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Welcome to climbing in Costa Rica. Mostly known for its birding, surfing, hiking, and volcanoes, Costa Rica also offers great climbing for the adventurous. Mainly sport climbing and bouldering, Costa Rica has 7 main sport climbing areas: Cachí, Forum, Pico Blanco, Providencia, Malpaís, Aserrí and Cerro blanco. On the other hand, great bouldering can be found in Cerro de la muerte, Providencia, Líbano (Guanacaste), Naranjo, and Pico blanco. Most routes are very well protected with bolts on good conditions. For climbers traveling here with no gear, the best bet is Cachí as it is relatively close to San José and they also rent gear and can belay you for the day if you pay (aprox. 15 thousand colones per person). 

Prime climbing season is late December through March. However, year round climbing can be obtained due to the fact that some crags, like Cachi, are overhanging, and therefore in a light rain remain dry. In the dry season it is best to search out climbing that is shaded, as the tropical sun can make the rock too hot to touch and midday humidity can create a sauna like atmosphere. Don't forget to pack brushes as you may find some less-climbed routes or  boulders in need of some cleaning.

If multipitch climbing is a must in your list, providencia de dota offers two bolted lines that top out a massive, 120m (aprox.) slab. One route goes at 5.11 while the other one is a fun 5.9. More information on their location and approach is needed.

Overall, climbing in Costa Rica is an amazing experience with good quality rock and amazing views from the crags. As routes go from easy 5.6 all the way up to 5.13c/d , there are routes for most climbers.

 For more information take a look at issuu.com/dustinjj/docs/cli… for sport and issuu.com/onsightfilms/docs… for bouldering. Important details that should be taken in consideration: Atenas (sport) and Rio Oro crag no longer exist.

You can find more information about Costa Rica boulders and some betas on instagram @tiquicia_bouldering.

Getting There

By flying there into San Jose, then driving or taking a bus to the following areas.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Costa Rica

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0-1 4+
 4
La llorona
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 4
Vaca Caca (Cow Poop)
Sport, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 4
Five more minute
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 6
Verde
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
Como Tu Sabe (like you know)
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Pura Vida Mae
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
El Pichon (The pigeon)
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Mr Ed
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Llalan-Llalan Caminando
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
El Bejuco
Sport, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Angel
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 5
La Eleccion
Sport, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
Avispon Negro
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
No Soy Chino
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
La llorona Cerro de la Muerte > Los Guardianes
 4
V0-1 4+ Boulder
Vaca Caca (Cow Poop) Cachi
 4
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport, TR
Five more minute Cachi
 4
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport, TR
Verde Cachi
 6
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Como Tu Sabe (like you know) Cachi
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Pura Vida Mae Cachi
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
El Pichon (The pigeon) Cachi
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Mr Ed Forum
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Llalan-Llalan Caminando Cachi
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
El Bejuco Forum
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Angel Cachi
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
La Eleccion Forum
 5
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
Avispon Negro Forum
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
No Soy Chino Cachi
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, TR
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