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.

 
High Ropes Course and Quick Jump Tour
Location: Jaco     |     When: At 8am, 11am

This tour covers the entirety of the adventure park’s high ropes course, as well as the quick jump activity.

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$85
per person, taxes included
High Ropes Course Tour
Location: Jaco     |     When: At 8am, 11am, 2pm

This tour is designed to make you feel like a freewheeling monkey, leaping through the rainforest. You’ll take on a high ropes tour comprised of 12 obstacles.

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$65
per person, taxes included
Quick Jump
Location: Jaco     |     When: From 8am to 4pm

Just outside of Jacó you can visit a luxuriant forest with lots of healthy green growth. This forest is home to the Jacó Ropes course. The quick jump is one of the most exciting adventure activities here.

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$30
per person, taxes included
Eco Terra Shuttle and Crocodiles Tour
Location: Arenal     |     When: At 7:30am, 9am, 10am

This tour will take you through the wild landscape of coastal Costa Rica. You’ll get to see the romantic greenery of a hacienda, and go boating down the brackish waters of the Tárcoles River. Along the way you’ll see rare animals, including one species in particular that comes equipped with an impressive set of teeth.

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$95
per person, taxes included
High Ropes Course Quick Jump and Ceiba Rappel Tour
Location: Jaco     |     When: At 8am, 11am

Take this tour to get a little bit of everything in your canopy adventure. This obstacle course is designed to get your adrenaline pumping with free-falls and exhilarating scrambles through the trees.

Guided Tours   Rappel  

Rates starting at
$99
per person, taxes included
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

This full day tour introduces participants to a nice mixture of places – a coffee plantation, an active volcano, and La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Rated 5.5/10 by visitors

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$121
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
$180
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
Beach Tour and Snorkeling
Location: Playa Flamingo     |     When: At 8am

The Guanacaste region has some of Costa Rica’s most famous beaches. This tour highlights some of the activities you might want to try while you’re near the shore. You’ll get to snorkel, see coastal wildlife, surf, and swim.

Guided Tours   Snorkeling  

Rates starting at
$108
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
El Silencio Mirador Trails and Baldi Hot Springs
Location: Arenal     |     When: At 8am, 3pm

The El Silencio property is a vast 225 hectare reserve with over 100 hectares of primary rain forest. Visitors will experience a guided hike of the reserve and learn about the flora and fauna as well as the Arenal volcano. The second portion of the trip includes a visit to the Baldi Hot Springs.

Guided Tours   Hiking   Hot Springs  

Rates starting at
$110
per person, taxes included

Enjoy an exciting day of hiking through the bountiful Rincon de La Vieja National Park with an experienced naturalist guide on this tour. Rated 6.8/10 by visitors

Guided Tours   Hiking  

Rates starting at
$103
per person, taxes included

As local legend has it, God washed his paintbrush in the Río Celeste after he painted the sky. Upon seeing the blue-tinted waters of this river, this legend will make a great deal of sense. Rated 6.0/10 by visitors

Guided Tours   Hiking  

Rates starting at
$122
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

Mulguri provides visitors with a pristine piece of the jungle, where visitors can swim and experience the beauty of the natural environment. This property has four waterfalls which all have stunning cascades all year round.

Guided Tours   Horseback Riding  

Rates starting at
$95
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
Juan Castro Blanco National Park
Location: Arenal     |     When: At 7:30am

Juan Castro Blanco National Park covers 35,600 acres (14,250 ha). It was established to protect swaths of rainforest that grow on the sides of ancient volcanoes. 60 percent of the park has primary forest – primary forest is forest with uninterrupted growth and many layers of rare wildlife. In some parts of the park you will also come across cloud forest, which is a misty and humid type of forest that provides a habitat for some exceptionally rare birds.

Guided Tours   Hiking  

Rates starting at
$115
per person, taxes included
Sky River Drift
Location: Arenal     |     When: At 9am, 11:30am, 2pm

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
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
Monteverde Bat Jungle
Location: Monteverde     |     When: From 9am to 7:30pm

Spend some time to enjoy a world class exhibit that will provoke a new appreciation for the often misunderstood creatures of the night. The Bat Jungle exhibit is the culmination of 40 years of research conducted throughout the world by Dr. Richard LaVal a long time member of the Monteverde community. Rated 7.4/10 by visitors

Guided Tours   Museum   Species Exhibits  

Rates starting at
$13
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
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
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.

Chocolate Tour   Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$45
per person, taxes included

Head deep into the heart of the jungle on this 4-day, 3-night trek into the Osa Peninsula. The Osa Peninsula is home to the Corcovado National Park, which is considered to be one of the most incredible national parks in the entire world. Do note that tour participants need to be physically fit, as the tour includes around 30 miles (50 km) of hiking.

Guided Tours   Hiking   Nature Walks  

Rates starting at
$530
per person, taxes included





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