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Things to Do in Guanacaste

Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Guanacaste and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Guanacaste activities? We have 22 tour ideas.


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Bus & Minivan Tours

From Guanacaste: Granada in Nicaragua Full-Day Bus Tour

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 147.00


See the best of Nicaragua on this full-day bus tour from Guanacaste to Granada. See the oldest church in Central America, and climb to the lip of Santiago Crater at Nicaragua's most active volcano. Explore Masaya Market and visit Lake Nicaragua.

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Canyoning

Canyoneering and Horseback Tour

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 60.00


The natural beauty of the Rio Colorado Canyon, river and Victoria Waterfall is showcased on this 2.5 hour tour combining sightseeing, canyoneering and horseback riding. Rappel down the falls, swim and marvel at the flora and fauna unique to the area.

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Canyoning

Guanacaste - One-Day Adventure Pass

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 90.00


Spend a fun-filled day at a working ranch in Guanacaste and enjoy a raft of adventure activities for all ages. Enjoy a thrilling tubing adventure, horseback ride through mountains, or relax in the natural mineral hot springs.

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Classes

Lake Arenal Costa Rica Wakeboard Lessons

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 125.00


Learn to wakeboard under the shadow of an active volcano with 1-hour to full-day lessons on Costa Ricas Lake Arenal. Freeride the warm, flat expanse of the Laguna de Arenal, and discover how to do backrolls, tantrums, air raleys and more.

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Day Trips

Nicaragua Day Trip: Catarina, Masaya Volcano and Granada from Guanacaste

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 16 hours
Priced From: USD 172.00


Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nicaragua on this full-day trip to Catarina, Masaya Volcano and Granada with a knowledgeable guide. Learn about the cultural influences, natural landscapes and colonial architecture of this colorful country as you admire volcanic features from Catarina viewpoint, visit... Read More

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Day Trips

Costa Rican Wildlife in Palo Verde National Park

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 105.00


From mangroves to swamps, saltwater to freshwater lagoons, the Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica has it all! This day trip takes you traveling along the Bebedero River to gaze at exotic animals such as anteaters and crocodiles. You might also spot some howler monkeys, green iguanas and a wide array of local Costa Rican birds.

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Day Trips

Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 135.99


Start the day with an energizing breakfast. Catch impressive views of Arenal Volcano while surrounded by Costa Rica's scenic landscape on this full-day trip from Guanacaste. Take a walk through the rainforest of Arenal Volcano National Park as you learn about the flora and fauna of the diverse... Read More

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Day Trips

Corobici River Float Tour and Las Pumas Jaguar Rescue Center

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 99.99


Get up-close views of nature while you float lazily down the Corobici River in the Costa Rican rainforest! Aboard a raft with an expert guide, you'll take in the sights of the flora and fauna that flourish in the bio-diverse region – including ospreys, mot mots, herons and egrets as well as a... Read More

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Day Trips

Monteverde Cloud Forest and Butterfly Garden from Guanacaste

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 11 hours
Priced From: USD 134.99


Explore the tropical treetops of Costa Rica on this canopy tour in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve! Set foot inside Monteverde's famous butterfly garden to learn about the world's most beautiful winged insects as well as other fascinating creatures! After this pleasant immersion in nature,... Read More

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Day Trips

Palo Verde National Park and Coffee Tour

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 132.00


If your question is, 'Where can I see monkeys’', this is the tour for you. Explore the shelter of a great variety of wildlife.

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Hiking & Camping

Arenal 1968 Park Hiking Tour with Hot Springs

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 125.00


Combine activity and relaxation on a hiking and hot springs tour from Arenal. First, you'll enjoy an easy hike in Arenal 1968 Park , where you'll gain breathtaking views of Arenal Volcano and its beautiful surroundings. Then, after having worked up a bit of a sweat, you'll be in for a relaxing time at the hot springs of your choice.

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Hiking & Camping

Half-Day Hike to Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 65.00


Hike around one of Costa Rica's most famous volcanoes on this half-day tour. Get an up-close look at the Arenal Volcano on a moderate round-trip guided hike and enjoy spectacular views of the beautiful Costa Rican landscapes. Experience the beauty of Arenal on this exciting outdoor adventure!

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Kayaking Tour on Lake Arenal

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 60.00


See the Arenal region from a unique perspective -- aboard a kayak! Spend a few hours kayaking on the famous Lake Arenal and enjoy rowing past breathtaking tropical scenery. The ride is leisurely, guided and all equipment is included, so bring your sense of adventure and get ready for an eco-friendly experience of a lifetime!

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National Park Tours

Palo Verde National Park: Half-Day Jungle River Cruise

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 76.00


See huge crocodiles, monkeys, and rare birds in their natural habitat. Take a half-day jungle river cruise in Palo Verde National Park, and experience the wildlife wonders of Costa Rica. Your tour includes round-trip transfer from your Guanacaste hotel.

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Nature & Panoramic Tours

Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs from San Jose

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 140.00


This exciting journey takes you to Arenal Volcano, one of the most famous areas in Costa Rica! Enjoy taking a dip in the thermal hot springs; they're nature's jaccuzi's and full of beautifying natural and healthy minerals.

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Nature & Wildlife

Hanging Bridges Walking Tour in Arenal

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 70.00


See the rainforest from up above on this Arenal Hanging Bridges tour! Explore the famous Costa Rican rainforest in Arenal and walk along 15 different bridges stretching over 1.8 miles (3 km) with your expert guide. You won't want to miss this unforgettable experience!

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Ports of Call Tours

Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Waterfall Canopy Zipline Tour

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 123.99


Fly through treetops and soar over waterfalls on this thrilling zipline shore excursion from Puntarenas! At Adventure Park Costa Rica, zoom across 25 zipline cables that take you through the rainforest canopy and above 11 gorgeous waterfalls. Plus, increase the adrenaline factor by swinging over a... Read More

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River Rafting

Corobici River Float Full-Day Trip from Guanacaste

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 100.00


Enjoy a safe rafting trip on the Tenorio or Corobici River surrounded by the natural beauty of Costa Rica. Keep on the lookout for exotic wildlife as you float down the river. Stop for lunch and visit the Las Pumas rescue center to see wild cats and more.

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Safaris

Peñas Blancas Safari Boat Tour in Arenal

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 60.00


Experience the Costa Rican rainforest by boat! On this full-day tour in Arenal, observe Costa Rican wildlife in its natural habitat as you cruise down the Peñas Blancas River with an expert guide. If you're up for adventure, this is the perfect tour for you!

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Ziplines

Buena Vista Transition Forest Combo Tour

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 10 hours
Priced From: USD 158.00


Discover the beautiful Rincon de la Vieja National Park on this Buena Vista rainforest combo tour in Costa Rica! Experience hot springs, volcanic mud facials, view monkeys and a zip lining adventure on this full-day guided tour from Guanacaste.

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Ziplines

Vida Aventura Park in Guanacaste: Zipline Tour, Horseback Ride and Hot Springs

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 10 hours
Priced From: USD 84.99


Enjoy a perfect mix of adrenaline-pumping adventure combined with relaxation on this full-day tour at Vida Aventura Nature Park in the beautiful Guanacaste mountains. Soar across seven canopy ziplines through a forested canyon before horseback riding over hillside trails. You'll catch views of two... Read More

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Liberia International Airport

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 68.00


Pre-book your transfers to and from the Liberia International airport and enjoy a hassle free vacation. Get to and from your Guanacaste area hotel comfortably and with the minimum of fuss and stress. Skip those long airport lines and spend more time enjoying your vacation!

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