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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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.
4 hrsFrom $120
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.
8 hrsFrom $129
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.
7 hrsFrom $100
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.
12 hrsFrom $125
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.
9 hrsFrom $111
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.
8 hrsFrom $100
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.
8 hrsFrom $200
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.
8 hrsFrom $135
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.
7 hrsFrom $150
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.
4 hrsFrom $65
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