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La Fortuna: Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour

1. La Fortuna: Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour

Escape into the nature of the La Fortuna on a guided hike. Walk by the river and follow a trail to a panoramic viewpoint. Have a delicious lunch at a Maluku Indian village and trek through forests, lava fields, and farmlands before relaxing at a natural hot spring resort with a drink. Be collected at your accommodation and be driven to the beginning of the forest walk. Trek on the easy track along the crystal clear La Fortuna river. En route, hop on a tractor cart uphill to a panoramic viewpoint. Spot the next location from a distance then begin the return walk down a jungle staircase. Halfway down is a high suspension bridge to cross. The trail leads further down the huge canyon, which was shaped by a volcanic mega-eruption. Encounter the spectacular La Fortuna waterfall. Be amazed by the lush vegetation on its 70-meter-high walls, the huge volcanic rocks at its foot, and the water splashing down in its massive pool. Bask in its beauty or even take a refreshing dip. Return to the viewpoint then walk down to the little village of the Maluku Indians. Seated in their Palenke (main house), enjoy a rest while listening to an interesting story about their culture, art, and history.  After being active for a few hours, the time has come to relax and enjoy a typical hot lunch. Next to the restaurant is a butterfly garden and frog pond that you can explore until your food is served.  Reenergized, take a 15-minute ride to the park at the foot of the Arenal volcano. Being the trek through the primary forest where you can see huge trees with giant roots. Besides a variety of birds, the forest is host to monkeys, sloths, and coati. Leave the forest and reach the highest viewpoint that exists around the volcano and absorb the most spectacular panoramic views of Lake Arenal, the jungle, the valley, the lava fields, and most of all the Arenal that towers over you.  Conclude your tour at the natural hot spring resort. Relax in its soothing warm water for about an hour and enjoy a complimentary cocktail. Afterward, you will be taken back to your accommodation.

San Jose: Central Market Bites and Sights Walking Tour

2. San Jose: Central Market Bites and Sights Walking Tour

Get up close and personal with Costa Rican life, through local food, history, and even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, and vegetables, and enjoy several local food samples on this guided tour. Stroll through the streets with a local as they show you the ins-and-outs of daily life. Start with a morning pick-me-up coffee in a café located in the Central Market. Then, take a stroll through the vibrant market, tasting local fresh fruits. Next, sample empanadas and continue along local roads towards the Borbon Market. Seeing diverse sites the Cathedral, National Theater, and the beautiful parks will help you get to know the country and its rich history. Finally, visit a special coffee store where you will find coffee and chocolates produced by women. Learn to prepare coffee, enjoy a tamal, and make plantain empanadas before concluding your tour.

Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

3. Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

Discover Manuel Antonio National Park, a small biological island established in 1972 by the Costa Rican government to preserve its precious wildlife. Though Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest park in the country, it’s also the most visited due to its charming combination of rain forests, beaches, coral reefs, and wildlife. After being picked up from your hotel by your excerpt driver-guide, get ready to explore a diverse range of fauna spanning 109 species of mammals and 184 birds. As you explore, look out for raccoons, coatis, agoutis, sloths, white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, and the famous Titi monkey, an endangered subspecies unique to the park. Be led by your guide on a breathtaking walking tour through the jungle and experience the secrets and wonders of this amazing ecosystem. See kingfishers, the yellow crowned night heron and many more bird species. Benefit from assistance taking high-quality nature photos using your own digital camera combined with professional telescopes provided on the tour.

San José: Full-Day Tortuga Island Tour with Lunch

4. San José: Full-Day Tortuga Island Tour with Lunch

Explore Tortuga Island on a guided tour, Go on a quick tour of the other islands in a boat, then arrive at Tortuga Island. Go snorkeling or swimming, and eat breakfast on the beach. Opt to do other activities, such as renting a jet ski. Tuck into lunch. Begin your tour by getting picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle directly from your hotel in either Heredia, San José, or Alajuela. Once you arrive at the harbor, hop into your speedboat and set sail on your adventure. Listen to your guide tell you about the local area and take in the views. Go on a tour of the Gulf of Nicoya, and see islands such as San Lucas, Isla Cedros, and Jesusita. Use the opportunity to take photos. Along the way, keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins that are residents of Puntarenas. See if you can spot whales or turtles, and stop to observe them. Upon arrival at the island, be provided with equipment to go snorkeling, as well as instructions on how to use them. Go searching for exotic and colorful fish underwater. Spend time relaxing on the white sand in the shade of palm trees. Opt to participate in other activities at an extra cost. Rent a jet ski or a kayak, or go paddleboarding. After you have explored the island, head back for lunch on the beach. Enjoy cold drinks and a coffee along with it. Hop back in the boat to be taken back to your hotel at the end of the day.

San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

5. San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

Departing from the nearby meeting point, visit the University of Costa Rica campus, home to some of the largest patches of forest in San Jose. Guided by young biologists, discover the nature hiding in the middle of Costa Rica's largest city. Experience wildlife you wouldn't have imagined existed minutes away from downtown.   On the first stop, you’ll look for resident and migratory birds, lots of incredible insects and amazing flowers. We'll be talking about art, history, indigenous culture, and most of all, nature. Lastly, visit the main campus to seek out the friendly sloths climbing freely. The goal of this tour is to change the way tourism is done in Costa Rica, while supporting young scientists, researchers, and local entrepreneurs.

Monteverde: Night Tour in the Tropical Forest

6. Monteverde: Night Tour in the Tropical Forest

Follow your guide along picturesque trails as they show you the best way to spot the local wildlife at night. Explore the biodiversity of Costa Rica by discovering this fun and entertaining experience in the Tropical Forest of Monteverde. Show your digital voucher at the entrance to the refuge and start your adventure by proceeding inside the facility. Enjoy a short meet and greet with your guide before heading off along select trails. Your guide will help you explore the refuge and forests and place you in the best position to spot native wildlife. Spot animals like Tarantulas, Glass Frogs. Red Eye Frogs, Sloths, owls, Toucans, a great variety of insects, nocturnal mammals like the Kinkajou, Olingo, Armadillos, Porcupines, and also reptiles like lizards and snakes.

La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano, Lunch, & Hotsprings Morning Tour

7. La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano, Lunch, & Hotsprings Morning Tour

Explore the Arenal National Park on a guided morning tour, see the Arenal Volcano, an emerald lake, and enjoy a local lunch before relaxing in natural hot springs. See all the stunning beauty of the Arenal area on this day tour. Explore narrow jungle trails and conquer huge lava rocks as you explore the natural beauty and landscape of the area. Admire the impressive Arenal Volcano looming as you explore the area at the base of the volcano, and take in the immensity of this now silent giant. Make your way down as a bilingual guide teaches the group about the ecosystem and the wildlife that may be encountered. Reach the bottom part of the trek and take the opportunity to see an emerald green lake. Enjoy a typical local lunch, and finish the experience with a visit to a small resort, and relax in natural hot water pools for about an hour.

La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano and Hanging Bridges Combo

8. La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano and Hanging Bridges Combo

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the La Fortuna area, and travel to Arenal Volcano to hike the paths surrounding the mighty mountain. Get back to nature in Arenal Volcano National Park, where most of the 850 species of bird identified in Costa Rica can be found. Look out for other wildlife, such as white-faced capuchin monkeys, jaguars and deer. Then, cool down with a swim in a natural pool at La Fortuna waterfall. Once we are refreshed, will move to the restaurant to taste our delicious typical meal "Casado" Marvel at the stunning landscapes of a secondary rainforest at the base of the park, and a primary rainforest with amazing biodiversity amongst the hanging bridges. Walk through the rainforest on a network of 15 suspension bridges of various levels of difficulty in Mistico Park.

La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour

9. La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour

Visit a cocoa farm in the rainforest with majestic views of Arenal Volcano. See where cocoa is grown, processed and produced and unearth the hidden secrets of local chocolate production. This interactive experience lets travelers eat as much chocolate as they want while learning about the history, culture, and traditions of this popular Costa Rican sweet. In this 2-hour hands-on program, have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about cocoa and chocolate, its origin and history. Participate in all aspects of the production process, from the harvesting of the fruit, drying, and grinding of the seeds.  Discover why the cacao tree was very important to ancient cultures. Find out how cacao was not only used as a ceremonial drink, but its seeds were also used as currency because of its economic value, in many regions of Mesoamerica, including Costa Rica.

From San José: Poas Volcano and Coffe Farm

10. From San José: Poas Volcano and Coffe Farm

On this tour we will spend picking up at specific points in San José to make a quick and efficient collection so that you have a good time when visiting the Poás Volcano. The Poás Volcano is one of the favorite places for many tourists when visiting Costa Rica, in this place you can safely see the volcano's character and also be able to see its beautiful lagoon. The National Park will mention if there are volcanic eruptions and give a talk if necessary about safety. The park has a lagoon called Botos, this will be visited only if the national park has enabled the trail and if the guide mentions that it is possible to visit it due to the time to be met in the itinerary. After this visit, we will make a stop for lunch at Freddo Fresas, a typical restaurant in the area with local food, the approximate time is 45 minutes to 1 hour. Our guide will talk a little about the history of Coffee in Costa Rica while we move to a coffee farm, he will comment on why it is one of our most important sources of income for our producers and the reason for the global prestige of our coffee planted in conditions suitable for a special seed that produces delicious coffee. The coffee tour is not included when you arrive at the Cafetalera farm, however you can purchase it for an additional price. At this Cafetarelera farm you can have a delicious coffee with a view of the central valley and waterfall, bring souvenirs or take photos in the plantations. We will do everything possible to make your trip the best.

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If you walk around the park on your own, you would miss 90% of the wild life. Our guide was fun, knowledgeable and entertaining. He found snakes, birds and monkeys and was excellent in setting up a telescope for us to film through. Only downside are some of the undereducated bafooms who walk around talking /shouting continuously. No wonder they don’t see any animals.. or perhaps they don’t care.

This was an incredible tour that I could not recommend enough! Don Claudio and Serge were incredible guides with so much knowledge to share. We even managed to see a sloth come down from the trees. This really was a tour I will never forget! They also really care about the animals which I love!

The tour and guide exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend tour. Guide was truly knowledgeable, courteous, kind and accommodating to everyone. Will definitely book with this company again. Thank you for making my first visit to costa rica awesome!!!

The tour was very nice, the guide was very interesting and informative. You will get an opportunity to make your own chocolate and taste local coffee.

A nice and relatively difficult (up and down) walk.