Costa Rica Hiking Tours

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.

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Montezuma Waterfall, Costa Rica
Montezuma WaterfallMontezuma

Take a hike to see some of the natural wonders hidden in the Montezuma forest. You’ll cross aerial bridges and swim in waterfall pools.

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Suspension Bridges
Sensoria Tour of Rincón de la Vieja, Costa Rica
Sensoria Tour of Rincón de la ViejaRincon de La Vieja

This tour of the Rincón de la Vieja forest is an idyllic hike past waterfalls and pools of bright blue water. It begins with a drive through the fields of Guanacaste, and then the landscape will suddenly transform into a lush forest.

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Hot Springs
Corcovado National Park San Pedrillo Station , Costa Rica
Corcovado National Park San Pedrillo Station Drake Bay

The hike to San Pedrillo Station will take you through one of the most ecologically diverse forests in the world.

Hiking
Naturalist Guide
Wildlife
Rain Forest Trekking Tour, Costa Rica
Rain Forest Trekking TourRainforest Tram Alantic

Come explore the natural wonders of the rainforest with this all day trekking tour. Set within a 475-hectare 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.

Aerial Tram
Hiking
Corcovado National Park 1 Day Tour at Sirena Station, Costa Rica
Corcovado National Park 1 Day Tour at Sirena StationDrake Bay

Rugged jungle terrain makes for an exciting hike and is home to an impressive variety of wildlife. Observe the serene, yet wild, beauty of Drake Bay as your boat takes you to Sirena Station. Let a naturalist guide help you identify plants and animals, and enjoy lunch back at the station. Spend a day enjoying fresh air, exercise, and plenty of adventure in Costa Rica’s great outdoors.

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Naturalist Guide
Barra Honda Caves, Costa Rica
Barra Honda CavesNicoya

Indulge your adventurous side with a visit to the underground caves at Barra Honda National Park.

Cave Exploration
Hiking
Cabo Blanco Guided Hike, Costa Rica
Cabo Blanco Guided HikeMontezuma

See one of Costa Rica’s first nature preserves at Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. It covers of 3,140 acres of both dry forest and rainforest.

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Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge Jungle Hike, Costa Rica
Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge Jungle HikePuerto Viejo

Explore the Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge on a guided hike through a natural, Caribbean coast jungle setting filled with remarkable plants and wildlife.

Hiking
Naturalist Guide
Cinco Ceibas Full Day Tour, Costa Rica
Cinco Ceibas Full Day TourPangola

The Cinco Ceibas’ full day tour includes a walk along the elevated rainforest boardwalk and your choice of horseback riding, river kayaking or an educational oxen wagon tour. Transportation to and from hotels in San José area is also included.

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Hiking
Horseback Riding
Kayaking
Corcovado National Park San Pedrillo Station, Costa Rica
Corcovado National Park San Pedrillo StationCorcovado

Go hiking and boating through Corcovado National Park on this full-day tour. You’ll get to explore the beaches and rivers of of Costa Rica’s most bio-diverse environment.

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Naturalist Guide
Trekking Laguna de Hule, Costa Rica
Trekking Laguna de HuleArenal

On this tour you’ll hike a trail that covers 4.3 miles of rainforest, and goes past two volcanic lakes. Your group will travel at a reasonable pace and take a break for lunch.

Hiking
The Rio Celeste Adventure, Costa Rica
The Rio Celeste AdventureArenal

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.

Hiking
Sirena Station Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Sirena Station Corcovado National ParkDrake Bay

Corcovado National Park’s Sirena Station tour offers you a wildlife filled adventure. As you explore the park’s trail system, you will have the opportunity to observe countless forms of wildlife—including over 400 species of birds, all four Costa Rican monkey species, and 10 percent of the mammals within the Americas.

Hiking
Naturalist Guide
Wildlife
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.

Guided Tours
Hiking
Hot Springs
Children's Eternal Rainforest Pocosol Station, Costa Rica
Children's Eternal Rainforest Pocosol StationArenal

El Bosque Eterno de los Niños . It’s named to honor the many children across the world who donated money to make the reserve possible. This is Costa Rica’s largest reserve and it covers many acres of cloud forest. On this tour, you’ll take a 4x4 to venture deep into the forest to the Pocosol Station, where you’ll get to see and experience the true biodiversity of Monteverde.

Hiking
Naturalist Guide
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
Juan Castro Blanco National Park, Costa Rica
Juan Castro Blanco National ParkArenal

Juan Castro Blanco National Park covers 35,600 acres . It was established to protect swaths of rainforest that grow on the sides of ancient volcanoes.

Hiking
Naturalist Guide
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
La Fortuna Waterfall Maleku Horseback Ride, Costa Rica
La Fortuna Waterfall Maleku Horseback RideArenal

This tour gives you a comprehensive introduction to the territory that surrounds La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano. You'll go horseback riding, hiking, and swimming, and experience one of Costa Rica's indigenous cultures at the Maleku Reserve.

Hiking
Horseback Riding




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