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 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Located along the fertile slopes of the Poás Volcano, Doka Estate has been growing and roasting award-winning coffee for three generations. This tour allows visitors to gain an intimate understanding of how coffee is grown, harvested, processed and produced in both Costa Rica and around the world. Rated 6.3/10 by visitors
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.