Costa Rica Nature Walks

Costa Rica is bursting at the seams with nature — however, if you don’t know where to go or what to look for, you might miss the most spectacular sights. Nature walks connect travelers with naturalist guides in some of the country’s best outdoor areas, including Monteverde and Arenal. As you walk along, your guide will point out native plant and animal species and teach you about the ecology of the region. These tours sometimes involve hanging bridges, which provide travelers with a birds-eye view into the forest canopy. Nature walks proceed at relatively slow pace and are good for families or people who have trouble walking long distances.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens Tour, Costa Rica
La Paz Waterfall Gardens TourLa Paz Waterfall

Sleep in before being transported to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens for an all-day tour at one of the best eco parks in Costa Rica. The excursion is designed to start later than most tours so you are rested when you experience what the Waterfall Gardens boasts as the essence of Costa Rica on a guided hike through the reserve.

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Butterfly Gardens
Nature Walk
Species Exhibits
Corcovado National Park Day Tour, Costa Rica
Corcovado National Park Day TourUvita

Hike through the lush rainforests of Corcovado National Park and spot an incredible amount of biodiversity on this exciting all day tour.

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Boat Tours
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Club Rio Multi Adventure, Costa Rica
Club Rio Multi AdventureArenal

On this tour you’ll visit an activity center that faces the Arenal River. Several parts of the property are included in your visit to Club Rio, including hiking trails, swimming, and lunch at the club. In addition you’ll get to pick two adventure activities.

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Horseback Riding
Hot Springs
Kayaking
Nature Walk
Rainforest Birdwatching Tour, Costa Rica
Rainforest Birdwatching TourArenal

This three-hour tour will take you into the rainforest to see an incredible variety of birds. This is an early-morning tour that begins at 5:00 am.

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Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Místico Hanging Bridges, Costa Rica
Místico Hanging BridgesArenal

You can choose a self-guided or guided tour of Místico Park’s carefully preserved forest. This nature walk lasts 2.5 to 3 hours and can be guided or self-guided.

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Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Suspension Bridges
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
Guided Tours
Nature Walk
2 in 1 Hanging Bridges & Fortuna Waterfall, Costa Rica
2 in 1 Hanging Bridges & Fortuna WaterfallArenal

This tour combines a walk along Arenal’s hanging bridges and a visit to the La Fortuna Waterfall. It offers travelers exposure to some of Arenal’s best attractions.

Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Suspension Bridges
Santa Rosa National Park & Liberia City Tour, Costa Rica
Santa Rosa National Park & Liberia City TourLiberia

The Santa Rosa National Park is the site of Costa Rica’s most important monument, the Hacienda Santa Rosa. Known locally as La Casona , 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.

City Tour
Nature Walk
Waterfall Adventure, Costa Rica
Waterfall AdventureGolfito

On this tour you’ll get to hike and rappel around Golfito's wild landscape. Gofito is known for its lowland tropical rainforest and evergreens, and is one of Costa Rica’s top destinations for bird watching.

Nature Walk
Rappel
Carara National Park Tour, Costa Rica
Carara National Park TourJaco

The Carara National Park is situated between Amazonian and Mesoamerican habitats, placing it within a transition zone that harbors a unique blend of flora and fauna. During this tour, participants will be able to explore the park’s trails and get a look at the plants and creatures that call it home.

Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Wildlife
Punta Uva Sea & River Kayak with Hike, Costa Rica
Punta Uva Sea & River Kayak with HikeManzanillo

This multi-activity adventure will have you exploring Costa Rica across land and sea. You'll kayak, hike, and have opportunities to swim and play on the beach. Along the way you'll see wildlife and enjoy refreshments. A full and fun afternoon is ahead of you!

Kayaking
Nature Walk
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Tour, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided TourManuel Antonio

Tour one of Costa Rica’s most stunning national parks on the Manuel Antonio National Park hike. An experienced guide, while taking you through this natural world of wonder that is bursting with biodiversity, will point out several species of monkeys, sloths, coatimundis and much more.

Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Rainforest Experience, Costa Rica
Rainforest ExperienceDominical

This rainforest experience takes you on a hike through Hacienda Barú. You’ll hike with an experienced guide through primary and secondary forest.

Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
The Explorer, Costa Rica
The ExplorerJaco

On The Explorer tour, you’ll get to explore the waterfalls in the forests of Jacó. This tour will take you to an area that resonates with the rushing water of 10 waterfalls. You’ll get the chance to hike the trails and swim in the natural pools.

Nature Walk
Rain Forest Birding Tour, Costa Rica
Rain Forest Birding TourRainforest Tram Alantic

This tour - situated upon a 475-hectare private reserve - provides a wonderful opportunity to spot some of Costa Rica's most fabulous avian species.

Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
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.

Hiking
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Arenal Volcano Hike, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano HikeArenal

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.

Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Golfito Wildlife Hiking Tour, Costa Rica
Golfito Wildlife Hiking TourGolfito

Take this hike to see some of the loveliest parts of the Golfito rainforest over a relatively short distance.

Nature Walk
Wildlife
Guided Tour Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
Guided Tour Monteverde Cloud Forest ReserveMonteverde

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.

Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
3 in 1 Hanging Bridges, Fortuna Waterfall & Volcano Hike, Costa Rica
3 in 1 Hanging Bridges, Fortuna Waterfall & Volcano HikeArenal

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.

Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Suspension Bridges




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