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Costa Rica , often referred to as the "Rich Coast," is a biodiversity hotspot that boasts lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife. If you're an adventurer seeking an unforgettable experience in nature, a Costa Rica rainforest tour should be at the top of your travel bucket list. In this article, we'll explore five unique itineraries that will take you deep into the heart of Costa Rica's stunning rainforests. 

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10 days  / from 1825 USD

Discover Northern Costa Rica

This self drive itinerary allows you to explore the Central and Northern highlights of Costa Rica: from the active volcano Arenal to the cloud forest of Monteverde and the beaches of Guanacaste with plenty of surf & yoga - discover why they call it the land of Pura Vida - pure life!

A self drive Caribbean adventure

10 days  / from 1440 USD

A self drive Caribbean adventure

It's time to discover Costa Rica's Caribbean coast in your own rental car: From Boca Pacuare, where the turtles come to lay their eggs, to the unique culture of Cahuita and the beaches of Puerto Viejo! Your trip will finish in Turrialba, home of the main archaeological monument in our country.

From the Cloud Forest to the Beaches

9 days  / from 1825 USD

From the Cloud Forest to the Beaches

On this amazing trip, you will explore the Cloud Forest and rural life of Dota, including a community visit to get to know the real Tico life before heading to the incredible Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park with its stunning biodiversity, and then the amazing beaches of Manuel Antonio.

Costa Rica Express - Animals & Beaches

10 days  / from 2795 USD

Costa Rica Express - Animals & Beaches

Start with Arenal volcano with its waterfalls, hot springs and hanging bridges before crossing the lake to Monteverde. The unique cloud forest invites both adventure and nature lovers for canopy and zip-lining activities as well as wildlife spotting. Finish the trip on the beach in Manuel Antonio.

A Dream of Costa Rica

16 days  / from 3360 USD

A Dream of Costa Rica

The ultimate Costa Rica trip! Spend a few days around Arenal volcano & the Cloud Forest Monteverde before heading to the coast - a beautiful hotel at the Gulf of Papagayo invites you to relax and for some water activities. Return to the Central Valley for another volcano - Poás before heading home.

Costa Rica Eco Adventure

12 days  / from 4300 USD

Costa Rica Eco Adventure

Come to Costa Rica for its compact jungle, tropical beaches, forests, wildlife and national parks. The country may be small but it’s a land of stunning natural diversity and the perfect backdrop to a veritable eco-adventure.

3 Days Adventure to Tortuguero

3 days  / from 385 USD

3 Days Adventure to Tortuguero

Tortuguero is a small village located on the northeastern coast of Costa Rica, known for its stunning natural beauty and abundance of wildlife. A 3 days 2 nights trip to Tortuguero offers a unique opportunity to explore the lush rainforest, observe sea turtles nesting, and experience the lifestyle.

Outdoor Fun and Beaches in Costa Rica

6 days  / from 1590 USD

Outdoor Fun and Beaches in Costa Rica

The perfect mix of jungle and beaches - visit La Fortuna with Arenal volcano and Fortuna waterfall. Afterwards, continue to Manuel Antonio with its national park and pristine beaches. Private transfers throughout ensure your comfort at all times.

Planning a rainforest tour of Costa Rica can be an exciting and rewarding experience. The country is known for its rich biodiversity, stunning landscapes, and diverse rainforests. 

You’ll want to determine what you want to experience in Costa Rica's rainforests. Are you interested in wildlife, hiking, birdwatching, or simply enjoying the lush natural beauty?

Decide how you'll get around Costa Rica. You can rent a car, use public transportation, or hire private shuttles and drivers. Ensure you have a reliable means of transportation between your chosen rainforest destinations.

Pack lightweight, breathable clothing suitable for a tropical climate. Don't forget essentials like insect repellent, sunblock, comfortable hiking shoes, a rain jacket, and a good pair of binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Consider allowing a professional to plan your trip for you. Our  taillor-made trips allow you to go on the trip of your dreams without the hassle of planning and booking. Our trips are created by local travel experts and are completely customisable.

Arenal Hanging Bridges in Costa Rica © Shutterstock

Arenal Hanging Bridges in Costa Rica © Shutterstock

When planning your Costa Rica rainforest tour, it's crucial to select the right destinations to explore. Here are some of the best places to include in your itinerary:

Osa Peninsula (Corcovado Rainforest)

The Osa Peninsula is a pristine wilderness located on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It's home to Corcovado National Park, often regarded as one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. You can encounter jaguars, tapirs, and vibrant tropical birds amidst lush jungle landscapes.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park , on the Pacific coast, offers a unique blend of rainforest and beach landscapes. Hike through verdant trails and spot monkeys, sloths, and exotic butterflies. Afterward, cool off with a swim in the Pacific Ocean.

Tortuguero National Park

Known as the "Land of Turtles," Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast is a sanctuary for sea turtles. Witness the nesting and hatching of these incredible creatures and explore the network of canals surrounded by dense rainforest.

Carara National Park

Located between the dry forests of the north and the lush rainforests of the south , Carara National Park is a birdwatcher's paradise. Keep an eye out for the iconic scarlet macaw and various other bird species.

Cahuita National Park

Cahuita National Park , on the Caribbean coast, offers a unique blend of rainforest and coral reefs. Explore hiking trails through the jungle, then snorkel in the vibrant underwater world of the park's coral reefs.

Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park in northern Costa Rica is known for the stunning Rio Celeste , a river with turquoise waters. Hike to the volcano and witness the mesmerizing natural phenomenon that gives the river its distinctive colour.

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park © Shutterstock

One of the most enchanting aspects of a Costa Rica rainforest tour is the diverse range of wildlife you can encounter. 

Costa Rica is renowned for its slow-moving inhabitants, both two-toed and three-toed. These slow-moving creatures can often be spotted hanging from trees, making them a must-see for wildlife enthusiasts.

In the wetlands and rivers of Costa Rica, keep an eye out for the formidable American crocodile. Boat tours are a great way to observe these ancient reptiles safely.

The treetops come alive with capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, and spider monkeys, each with their own captivating antics.

Many bird species

With over 900 species of birds, Costa Rica is a birdwatcher's utopia. Keep your binoculars handy for encounters with the magnificent resplendent quetzal, toucans, parrots, and countless other avian treasures.

Costa Rican sloth © Lukas Kovarik/Shutterstock

Costa Rican sloth ©Shutterstock

This  12-day Costa Rica wildlife tour touts an array of attractions, from stunning coastal paradises and serene narrow waterways to enchanting rainforests. Journey east to find tranquility by the Caribbean Sea, or venture west to experience the vibrant Pacific Ocean and a haven for surfers.

Itinerary overview

This itinerary offers a diverse wildlife experience, from exploring coffee plantations and volcanoes to witnessing the natural beauty of Tortuguero National Park's canals and Arenal's hot springs. 

You'll also discover the rich biodiversity of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and end your journey with a coastal adventure in Tamarindo, complete with sailing, snorkeling, and beach exploration.

Tourists on horseback in Costa Rican cloud forest © Shutterstock

Horseback riding in Costa Rican cloud forest © Shutterstock

Check out this Costa Rica wildlife tour itinerary:

  • Arrival and transfer to your hotel in San José.
  • Free time to explore 
  • Breakfast at Doka Coffee Estate.
  • Coffee plantation tour.
  • Explore Poás Volcano National Park.
  • Lunch and tour at La Paz Water Fall Garden.
  • Departure for Tortuguero National Park.
  • Breakfast in Guápiles.
  • Travel by boat to Tortuguero through canals.
  • Visit the village of Tortuguero.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Morning boat tour in Tortuguero.
  • Enjoy nature and sunrise.
  • Transfer to Arenal.
  • Visit Tabacon Hot Springs.
  • Relaxing soak in natural thermal springs.
  • Arenal Volcano National Park hike.
  • Sky Tram and Sky Walk tour in Arenal Park.
  • Departure to Monteverde.
  • Bat Jungle Night Tour.
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Tour.
  • Trapiche Tour - Sugar and Coffee.
  • Relax at your hotel in Monteverde.
  • Prepare for your next adventure.
  • Morning Open Sailing Tour in Tamarindo.
  • Snorkeling and beach exploration.
  • Drive back to San José.
  • Approximately a 5-hour drive.
  • Departure day.
  • Return to the airport for your departure flight.

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Monteverde Cloud Forest ©Shutterstock

Visit Costa Rica on this  12-day rainforest tour to explore its condensed jungles, tropical coastlines, lush forests, abundant wildlife, and national parks. Although a small country, it boasts remarkable natural diversity, making it an ideal setting for an exciting eco-adventure

On this itinerary you’ll experience the natural wonders of Costa Rica, beginning with a visit to Poás Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Fly to Puerto Jiménez for an Osa Peninsula adventure, including rainforest hikes and night explorations. 

Explore Manuel Antonio National Park and enjoy ocean adventures like kayaking and snorkeling before returning to the Central Valley for a tranquil stay at a local spa. Conclude your trip with a cloud forest adventure and a private transfer to the airport for departure from Costa Rica.

Catarata del Toro waterfall in Bajos del Toto, Costa Rica © Shutterstock

Catarata del Toro waterfall in Bajos del Toto, Costa Rica © Shutterstock

  • Welcome to Costa Rica! Private transfer to your hotel
  • Explore Poás Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Flight to Puerto Jiménez
  • Transfer to your hotel
  • Begin Osa Peninsula adventure
  • Rainforest Hike and Night Exploration
  • Early Nature Tour
  • Transfer to Manuel Antonio
  • Optional visit to Manuel Antonio National Park or enjoy the beach
  • Nature Walk in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Spot wildlife and explore the park
  • Iguana Tours Ocean Kayak & Snorkeling adventure
  • Ocean King Catamaran Adventures
  • Enjoy the ocean, sunset, and marine wildlife
  • Return to the Central Valley
  • Check-in at local spa
  • Cloud Forest Adventure
  • Explore pristine creek, waterfalls, and organic farm
  • Private transfer to the airport
  • Departure from Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica © PAUL ATKINSON/Shutterstock

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica ©Shutterstock

Embark on a self-drive adventure to uncover the captivating attractions in Central and Northern Costa Rica, ranging from the dynamic Arenal volcano to the enchanting Monteverde cloud forest and the sun-kissed beaches of Guanacaste. Immerse yourself in the essence of "Pura Vida," the pure and vibrant life that defines this remarkable land.

This 12-day Costa Rican rainforest adventure starts with the exploration of Poás Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Journey to the Osa Peninsula for rainforest hikes and night explorations, then continue to Manuel Antonio for nature walks in the national park, ocean kayaking, and snorkelling adventures. The trip ends with a cloud forest adventure before departing from Costa Rica.

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Poas Volcano ©Shutterstock

  • Arrival in Costa Rica.
  • Pick up your rental car at the airport.
  • Drive to La Fortuna.
  • Explore Arenal Volcano area.
  • Visit La Fortuna Waterfall.
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch.
  • Explore Arenal Volcano National Park.
  • Drive from La Fortuna to Rio Celeste.
  • Visit a local village in Monterrey.
  • Continue driving to Rio Celeste.
  • Visit Tenorio Volcano National Park.
  • Explore the park with a local guide.
  • Drive to Nosara in Guanacaste.
  • Free day in Nosara.
  • Options to go surfing, practice yoga, or relax at the beach.
  • Another leisure day in Nosara to enjoy the beach and activities.
  • Drive from Nosara to Monteverde.
  • Explore Monteverde's shops, eateries, and attractions.
  • Evening night walk at Valle Escondido Preserve.
  • Adventure day in Monteverde.
  • Canopy tour or hanging bridges walk.
  • Coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane tour.
  • Drive from Monteverde to Alajuela.
  • Optional stop in Sarchi to explore and shop for souvenirs.
  • Drop off your rental car at the airport in San Jose.
  • Departure from Costa Rica.

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Nosara ©Shutterstock

On this  10-day trip , you’ll explore volcanoes, indulge in the soothing warmth of hot springs, leisurely navigate the country's waterways, and embark on wildlife encounters in the lush lowland forests of Costa Rica. This diverse ecosystem holds a multitude of precious natural wonders waiting to be discovered.

Embark on a Costa Rica rainforest adventure, starting with a visit to the Arenal Volcano area, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Arenal Volcano National Park. 

Then, journey to Rio Celeste, explore Tenorio Volcano National Park and drive to Nosara for beach relaxation. Continue to Monteverde for canopy tours, coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane experiences before concluding your trip in Alajuela from Costa Rica

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La Fortuna waterfall ©Shutterstock

  • Options for surfing, yoga, or beach relaxation.
  • Choose between a canopy tour or hanging bridges walk.
  • Optional stop in Sarchi for exploring and shopping for souvenirs.

Sun rising over the Playa Blanca beach in Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica © Shutterstock

Sun rising over the Playa Blanca beach in Guanacaste © Shutterstock

This  16-day Costa Rica rainforest tour covers all the bases. Begin with a few days exploring the Arenal volcano and the enchanting Cloud Forest of Monteverde. 

Then, venture to the stunning coast, where a luxurious Gulf of Papagayo hotel offers relaxation and exciting water activities. Conclude your journey with a visit to the Poás volcano in the Central Valley before returning home.

Itinerary overview 

Discover the beauty of Costa Rica on this 16-day journey, beginning with cultural exploration in San José and a riverboat journey to Tortuguero National Park. Witness wildlife along the Tortuguero Canals, and then immerse yourself in the Arenal Volcano area's hot springs and natural wonders. 

Continue to Monteverde for canopy tours and hanging bridge adventures, and relax on the beaches of Papagayo. The trip concludes with visits to Volcano Poás, a coffee tour, and La Paz Waterfall Garden before departing from San Jose.

Sun rising over the Playa Blanca beach in Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica © Shutterstock

Sun rising over the Playa Blanca beach © Shutterstock

  • Arrival in San José, Costa Rica.
  • Private transfer to your hotel, Hotel Grano de Oro.
  • San José Pura Vida Day Tour, including visits to historical churches, traditional Costa Rican cuisine, and a mask-making experience.
  • Accommodation at Hotel Grano de Oro.
  • Private transfer and riverboat journey from San José to Tortuguero National Park.
  • Arrival at Laguna Lodge Tortuguero.
  • Explore the Tortuguero area.
  • Full-day exploration of the Tortuguero Canals.
  • Visit Tortuguero town and the green turtle museum.
  • Accommodation at Laguna Lodge Tortuguero.
  • Shuttle transfer from Tortuguero to La Fortuna.
  • Explore the Arenal Volcano area.
  • Enjoy the Arenal Hot Springs.
  • Accommodation at Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs.
  • La Fortuna Waterfall visit.
  • Travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde, including a boat transfer across Arenal Lake.
  • Explore Monteverde's attractions.
  • Accommodation at Ocotea Boutique Hotel.
  • Explore Monteverde with a Hanging Bridges Tour.
  • Transfer to the Gulf of Papagayo with stops at the Corobici River, Las Pumas Rescue Center, and more.
  • Accommodation at Papagayo Golden Palms Beachfront Hotel.
  • Free day to relax on the Pacific Ocean beach or at the hotel in Guanacaste.
  • Sunset sailing and snorkeling tour.
  • Horseback riding on the beach (Half Day).
  • Another leisure day to enjoy the beach and warm waters.
  • Transfer from the Gulf of Papagayo to Alajuela with optional stops, such as Sarchi.
  • Accommodation at Villa San Ignacio.
  • Visit Volcano Poás, Coffee Tour, and La Paz Waterfall Garden.
  • Private transfer to the airport in San Jose for your departure.

Arenal volcano in Costa Rica ©Shutterstock

Arenal volcano in Costa Rica ©Shutterstock

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The rainforests of Costa Rica are home to nearly 100 species of trees. Giant versions of orchids, as well as the expected sloths, monkeys, and copious birds, can be found while venturing into the Costa Rica rainforest depths. Visit the untouched, remote rainforests on the Osa Peninsula , or explore the forests  Manuel Antonio . Whether your fascination with nature stems from a love of quetzals, coatis, or sloths, the rainforests of Costa Rica are a tempting area for exploration for both the professional scientist and the wide-eyed child.

The rainforests of Costa Rica are among the most productive ecosystems of the world. Biologists recognize at least 13 different types of rainforest in the world. Each has a unique habitat, with creatures and microclimates all their own. The following are some of our Expert recommended rainforest experiences:

Corcovado National Park

Probably the most remote and pristine rainforest experience in Costa Rica, Corcovado National Park accumulates more than 200 inches of rainfall each year. The park is located on the rugged and remote Osa Peninsula . You have the best chances of spotting the most elusive and endangered wildlife here. Tapirs, tanagers, spider monkeys, scarlet macaws, harpy eagles, and wild cats are just a few of the rainforest dwellers down here.

Piedras Blancas National Park

On the other side of the Golfo Dulce from the Osa Peninsula sits Piedras Blancas National Park, a wild and untouched paradise set far off the beaten path and less frequently visited than Corcovado National Park. This remote rainforest is a must for adventurous spirits looking to get off the grid and reconnect with nature. The park was once part of Corcovado National Park, but much was destroyed due to private deforestation projects in the ’90s. Since then, what is now Piedras Blancas has been turned over for public use resulting in two separate parks. The park is home to some of the last remaining jaguars and four other wild cats such as the puma, ocelot, margay, and jaguarundi. Other animals include coatis, toucans, scarlet macaws, anteaters, sloths, spider monkeys, and the white-faced capuchin monkey.

Manuel Antonio National Park

One of the most popular and easily accessible rainforest experiences in the country is Manuel Antonio National Park. This celebrated little rainforest is buzzing with people and animals alike. You can pretty much count on seeing monkeys. In fact, they’ll probably come to you! In addition to lush vegetation, Manuel Antonio boasts stunning coastal views.

Cahuita National Park

On the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica , Cahuita National Park protects coral reefs and the beaches and lowland tropical rainforest behind them. There is a trail running behind the beach alongside the seashore that is perfect for hiking, wildlife exploration, and views. The trail is about 5.6 miles in total out to Puerto Vargas at the southern end of the park If you’re one for snorkeling, we recommend the 2.35-mile trek to Punta Cahuita for incredible snorkeling and white sand beaches. The very best snorkeling can be arranged on a guided tour.

Carara National Park

Carara National Park is considered the most northern rainforest on the Pacific Coast. The park is home to a large population of scarlet macaws and many other tropical birds, which draws in birding and wildlife enthusiasts. Another popular attraction of the park is the Crocodile Bridge where tourists can look over and see wild crocodiles in their native homes. Both the two and three-toed sloths can be found in the park. There are two trails within the park: the 2.7-mile Laguna Meandrica Trail and the 0.6-mile Araceas Nature Trail. The park is one of the most easily accessible rainforest experiences, making it a great rainforest day trip excursion for travelers staying on or near the Central Pacific Coast and San Jose area.

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Costa Rica occupies a unique location, where the Southern and Northern American continents connect. Thanks to this, animal species from both continents mingle and mix in a way seen nowhere else in the world. Costa Rica has the highest density of biodiversity of any country – over 4% of the world’s species can be found here, and hundreds of those species are only in Costa Rica. Learn more about Costa Rica animals.

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Colorful flora is truly what gives a tropical destination its aura of fun! If you think that the wildlife run rampant in this country, just wait till you see the plants – Costa Rica has over 10,000 species of vascular plants, with more and more added every year! If you love orchids, you’ll find many in the country that can be seen nowhere else in the world. Costa Rica has an amazing wealth of tropical flowers and other plants, including huge numbers of orchid and bromeliad species. Ask your guide to point out the Guanacaste tree – it gave its name to the Guanacaste  province and is the national tree of Costa Rica.

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Tours in the rainforests of Costa Rica come in a variety of forms. Near Manuel Antonio , venture through the trees via hiking, horseback riding, the canopy zip lines, and more! Head to Isla Damas, and you’ll find kayaking, canoeing, and safari float trips. Whitewater rafting through the untouched wilderness can be exciting, and birdwatchers will delight in the variety no matter what tour they pick! There are Costa Rica rainforest tours for every age and inclination. Ask a Costa Rica Expert what will work best for you based on your destinations and travel preferences.

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Our Costa Rica Rainforest Tours will get you off the beaten-path, and on the trail to some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful hidden gems – gorgeous waterfalls, spectacular mountain vistas, majestic rainforests, rustic country saloons, and deliciously authentic Costa Rican cuisine. All of this right in the Jaco Beach and Los Suenos area.

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Choose from a safari cruise through a private farm for a swim in the Pura Vida Waterfall on our Rainforest Waterfall Tour . Or, head out for a delectable Costa Rican meal and try your hand at fishing your food from a secluded mountain paradise at the Paz Del Campo Tilapia Farm on our Tour del Campo .

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With landscapes ranging from misty cloud forests to sun-kissed beaches, this small, Central American nation packs a mighty punch when it comes to stunning natural scenery and awe-inspiring wildlife. On this small group Adventure Tour, take it all in as you cruise along Tortuguero’s picturesque rainforest canal, soak in natural hot springs at the foot of imposing Arenal Volcano, and explore Monteverde’s otherworldly cloud forests. Along the way, get a taste of Costa Rican food and culture through the country’s warm and welcoming locals.

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Fly to Costa Rica and settle in at your hotel in San José. Enjoy a light dinner this evening.

Please note: If you arrive after 9pm, dinner will be served in your hotel room.

Get comfortable on your group’s private coach and follow the scenic Guapiles Highway through Braulio Carrillo National Park. This vast, protected area features rugged mountains, lush forests, extinct volcanoes, and pristine waterfalls and rivers. Then, climb aboard a boat bound for your eco-lodge in Tortuguero. As you cruise along the Sucio River, keep your eyes peeled for caimans, a reptile similar to alligators, lurking below the surface. You might also spot crested Jesus Christ lizards, named for their ability to run atop water—upright, on their hind legs!

Enjoy an included lunch at your eco-lodge in Tortuguero, then get settled in your room.

Later, get to know your group during a welcome dinner served with beer or wine at your eco-lodge.

Travel tip: From July through September, you can book a guided evening beach walk through your Tour Director for an additional cost. During the walk, you’ll learn about the threats facing green sea turtles, whose global population has declined, and observe them in their natural habitat.

Why seeing green sea turtles here is special: Tortuguero is home to one of the world’s largest green sea turtle nesting populations, with 30,000 females nesting here per season on average.

This morning, get to know Tortuguero National Park on a guided tour. Situated along the Caribbean coast, the expansive park is home to one of Central America’s largest remaining tropical rainforests.

  • Learn about the park’s diverse habitats, including mangrove forests, swamps, and beaches, on a walk led by your naturalist guide
  • Board an open-top boat (ideal for peering into Tortuguero’s tall trees) and cruise through the park. It’s early in the day, so keep a lookout for nocturnal animals who are still stirring, and diurnal animals for whom the day is just beginning. Wildlife to watch for: caimans, toucans, green macaws, and howler, spider, and white-face monkeys
  • Float along the park’s freshwater creeks and placid lagoons, which are home to endangered turtles and more than 50 species of fish
  • Enjoy an included lunch featuring simple yet flavorful local cuisine, such as rice, beans, and plantains

Spend a free afternoon in Tortuguero or add an excursion.

Sit down for an included dinner of traditional Costa Rican food, served with beer or wine, at your eco-lodge in Tortuguero.

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Tortuguero National Park: Rainforest Kayaking Tour

From $55 per person

Journey by boat through Tortuguero National Park’s jungle canals. Then, continue by bus to the Arenal region, making stops along the way.

  • Sit down at a local restaurant for a family-style, Costa Rican lunch
  • Spend the afternoon exploring an organic pineapple farm in the Sarapiqui region and learning what makes its sustainable and eco-friendly practices unique to the area
  • Climb aboard a tractor for a guided tour of the farm and its sprawling pineapple fields
  • Learn how the farmers grow pineapples using eco-friendly methods, such as compost fertilization, natural herbicides, and crop rotation
  • Nibble on just-cut pineapple and sip fresh pineapple juice or a homemade piña colada (enjoy yours virgin or with an added splash of rum)

Check in to your Arenal Region hotel and enjoy free time for dinner. This evening, trade your hiking boots for dancing shoes and meet with a local salsa instructor in a private studio in Arenal. Find out how Costa Rica’s most popular dance was introduced to the country, then hit the dance floor for a lesson in basic steps and spins set to traditional salsa music.

Join your Tour Director for a guided hike through Arenal Volcano National Park, named for the nearly 5,500-foot-high volcano that towers over the pastures and hillsides that surround it. Though Arenal hasn’t erupted since 2010, you might still spot steam snaking skyward from its caldera.

  • Marvel at the mile-high volcano, a near-perfect conical shape that emerges from the Sierra de Tilarán mountain range

Travel tip: During Costa Rica’s rainy season, which lasts from May through November, clouds and mist can obscure the volcano’s peak from view.

  • Try to spot slow-moving sloths, snakes coiled around tree limbs, and spiders resting in their webs
  • Gaze at placid Lake Arenal—Costa Rica’s largest lake—and watch for birds such as northern jacanas, woodpeckers, and kingfishers, wading and soaring along its shores

Please note: In some places around the park, terrain can be uneven and formed by hardened lava. Travelers should be able to navigate these surfaces and hike for around two miles.

This afternoon, visit an eco-friendly ranch in La Fortuna.

  • Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch featuring fresh ingredients harvested on-site, as well as local dairy products
  • Explore the ranch with a local guide, and learn how it became the first carbon-negative community of its kind in Costa Rica
  • Learn how sugar cane is harvested followed by a tasting of sugar cane products

Spend a free evening in the Arenal region or add an excursion.

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Arenal Hot Springs & Dinner

From $95 per person

Start your journey to Monteverde with a boat ride across Lake Arenal, spotting iguanas and birds as you cruise along. Then, enjoy dramatic mountain, valley, and cloud forest views as you make your way to Heliconia Ranch aboard your coach.

  • Talk with a rancher to find out what circumstances have led to deforestation in Costa Rica
  • Enjoy lunch at the ranch, with dishes featuring lamb, chicken, rice, beans, coffee, and other items and ingredients grown or produced on-site
  • Watch traditional Costa Rican dances performed by the ranch’s staff

This afternoon, head to a nearby coffee plantation to learn about the history and production of coffee, as well as chocolate and sugarcane, in Costa Rica.

  • Get to know different kinds of coffee beans and roasting techniques, and sample a freshly brewed cup made from the plantation’s own beans
  • Discover how cocoa is cultivated and transformed into various types of chocolate treats
  • Try your hand at making drinking chocolate, and sample ready-to-eat chocolate made on-site

Join your Tour Director for a hike through Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, a haven for birdwatchers. Be on the lookout for 30 hummingbird species, as well as toucans, great green macaws, three-wattled bellbirds, resplendent quetzals, black-faced solitaires, and other hard-to-spot bird species.

  • Learn about, and keep a lookout for, the forest’s array of flora and fauna, including orchids, ferns, millipedes, tarantulas, and more
  • Walk through the misty forest as you explore this rare ecosystem, which gets its name from the constant cloud coverage
  • Hear about the area’s reforestation efforts and have the opportunity to make your own contribution by planting a native tree in the Cloud Forest

Please note: Travelers should be able to hike around two miles over wet, and potentially slippery, pathways.

Enjoy free time in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve or Monteverde, or add an excursion.

Later, head to a local restaurant for an included dinner served with beer or wine.

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Travel to San José, stopping along the way to tour a wildlife sanctuary

  • Learn about the company’s mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release Costa Rican wildlife
  • Set off on a walk around the property with a local guide to see jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, tapirs, white-tailed deer, and macaws
  • Discover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica as you hear the stories of how the animals arrived at the ranch

Head to a local restaurant to enjoy live music, dancing, and scenic vistas as you celebrate your trip during a farewell dinner.

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Costa Rica to explore Manuel Antonio.

Make your way south, to Manuel Antonio National Park, which is noteworthy for its unspoiled beaches, scenic hiking trails, and practically unparalleled biodiversity. Get to know the park, and its plant and animal inhabitants, on a guided tour.

  • Keep an eye out for some of the park’s hundred-plus species of animals. They include squirrel monkeys, a species that’s endemic to the park and dwindling in numbers
  • Walk to the top of rocky Cathedral Point to take in views of the park from across the Pacific
  • Watch the blowhole at Escondido Beach blast water into the air during high tide
  • Marvel at the towering sea cliffs and mysterious caves of Serrucho Point
  • Relax on the beach, take a dip in the Pacific Ocean—or both

Sit down this evening for an included dinner served with beer or wine.

Spend a free day in Manuel Antonio—perhaps relaxing on a beach, watching for sloths and other wildlife along a nature trail, or snorkeling among coral reefs offshore—or add an excursion.

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Manuel Antonio Catamaran Cruise

From $115 per person

Travel to the quiet town of Tárcoles. Climb aboard a boat for a guided tour of the Tárcoles River, which is known for the large numbers of American crocodiles that inhabit its waters.

Soak in views of lush mangrove forests and jungle scenery

Look out for crocodiles, as well as iguanas, lizards, monkeys, and birds

This afternoon, travel back to San José and sit down for an included farewell dinner, served with beer or wine, at a local restaurant.

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Hilton Garden Inn San José La Sabana

This modern hotel is centrally located in San José’s Sabana Park area. Guests enjoy the rooftop pool, spacious rooms, and fitness center. Nearby, you’...

Aninga Hotel & Spa

This canal side hotel is located along the Laguna Penitencia. Guests enjoy a pool, a spa, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find the Parque Nacional Tortuguer...

Volcano Lodge Hotel & Thermal Experience

This tropical paradise hotel is located in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, near Arenal Volcano. Guests enjoy the amazing grounds featuring private, mineral-ri...

El Establo Mountain Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located in Monteverde. Guests enjoy a tennis court, indoor pool, and a spa. Nearby, you'll find the Monteverde Butterfly Ga...

Shana by the Beach Hotel

This boutique hotel is located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Guests enjoy the private nature trail to Biesanz beach, outdoor pool, and private room b...

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  • You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads, unpaved trails, and muddy paths, with some hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from San José. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A round-trip boat ride to Tortuguero is included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
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  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. Comfortable, casual clothing and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are a must for sightseeing.
  • A lightweight jacket is recommended, as the temperatures will change with the elevation throughout your tour.
  • A sun hat, sunglasses, and rain gear will help you stay comfortable in all types of weather. You may also wish to pack a swimsuit.
  • A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov .
  • Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.
  • There are inherent risks associated with snorkeling and other water sports, particularly for those with pre-existing medical conditions. Discuss your planned activities with your doctor or healthcare provider for the best advice on participation.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Travelers prone to seasickness should note that this tour includes boat rides.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
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  • Costa Rican cuisine is based on staples like rice, black beans, and corn with beef, chicken, or fish. Fresh, locally grown fruit includes bananas, mangoes, pineapples, and avocados. Traditional desserts include custards, puddings, and simple cakes. Locally grown coffee is served strong and black, but hot milk is often available if you ask.
  • Costa Rica operates on 120 volts and uses Types A or B plugs. As these are the same as the plugs used in the U.S. and Canada, a voltage adapter is not needed.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in some hotels in this region may not be as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
  • Costa Rica is six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and one hour behind Eastern Time (ET). Costa Rica does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 11am in Costa Rica from November through March and 10am from April through October.
  • You will use the Costa Rican colón on this tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
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  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10USD to $12USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
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Best Costa Rica Rainforests for Tropical Vacation Tours

Although the country may appear small on a map, Costa Rica hosts roughly 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Much of that is found in Costa Rica’s rainforest and jungles, where vast swaths of conserved land protect thousands of different species, such as jaguars, sloths, and monkeys.

Costa Rica takes conservation seriously. In fact, more than a quarter of the national territory is protected land, and more than half of the country is forested. This means tourists are never far from nature, regardless of which Costa Rica airport they land at.

Not all forests are created equally, and most visitors to Costa Rica try to strike a balance between accessibility and biodiversity. Here’s what you should know about the Costa Rican jungle to make the most of your tropical vacation.

Costa Rica Rainforest: Arenal

Is Costa Rica a jungle or rainforest?

Let’s start with the basics: What’s the difference between a rainforest and jungle, and which does Costa Rica have?

A rainforest is an area containing “tall, mostly evergreen trees and a high amount of rainfall,” according to National Geographic . The word “jungle,” meanwhile, has varying definitions. Most people use both words interchangeably, though a jungle more frequently refers to tropical forests that have such dense vegetation that they’re practically impenetrable at ground level.

Costa Rica has tropical rainforests, cloud forests (montane rainforest), and tropical dry forests. In some areas, the thick ground cover forms what can be described as a jungle, but the definition is ambiguous enough that there is really no clear divide between the two terms.

The best-known rainforests in Costa Rica

Located on the Osa Peninsula in southwest Costa Rica, Corcovado National Park is a must-visit for anyone who seeks raw wilderness. Called the “most biologically intense place on Earth” by National Geographic, Corcovado is remote but offers dozens of miles of trails through lowland rainforest with some of the best wildlife-spotting anywhere.

Costa Rica Rainforest: Corcovado National Park

Manuel Antonio

The most popular national park in Costa Rica is also its smallest. You’ll rarely be alone on the trails since the Manuel Antonio rainforest is one of the best places in Costa Rica to see monkeys and sloths. The lush vegetation then gives way to one of the country’s prettiest beaches.

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Cahuita National Park

Travelers seeking a Caribbean adventure can find a similar experience to Manuel Antonio at Cahuita National Park , where the rainforest can be explored from the 5.2-mile trail. Just off the coast, visitors can explore the “rainforest of the sea” by snorkeling through Cahuita’s coral reef.

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Arenal Volcano National Park

The fertile volcanic soil provides the perfect conditions for Arenal’s tropical rainforest . This area is among Costa Rica’s most well-developed for ecotourism, which means you can find anything from hiking to ATV and horseback riding, to zipline tours through the canopy.

Arenal Volcano

Across the lake from Arenal and at a higher elevation, Monteverde protects one of the world’s most famous cloud forests, also called the “montane rainforest”. This area is known for its canopy tours and hanging bridges, and the elevation makes it one of the best places to spot the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, one of Central America’s most mystical birds.

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What animals live in the Costa Rican rainforest?

Bring your binoculars and a camera, because Costa Rica’s rainforests are full of biodiversity.

The country is home to four species of monkeys — howler, spider, capuchin, and squirrel monkeys — and two species of sloths. Iconic birds, such as scarlet macaws and toucans, also reside in Costa Rica’s rainforests.

Spider Monkey in Puerto Jimenez

If you’re lucky, some of the larger protected areas in Costa Rica (such as Corcovado) are home to jaguars, pumas, and other wild cats. The tapir, also found in Costa Rica, is the biggest native land mammal in Central and South America.

At night, you’re apt to see red-eyed tree frogs, dart frogs, and other amphibians, plus spiders and snakes. (We recommend going with a guide, staying on the trail, and keeping a safe distance!)

Costa Rica Tree Frog (Rainy Season)

And, while they might not be the highlight of your post-travel photo albums, no rainforest discussion is complete without mentioning the insects. You’ll spot everything from colorful butterflies to workmanlike ants. Though they’re not everyone’s favorite, insects are a crucial part of the rainforest ecosystem.

What to wear in the Costa Rica rainforest

As the name suggests, the rainforest is, well, rainy. It’s best to come prepared for precipitation.

When you’re packing for Costa Rica , we recommend prioritizing quick-dry clothing. This includes sweat-wicking t-shirts and shorts or hiking pants. A raincoat is a smart addition, as are tennis shoes or hiking boots. Flip-flops may be great on the beach, but not so much when there’s a parade of leaf-cutter ants on the rainforest trail!

Finally, don’t forget your sunscreen and bug spray. While you’ll mostly be in the shade when you’re in the rainforest, Costa Rica’s proximity to the equator means you’ll burn more easily in the sun. And there’s nothing more annoying during a walk than being swarmed by mosquitoes, flies, or gnats.

How to plan a Costa Rica rainforest adventure

National parks and other protected wildlife areas are the best ways to explore the Costa Rican rainforest. After all, these are areas with limited human development, meaning visitors can experience the richness of the jungle as nature intended.

As you plan your travel, be sure to follow the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC). Their website details national parks across Costa Rica, providing hours and rates, a description of the attractions, and a history of the protected area.

If you’d rather let someone else do the planning, many companies — including Costa Rica Escapes — offer Costa Rica rainforest tours . My recommendation: Make sure that your trip includes a certified local guide. Not only does that help support the Costa Rican economy and the country’s conservation efforts, but a guide will help you spot animals and other wildlife that you never would have seen otherwise.

Summary: Costa Rica tropical rainforest

Costa Rica’s rainforests are truly some of the most incredible places on earth, and no tropical vacation is complete without visiting at least one.

Because the country has so much protected land in such a small space, any Costa Rica itinerary can easily add a jungle stop. As you’ll experience for yourself, immersing yourself in nature is a feeling unlike any other.

Contact us if we can help you plan a trip to see the rainforests in Costa Rica.

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1. waterfalls

2. coffee and chocolate tours

3. sloth tour

4. 1-3 hour hike

5. Blue River visit

6. butterfly garden

Duration:  7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Prices For Full-Day Tours:

$145/person +tax (Papagayo area)

$145/person +tax (La Fortuna area)

$145/person +tax (Dreams Las Mareas or Tamarindo area)

*Discounts are available for groups with 5+ people.

For Private Group Tours:

$200/person

Essentials to Pack:

Camera, swimwear, binoculars, extra clothes, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and water.

*Contact Freddy if you have any questions or would like to know about other locations and prices.

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Get ready for an unforgettable adventure as we explore the natural wonders of Costa Rica on a full-day tour. Our bilingual tour guide will accompany you throughout the journey, ensuring a seamless and informative experience.

We kick off the day early at 7:30 am by visiting the picturesque Llanos de Cortes waterfalls. Take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters and immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings. Next, embark on a hike through the lush rainforest, leading you to the magnificent Rio Celeste waterfall. This challenging yet rewarding hike offers breathtaking views of Costa Rica's natural landscapes and provides the perfect opportunity to capture stunning photographs.

Continuing our adventure, we'll visit a local coffee farm where you can learn about the fascinating process of coffee production. Sample the rich flavors of Costa Rican coffee and keep an eye out for fascinating wildlife, including sloths and frogs. We'll also visit a butterfly garden, allowing you to observe these delicate creatures in their natural habitat.

To refuel after our exciting activities, indulge in an authentic Costa Rican lunch, savoring the flavors of local cuisine and replenishing your energy for the rest of the day.

Throughout the tour, our knowledgeable tour guide will be available to answer any questions and ensure a smooth experience. Transportation to and from the tour is included for your convenience.

All of these incredible experiences are available for the affordable price of $135 per person. Please note that the hike requires a moderate level of physical fitness, and the color of the Rio Celeste may vary in the rainy season. Additionally, prices may vary slightly for hotels located at a greater distance, as transportation from the hotel to the pick-up location is included.

Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to explore the natural wonders of Costa Rica. Reserve your spot today and get ready for an adventure that will leave you with unforgettable memories!

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How to See the Best of Costa Rica’s Rain Forests — From Mesmerizing Cloud Forests to Tropical Oases Bursting With Wildlife

Here’s your definitive guide to the many rain forests of Costa Rica, including when to go and what to pack.

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What Is a Rain Forest?

Travel tips and when to visit, costa rica’s must-see national parks and rain forests.

Rain is not what we usually look for on a vacation — unless we’re exploring Costa Rica, where rain forests make up more than 50% of the country’s area. And while there are dry as well as rainy seasons, the effects of weather can be seen year-round in the trees, plants, birds, and wildlife of this fascinating country. Costa Rica truly is rich in beauty, and visitors can appreciate it whether they choose a camping adventure or a stay at a plush lodge.

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Rain forests come in a variety of forms, and Costa Rica is home to six different types, highlighting the country’s biodiversity and providing habitats for a wide range of flora and fauna specific to each locale. 

Tropical rain forests are lush, wet areas with dense canopies and massive trees where wildlife thrives from the forest floor to the branches above, with more than 200 inches of rain annually. Tropical dry forests — yes, sounds like a contradiction — receive less rainfall. They’re located on lower elevations and in parts of Costa Rica that are drier, mainly in the Nicoya and Guanacaste regions. Lowland Rain forests feature wet, hot weather, rivers, streams, tall trees, and short dry seasons. 

Cloud forests, with their ethereal name and appearance, are found at high elevations where they are shrouded in low-hanging clouds and fog. Located near bodies of water and marshland, Riparian Forests are humid, providing habitats for both aquatic and land animals. Also near water, mangrove swamps form where freshwater and saltwater meet and where forests transition from dry to wet. 

Diego Oviedo, general manager at Botánika Osa Peninsula located on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, pointed out that National Geographic described the Osa Peninsula’s tropical lowland rain forest as “the most biologically intense place on earth.” “This type of lowland rain forest is the perfect destination for families, honeymooners, birdwatchers, photographers, and adventure travelers, as well as those looking for a secluded and relaxing place to stay,”  he said.

At Origins Luxury Lodge , set high on a mountainside in northern Costa Rica, naturalist Juan Pablo Potoy takes guests on walking tours through the rain forest at night to see nocturnal birds and amphibians, reptiles, and mammals: “You hear the songs of the different species — a true concert in nature.”

Packing Tip

Pack rain gear, ponchos, rubber boots or closed shoes that are good for hiking and walking, insect repellent, sunblock, binoculars, and reusable water bottles.

Both Potoy and Oviedo advise guests to prepare for their rain forest tours by wearing rain gear, ponchos, rubber boots or closed shoes that are good for hiking and walking, insect repellent, and sunblock. They also suggest bringing binoculars and water bottles. When touring any of Costa Rica’s rain forests, guides are helpful for safety, but also for pointing out and identifying birds and wildlife along the way.

Is there an ideal time to visit? Opinions vary. “Although most visitors prefer our dry season between November and April, the truth is that any time can be a good time to visit the rain forests of Costa Rica,” Oviedo said. “For example, our rainiest months are September and October, but that also happens to be the best time to see the humpback whales and their baby whales in the Golfo Dulce.” Potoy suggested visiting between the months of February and May. So, there you go — whenever you visit Costa Rica, it will be the right time depending on what you’re after.

Costa Rica protects its rain forests and wildlife by creating national parks and conservation areas to preserve them for residents, visitors, and future generations. More than 25% of Costa Rica consists of national parks and protected regions. As diverse as the country itself, many of the parks contain several different types of rain forests. These are just a few of the nearly 30 national parks to consider for your visit to Costa Rica.

Manuel Antonio National Park

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Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio is the country’s smallest and one of its most popular national parks. The park includes beaches and lush tropical rain forest, with snorkeling and diving in coral reefs along its shores and hiking in the forest. Visitors can see sloths, iguanas, coatis, raccoons, and many species of birds, as well as howler, white-faced, and capuchin monkeys. With a guided tour, visitors can explore the rain forest along easy access trails for about three hours with an experienced, bilingual naturalist, certified by the Costa Rican Tourism Board. The closest major airport is San Jose, about a three-hour drive away. The town of Quepos, with hotels, shops, and restaurants, is about four miles from the entrance to the park.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is located about four hours northwest of San Jose in the Tilaran Mountain range at an elevation of about 5,000 feet. Rich in biodiversity, Monteverde is home to more than 3,200 species of plants, 500 species of orchids, 425 species of birds, 120 species of mammals, 60 species of amphibians, and 101 species of reptiles. The reserve is open from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m, year round, and visitors can take tours or stay in the nearby town of Santa Elena, a short drive away. Night tours, zip lines, and hanging bridges let visitors experience an array of wildlife. The rainy season runs from May until November, with October the wettest month and March the driest.

Corcovado National Park

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Located on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica’s South Pacific region about 60 miles from San Jose, Corcovado includes cloud forest, lowland tropical rain forest, mangrove swamps, beaches, and waterfalls. One of the world’s most biodiverse places, Corcovado is home to more than 360 species of birds, 140 species of mammals, and 117 species of amphibians and reptiles. Scarlet macaws, harpy eagles, tapirs, crocodiles, and four species of monkeys — howler, spider, capuchin, and squirrel monkeys — live there along with anteaters, sloths, jaguars, pumas, and red-eyed tree frogs. Visitors should note that they need to have a certified licensed guide and an entrance permit in order to enter the park. The only place for overnight stays in the park is at the La Sirena Ranger Station on the Pacific Coast, and reservations are required. Outside of the park, visitors can stay nearby in the town of Drake Bay.

Cahuita National Park

This national park includes tropical lowland wet rain forest, mangrove swamp, beach, and coral reefs. Located on the Caribbean coast, Cahuita protects more than 2,600 acres of land. A marked five-mile hiking trail through the forest is the only way to explore its abundant wildlife. Visitors can spot green ibis, herons, toucans, hawks, kingfishers, and the Central American curassow, a large pheasant-like bird. Coati, raccoons, sloths, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, armadillos, iguanas, lizards, and snakes also live in the park. The closest major town is Puerto Viejo, about 10 miles away, and the small town of Cahuita is within walking distance to the park’s entrance. Cahuita National Park is open every day from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. From San Jose International Airport, the drive to the park is about three hours, and organized day trips are available.

Arenal Volcano National Park

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Arenal National Park is located in the northwestern part of Costa Rica near the town of La Fortuna about three hours from San Jose. The park covers nearly 30,000 acres and includes an active volcano, Mount Arenal, and Cerro Chato, which has been inactive for more than three thousand years. Visitors can explore the park’s nearly 30,000 acres of rain forest in a variety of ways from hiking the trails to soaring over the canopy on zip lines or walking along hanging bridges among the treetops. For a relaxing tour, ride a Sky Tram gondola or float through the rain forest along the Rio Penas Blancas on an inflatable raft. More than 850 species of birds live in the park, including the colorful quetzal, and wildlife includes jaguar, monkeys, coati, tapirs, and deer. Day trips are available from the popular tourist area of Guanacaste.

Tortuguero National Park

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This national park is unique in that there are no roads, and visitors explore its wildlife by boat along canals, rivers, lagoons, and mangrove swamps. Located on Costa Rica’s northeast Caribbean coast, Tortuguero National Park protects a large area of lowland tropical rain forest as well as the sea turtles that give the park its name. ( Tortuga is the Spanish word for turtle.) The wet, humid area receives up to 250 inches of rain annually. More than 20 miles of coastline provide nesting areas for turtles, and the most common species, the green turtle, nests from June to October. Licensed guides take guests on night tours, with dark clothing and minimal lighting to protect the turtles. Visitors can also see birds, monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles, manatees, jaguars, and more. Flights are available from San Jose, or visitors can drive to La Pavona and then arrive at the park by boat.

Rincón de la Vieja National Park

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In this ecologically diverse national park , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can see an active volcano, waterfalls, freshwater lagoon, rivers, hot springs, mud pots, and an array of wildlife. Less than an hour from Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Rincón de la Vieja includes a cloud forest, dry forest, savannah, lowlands, and rain forest. Sloths, monkeys, kinkajous, tapirs, deer, jaguar, and puma make the park their home, along with more than 300 bird species and an abundance of Costa Rica’s national flower, the guaria morada or purple orchid. Hiking trails, campgrounds, guided tours, horseback rides, white water rafting trips, river cruises, and zip lines are ways to explore. Many visitors end their days with a relaxing soak in one of the park’s hot springs.

Carara National Park

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Located about two hours from San Jose on the Central Pacific coast, Carara National Park is known as a great destination for birdwatching. As a transition zone between tropical dry forest and tropical rain forest, the park offers habitats for birds from both types of environments. Scarlet macaws, toucans, grebes, trogons, herons, and endangered species attract ornithologists and birdwatchers. Carara is also known for crocodiles which can be seen from Crocodile Bridge over the Tarcoles River, the northern boundary of the park. Sloths, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, armadillo, deer, and anteaters are among the park’s wildlife. The park is a convenient day trip from San Jose, and it features a universal access path and two hiking trails. Camping is not permitted in the park. During the wettest months from August to October, trails near the river may be impassable due to flooding.

Guanacaste National Park

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This diverse park , located in Costa Rica’s northwest, connects Santa Rosa National Park with the high elevation cloud forest of Orosi and Cacao volcanoes. In addition to the cloud forest, the park includes a range of climate zones from dry forest to tropical rain forest. Visitors explore the park on its hiking trails, and wildlife includes monkeys, squirrels, deer, jaguars, mountain lions, along with a wide variety of birdlife. The nearest city is La Cruz, about a mile from the park’s Pitilla area. Restrooms, trails, and an information center are available, and with advance permission, visitors can hike to the top of the volcano. This part of Costa Rica is generally hotter, and the dry season goes from December to April.

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Cherish unforgettable memories in this incomparable experience with nature in the rainforest of Bijagua, Costa Rica. Book the rainforest tour that best suits your interests here.

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We are in the best location for a natural experience, on the way to Rio Celeste.

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Committed to nature

As a company we are 100% committed at all times to the care of wildlife. We are strictly responsible with the actions involved in each experience within a tour with so much nature.

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Experienced Guide

Our guides are experts in the field and professionals who will guide you to a knowledge bomb inside the jungle.

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Easy to walk trails

Anyone can walk in our trails, from children to the elderly thanks to their smooth design. No sharp hills. No stairs. No obstacles.

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We strive to bring the best experience for our visitors through customer-driven services.

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We’re strategically positioned in a wildlife corridor

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Sloth Tour in Costa Rica Rainforest

Welcome to the lush rainforests of Costa Rica, where the tranquil and slow-paced world of the sloth is waiting to be explored with the help of expert guides!

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Jungle Night Tour in Costa Rica Rainforest

Join us on an unforgettable jungle night tour that will change your perspective of the forest’s nocturnal life.

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Bird Watching Tour  in Costa Rica Rainforest

Embark on an unforgettable Bird Watching Tour in Costa Rica and discover a multitude of stunning bird species that will captivate your senses.

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What animals will you see in the rainforest tours ?

Discover the main animals that you can observe during our rainforest tours. You will observe them in their natural habitat and you will be able to learn more about their behavior in the jungle without disturbing them.

Where is the rainforest located in Costa Rica?

The jungles of Costa Rica are among those with the greatest biodiversity in the world. It is estimated that the country has 5% of the planet’s species.

In Costa Rica, it is possible to find the tropical rain forest in the South Pacific, in the Osa Peninsula and the Corcovado National Park, as well as the Tortuguero National Park in the north.

It is also found in the Talamanca mountain range, Monteverde National Park, Arenal Volcano, Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Los Santos Biological Reserve.

In some areas in the north, such as the Tenorio Volcano National Park and Rincón de la Vieja, you can experience the rainforest.

In the Bijagua area, located in the north of the country, we have an abundant rainforest. It is in this place where we develop our sighting rainforest tours of sloths, toucans, tapirs, frogs and many other wild animals.

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Frequently Asked Question

Some frequently asked questions from our visitors about the sloth tour in Bijagua

How is the weather like in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is a tropical country. There is a strong rainy season that goes from May to November. There is also the dry season. The dry season goes from December up to April. This both main seasons applies for most part of the country.

Where can you find a sloth?

Sloths live most of their lives in trees. It is possible to find them mainly in Guarumo trees. In Bijagua, Costa Rica, it is possible to find these animals. The Sloths Tour allows you to observe them in their natural state.

Can you touch a sloth?

No. Sloths  are usually found high up in trees. During the Tour we avoid direct contact with the animals and limit ourselves to observing them in their natural environment.

I’m in Bijagua. Are there sloth tours near me?

Jungle Life Costa Rica is located 5 minutes from downtown Bijagua and 15 minutes from the Rio Celeste Waterfall. If you are visiting Rio Celeste or are staying in the area, it is an excellent opportunity to join a sloth tour.

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Unveiling Costa Rica Rainforest Wonders: A Complete Travel Guide for Enthusiasts

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Beneath the expansive canopy of the sky in Central America, the Costa Rica rainforest pulses with life, a verdant tapestry of biodiversity that beckons the intrepid traveler. This guide is your passport to immersing yourself in one of the planet’s most mesmerizing natural wonders, home to one of the densest tropical rainforests and dazzlingly productive ecosystems in the world .

Largely untouched, the Costa Rica rainforest makes up over 50% of the country, making it a true tropical oasis and one of the best places in the world to experience the beauty, wildlife, and thrills of a jungle excursion.

From the haunting call of the howler monkey to the serene silence of mist-clad forests, every step into these woods is a step into the heart of wilderness. Whether you’re a solo adventurer embracing ‘pura vida’ or a family seeking an eco-educational odyssey, the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica offer an escape into a world where nature writes the rules.

As you prepare to traverse this emerald realm, our guide will furnish you with the essential insights to uncover the hidden enclaves and the vibrant wildlife that makes Costa Rica a synonym for paradise on the planet.

Key Takeaways

  • Biodiversity Hotspot: Costa Rica’s rainforest, covering over 50% of the country, is a thriving tropical oasis, offering a deep immersion into one of the densest and most productive ecosystems globally. This natural wonder is a treasure trove of biodiversity, home to a variety of wildlife and plant species.
  • Eco-Tourism Paradise: The guide highlights Costa Rica as an eco-tourism haven, where visitors can experience the untouched beauty of tropical rainforests. From the misty Monteverde to the wildlife-rich Corcovado, each destination offers unique adventures and nature exploration opportunities, making Costa Rica a synonym for paradise.
  • Cultural Integration: The rainforests are not just a natural asset but are deeply intertwined with Costa Rican culture, reflecting the nation’s commitment to sustainability and conservation. Ecotourism initiatives in these regions play a crucial role in both preserving the biodiversity and providing sustainable benefits to local communities.

Discovering Paradise: The Ultimate Guide to Costa Rica's Premier Tropical Rainforest Destinations

Journey with us as we unveil the lush corridors of the most awe-inspiring tropical rainforests of Costa Rica. From the misty heights of Monteverde to the vibrant wildlife corridors of Corcovado, our guide is meticulously crafted to navigate you through the verdant heart of Central America’s treasure troves of biodiversity, where every trail leads to an adventure and every turn reveals a spectacle of nature’s finest.

You’ll find the remote rainforests of Costa Rica are some of the best in the world. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Corcovado National Park Costa Rica

Corcovado National Park, is the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national parks, offering an untouched expanse of biodiversity and was the first protected area in the Costa Rica rainforest. Corcovado National Park is one of the world’s most visited Costa Rica parks, and for good reason. Situated on the Osa Peninsula  on the Pacific coast, this Corcovado National Park overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has incredible biodiversity both on land and offshore.

You must have a professional guide to access the park, which allows you to enjoy even more of the Costa Rica rainforest. This isolated, protected area is abundant with wildlife. Prepare for encounters with elusive tapirs, vibrant scarlet macaws, troops of howler monkeys, butterflies, and marine life. The park’s remote trails and pristine beaches are a sanctuary for wildlife and a haven for eco-tourists.

2. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica

Ascend to the clouds in Monteverde Rainforest, a sanctuary where lush vegetation meets the sky. This Costa Rican gem is home to the famed Cloud Forest Reserve, the crown jewel of all Costa Rica cloud forests, where biodiversity thrives and adventure awaits. With canopy tours, hanging bridges, and night walks, it’s a place to connect with nature intimately. Numerous hiking trails allow you to wind throughout the park and enjoy its natural beauty.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is also home to over 3,200 plants, 700 tree species, and 400 bird species. Don’t miss the hummingbird gardens and the butterfly exhibits, where the delicate beauty of Monteverde’s smallest residents captivates all who wander here.

Also consider visiting the nearby Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve offers a unique section of mesmerizing cloud forests that are off the beaten path. There are also other nearby cloud forests, Children’s Eternal Rain Forest offering a unique ecosystem and biodiversity . Plus there is the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve, situated adjacent to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, this lesser-known private park features a section of cloud forests rarely visited by tourists .

3. Tortuguero National Park

Immerse yourself in the heart of Costa Rica rainforests at Tortuguero National Park, an ecological treasure accessible only by boat or plane. The Tortuguero National Park is located in the Limon province on on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. A labyrinth of waterways offers a unique vantage point to observe rich biodiversity.

Tortuguero National Park is home to threatened and endangered species, including the Baird’s tapir and the manatee but mainly known for its sea turtle nesting beaches, it’s a vital habitat for an array of tropical animals. This national park in Costa Rica is full of diverse ecosystems and ample wildlife refuge. You’ll also find Geoffroy’s spider monkeys swinging throughout the tropical forests, and you may even spot a few scarlet macaws amongst the tall trees. With over 77,000 acres, one of the most vibrant ecosystems on Earth, also perfect for bird watchers.

4. Manuel Antonio National Park

With over 200 bird species and 100 mammals, Manuel Antonio National Park is a tropical rainforest where wildlife enthusiasts want to visit. Here, you can find sloths, saber frogs, and iguanas.

Known as the quintessential example of the vibrant tropical rainforests with white-sand beaches backed by evergreen forests, Manuel Antonio Park is also just a short distance from the small town of Quepos on the Pacific coast and a short drive from Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose.

One of the most popular Costa Rica nature reserves, Manuel Antonio National Park may be one of the smallest national parks in Costa Rica, but it’s still a top tropical forest worth visiting. It’s home to two species of highly popular birds – the cherished Scarlet macaws and the Resplendent Quetzal. You will also run into spot sloths, monkeys, and toucans.

You can enjoy some of the best Costa Rica wildlife tours in the national park or enjoy a guided horseback riding tour through the forests.

5. Braulio Carrillo National Park

Braulio Carrillo National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most dynamic tropical rainforests, offers a thrilling eco-adventure near San Jose. The park is renowned for its thick green verdant Atlantic rainforest, providing a spectacular canopy tour encounter. Braulio Carrillo National Park is one of the largest national parks in Costa Rica, covering an area of approximately 50,000 hectares with many rivers that create riparian forests.

Tourists can explore diverse landscapes, from rugged mountains to verdant valleys, home to a rich array of numerous species of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. The park’s accessibility makes it an ideal spot for exploring the park’s numerous trails and scenic viewpoints and those seeking the quintessential rainforest encounter in Costa Rica.

6. Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Rincón de la Vieja National Park, nestled in Costa Rica, is a captivating destination for nature enthusiasts. Spread over 34,000 acres, it hosts the active Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, adding a unique geological element to its diverse ecosystem. Home 32 rivers and streams, offering an assorted range of riparian forests . This park is a prime example of Costa Rica’s rainforests, showcasing a rich tapestry of flora and fauna.

Rincon de la Vieja National Parkis is known for its tropical dry forests ecosystem. This unique environment is characterized by distinct dry and wet seasons, with the dry forest losing most of its leaves during the dry season. 

Visitors can explore its tropical dry forests with its incredible hiking trails, leading to mesmerizing waterfalls and hot springs . Wildlife sightings include exotic birds, monkeys, and possibly even pumas. The park’s volcanic activity is evident in its bubbling mud pools and fumaroles, making it a fascinating blend of rainforest and volcanic landscapes. This park truly embodies the essence of Costa Rica’s natural beauty and ecological diversity.

7. Piedras Blancas National Park

Located on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica you’ll find Piedras Blancas National Park. The park is full of many different animal species, including toucans, spider monkeys, and two-toed sloths. Wild cats are also in the remote environment.

Blancas National Park is best known for being one of the world’s biodiversity leaders, with a wide range of plants and flowers within the rainforest.

8. Carara National Park

The Carara National Park is on the northern side of Costa Rica and offers many beautiful beaches. It’s also home to the famous Crocodile Bridge .

In addition to Crocodile Bridge, Carara National Park is also well-known for its white sand beaches, where you can easily spend hours frolicking in the tropical waters.

9. Cahuita National Park

Cahuita National Park is the rainforest where you’ll find protected coral reefs.

You can also hike through the park, where you’ll eventually emerge along the coastline and enjoy a memorable snorkeling trip in the marine area. Cahuita National Park is also an excellent spot for its secluded, beautiful beaches.

10. Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park, located in the heart of Costa Rica, is a spectacular nature reserve that offers an immersive experience in one of the country’s most visited rainforests. Located near the town of La Fortuna, this park presents a unique opportunity to explore diverse rainforest ecosystems teeming with wildlife.

Visitors often spot sloths lazily moving through the lush vegetation, and the park is a haven for bird watching enthusiasts, with species like the vibrant scarlet macaws adding color to the green canvas. As part of Costa Rica’s rich natural heritage, the park exemplifies the beauty and diversity of rainforests, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers.

The Arenal Volcano rainforest is also located near the quaint town of La Fortuna, where you’ll find superb local cuisines , excursions like cacao bean and coffee tours, and a unique local vibe you won’t find in the more touristy cities.

11. Irazu Volcano National Park

Not too far from San Jose is Irazú Volcano National Park, nestled in the heart of Costa Rica, is a prominent destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the country’s famed natural beauty. One of the most popular Costa Rica rainforests for it’s green lagoon and impressive views of the Irazu volcano crater.

Dominated by the towering Irazú Volcano, the highest of Costa Rica’s active volcanoes, the park offers a unique blend of geological wonders and diverse ecosystems. Here, visitors can explore a range of habitats, from cloud forests to tropical rain forests, each providing a sanctuary for a myriad of bird species and other wildlife. This natural habitat, not far from the bustling city of San José, is a haven for wildlife exploration.

The park’s varying elevations create microclimates that sustain lush vegetation and Costa Rica’s rainforests, making it an essential part of the country’s ecological tapestry. Whether you’re a birdwatcher, a hiker, or simply a nature enthusiast, Irazú Volcano National Park promises an unforgettable experience amidst some of Central America’s most breathtaking landscapes .

If you want more volcanic activity, consider the Poas Volcano. South America has over 200 volcanoes; you can’t go wrong with the Poas Volcano. This exciting adventure is located within the lush greenery of the tropical rainforest.

12. Santa Rosa National Park

Santa Rosa National Park, located in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica, is a remarkable representation of Central America’s ecological diversity. This park, known for its tropical dry forests, stands in stark contrast to the more commonly known tropical rainforests of the region.

It’s one of the few places in Costa Rica where dry forests, once prevalent along the Pacific Coast, are preserved. Santa Rosa boasts lush vegetation, a sanctuary for abundant animal life, including numerous tropical birds and a variety of animal species. During the rainy season, this landscape transforms, highlighting the unique interplay of rain forests and dry forests within a single park. This natural treasure is a vital part of Costa Rica’s rich ecological tapestry, offering visitors a unique glimpse into the diverse ecosystems of Central America.

Roots of Pura Vida: The Integral Role of Rainforests in Costa Rican Culture and Community Conservation

Costa Rica’s culture is deeply entwined with its rainforests, reflecting a profound respect for nature’s bounty and diversity. These verdant realms are not merely a backdrop for biodiversity; they are woven into the cultural tapestry, shaping the ethos of conservation and community.

The country’s pioneering efforts in rainforest conservation, which have seen forest cover increase from 24.4% in 1985 to over 50% by 2011, are rooted in a national ethos of sustainability. This commitment extends to local communities, who play a crucial role in preserving the biodiversity of these ecosystems. Through eco-tourism initiatives, Costa Ricans have found ways to sustainably benefit from the rainforests while protecting them.

The incredible biodiversity in Costa Rica’s Rainforests are not just a habitat for wildlife; they symbolize the Costa Rican way of life, where living in harmony with nature is a cherished ideal.

What Animals Live in the Costa Rican Rainforest?

One of the best parts of visiting Costa Rica’s dense rainforests is experiencing the wildlife in their natural habitat. You’ll find many wildlife species in the Costa Rica rainforest, including monkeys, birds, frogs, spiders, snakes, and big cats.

You may also find parrots, crocodiles, three-toed sloths, and hummingbirds. The dense rainforest landscaping makes it the perfect environment for many birds.

Four monkey species are found in Costa Rica: Spider monkeys, Howler monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, and Squirrel monkeys.

Guardians of the Green: Unveiling Costa Rica's Wildlife Riches and Conservation Triumphs

Costa Rica has an extraordinary commitment to preserving its thick green landscapes and diverse fauna. Home to over half a million species, this Central American paradise is a testament to successful conservation efforts.

Ecotourism plays a vital role, allowing visitors to witness the splendors of Costa Rica rainforests, from mysterious cloud forests to vibrant lowland rainforests. The nation’s protection of 80% of its territory, including extensive national parks and wildlife refuges, enables travelers to explore habitats teeming with exotic creatures like sloths, toucans, and jaguars, making Costa Rica a world leader in wildlife conservation and an unforgettable travel destination.

What to pack When Visiting Costa Rica's Rain Forests

Exploring the lush rainforests of Costa Rica is an adventure of a lifetime, offering an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in nature’s most vibrant and diverse ecosystems. However, this unique experience demands thoughtful preparation, particularly in terms of what to pack . The right gear not only enhances comfort and safety but also ensures a more fulfilling and hassle-free exploration of these dense, tropical environments. From navigating unpredictable weather to protecting oneself from the diverse flora and fauna, your packing choices play a pivotal role. To help you prepare for this exhilarating journey, here is a list of recommended items to pack for your rainforest adventure in Costa Rica.

  • Lightweight, Breathable Clothing: Opt for moisture-wicking fabrics to stay comfortable in the humid rainforest climate.
  • Waterproof Rain Jacket: Essential for sudden downpours, a good rain jacket will keep you dry.
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots: Choose waterproof boots with good grip for navigating muddy trails.
  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the sun’s rays, even in the shade of the tropical rain forests.
  • Insect Repellent: To ward off mosquitoes and other insects, especially important in tropical areas.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated and reduce plastic waste. Hat and Sunglasses: For sun protection during parts of your journey that are not covered by the rainforest canopy.
  • Binoculars: Enhance your wildlife viewing encounters in the dense foliage.
  • Camera with Extra Batteries: Capture the stunning flora and fauna; extra batteries are a must as charging options may be limited, or simply use your phone.
  • First Aid Kit: Include basics like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and any personal medications.
  • Backpack: A comfortable, lightweight backpack to carry your essentials during hikes.
  • Quick-Dry Towel: Useful for drying off after unexpected rain or a waterfall swim.
  • Flashlight or Headlamp: Essential for early morning or evening activities, as well as exploring darker areas of the forest.
  • Snacks: Energy bars or trail mix can be handy during longer hikes.

How to Enjoy the Tropical Rainforest in Costa Rica

Considering a trip to a rainforest? Over half of Costa Rica’s land consists of wildlife refuges, reserves, and national parks. Whether one of Costa Rica’s tropical rainforest you visit is government-owned or under public ownership, you can expect a memorable vacation.

One of the best ways to enjoy the tropical dry forests of Costa Rica is through a guided tour. Guided tours can take you hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, or through canopy zip lines.

Other activities such as white water rafting, waterfall rappelling, and ziplining, are also exciting adventures to get your adrenaline pumping.

Remember to visit the gorgeous beaches at the outskirts of these forests, lined with palm trees and perfect for relaxing, paddle boarding, but whatever you decide, be sure include a guided canoe tour.

Plan Your Unforgettable Trip to Costa Rica's Rainforests

Costa Rica Eco-tourism significantly contributes it’s economic revenue with some of the most productive ecosystems in the world, the Costa Rica rainforests are a must-see, rich with plants and animals you won’t find anywhere else.

You can experience first-hand of a tropical rainforest of Costa Rica by staying at one of the many beautiful eco-lodges or renting a luxury villa nestled right in the jungle. Reach ultimate relaxation with your private chef, concierge, and infinity pool.

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Costa Rica Rainforest Tour: 3 Days Macro Photography Adventures

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Embark on our exclusive Costa Rica rainforest tour and dive into the heart of the Sarapiquí Valley. Hidden within Costa Rica’s lush tropical landscapes, this unique rainforest is a haven of remarkable flora and fauna. Stretching across a region filled with vibrant life, Sarapiquí Valley offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet.

Unleash Your Senses

Not just a journey, but an experience that will awaken your senses. From the whispers of ancient trees to the melodic calls of exotic birds, the Costa Rica rainforest tour is an invitation to explore nature in its most pristine form.

Photography and Exploration

Witness the tiny wonders of the forest through guided macro photography sessions, capturing everything from delicate ladybugs to enigmatic Pitvipers. Additionally, explore the natural trails of Braulio Carrillo with experienced guides, and find yourself immersed in nature’s purest beauty.

Night Adventure and Frog’s Heaven

As night falls, the rainforest reveals a different world. Experience a magical night walk, illuminated by fireflies, and uncover the secrets of the forest’s nocturnal inhabitants. Then, end your adventure at Frog’s Heaven , a controlled environment offering unprecedented opportunities for amphibian photography.

Tour Highlights:

  • Macro Photography Excursions : Engage with nature’s marvels.
  • Guided Hikes in Braulio Carrillo : Discover hidden trails.
  • Night Exploration : A whole new world after dark.
  • Frog’s Heaven Experience : Capture unique memories.
  • Authentic Rainforest Accommodation : Rest at La Selva Biological Station.
  • Personalized Service : All-inclusive and hassle-free.

What’s Not Included:

Airline flights, dinner on the day of arrival, travel equipment, health insurance, visas and passport fees, personal items, and gratuities.

Connect with Nature

Embrace the unique opportunity to be a part of something greater, to connect with Earth’s beautiful complexity. Our Costa Rica rainforest tour is more than a getaway; it’s a transformative experience. Join us, and let the breathtaking rainforest become a part of your soul.

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Day 1 - Arrival in San José

Day 2 - braulio carrillo & la selva biological station, day 3 - frog's heaven & return to san josé, tour location.

Experience the untouched beauty of Costa Rica's Sarapiquí Valley with our unique rainforest tour. From guided hikes through lush trails to exclusive macro photography sessions capturing the intricate details of flora and fauna, this adventure offers an unparalleled connection to one of the world's most vibrant ecosystems.

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5 Can’t Miss Rainforest Costa Rica Tours

Travel all-inclusive with Caravan Tours and enjoy rainforest tours in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica in Central America is home to over 10,000 species of different plants and trees making it one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. As much as 5% of the world’s diversity can be found in Costa Rica!

The forestation consists of unique flora and fauna in luscious virgin rainforests, mysterious cloud forests, and unique tropical dry forests.

Costa Rica vacationers can enjoy the exceptional natural beauty of Costa Rica thanks to the many excellent available rainforest eco-tours .

1. Rio Frio Cruise and Rainforest Tour

As tourists drift through Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge they pass through virgin Costa Rica rainforests. Most tours include naturalist guides to help you watch for all kinds of rainforest wildlife including elusive jaguars, caimans, howler monkeys, black turtles, and even water-walking lizards.

2. Tarcoles River Cruise and Rainforest Tour

Also known as the “river of crocodiles”, the Tarcoles River winds through the protected Carara Biological Reserve , home to the rare and endangered Scarlet Macaw. Caravan includes a fully guided Costa Rica rainforest cruise along the Tarcoles river. This is the best way to view this protected sanctuary and makes an ideal bird watching cruise.

3. Aerial Tram Rainforest Canopy Tour

Eco-conscious aerial tram tours through the rainforest canopies of  Braulio Carrillo Park and Manuel Antonio National Park are exceptional. This is definitely the ultimate way to see rainforest canopy wildlife, plus flora and fauna up close, with minimal human impact on the natural environment. Braulio Carrillo Park boasts virgin rainforests and outstanding cascading waterfalls. Manuel Antonio National Park was recently named one of the world’s Top 12 most beautiful parks and includes a number of outstanding accessible Pacific coast Costa Rica beaches .

4. Escallonia Cloud Forest Trail Tour

Cloud Forests (or Fog forests) have higher humidity and less rain than the typical rainforest. The unique ecosystem is found in less than 50 tropical and sub-tropical countries around the world, including Costa Rica.

The Escallonia Cloud Forest Trail is situated near Poás Volcano National Park in central Costa Rica, less than an hour’s drive from the capital city of San Jose. This Costa Rica rainforest features lower woody plants with an abundance of small cypress and myrtle growth. Escallonia Cloud Forest is also home to dozens of hummingbirds and large stunning orchids.

Plants all along the trail flower at various points throughout the year but the best time to visit is in the summer and autumn when primary colors emerge. Because of this, the Escallonia Cloud Forest Trail is a popular destination for North Americans on winter vacations in Costa Rica.

5. Tropical Dry Forest Tour

Guanacaste National Park is situated on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. It was originally created as a biological corridor for the migration of birds and insects between the dry forests, cloud forests, and rainforests. The founder of Guanacaste Park also had the vision of encouraging locals to become involved in Costa Rica environmental programs.

This is a tropical dry forest ideal for hiking, nature walks, and bird watching. If visiting in the afternoon, guests should be ready for a short rainfall (especially during the rainy season that lasts May through November).

Tours along Guanacaste National Park trails interweave through several ecosystems as the elevation increases from the Pacific Ocean up to Orosi and Cacao volcanoes. You can even hike up and across the Continental Divide which will lead to a typical Costa Rica rainforest.

The most popular Costa Rica wildlife visitors see in the dry forest include howler monkeys, white-tailed deer, long-tongued bats, and capuchin monkeys. Birds such as the Orange-Fronted Parakeet and Crested Caracara are common and easy to spot up in the trees as well.

Caravan Costa Rica Vacations Include Rainforest Tours

All of Caravan’s Costa Rica vacations include glimpses into the country’s amazing natural rainforests, cloud forests, and dry forests. Very affordably priced for a fully guided 8-day tour, these are all-inclusive Costa Rica vacations, and they book up fast!

You can find out more about the current Costa Rica Paradise vacation on our Costa Rica tour page.

Call toll-free at  1-800-Caravan (227-2826) to inquire about this tour.

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Explore each level of the dense Costa Rican rainforest from the ground to the treetops. Our award-winning Cable Car Tour will let you know first-hand all the secrets that the forest keeps while you fly over the treetops with a magnificent view of the Braulio Carrillo National Park and our private reserve.

Tours Activities

  • Aerial tram flight (40 min up and 40 min down)
  • Nature walk

Snake and frog exhibitions

Butterfly garden.

  • Orchid garden

Additional Services Not Included

  • Sloth center for $5 dollars paid at the park
  • Guide on the Aerial Tramp for $11 dollars paid in the park
  • Restaurant and Cafeteria
  • Photography service

Important Information

  • Free Parking
  • Closed-toe shoes are mandatory for all attractions.
  • All clients must be present 15 minutes before the confirmed time for the tour.
  • Recommended to bring sunscreen, Confortable clothes, Repelent and Raincoat.

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Aerial tram tour.

Our unique Aerial Tram Tour lets you live first hand all the secrets the forest keeps while you fly above the treetops and experience magnificent views of the Braulio Carrillo Park and our private reserve.

Our precious Butterfly Garden collection offers visitors the chance to appreciate unique and beautiful butterflies in a carefully controlled environment of 200 square meters which contains dozens of exotic and tropical species.

Orchids garden

In our Orchids Garden you can learn a lot about these special plants: herbaceous, monocotyledons, terrestrial, epiphytes or litofilas. The Orchidaceae family is really cosmopolitan, present in every continent. It’s formed of 30,000 species, 800 genders and more than 100,000 hybrids.

You’ll be able to see interesting species of amphibians and reptiles as you walk through. Learn about them and their ecosystems, all while understanding their importance and co-existence in the rainforest!

Aerial Tram

  • Time: 8:15am to 4:00pm (visitor must enter the park at 2:00pm the latest).
  • Aerial Tram Tour time: 09:15am to 02:00pm (each 30 minutes).

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 We are a Local Tour Operator  specialized at Bijagua with more than 10 years as a Naturalist Guides  so We are your first option if you want to discover one of the Natural Wonder of Costa Rica Río Celeste at the Tenorio Volcano National Park.

#BijaguaRainforestTours also operates several activities in Northern of Costa Rica and Guanacaste Area and We organize a Private Costumer Trips around (Guanacaste, Monteverde, Arenal Fortuna, and the Pacific Coast), with a Open Itinerary depending What do you want to visit and very important depending of the Customer Budgest.

We focus our business supporting the Local Green Communities  Projects a also offering the real Costa Rica  discovering the more beautiful details of the Rural Sustainable Tourism and the simple and Authentic Natural things That Costa Riva has for you.

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20 Best Things to Do in Costa Rica

From cloud forest hikes to chocolate farm tours, these are the best things to do in Costa Rica.

From rainforests and cloud forests to volcanoes and hot springs, Costa Rica is a hub of ecotourism with great weather and an endless parade of pristine natural areas to discover. Framed by coastlines along both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the country has countless places to surf (hello, Santa Teresa and Nosara ) and chill on beautiful beaches . Add cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum in the capital, San Jose, plus some wonderful eco-lodges and resorts , and it’s easy to see why tourists flock to Costa Rica.

While it’s hard to cull down the myriad activities and attractions in this peaceful Central American country where pura vida is the way of life, with the help of a dream team of local experts (Lucas Medeiros, chief concierge at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo , Natasha Brown, the founder of Salty Afro Surf , and Jemma Wright, director of experience at Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection ), we’ve rounded up 20 of the best things to do in Costa Rica. 

Related: T+L’s Guide to Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve

Nestled along the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve covers more than 35,000 acres of lush trees. Besides incredible endemic flora, it’s also home to animals such as howler monkeys and sloths. One of the best ways to soak in all the beauty? A high-flying zip-line tour.

Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Rincón de la Vieja National Park spans 34,000 acres of rugged terrain. It’s also a hotbed for adrenaline-pumping activities. “Mountain bikers of all levels can enjoy a thrilling ride around the largest volcano in Guanacaste,” says Lucas Medeiros.

Ecotermales Fortuna

The ideal place to soothe overworked muscles and relax after countless rugged adventures? Ecotermales Fortuna. The warm, magnesium-rich waters heated by the nearby Arenal Volcano are said to help combat inflammation and relieve pain, and the cool pools provide the perfect opportunity for hot and cold therapy.

Corcovado National Park

“Corcovado National Park, located on the Osa Peninsula, protects one of the most biologically diverse and complex ecosystems in the world,” says Jemma Wright. “The natural richness of this area — unspoiled beaches, rainforest trails, mangrove swamps, waterfalls, and wildlife — helps visitors appreciate our beautiful country.”

Arenal Volcano National Park

One of Costa Rica’s most famous attractions, the 30,000-acre Arenal Volcano National Park draws upwards of 100,000 visitors each year. Most travelers make the journey to witness its crown jewel stratovolcano, which rises 5,357 feet toward the clouds. Hiking, horseback riding, zip lining, and river rafting are also popular activities.

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is a must-visit spot for pura vida chasers and surfers. New to paddling out? First-timers can take group or private lessons. Back on land, the palm-fringed beach draws crowds for sunbathing and sunsets. 

Tenorio Volcano National Park

Situated in the rugged northern part of Costa Rica and part of the broader Arenal Tempisque Conservation Area, Tenorio Volcano National Park thrills travelers with its namesake volcano along with the spectacular Rio Celeste Waterfall (and the 3.5-mile trail that leads to it), wildlife peeping, and canopy bridges. 

Playa Chiquita

With over four miles of pristine waters, Playa Chiquita is the place for travelers looking for long swaths of untouched, uncrowded beaches and snorkeling the beautiful reefs, says Natasha Brown.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park packs a ton of nature into a relatively small area. It’s just seven square miles, but within its boundaries are rainforests, tropical plants, untouched white-sand beaches, coral reefs, coastal hiking trails, and diverse wildlife — from three-toed sloths and white-faced capuchin monkeys to orange crabs and black spiny-tailed iguanas. 

Coffee Farm Tour

Costa Rica produces some of the best coffee in the world, and it’s a huge economic driver for the country. While it’s certainly not difficult to procure a great cup of joe, serious java enthusiasts keen to learn more about the process should consider booking a tour at one of the many coffee farms outside of San Jose. 

Related: The Best Times to Visit Costa Rica 

Tabacon Hot Springs

While Costa Rica has many wonderful places to reap the benefits of volcano-heated mineral waters, few are as iconic as Tabacon Hot Springs. Tucked inside a lush, private rainforest reserve, this natural oasis wins points for its thermal pools and cascading waterfalls with healing, stress-melting benefits.  

Bijagua Ranas

“I love going to Bijagua Ranas to enjoy the rainforest and see the sloths!” says Medeiros.  Snakes, frogs, and toucans also call the wildlife sanctuary home. There are hiking trails, bridges, and viewing platforms that help you get a better look at all the wild inhabitants. 

Playa Cocles

Just south of Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, Playa Cocles is a popular surf spot and afternoon hangout. “Both locals and travelers come here at the end of the day to watch fire shows, enjoy a drink with friends, or sneak a few waves while watching the beautiful sunset,” says Brown.

Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

Head to the capital, San José, to learn about Costa Rica’s history and culture at the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Housed in an underground building beneath the Plaza de la Cultura, it dazzles visitors with a huge collection of gilded artifacts. 

Tortuguero National Park

Hidden away on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast and only accessible by boat or plane, Tortuguero National Park is one of the most distinct, isolated, and biodiverse places in the country, according to Wright. Nature lovers venture to this remote wilderness area to peep sea turtles, manatees, speckled caimans, and birds while navigating the canals on a canoe. 

One of the top spots to learn, practice, or master surfing in Costa Rica, Nosara is awash with strong breach breaks and knowledgeable instructors. It’s also a wellness destination with many yoga studios, retreats, and wellbeing centers. 

Tapir Valley Nature Reserve

Tapir Valley Nature Reserve in northern Costa Rica operates a spate of eco-tours through the spectacular 220-acre private preserve where animals ranging from ghost glass frogs to hummingbirds live. Visitors can follow tapir tracks with the help of a local Bijaguan guide, rise early for a birding adventure, or do a nighttime jungle tour to glimpse nocturnal critters. 

Térraba-Sierpe Wetland

“Exploring the mangroves, which hold so much biodiversity, supplies a deeper understanding of where the land, river, and sea unite," explains Medeiros. You’ll find the largest mangrove swamps in Costa Rica at the Térraba-Sierpe Wetland, just north of the Osa Peninsula. 

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

Part of the Arenal Huetar Norte Conservation Area in the remote northern part of the country near the Nicaraguan border, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is a paradise for birdwatchers with good odds of spotting roseate spoonbills, jabirus, and even the reclusive agami heron in the “Everglades of Costa Rica.”

Chocolate Farm Tour

When most people think of Costa Rican food, plates of pork, fish, rice, beans, and vegetables come to mind. But chocolate is a major staple (and export) as well. If you’re interested in learning more about how cacao becomes fine artisan chocolate — and sampling the “food of the gods” — book a beans-to-bar tour at one of the many chocolate farms.

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Villa Vanilla Spice Farm

Villa Vanilla is a family run farm that was founded in 1987 by Henry Karczynski. Born in Germany and raised in urban Chicago, Illinois, Henry studied business and worked in commerce for several years before finding his true vocation in life. It was until 1975, when he joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer that he got involved in agricultural development. He worked as a long term project manager for several Non- Government Organizations (NGO) and as a short term consultant in a half a dozen countries in Central America and the Caribbean.

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Our tour is completely hands-on and will satisfy the curiosity of tourgoers of all ages. You will use all of your senses to navigate the farm while identifying an interesting variety of spices such as our beloved vanilla, true ceylon cinnamon, cacao, black pepper, allspice, turmeric and variety of exotic fruits and medicinal plants.

What People Say

Excellent tour of a small local spice farm This was an excellent tour! The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and we got to see and taste some interesting spices. We learned all about how chocolate is made. We saw how peppercorns are grown, tasted the bark of the cinnamon tree, picked allspice berries. Great tour and fun gift shop. Written January 28, 2023
Very Interesting Really fascinating. My wife and I went this afternoon, and we had Joyce as our guide. She knows her stuff and is very down to earth and personable. The tour includes a tasting sampler of ice cream, hot chocolate and a number of other items that show off the spices discussed and displayed on the tour. Written January 28, 2023
Joyce gave a very informative tour. We really enjoyed all the knowledge of spices. It was so good to sample the cacao and all the other spices. The property is beautiful and we would have enjoyed that alone. Written January 27, 2023
Our tour was so informative, the samples were delicious and the spices very reasonably priced. But, the really awesome thing, we took a wrong turn via Waze and would up stuck in a ditch a few miles from the farm. It was pouring rain our phone wouldn’t work so I walked down this hill found a phone at a family home and called the farm asking for help, they came and Pulled us out and saved us only in Costa Rica would people be soooo kind. Thank you Pura Vida. Written January 26, 2023
Such an educational and uniquely fun experience. Our tour guide Joyce was so kind and answered all of our group’s questions. We learned so much about the process of growing not only vanilla, but also chocolate, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, and allspice – just to name a few. We also had a pleasant surprise of tasting a bunch of drinks and snacks made with ingredients grown on the farm. Would highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting Quepos or Manuel Antonio! Written January 23, 2023
Wonderful tour! Very hands on. We learned so much about spices and tasting them was amazing. Walking through the farm and seeing the diversity of plants was magical! Highly recommended! Written January 9, 2023
The best tour in Costa Rica! Villa Vanilla was the best part of our trip. We lived in Costa Rica for three + years and this was still the best tour. There was so much information and we were all totally engaged in everything our guide was talking about, we learned the most about sustainable agriculture and the practices used on the farm. I cannot recommend the tour highly enough. It was the highlight of our trip and we recommend it to every person we come across. Seriously, if you are in the area you HAVE TO GO TO THOS TOUR!!! The family that owns and operates it is kind and wonderful. 10/10 would recommend to everyone. The only thing I would change is having more room in our bags to bring too quality spices home! Truly the best and kindest! Written December 28, 2022
This was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone. The tour was very engaging and informational and the tour guide, Joyce, made it very enjoyable. You could tell she was passionate and very knowledgeable. I learned a lot of interesting things and purchased some lovely items in the shop that were very appropriately priced. Written December 24, 2022
Fun tour and very educational! My wife and I chose this tour during a day that was a bit rainy. It was probably the best tour we did while in Costa Rica! While every hotel offered ziplining, kyaking, hikes, etc. we are glad we chose something unique in the Manuel Antonio area. Our tour guide Joyce was amazing and knowledgeable. She spoke great English so there was no issue understanding what was being presented. Now we were in a very small group which helped us in asking more questions and getting perfect answers. There was so much we didn’t know about what was being grown in Costa Rica, and also the difficulty level of some items, such as Vanilla bean. We were picked up on time by a person named Chris who was very engaging throughout our short drive from the Shana Hotel (approx 15min). The tour lasted about 2.5hrs. We managed to get some beautiful photos and we learnt a new word “BioDynamics”. Oh and the ice cream they served us at the end is out of this world! My wife is still raving about the tour now that we are home. That means it was a success! 🙂 Written November, 2022
Loved the tour. Beautiful grounds, beautiful organic spices. It’s great to see people who love and respect the land so much. The food tasting at the end of the tour was the best part! Written November, 2022

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