificent views of San Jose and Irazu Volcano. After a rest and something to eat we make our way onto Cerro Cedro 1km (0.6miles) away which is 150m higher than Pico Blanco. Here we are hiking through highland rainforest. A great variety of plants, insects and birds. Once we climb up to Cerro Cedro we then descend quite rapidly for 1km (0.6 miles) until we reach a the ridge which gradually takes us down  for 4km (2.4miles) to the rural town of Bebedero, this part is very rewarding with dramatic cliff faces and views to the West and East. In Bebedero there is a small shop where people can buy refreshing drinks and snacks. From here we walk the last 2.5km (1.5miles) back to our starting point passing through the rural edges of Escazu where people are still raising their own cows and chickens and growing banana plants.

 

Time

We will meet at a prearrange time at the meeting point. Preferably between 6 and 9am in the morning, as there is less likely to be cloud cover once we reach the summits and also so we are not ascending during the hottest part of the day. This hike can take anywhere between 5 1/2 to 8 hours depending on fitness and breaks.