Papagayo Activities and Tours

River Trips


River Rafting
The following two river trips include professional, guides, equipment, and lunch. Swimming experience is required for both tours, and participants should be in good physical condition and be at least 12 years of age.

COLORADO RIVER RAFTING - On the Colorado River of Costa Rica, you will experience lush vegetation, unique wildlife, and pristine isolation. The river typically features class II and III rapids, but can become more challenging during rainy season.

Along your journey down the river, you'll enjoy lush jungle scenery and observe native wildlife in its natural habitat, including herons, iguanas, and monkeys. You'll also stop along the way to enjoy one of the swimming holes on the river.

COROBICI RIVER FLOATING / CAÑAS - This classic float trip is perfect for any traveler, especially birdwatchers and nature lovers. As you leisurely raft along this tranquil river, you might spot one of the more than 300 species of birds from the nearby Palo Verde National Park.

A delicious native-style lunch will be served at La Pacifica resort after you finish the float trip. This full day tour is the calmest rafting trip in Costa Rica, suitable for everyone from children to the elderly.
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Nature Tours


Rincón de la Vieja Waterfall
RINCON DE LA VIEJA NATIONAL PARK - This national park was created to protect the biodiversity around Rincón de la Vieja Volcano area. It extends over 34,800 acres of semi-deciduous forest and very moist forest.

After arriving at the park, you'll hike for about an hour and 45 minutes to get to La Cangreja Waterfall, which is about 195 feet high and is located on terrain devastated by the volcanic eruptions. This full day tour includes transportation, entrance fees, a guide, and lunch.

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK - Palo Verde is one of the most important and interesting national parks in Costa Rica. There are at least 12 different habitats within the park including mangroves, swamps, swamp forests, saltwater and freshwater lagoons, and marshes.

This full day tour features a boat ride along the Tempisque River which is home to a fabulous array of wild birds and a myriad of creatures such as howler monkeys, green iguanas and coatis, anteaters and crocodiles. This is a great tour for those who love nature and bird watching, and it includes transportation, a guide, and lunch.
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Canopy Tours


Buena Vista Canopy Tour
BUENA VISTA CANOPY AND NATURAL SPA - Ideal for the adventurous! Get close to the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and admire the primary rainforest in a unique way, zipping via steel cables above the canopy of the forest.

A short walk will take you to the first platform where you will begin the adventure, which lasts approximately three hours. After a delicious lunch, a horseback ride will take you to the thermal hot springs, a natural spa at the foot of the volcano. This full day tour includes transportation, a guide, and lunch.

CONGO TRAIL CANOPY TOUR - This tour is located in the small town of Artola. The tour zips through a tropical dry forest with tall trees and other lush foliage.

During the tour you will also come across a walking bridge between two platforms, which is a truly exhilarating and exciting experience. This 5-hour tour has departures at 8 AM and 1 PM and includes transportation, refreshments, gear, and a guide.
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Guaitil Pottery and Shopping


Guaitil Pottery
Guaitil is a small village located just outside Santa Cruz, the primary center of Costa Rican folklore. In this town, people make clay pots by hand, decorate them with the earth´s natural colors and fire them in giant wood-burning ovens, just as their ancestors the Chorotega Indians did.

During this tour you'll find pottery of all shapes and sizes and will also visit the town of Santa Cruz. The 5-hour tour includes transportation and a guide.


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Horseback Riding


Horseback Riding
Los Inocentes is a beautiful cattle hacienda that gives you the opportunity to enjoy abundant wildlife and panoramic views. This hacienda features a traditional house made from the most select native woods such as Caoba, Cristóbal and Guapinol.

During your horseback riding tour lasting about 2.5 hours, you will pass by different creeks, catch a glimpse of the Orosí Volcano, and search for local wildlife. This tour includes transportation, a guide, and lunch.

If you would rather take a short horseback ride along the beach, just let your hosts at your hotel know and they can arrange it for you.

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Arenal Volcano Combo


Tabacon Spa
This full day tour is one you'll never forget! After a 3-4 hour scenic drive to the mountains of Costa Rica, we make our way to the active side of the Arenal Volcano to observe the tumbling lava rocks and spewing gases.

Next, we head for a bit of rest and relaxation at the beautiful Tabacón Resort! The hot springs and exotic tropical gardens will soothe your body and soul. When the sun sets, the show begins with the sight of red-hot lava boulders rolling down the volcano. The tour includes transportation, a guide, entrance fees, lunch and dinner.
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Tamarindo Mangrove and Estuary Boat Tour


Estuary Boat Tour
Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge protects a large estuary, mangrove forest and tropical dry forest in an area covering almost 1000 acres. The boat trip into the estuary offers an opportunity to observe rare and abundant wildlife.

Throughout your journey in the estuary, you'll see dozens of bird species and three species of monkeys - while learning about the unique ecosystem of the mangrove forest. The half day tour includes transportation, refreshments, gear, and a guide.

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