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.

 
Guided Tour Santa Elena Reserve
Location: Monteverde     |     When: From 7:30am to 2pm

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
$55
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
$106
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
$54
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
$55
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
$130
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
$75
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
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
Nicaragua One Day Tour
Location: Liberia     |     When: At 6am

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
$164
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
$105
per person, taxes included
Rainforest Chocolate Tour
Location: Arenal     |     When: At 8am, 9am, 10am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

With the view of the majestic Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna of San Carlos, enjoy the sweetest rainforest experience, discovering the ancient secrets of chocolate: from its discovery and use, in tropical America, to the processing of the product we know and enjoy today.

Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$22
per person, taxes included
Rain Forest Birding Tour
Location: Rainforest Tram Alantic     |     When: At 8am

This tour - situated upon a 475-hectare (1,200 acre) private reserve - provides a wonderful opportunity to spot some of Costa Rica's most fabulous avian species.

Bird Watching   Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$99
per person, taxes included
Jungle Crocodile Safari
Location: Jaco     |     When: At 8:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm

The Jungle Crocodile Safari Tour will take you along a river teeming with wildlife-crocodiles, birds, reptiles and more! Have your eyes sharp and your camera ready as you enjoy this two-hour tour. Rated 5.5/10 by visitors

Boat Tours   Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$35
per person, taxes included
Guided Tour Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Location: Monteverde     |     When: From 7:30am to 2pm

Explore the enchanted Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with a set of expert eyes on a guided hike. You will explore several trails in search of birds and mammals and discuss the amazing diversity of plants. Rated 6.5/10 by visitors

Guided Tours   Hiking  

Rates starting at
$55
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
$97
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
$144
per person, taxes included
Palo Verde National Park and Guaitil Pottery
Location: Palo Verde     |     When: At 7am

Have your camera handy as you search the riverbanks for monkeys, crocodiles, and a myriad of birds on this nature cruise through the Palo Verde National Park. Rated 6.8/10 by visitors

Boat Tours   Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$101
per person, taxes included
Rain Forest Trekking Tour
Location: Rainforest Tram Alantic     |     When: At 8am

Come explore the natural wonders of the rainforest with this all day trekking tour. Set within a 475-hectare (1,200 acre) private reserve that borders the Baulio Carrillo National Park, this adventure will both educate and entertain as you traverse mountain trails, hike through primary forest, and swim in the lovely Corinto River.

Guided Tours   Hiking   Tram  

Rates starting at
$99
per person, taxes included
Pacific Rainforest Aerial Tram
Location: Jaco     |     When: At 7am, 10am

Prepare for awe-inspiring views of the dense vegetation surrounding you as you move through the bio-diverse forest canopy. Rated 5.0/10 by visitors

Guided Tours   Tram  

Rates starting at
$60
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
El Silencio Arenal Volcano Hike
Location: Arenal     |     When: At 8am, 3pm

The El Silencio Mirador is a series of hiking trails and nature reserve located 12 km from La Fortuna and 5 km from the Arenal Volcano National Park. The El Silencio property is a vast 225 hectare reserve with over 100 hectares of primary rain forest that includes many old growth trees including the Ceiba, Trumpet Tree and Guarumo. Rated 6.3/10 by visitors

Guided Tours   Hiking  

Rates starting at
$47
per person, taxes included
Early Bird Watching Tour
Location: Liberia     |     When: At 5am

Hosting over 850 species of native and migratory birds, Costa Rica is an undeniably great place to go birding. On this tour you’ll be accompanied by a naturalist guide and will search for species such as the Cattle Egret, Crested Caracara, Laughing Flacon, and Squirrel Cuckoo.

Bird Watching   Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$69
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
$87
per person, taxes included
Bird Watching Tour
Location: Mal Pais - Santa Teresa     |     When: At 5am

It’s no secret that the birding in Costa Rica is some of the best in the world. On this tour you will search for, spot and identify a variety of birds. You can choose between either a coastal or mountain environment.

Bird Watching   Guided Tours  

Rates starting at
$109
for your group, taxes included





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