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.

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Costa Rica Pura Vida Experience, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Pura Vida ExperienceSan Jose

This tour takes visitors to some of San José’s most interesting cultural highlights. To get from one destination to the next you’ll walk and take local transportation.

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City Tour
Cultural
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Museum
Treetop Climbing, Costa Rica
Treetop ClimbingMonteverde

Ascend to the top of the Monteverde Cloud Forest on this tree climbing adventure. Ficus trees have a hollow trunk, forming a tube with natural footholds for you to climb. Once you reach the top, you can step out onto a viewing platform for an unforgettable view of the surrounding forest.

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Proyecto Asis Tour, Costa Rica
Proyecto Asis TourArenal

The Day Tour to the Asis wild animal rescue center outside of La Fortuna, is a great way to learn about wildlife protection and see Costa Rican animals up close.

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Educational
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Species Exhibits
Irazu Volcano & Hacienda Orosí Hot Springs, Costa Rica
Irazu Volcano & Hacienda Orosí Hot SpringsCartago

Join this tour to see the peaks of Irazu Volcano and memorable landmarks in the Orosi Valley. Your journey concludes with a relaxing dip in some volcanic hot springs.

Guided Tours
Hot Springs
Doka Coffee & Poas Volcano Tour, Costa Rica
Doka Coffee & Poas Volcano TourAlajuela & SJO Int'l

This tour will make sure you're fueled for the full-day adventure ahead of you. Spend eight hours in Costa Rica's exquisite central valley of Alajuela, where you'll discover how the perfect cup of Costa Rican coffee is produced at the Doka Coffee Estate, and explore a volcanic region at Poás Volcano National Park.

Coffee Tour
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Nature Walk
San Jose VIP Bus Tour, Costa Rica
San Jose VIP Bus TourSan Jose

For a good look at San José, climb on board the VIP double-decker bus. You’ll have a panoramic view of the city, including parks and busy city streets. As you drive, your guide will give you interesting insights into the history and culture of Costa Rica’s most vibrant city.

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San Jose Bites and Sights, Costa Rica
San Jose Bites and SightsSan Jose

This culinary tour introduces visitors to Costa Rican food and coffee. During this tour you’ll focus on the offerings at popular local markets, and pass by scenic parks.

City Tour
Cultural
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Kokopelli Mangrove Tour, Costa Rica
Kokopelli Mangrove TourSierpe

This tour takes you on a boating tour of the Sierpe River’s virgin mangroves. Because these mangroves have remained totally undisturbed, you’ll get to see an especially intense level of biodiversity.

Boat Tours
Guided Tours
Mangrove Tours
Butterfly Farm Tour, Costa Rica
Butterfly Farm TourPuerto Jimenez

This 2-hour butterfly farm tour offers an in-depth look at this colorful insect’s life cycle. You can climb up the main enclosure’s treehouse platforms to look for pupas, butterfly eggs, and caterpillars. Next, you’ll head to the classroom to learn more about butterfly breeding. A trip to the butterfly farm is ideal for small groups or couples who are interested in an educational nature tour.

Butterfly Gardens
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Sarapiqui River Safari Guided Tour, Costa Rica
Sarapiqui River Safari Guided TourSarapiqui

The Sarapiqui River flows along the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua and is home to some of the country's most gorgeous scenery. During this 2-hour river safari, you'll ride a comfortable boat down the Sarapiqui River and have ample opportunities to spot a range of wildlife.

Boat Tours
Guided Tours
Safari Float
Alajuela Chocolate Tour, Costa Rica
Alajuela Chocolate TourAlajuela & SJO Int'l

This tour gives you an interesting look into the history and cultivation of cocoa in Costa Rica. At each stage of cocoa production, you’ll be encouraged to touch, smell, and taste.

Chocolate Tour
Guided Tours
Sensoria Land of Senses, Costa Rica
Sensoria Land of SensesRincon de La Vieja

This tour takes you to see the wildlife that surrounds the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano on a jungle trail called “Sensoria”—named for its sensorily overwhelming environment. Your three- to four-hour hike concludes with a dip in a thermally heated pool.

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Hiking
Hot Springs
Rio Celeste & Tenorio Volcano Rainforest, Costa Rica
Rio Celeste & Tenorio Volcano RainforestTenorio Volcano Area

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.

Guided Tours
Hiking
Miravalles Volcano Combo Tour, Costa Rica
Miravalles Volcano Combo TourTenorio Volcano Area

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— expulsions that are used by the government to produce geothermal energy.

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Hiking
Horseback Riding
Hot Springs
Rincon de la Vieja & Liberia City Tour, Costa Rica
Rincon de la Vieja & Liberia City TourRincon de La Vieja

Take this tour to explore the picturesque hiking trails of Rincón de la Vieja National Park. The tour lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours.

City Tour
Guided Tours
Hiking
Eco Terra Shuttle and Crocodiles Tour, Costa Rica
Eco Terra Shuttle and Crocodiles TourArenal

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.

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San José City Tour, Costa Rica
San José City TourSan Jose

This tour immerses you in the history and culture of San José. Along the way, you’ll visit parks, museums, and stores.

City Tour
Cultural
Guided Tours
VIP City Bus Evening Tour, Costa Rica
VIP City Bus Evening TourSan Jose

Get a 360 degree view of San Jose with the VIP City Bus Tour. This European style double decker bus allows you to see more of the city and historical buildings than a typical walking tour.

City Tour
Guided Tours
Museum
Night Tour
The Art of Craft Beer in San José, Costa Rica
The Art of Craft Beer in San JoséSan Jose

Like so many cities in North America, San José foodies consider craft beer a staple of nights out. On this tour you’ll go on a pub crawl in the trendy Escalante neighborhood and try some popular Costa Rican brews.

Cultural
Educational
Guided Tours
Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation, Costa Rica
Villa Vanilla Spice PlantationManuel Antonio

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.

Chocolate Tour
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