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Palo Verde National Park: Half-Day Jungle River Cruise

1. Palo Verde National Park: Half-Day Jungle River Cruise

Palo Verde National Park encompasses one of the most important wetlands of Central America. You’ll have the opportunity to explore its varied habitats on this half-day jungle river cruise. Throughout the year resident and migrant water birds sharing the mangroves and marshlands with white- tailed deer, coyote, white-nosed coatimundi, howlers, white-faced monkeys, iguanas, and crocodiles. Wildlife is plentiful here, from tiny hummingbirds feeding at heliconia flowers, to the huge and flamboyant Roseate Spoonbills. Enjoy the countryside as it changes from savannah to plantations and small villages as you make your way to the pontoon boat, which is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to explore Palo Verde. You’ll travel by boat along the Tempisque River, which borders the National Park. You’ll pass through a wide variety of habitats, including pastureland and mangroves. Observe huge crocodiles resting in the sunshine and monkeys moving rapidly through the trees. You’ll see diverse bird species such as the Anhinga, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, the rare and endangered Jabiru, Blue Heron, White Ibis, and more.

Lake Arenal: Kayaking and Biking Combo Tour

2. Lake Arenal: Kayaking and Biking Combo Tour

Explore and discover Costa Rica by water and land with this combo tour of Lake Arenal. Enjoy the unique experience of mountain biking through lush forest and gliding across the mystic waters of the Arenal lake all while reveling in the extraordinary beauty of the Arenal Volcano.    First, enjoy a 2-hour kayak across Lake Arenal and its surrounding islands. Keep an eye out for local birds such as ospreys, kingfishers, and neotropic cormorants. You will also have the opportunity to spot wildlife such as howler monkeys, spider monkeys, white-nosed coatis and sloths. Once you are finished kayaking, relax lakeside and enjoy a light fruit and power bar picnic before setting out on your mountain biking adventure through natural paths, traditional Costa Rican neighborhoods and small rivers.

Small-Group Blue River & Tenorio Volcano National Park Hike

3. Small-Group Blue River & Tenorio Volcano National Park Hike

Discover one of the most amazing sights in Costa Rica on a full-day tour of the Tenorio Volcano National Park, part of the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area, including a 3.5-hour hike to the crystalline waters of Los Teñideros in the Celeste River. Marvel at the magnificent turquoise waters and surrounding nature of the Rio Celeste. Located on the flanks of the Tenorio Volcano, the river is unique in Costa Rica and astounds visitors with its natural beauty. A circuit trail of 4.2 miles (7 kilometers) will take you through the forest, passing scenic spots such as Los Teñideros, where the river acquires a different color due to the chemical reactions. Visit the mud-filled fumaroles of Las Ollas (“Cooking Pots”), legendary for their healing properties. Continue to a startling turquoise waterfall of the Rio Celeste, before heading back along the banks of the river, enjoying the bubbling water and the nature surrounding you along the way. Finish your tour of one of the most interesting places in Costa Rica with a delicious lunch.

Liberia: Rincón de la Vieja Bird-Watching Tour

4. Liberia: Rincón de la Vieja Bird-Watching Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, you will journey towards Hacienda Guachipelin, where your experience will take place. There you will walk around the Hacienda in search of unique bird species with an expert bilingual guide. Hacienda Guachipelin is replete with bird watching opportunities due to its diverse ecosystems. Over 300 different species have been identified in these areas, including the spectacled owl, the turquoise-browed motmot, the emerald toucanet, and the Montezuma Oropendola. Throughout this ecosystem fly colorful, sonorous, intrepid birds, all of which you can take fun in seeking whilst in the park. The dry forest is full of wildlife and unique species, creating the perfect place to enjoy wildlife and bird watching in the gardens rich in native trees and exotic flowers. At the conclusion of your enjoyable bird-watching experience, you will be transferred back to your point of origin.

Palo Verde & Guatil: Jungle Boat Tour, Pottery & Lunch

5. Palo Verde & Guatil: Jungle Boat Tour, Pottery & Lunch

Discover the birds and biodiversity of Palo Verde National Park on this boat tour with lunch. Complete your tour with a stop in Guaitil, known for its pottery, for an authentic Costa Rican experience. Start with an early morning pickup at a location provided by you. The natural hydrologic system of the Tempisque River creates the perfect conditions for exotic wildlife to thrive. As a result, Palo Verde is a refuge for hundreds of resident birds and a wide variety of migratory species. Board a river boat for a leisurely cruise along the Tempisque. Admire the park’s beauty while a naturalist guide tells you about its unique ecosystem. This cruise is perfect for bird watchers. Nature lovers can also get a close look at howler and capuchin monkeys. Spot crocodiles on the riverside. After a cruise down the Tempisque River, give yourself a well-earned break. Feast on a delicious traditional lunch. Continue to your next stop, the artisan village of Guaitil. Learn about the history of Chorotegan Indians of Guaitil. Watch local artists as they make pottery, a heritage of their Pre-Columbian ancestors. Step back into a thousand years of tradition with a visit to this indigenous village. Relax on the ride back to your hotel, once the 5-hour tour concludes in the afternoon.

Arenal Lake: Kayaking and Bird Watching Experience

6. Arenal Lake: Kayaking and Bird Watching Experience

Your Arenal Lake tour starts with a 25-minute drive from your hotel. Throughout the drive, your guide will provide you with a brief idea of the logistics of the tour. Before you start kayaking on the lake, your guide will give you a safety orientation talk and will teach you how to maneuver the kayaks. You will then begin your 2-hour journey kayaking on the lake. Stopping for a snack of fresh local fruit after paddling for 1.5-hours. Experience the inspiring beauty and tranquility as you glide across the mystic waters of the Arenal Lake, Costa Rica’s largest and most breathtaking lake. You can enjoy the spectacular views of the powerful Arenal Volcano. Paddling these calm waters will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wildlife that surrounds the lake such as monkeys, iguanas and a large number of tropical birds. The beauty and energy of this amazing Arenal Volcano will truly penetrate your soul.

Arenal Forest: Bird Observation & Photography Tour

7. Arenal Forest: Bird Observation & Photography Tour

If you are a lover of birdsong and enjoy the beautiful colors of these feathered creatures, this tour and outing amongst nature is for you. Enjoy a gentle walk through the forest with the purposes of observing and photographing these incredible animals. The areas around the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal are fantastic for bird watchers. An expert bilingual naturalist and birdwatcher guide will help you find a wide variety of species such as toucans, parrots, orioles, colorful tanagers, parakeets and many more. Birds are most active early in the morning and in the late afternoon as the day cools into evening. For more experienced birdwatchers, you can focus on seeing Royal Flycatchers, White-Fronted Nun birds, Cinnamon Woodpeckers and other less commonly seen species.

La Fortuna Bird Watching Tour with Naturalist Guide

8. La Fortuna Bird Watching Tour with Naturalist Guide

See Costa Rica's amazing variety of bird life on this birdwatching tour from La Fortuna. Depending on the season, and the best birding options available, either head up near the Arenal Volcano by the Arenal Lake, or visit the El Silencio Nature Reserve or Finca Luna Nueva. The elusive tropical birds of Costa Rica are best spotted in the morning, so you'll rise early and begin your jungle adventure in the morning. Spot all kinds of wildlife, like toucans, parrots, oropendolas, colorful tanagers, or wild parakeets. Your guide will help you spot species such as Royal Flycatchers, White-fronted Nunbirds, and Cinnamon Woodpeckers, discussing each variety with you and marking them down in your guide book.

Liberia: Private Bird Watching Tour

9. Liberia: Private Bird Watching Tour

Costa Rica is a colorful country, especially when surrounding its birds. With over 900 species of birds, Costa Rica is one of the world’s top destinations for birding. Throughout this private tour, you will explore the Rincon de la Vieja National Park to find bird species with the company of an experienced bilingual guide. The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is replete with bird watching opportunities due to its diverse ecosystems. Over 300 different species have been identified in the area, including the spectacled owl, the curassow, and the Montezuma oropendola. In the ecosystem fly colorful, sonorous, intrepid birds, who are the owners of this exceptional environment. The dry forest is full of wildlife and unique species, making it the perfect place to enjoy wildlife and bird watching. A the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned to your tour starting point.

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What people are saying about Guanacaste

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 12 reviews

I really enjoyed this! Steven was such a friendly and knowledgeable guide as well. The hike was beautiful, but it was challenging at times and Steven was very patient with me taking my time. We even got to stop and see a sloth on the way which added to it as well. I could tell Steven loves his job and enjoys sharing nature with others. I highly recommend this activity.

The tour was very beautiful, the guide explained many things to us. The beautiful waterfall. The food included in the package was also delicious. The treatment of the guides is excellent.

Great morning, very enjoyable! The boat driver was very good and pointed out lots of neat birds, crocodiles and monkeys for us. Our tour guide Freddy was great!!!

Excellent door to door service and fantastic trip down the river with a great guide and boat captain

Great knowledgeable guides. Spotless transport van.