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Climbing & exploring Costa Rica/Panama in March!


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Robert Lujan · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 0

Does anybody have any favorite spots to go or climb when visiting? Cool Hostels? waterfalls? Is there anything else I should do besides surfing and climbing? Anything helps.

Thanks!

Mike Grainger · · Waterloo, ON Canada · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 0

Panama:
Las Lajas, beautiful beach on Pacific coast, deserted during the week
Boquete, pleasant climate, Volcan Baru nearby to hike, safe countryside to explore, climbing on basalt at El Gunko
Bocas del Toro, great beach, surfing, snorkelling, diving

Costa Rica
White Water rafting on the Pacuare
Canyoneering near Turrialba

mike gibson · · Rapid City, SD · Joined Jul 2006 · Points: 0

Fort San Lorenzo near colon is cool. There is a secluded beach on the north side of the fort.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagres_and_Fort_San_Lorenzo

Seth Jones · · New Lenox, IL · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 25

I've been all over Costa Rica and spent some in Bocas as well. I could type advice for days but lets try to narrow it down.

1. How long are you going for?
2. Are you going to have a car or are you taking public trans?
3. Are you adverse to long trips to check out different areas?
4. How important is ecotourism vs surfing vs climbing vs nightlife?
5. Do you have a preference on Pacific or Caribbean? Both coasts are cool.
6. I assume you're flying into San Jose?

Lee Green · · Edmonton, Alberta · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 50
Mike Grainger wrote:Panama: Las Lajas, beautiful beach on Pacific coast, deserted during the week Boquete, pleasant climate, Volcan Baru nearby to hike, safe countryside to explore, climbing on basalt at El Gunko Bocas del Toro, great beach, surfing, snorkelling, diving Costa Rica White Water rafting on the Pacuare Canyoneering near Turrialba
Second both of these, plus climb at Piedra de Cachi. Interesting place, basically an outdoor climbing gym on real rock. (Piedra is the location, Escalada Cachi - escaladacachi.com - is the business that operates it.) Fun place.
Super grippy basalt, looks like holds everywhere but it's deceptive, a nice puzzle to climb.
Robert Lujan · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 0

Sorry for the late reply! I really appreciate your responses!!!

Mike Grainger - Thanks for the info! I will definitely be going to baguette and will be climbing and hiking!! I'll search Bocas del Toro and visit if I can!

mike Gibson - Thanks for the Link! I'll check it out for sure!

Seth Jones - Thanks Dude! You da best!
1. 5 weeks
2. Public Trans
3. Down for long trips
4. Climbing and hiking are top priorities. Nightlife is second lol.
5. No preference to either coast.
6. Yup San Jose.

Lee Green - Appreciated! I actually only found searches on Cachi while searching for climbing in Costa Rica. Thanks for the Link!!!

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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