Costa Rica Guided Tours

Led by English-speaking naturalist guides, guided tours provide travelers with the sort of hands-on education one demands while exploring new territory. Versed in both the local history and ecology, tour guides can introduce visitors to cloud forests and coffee plantations, nocturnal ecosystems and native rainforests. Fascinating sights, sounds, and even smells will be revealed in new and intriguing ways, encouraging tour takers to investigate further once the outing is over.

 
San Jose VIP Bus Tour
Location: San Jose     |     When: At 11am

For the best views of San José, climb on board the VIP double-decker bus. This tour will take you to 50 landmarks and monuments, with stops for short walking tours of parks and a busy outdoor market.

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$70
per person, taxes included
Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Tour and Sarchi
Location: San Jose     |     When: At 6:30am

This full day tour introduces participants to a nice mixture of places – a coffee plantation, an active volcano, and the quaint town of Sarchí, known widely as the craft capital of Costa Rica. Rated 6.6/10 by visitors

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$85
per person, taxes included

This full day tour introduces participants to a nice mixture of places – a coffee plantation, an active volcano, and the quaint town of Sarchí, known widely as the craft capital of Costa Rica. Rated 5.5/10 by visitors

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$121
per person, taxes included
Guided Tour Santa Elena Reserve
Location: Monteverde     |     When: At 7:30am, 1pm

Take a guided tour of the misty Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, a lesser known cloud forest in the Monteverde area. You will walk along different trails in search of birds and mammals, discussing the amazing diversity of plants and learning all about this bio-diverse paradise. Rated 6.9/10 by visitors

Guided Tours   Hiking  

Rates starting at
$60
per person, taxes included
Sibu Chocolate Tour
Location: Heredia     |     When: At 10am

In the mountains 20 minutes north of San Jose, Sibú Chocolate uses their own organic cocoa beans to make dark and milk chocolate candies. On your tour you’ll taste every phase of the chocolate-making process, including the raw cacao fruit and the freshly toasted beans. You’ll also get a taste of chocolate history, and sip a hot chocolate drink made following a recipe from the 1500s.

Chocolate Tour   Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$25
per person, taxes included
Pure Trek - Chocolate Tour Combo
Location: Arenal     |     When: At 7:15am

This combo tour takes you on an energetic adventure during the first part of the day, and ends with a hands-on chocolate cooking class later in the afternoon. Between tours you’ll be served a typical Costa Rica lunch.

Chocolate Tour   Guided Tours   Rappel  

Rates starting at
$180
per person, taxes included
Mulguri Horseback Tour Adventure
Location: Manuel Antonio     |     When: At 8am

This property is considered a natural paradise with its four waterfalls where visitors can take a bath and experience the pristine beauty of this natural environment. These waterfalls maintain their volume year around.

Guided Tours   Horseback Riding  

Rates starting at
$85
per person, taxes included
Guided Tour Curi-Cancha Reserve
Location: Monteverde     |     When: At 7:30am, 1:30pm

Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Curi-Cancha Reserve. Led by a naturalist guide, you’ll explore the reserve’s trails and search for birds, mammals, insects and more.

Guided Tours   Hiking  

Rates starting at
$60
per person, taxes included
Sky River Drift
Location: Arenal     |     When: At 8:30am, 9:45am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm

The Sky River Drift combines three exciting activities into one tour. You’ll enjoy zip lining, hands-free rappelling, and inner tubing.

Guided Tours   Rappel  

Rates starting at
$59
per person, taxes included
Chocolate Forest Experience
Location: Puerto Viejo de Limon     |     When: At 10am, 2pm

Historically, chocolate has served as an essential export for Central American countries. Only recently have Costa Rican chocolatiers taken ownership of this native ingredient. Over the past decade, chocolate made from Central American cacao beans has developed a reputation for a complex, high-quality flavor. Take a tour of CariBeans to try some local chocolate, at the first beans-to-bar chocolate factory in Costa Rica.

Chocolate Tour   Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$26
per person, taxes included
Sky Trek - Pure Trek Combo
Location: Arenal     |     When: At 8am

This two-part tour jumpstarts your morning with an adrenaline rush in a tropical rainforest canopy. To start your adventure, you’ll take a 20-minute gondola ride through the Arenal jungle. Then, you’ll climb to an observation deck in the treetops, where you’ll feel completely enveloped by the noisy, verdant rainforest.

Guided Tours   Rappel   Zip Lines  

Rates starting at
$189
per person, taxes included
Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation
Location: Manuel Antonio     |     When: At 9am, 1pm

Set just outside Manuel Antonio and Quepos, the Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation grows an assortment of spices, medicinal plants, and exotic fruits. On this half-day tour you’ll explore the plantation and experience how vanilla is grown, harvested, and cooked with.

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$42
per person, taxes included
Corcovado National Park Day Tour
Location: Uvita     |     When: At 7am

Hike through the lush rainforests of Corcovado National Park and spot an incredible amount of biodiversity on this exciting all day tour. Rated 6.8/10 by visitors

Guided Tours   Nature Walks  

Rates starting at
$140
per person, taxes included
Nicaragua One Day Tour
Location: Liberia     |     When: At 5am

Nicaragua, Costa Rica’s northern neighbor, is extremely close to Guanacaste. A beautiful country with a rich culture and full history, Nicaragua offers travelers a unique contrast to Costa Rica. Rated 6.8/10 by visitors

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$158
per person, taxes included
Monteverde Cheese Factory Tour
Location: Monteverde     |     When: At 9am, 2pm

Monteverde cheese is acclaimed throughout Costa Rica. The Cheese Factory is located in the heart of the Monteverde Community and a trip to the factory store is a Monteverde must-do. Visitors can buy - or simply try - several varieties of cheese as well as locally produced cured meats, hams and sausages, cream and milk, caramels and, not to be missed, Monteverde ice creams and milkshakes! Rated 6.9/10 by visitors

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$12
per person, taxes included
Mountain Biking
Location: Tamarindo     |     When: At 8:30am, 1:30pm

If you love mountain biking, you'll want to sign up for this tour. You'll be led along over 8 miles (13 km) trails that wind through an impressive Costa Rican landscape near Tamarindo.

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$56
per person, taxes included
La Paz Waterfall Gardens Tour
Location: La Paz Waterfall     |     When: At 10am

Sleep in before being transported to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens for an all day tour at one of the best eco parks in Costa Rica. The excursion is designed to start later than most tours so you are rested when you experience what the Waterfall Gardens boasts as the essence of Costa Rica on a guided hike through the reserve. Rated 7.0/10 by visitors

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$85
per person, taxes included

Visit the highest active volcano in Costa Rica, enjoy the beauty of tropical orchids at the Lankaster Botanical Gardens, and learn Costa Rican history in the colonial town of Orosi- all during this combo day tour. Rated 7.2/10 by visitors

Guided Tours   Hiking  

Rates starting at
$98
per person, taxes included
Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge Jungle Hike
Location: Puerto Viejo de Limon     |     When: At 8:30am

Explore the Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge on a guided hike through a natural, Caribbean coast jungle setting filled with remarkable plants and wildlife.

Guided Tours   Nature Walks  

Rates starting at
$55
per person, taxes included
Carara National Park Tour
Location: Jaco     |     When: At 8am

The Carara National Park is situated between Amazonian and Mesoamerican habitats, placing it within a transition zone that harbors a unique blend of flora and fauna. During this tour, participants will be able to explore the park’s trails and get a look at the plants and creatures that call it home. Rated 6.8/10 by visitors

Guided Tours   Nature Walks  

Rates starting at
$80
per person, taxes included
Proyecto Asis Tour
Location: Arenal     |     When: At 8:30am, 1pm

The Day Tour to the Asis wild animal rescue center outside of La Fortuna, is a great way to learn about wildlife protection and see Costa Rican animals up close.

Guided Tours   Species Exhibits  

Rates starting at
$29
per person, taxes included
Proyecto Asis Half Day Tour with Volunteering
Location: Arenal     |     When: At 8:30am, 1pm

Take a tour and volunteer at Proyecto Asis wildlife rescue center just 30 minutes from La Fortuna in the northern lowlands region of Costa Rica.

Guided Tours   Species Exhibits  

Rates starting at
$51
per person, taxes included
Cerro Chato Hike
Location: Arenal     |     When: At 8am

This magnificent, yet intense hike to the dormant Cerro Chato Volcano is for experienced hikers only, as it is a challenging physical experience. Rated 6.3/10 by visitors

Guided Tours   Hiking  

Rates starting at
$85
per person, taxes included
Santa Rosa National Park & Liberia City Tour
Location: Liberia     |     When: At 8am

The Santa Rosa National Park is the sight of Costa Rica’s most important monument, the Hacienda Santa Rosa. Known locally as La Casona (meaning “large house” in Spanish), this monument marks the fall of filibuster William Walker and his professional mercenaries to a local peasant army in 1856. Today, La Casona is a museum dedicated to the memory of this battle. This tour will allow you to stop by and explore this historical sight. Rated 3.9/10 by visitors

Guided Tours   Hiking  

Rates starting at
$99
per person, taxes included
Miravalles Volcano Combo Tour
Location: Tenorio Volcano Area     |     When: At 8am

This tour begins with a one-hour drive through the Guanacaste mountain range. During this portion, you’ll be privileged with excellent views of the dormant Miravalles Volcano. Although the volcano hasn’t experienced significant eruptions in some time, it continues to expel gas and geysers near its base— emanations which are used by the government to produce geothermal energy. Rated 7.5/10 by visitors

Guided Tours   Hiking  

Rates starting at
$147
per person, taxes included





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