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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sky River Drift combines three exciting activities into one tour. You’ll enjoy zip lining, hands-free rappelling, and inner tubing.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Diamante Eco Adventure Park is on the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula, in Costa Rica’s rural Guanacaste region. Guanacaste is known for its rainforests and beaches, and colorful wildlife. This park is committed to eco tourism and works hard to make sure the local plants and animals stay healthy.
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
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
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.
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
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