Guided hike in La Marta Refuge

From coffee plantation to wildlife refuge

From 1870 to 1930 these terrains were dedicated to the production of coffee, sugar, cacao and banana. Luckily, times are a-changing and since 1991 it's a biological reserve devoted to conservation, research and education.

The Refuge has more than 15 kilometers of marked natural trails, some lead to natural river pools, waterfalls and forests. These trails range from low intensity to high level, with routes of half an hour or up to 8 hours or more, depending on what the visitor is looking for.

There are also routes to the ruins of the old facilities where coffee was processed in the XIX century. You’ll be walking with your professional guide to help you unveil wonders of the tropical rainforest, the place’s history and undoubtedly enjoy the peace of being in contact with nature.


Per person
(2 persons mínimum)


  • Every morning at 08:00 am

  • We depart from our base camp in Turrialba (see Google Maps) and we are usually back in Turrialba around 1:30 pm

What’s included

  • Transportation from Hotels in downtown Turrialba

  • Explornatura bilingual guide
  • Tickets to La Marta Refuge
  • Box lunch

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes and clothes
  • Swimsuit and towel if you wish to bathe in the river
  • Sunblock, hat and insect repellent
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Rain jacket and/or poncho

Additional Information

  • Age limit 12 years old
  • No previous experience is required