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Tours to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is ideal for thrill-seekers. Fly down zip-wires over the jungle and walk on volcanoes in the same day. And for wildlife-lovers, stay in the rainforest and search for sloths. Listen to a chorus of crickets, frogs and more - from silence to a cacophony as the sun sets.

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Costa Rica

Discover our Costa Rica tours

Discover a land brimming with wildlife, volcanoes and rainforests on our Costa Rica tours and adventure holidays. Our local leaders will guide you through a labyrinth of jungle waterways in the 'mini Amazon' of Tortuguero, or take you on a cycling tour along the Caribbean coast, through the rainforest and to the golden beaches of the Pacific.

Looking for a Costa Rica wildlife holiday? Explore Manuel Antonio National Park for sightings of sloth, colourful toucan and white-faced capuchin monkey. For thrill-seekers, a zip wire flight through the jungle will get the heart pounding while our Costa Rica family tour will keep the kids entertained with rock jumping adventures, horse riding and active volcano expeditions.

Responsible travel is important to us at Explore, so we're committed to making sure that the local communities, environments and wildlife are protected and respected on all of our Costa Rica trips. 

Popular Costa Rica Tours

Highlights of Costa Rica

Costa Rica Wildlife Trip code BCC
Best seller
9 Days From £1025 without flights

Explore Costa Rica

Costa Rica Wildlife Trip code CC
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15 Days From £1890 without flights

Costa Rica - Coast to Coast

Costa Rica Wildlife Trip code DCC
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15 Days From £2460 without flights
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15 Days From £2150 without flights

Cycle Costa Rica

Costa Rica Cycling Trip code CCR
14 Days From £2140 without flights

Highlights of Costa Rica + Beach Extension

Costa Rica Wildlife Trip code BCCB
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11 Days From £1320 without flights

Costa Rica tour highlights

For jaw-dropping scenery and wildlife wonders, Costa Rica ticks all the boxes. Embrace the pura vida lifestyle on our immersive small group holidays to Costa Rica, which can take you from through the highlights of Monteverde and Manuel Antonio to exploring Costa Rica by bicycle; if you’re looking for family holidays to Costa Rica, we have that covered too.

Traversing volcanic trails, discovering the wildlife of the dense cloud forest and escaping to laid-back Caribbean beaches: take a closer look at some of our favourite highlights of Costa Rica:

Tortuguero National Park

Perhaps one of Costa Rica’s most famous inhabitant is the sloth. One of the best places to view sloths is Tortuguero National Park, a coastal reserve where the rainforest meets the sea in a network of complex canals and lagoons. It’s known as the ‘mini Amazon’ for its diversity of wildlife. Accommodation here is generally in traditional forest lodges, where you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with sloths, as well as a variety of birdlife including heron, stork and kingfisher who feed on the rich fish stocks. Tortuguero National Park actually translates as ‘land of the turtles’, so as well as the furry and feathered inhabitants you may also get to spot the sea turtles that call the area home. You can go sloth-spotting in Tortuguero National Park on many of our Costa Rica trips, including our best-selling Explore Costa Rica tour or our shorter Highlights of Costa Rica adventure.


Costa Rica’s volcanoes are a must-see for all visitors, whether you come for the spectacular views or the hiking trails. Arenal is an active volcano and is perhaps the country’s best-known, situated in the north of the country. You can view the volcano from a variety of angles on one of the many great footpaths – or perhaps try something more adventurous like rafting or zip-wiring, perfect if you’re travelling as a family. The base of the volcano is edged by the tranquil Lake Arenal, and if you opt for our Cycle Costa Rica holiday you’ll skirt the northern shores of the lake with magnificent views of the volcano’s perfectly conical shape.

Rainforests and cloud forests

With monkeys swinging in the trees to a cacophony of sound, exploring the Costa Rican rainforest is a multi-sensory experience. One of the finest examples of dense jungle is in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, believed to have been inhabited since 3000BC. If you’re feeling brave you can fly through the treetops on a zip-line, or perhaps take a jaw-dropping stroll along the treetop walkways. At night the cloud forest comes alive; on a nocturnal walking tour you may spot tarantulas or pacas – a spotty herbivorous rodent.

Family holidays in Costa Rica

With its jungle scenery, smouldering volcanoes, incredible biodiversity – not to mention beaches, Costa Rica is the perfect destination for families. Go adventurous on a family holiday to Costa Rica and travel between the Caribbean and Pacific oceans, meeting howler monkeys and jewel-toned birds, swinging through the jungle canopy on a zip-line or sunbathing with iguanas on the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Responsible travel in Costa Rica

All of our holidays are designed to take you away from chain hotels where possible – rather, we aim to stay in unique accommodation options such as homestays and lodges where you can immerse yourself in local life. In Costa Rica we’ll take you off the beaten track to stay in a rainforest lodge in La Fortuna, with large tropical gardens for enjoying the sounds of the birds, or perhaps a guesthouse perched on a tiny strip of land between the Caribbean Sea and the tangled waterways of Tortuguero National Park.

Solo travel in Costa Rica

Every one of our Costa Rica holidays is ideally suited to solo travellers. It depends on the tour, but generally around half of all our customers will be travelling solo. If you’re a solo traveller considering an Explore holiday, you can be sure that you’ll meet likeminded fellow travellers on the trip. You can leave all of the logistics to us and just enjoy preparing for your holiday.

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