Costa Rica's Best Tours and Excursions: Whitewater Rapids, Rainforest Ziplines, Cacao Trails

While some places may offer similar tours and excursions, nowhere else in the world can match Costa Rica's adventure-filled expeditions. From the farthest reaches of the Caribbean coast to the rainforest covered mountain tops to the chaos of the capital city, there are so many areas to explore on a visit to this inviting country. Slip beneath the surface and spot sea horses on the great barrier reef with Reef Runner Divers, where experienced divers lead underwater tours of the Caribbean's secret colorful treasures. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient peoples and learn how they grew and made chocolate from the tree to the bean to the cup on the Cacao Trails tour, which includes a kid-friendly canoe ride and chocolate tasting. Whet your thirst for adrenaline on a whitewater rafting excursion down the Rio Pacuare, one of Central America's most challenging and rewarding rapids, where you'll also spot wildlife up close along the lush banks.  Boost your spirits beyond happy at the Jaguar Rescue Center, where baby monkeys and sloths play with human visitors before being released into the nearby jungle. For a different perspective on things, embark on Costa Rica's signature experience, a canopy zipline tour, a rush unlike any other.



The Monteverde Cloud forest is a lush preserve that remains largely intact despite a recent boom in tourism. Most of the wildlife is rare and much of it is nocturnal, which is why a night hike of the preserve makes for such a stimulating...  Read More

Ranario Monteverde
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Frog spotting can be a fun past time in Costa Rica, especially since some species, like the exquisite and now Missing Golden Toad, are disappearing fast as more and more humans begin to visit their terrain. At the Monteverde Ranario, or Frog...  Read More



Cacao Trails is one very cool place to get acquainted with Costa Rica's cacao, from the important role of the fruit in local indigenous communities to the process it goes through from the bean to the bar, complete with a traditional chocolate...  Read More



The Lankester Botanical Gardens (Jard�n Bot�nico Lankester) was created in 1973 as a center for the exhibition, conservation and research of tropical air plants, with an empahsis on orchids. Recognized worldwide for its stunning...  Read More

Caribeans Chocolate Forest Experience
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Chocolate lovers, nature enthusiasts, and those looking to learn more about Costa Rica's rich history of cacao should indulge in the Chocolate Forest Experience, but if you can't spare the time, there's the Chocolate Tasting Lounge to relax and...  Read More



Experience the rush of whitewater rafting on some of Central America's best rapids on Costa Rica's Pacuare River. If the ride doesn't take your breath away, the scenery will. A one-day trip includes class III and IV rapids and can be a most...  Read More

Cafe Britt Coffee Tour
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After a warm introduction and a brief history of coffee in Costa Rica, the tour begins with a stroll through the plantation of coffee, cacao, and many other tropical trees. A charismatic bi-lingual guide explains the growing cycles from the...  Read More



Yes, it is the quintessential Costa Rican adventure, and yes it is a must-do experience, if you enjoy the great outdoors, that is. You'll feel the adrenaline in your veins and the wind in your hair as you whiz from platform to platform (there...  Read More



Reef Runner Divers is a one-stop dive shop located in a prime beachfront spot in Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica. With a staff of experienced divers and a trusty panga boat named "The Reefer" this long-standing outfit has access to the most...  Read More



At the Jaguar Rescue Center in Playa Chiquita, a few kilometers south of Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica a primatologist and her herpatologist husband are a couple of passionate animal lovers who created the Jaguar Rescue Center in response to...  Read More


Meet Sophia LaMonica

On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia