Base Camp Day Tour2018-05-08T17:02:01+00:00

Immerse yourself in the rainforest, hiking in Costa Rica !

Come immerse yourself into the true beauty of Costa Rica trekking through the rainforest! Enjoy a serene horse ride from the small village of El Castillo, as you pass through gorgeous parts of the jungle before reaching our Base Camp, which is a fully functional day camp. Once at the Base Camp, you will embark on your customized Costa Rica adventure hiking tour on our private trails that lead to pristine and majestic waterfalls and rivers in the rainforest. Our Base Camp hiking tour includes the use of facilities, such as resting areas, kitchen, shower, and solar-powered charging station – a great place to stop and rest while trekking Costa Rica.

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Where You’ll Be Hiking in Costa Rica

Located just 45-minutes from La Fortuna you will find the small town of El Castillo, which is the starting point for your Base Camp Tour. The rainforest in this basin next to Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano is dense ,so you’ll be trekking through an area of Costa Rica that is full of wildlife and neighbors the cloudforest of Monteverde.

The Base Camp

Gavilana Base Camp consists of a private four-acre farm with food forest and day camping facilities in a little slice of heaven. Our Base Camp is a great place to relax while trekking through Costa Rica’s rainforest. A resting area is provided for all visitors and a large deck, shower and shared kitchen are also available.
We also offer Costa Rica waterfall tours and longer, customized hiking and horseback riding tours that serve as a transfer between Monteverde, Costa Rica and La Fortuna.



Full payment due at time of booking via PayPal or credit card. Cancellation more than 7 days before date of tour forfeits 50% of amount paid. Cancellation within one week of tour start date forfeits full amount paid.

Day Hiking Tours to Gavilana Base Camp always include:

  • Taxes and PayPal or credit card fees
  • English Speaking Guide to Base Camp
  • Whole day guided Costa Rica hiking tour on private rainforest trail to river and pristine falls
  • One way horse ride up to Base Camp
  • Shared Kitchen for Communal Cooking (Bring your own food)
  • Shared Bathroom and Shower
  • Shelter/Resting Area
  • Access to Kilometers of Private Trails
  • Access to Solar Powered Charging for Phones & Flashlights

Gavilana Base Camp consists of a private four acre farm. Base Camp offers a large, shared deck, shower and bathroom, as well as a shared kitchen*, all of which will be serviced and overseen by your tour guide and grounds manager. Solar panels for charging flash lights and cameras are available.

*FOOD NOTE: Base Camp visitors are responsible for bringing all food and drink that will be required for the duration of stay.

This is a rustic and authentic experience of trekking Costa Rica’s country life set in forested mountains of the continental divide.

You should be in good health and fitness. While this is not an extreme or overly arduous hike, it is important to remember that you will be visiting, staying in, and trekking through the middle of the Costa Rica rainforest. Please plan accordingly in terms of your personal needs that can aid you in being comfortable, i.e. rain/sun gear, insect repellent, and hiking gear.

Additionally, please remember that you are responsible for bringing all food and drink that you will require during your day trip.

Items we encourage you to bring to Gavilana Base Camp:

  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof, clean set of clothing
  • Towels & Toiletries if you wish to shower
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock
  • Ample supply of food and snacks

Photos from Past Base Camp Hikes

What Past Hikers Have to Say

We had an amazing time at this place!! It takes two hours to hike up here through the town, farms, woods, across a river and up into the cloud forest. We arrived at a magical lodge with several tents, hammocks on two floors. We had hot showers and electricity, which was an amazing treat after hiking! Michele was a wonderful host who was very knowledgeable about the forest around us, made great conversation and cooked us all of our meals. We especially loved the second floor window lookout. The waterfall hike with lunch at a neighbor’s farm was wonderful. Left a bit of our heart here.

Elena, December 2015
Our experience at the Gavilana Base Camp was awesome. Miguel was a great guide. He lives in the simple cabin-like living area with you, as well as accompanying you on any hikes. He was friendly and generous, took us on amazing trails to beautiful secluded waterfalls and taught us a lot about the plants and animals in the area.
Alex, March 2016