Costa Rica is adventure-filled at virtually every corner, and depending on what you are looking to explore, you'll find several tour companies that provide guided or self-guided tours. More than 200 tour organizations are recognized by the Costa Rican Tourist Board, and vary from white water rafting to mountain biking to bird watching. Whether you want to explore nature at a leisurely pace or break a sweat on a thrilling endeavor, Costa Rica is the place to be! Unlike large travel agencies, groups are usually kept on the smaller scale so that you can enjoy the trip and hear the instructor pointing out wildlife and flora along the way.
Costa Rica is home to a variety of different rapids so anyone can enjoy the ultimate challenge of white water rafting. Whether you've never ventured through the chopping waters or you're doing it for the twentieth time, Costa Rica rivers will offer you both a unique experience on the water and stunning scenery beyond. The Arenal Volcano area
is home to great white water rafting, and you'll get a peak of the towering Arenal Volcano itself. Because of the valleys and canyons that were created over hundreds of years here, Costa Rica's rafting is some of the finest on the globe. Check out the Pacuare, Corobici and Reventazon rivers.
For the truly active Costa Rica visitor, bike tours are a great way to view the entire landscape. Biking is quicker than walking, so you'll cover a larger area, but you are closer to nature itself than you would be in a car or other tour options. Biking tours are available all across the country and range from easy, flat grounds to difficult and sometimes steep areas with challenging hills for experienced riders.
Canopy tours are extremely popular in Costa Rica because they allow you to view the rainforest from a whole new vantage point! There isn't quite a thrill like the one you experience while traversing through the tip-top of the forest. You'll get a bird's eye view of monkeys playing in the trees, of the water or even a mountain range. Monteverde
is one of the best spots for canopy tours as well as the Arenal Volcano National Park
, Caribbean Coast and Veragua Rainforest.
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Bird Watching Tours
Costa Rica is home to roughly 800 aviary species, and depending on where you are going, you'll find a variety of different species. You'll find both native and migrating birds throughout the country during any given time of the year. While you can easily walk through the forest and watch for birds yourself, Costa Rica tour companies are known for their guides who have intrinsic capabilities to call and locate birds. Head to Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve
, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
or Guapilse for the best possibility to catch these creatures in flight.
There are countless tours available throughout Costa Rica in addition to these popular ones, including horseback riding, ATV tours, mangrove tours, dolphin watching tours and coffee tours. Frequently, tour companies will offer combination packages to experience a number of different activities.