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.
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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
This combination tour includes a boat trip to the largest reef system in Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast for snorkeling and a hike in the wildlife filled tropical forest of Cahuita National Park. Rated 6.1/10 by visitors
A combination of adventure and leisure, this combination tour, including a guided tour of the Arenal Volcano National Park and a trip to the tranquil Eco Termales Hot Springs, makes for a truly splendid day. Rated 6.7/10 by visitors
After an adventurous day hiking and exploring the Arenal Volcano National Park, bask in the Baldi Hot Springs with a tropical cocktail in hand and surrounded by tropical gardens. Rated 6.3/10 by visitors
On this exciting tour, you'll hike through the secondary rain forest around the Arenal Volcano National Park, the site of the 1968 eruption that awoke this previously dormant volcano. After exploring the national park, you will go to the Tabacon Hot Springs for an evening of relaxation. Rated 6.6/10 by visitors
The Tree Top walkway is the ideal cloud forest experience for those who wish to explore the beauty of the canopy at their own pace and appreciate the incredible array of vegetation and exotic bird life that the region has to offer. Rated 6.8/10 by visitors
Discover one of Costa Rica's best kept secrets on a hike through the Tenorio Volcano National Park. The dense rain forest, breathtaking colors of the Celeste River and views of the towering volcano ensure that this hike will open your eyes to some of Costa Rica's most precious wonders. Rated 6.7/10 by visitors
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
Nestled on the west side of the Continental Divide, the trail system offers spectacular views across the valley and out towards the Monteverde Reserve, on clear days. Rated 6.5/10 by visitors
During this 3 hour hiking tour visitors will be exploring the rainforest via Sky Walk suspension bridges. Sky Walk offers visitors yet another opportunity to get a perspective on the dynamic rainforest at a much slower pace. Sky Walk is available with a naturalist guide or without a guide and at any time during normal hours of operation (7am - 2pm). Rated 6.5/10 by visitors
The 4 in 1 Arenal Combo Tour is an all day, all inclusive outing, will introduce you to the best Arenal has to offer. This version of the popular combo tour includes a guided Hanging Bridges nature walk, a visit to the La Fortuna waterfall, a guided tour to the Arenal Volcano national park and finally a relaxing evening at Eco Termales hot springs. Rated 6.7/10 by visitors
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