Pico Blanco is truly one of the most spectacular hikes from Escazú Hills, and it's also a very important training route for those who are planning to hike Costa Rica’s highest point: Chirripo. We begin ascending through a very steep path towards the great White Rock, or Piedra Blanca, which is the house of the famous Witch Zarate. Here, you will learn why this legend makes Escazú citizens be known as “brujos”. Being a very technical and strong ascent, your local guide will teach you the best breathing and walking techniques so you can make the most of this experience and enjoy the incredible views of the Central Valley at Pico Blanco’s summit. Both ways, ascending and descending, you will be able to see the important microclimates, altitude changes, and different forest transitions that make our territory so diverse in flora and fauna. Plus, the unequaled panoramic views of the city and volcanoes like Barva, Turrialba, and Irazú. If you are staying in San José, visit this jungle, the closest to the capital city!
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Where I am today is the result of my two incredible parents. At a young age, they enrolled me in the bilingual school where they worked as bus drivers. When they weren’t working at the school, they drove travelers in a minibus. I used to sit in the front seat and watch the scenery during road trips. I would meet groups of new people at the airport with my dad, and I would help the travelers and my parents by translating for them.
Once I finished high school, I went to university unsure of what to study. I studied public relations then a few months before I graduated, I started working as a tour guide. I guided groups to the most beautiful places in Costa Rica and guided volunteer groups to poorer communities where they helped schools by making repairs and doing workshops with the students. I loved traveling around the country and showing travelers my culture. I felt like I was a kid traveling with my dad again. After two and a half years of unforgettable travels, I decided to get more serious about working in tourism and became a certified tour guide. I’ve traveled all over Costa Rica, and worked alongside nature. I’ve guided stand-up paddle boarding and kayak tours through mangroves and in the ocean, and helped travelers hike and birdwatch. Now I want to use my experience to help you have a great adventure too.