From the flat plains along the coast to cloud forests atop the continental divide, Costa Rica’s landscape is diverse and teeming with life. The hiking here is excellent and for many travelers is a primary reason to visit the country. There are easy hikes along flat and well-maintained trails, as well as more challenging treks up mountains like Cerro Chirripó, Costa Rica’s highest peak. Guided hikes provide a fun, safe and educational outdoor experience for travelers.
Hacienda Pozo Azul’s 400 acres (160 ha) include tropical rainforests, quiet pastures, scenic rivers, and powerful waterfalls. A hiking tour is one of the best ways to experience this incredible outdoor abundance.
The Curú Wildlife Refuge is located along the southern coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. This refuge is small but has abundant wildlife. As a tour participant, you will hike along a series of trails and learn about the plants and animals that thrive in the reserve’s five habitat zones.
This half-day tour will bring you to the cloud forest on the slopes of the Poás Volcano, and through the vegetation of the surrounding farmland. You’ll see places where fern, strawberry, and flowers grow in abundance.
This guided hike through the rainforest is an educational experience. Manuel Antonio is a tropical rainforest with lots of rare species for you to discover. On this 4-hour trek you’ll get to look for birds, anteaters, and monkeys. You’ll also learn more about the plants and trees that make up the rainforest.
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
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.
Arenal is one of Costa Rica’s greatest natural wonders. It hosts both the country’s most active (and picture-perfect) volcano and its largest lake. The mountains here are covered with vibrant rainforests and the animal/plant diversity is plentiful. For this reason, any trip to Costa Rica is – in many ways – incomplete without a visit to Arenal. Rated 7.0/10 by visitors
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
This combination tour includes hiking in the Arenal Volcano National Park and a visit to the stunning La Fortuna Waterfall. It’s a great introduction to the Arenal area.
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
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
If your time in the Arenal area is limited, or you just like to fit all the action you can into one day, the 4 in 1 Arenal Combo Tour is exactly what you are looking for. This all day, all inclusive outing will introduce you to the best Arenal has to offer and includes Safari float, La Fortuna Waterfall, guided hike at Arenal National Park, and a trip to Baldi Hot Springs. Rated 5.9/10 by visitors
This action packed full day Arenal combo tour features a nature hike at the Hanging Brides, a trip through the rainforest to see the La Fortuna waterfall, a guided tour of the Arenal Volcano national park and a relaxing evening at the Titoku hot springs. Rated 7.0/10 by visitors
This tour offers travelers an excellent opportunity to explore some of the best attractions in the Arenal area. It includes a safari float along the Peñas Blancas River, a visit to the La Fortuna Waterfall, and a hike in the Arenal Volcano National Park.
This tour combines some of the best attractions that Arenal has to offer—hanging bridges, the La Fortuna Waterfall, and the Arenal Volcano National Park. It’s a fantastic introduction to the Arenal area.
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 4 in 1 tour features the highlights of Arenal and allows you to fit all the action you can into one day. This all day all inclusive tour features the Hanging Bridges nature walk, a trip to the La Fortuna waterfall, a guided hike of the Arenal Volcano national park and an evening at Baldi Hot Springs. Rated 7.0/10 by visitors
The Osa Peninsula is one of the wildest, most biologically diverse places on the planet. This 3-day, 2-night tour will take you through the heart of it, allowing you to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the Costa Rican outdoors. Do note that tour participants should be physically fit, as you’ll cover around 30 miles (50 km) on foot.
If your time in the Arenal area is limited or you just like to fit all the action you can into one day, the 4 in 1 Arenal Combo Tour is exactly what you are looking for. This all day, all inclusive outing, will introduce you to the best Arenal has to offer including a nature walk on the hanging bridges, a hike to the La Fortuna waterfall, guided hike of the Arenal volcano national park and finally a luxurious evening at The Springs hot springs. Rated 6.7/10 by visitors
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.
The Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve was established in 1963 by a Swedish immigrant and was the first major conservation project in Costa Rica. The park is set along the southernmost portion of the Nicoya Peninsula in an area that’s in transition between dry and wet forest. This setting gives it a unique combination of both evergreen and deciduous trees and a slew of accompanying animals. This tour – which can be either 2 hours or 5.5 hours, depending on your preference – gives you a solid look into the terrestrial ecosystems of the Nicoya Peninsula.
This guided tour is a thorough exploration of the Arenal rainforest canopy. You’ll go for a walk over suspension bridges that offer a peerless view of the jungle, and then go for a ride above the canopy in a cable car.
During this tour, you'll enjoy a guided hike around one of Costa Rica's most famed attractions, the Arenal Volcano. Along the way, you'll enjoy beautiful views and have opportunities to spot wildlife. Rated 6.2/10 by visitors