Cerro Ena is located in the south pacific of Costa Rica between Chirripo National Park and La Amistad International Park. The name of this peak means “the place that never ends” probably because of the vast view at the top to both slopes (when weather allows it). People also call it the Sentinel of the Hills because of its location in between the high elevations of peaks in the parks previously mentioned. Nevertheless, what is certain is that this is an amazing trekking tour. In fact, you will have an amazing time hiking among tropical forests until you conquer its stunning summit at 3,126 m.a.s.l. where you can witness spectacular views of the Caribbean and Pacific coasts if whether allows it.
The trail to Cerro Ena is very pleasurable. It goes mostly among secondary and primary forests protecting hikers from the sun radiation. Moreover, the vegetaion is quite beautiful with lots of mushrooms and moss. Even though hikers go from 1,100 m.a.s.l to 3,126 m.a.s.l, the trek is not too hard, and people have a full day to get to the shelter. Therefore, if the person has done previous hikes with similar distances, there is nothing to worry about.
Arrival in the village of San Jerónimo where we will spend the night in a local lodge. Lunch and dinner in the same place of lodging.
Start of the walk is at 4 a.m. to take full advantage of the stay and visit the lagoons. During the tour you will have two points to observe the Pacific Coast and the valleys around the mountainous system. Time later we find ourselves in into the woods with impressive oak trees covered with moss and distinguished vegetation of the area. The route to the Refugio Ena is 11 km. In the refuge, a delicious lunch and a well deserved hot drink will give us the strength to go on a short trip around the natural lagoons. Without forgetting that in mountaineering you interact with your fellow travelers and why not? you can make new friends.
Very early departure to see the sunrise at the summit located at 3,126 meters above sea level, weather permitting we will have a majestic view on both slopes of the country. Upon return, a good breakfast and we prepare to descend and return by another path to learn more about this magical place. We arrive in the local lodge for a delicious lunch to leave for our homes with the desire to return to this beautiful area of the country.
* One night of lodging in San Jerónimo
* One night of lodging at the shelter in Ena
* Meals Day 1: Dinner ; Day 2 Breakfast (to take), Lunch, Dinner ; Day 3: Breakfast, and lunch
* Local guiding service from day 2 to 3 (mandatory)
* Hot drinks in the shelter
* Transportation from the village to the entrance of the trail
How cold can temperture go in the shelter?
Temperture can go below 4C degrees. It is advisable to take thermal clothing.
How much time in advance should I book this tour?
For high season (dry season) you should book the tour with 3 months in advance since the shelter can get booked up.
Is baggage bearer service available?
Yes, you can either request this service previously or acquire it the day you check into.
What is the elevation at the entrance of the trail?
At the starting point, the elevation is 1,380 m.a.s.l., and the shelter is at around 3,026 m.a.s.l.
How long is the trail from the starting point to the shelter?
The trail is 11 km long from the entrance of the trail to the shelter. From the shelter to the summit of Mount Ena there is 1 km.
Do I have to take my own sleeping bag?
Yes, you need to take your own sleeping bag. It does not necessary mean you have to carry it since you can hire the porter service. If your reservation is booked with enough time, we can rent sleeping bags.
If I am driving a rental car, where do I park it?
You can leave your rental car at the lodge you stay. No extra cost for leaving your car applies.
Is the guiding service for all hikers or do I and my group have our own guide?
Guiding service is provided for each group or hiker. Joining a group is possible only if both parts agree.
Maximun altitude is 3,126 m.a.s.l at the summit.
Local guide is mandatory during the trek.
All meals required are included
Difficulty is medium, and hikers have a full day to make it to the shelter.
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*Prices per person in US dollars
*Guiding service is mandatory
*Rates valid from Jan 1st to Nov 1st, 2023
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