Costa Rica Activities

Go beyond travel to immerse yourself in the beauty, adventure and excursions in Costa Rica. Our Journese experts have handselected the finest activities available, so you can make the most of your journey. To ensure access to your desired activities, please book in advance through your travel advisor.

Arenal Experiences

Arenal Adventure & Hot Springs
Experience it all as you paddle down Peñas Blancas River or walk across hanging bridges, appreciating views of Arenal Volcano. Then visit La Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal National Park, and The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal for a soothing hot springs soak. | 10 hours; includes lunch, dinner, private guide and private transfers.

Arenal Hiking Discovery
Appreciate the magnificence of Arenal Volcano – an indigenous name which means “Window of the Wind.” Stroll over recent lava flows and scenic landscapes regenerating from the 1968 eruption, and experience extraordinary views of this world-famous volcano. | 4 hours; includes private guide and private transfers.

Arenal Volcano Hike & Hot Springs
Enjoy a gentle hike along the base of Arenal Volcano, then relax in the springs at The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal. Set 1,000 feet above Arenal Valley, the springs offer unparalleled views of the volcano, valley and neighboring towns. | 5 hours; includes dinner, private guide and private transfers.

Caño Negro Exploration
Explore the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and Rio Frío – rich in biological diversity. Relax with a four-hour motorboat safari from Los Chiles Village, less than three miles from Nicaragua, and discover the rainforest’s monkeys, sloths and turtles. | 9 hours; includes lunch, private guide and private transfers.

Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall
Enjoy a leisurely 1.5-hour horseback ride to La Fortuna Waterfall – cascading a dazzling 230 feet. Swim in the natural pool at the base of the waterfall, stroll through the tropical rainforest, and enjoy extraordinary views of Arenal Volcano. | 4 hours; includes private guide and private transfers.

Pure Trek Canyon Exploration
Energize yourself with an exciting rappelling adventure. Keep an eye out for sloths, parrots and other wildlife as you hike through the rainforest; then rappel down four waterfalls and a rock wall, in a magnificent, adrenaline-filled experience. | 5 hours; includes lunch, private guide and private transfers.

Sky Tram & Sky Trek
Travel through the rainforest by aerial tram to Miguel Angel Observatory for views of the Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal and the Tilarán Mountain Range. Then soar over the rainforest on a 3,280-foot zipline adventure, admiring Costa Rica’s lush beauty. | 4 hours; includes private guide and private transfers.


Arenal Resort Enhancements
Your resort offers their own special experiences. This is just a sampling of the available enhancements. Reserve your activities, excursions and events in advance to ensure access to the finest offerings available.

Love Spell Spa Package
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
Indulge in a luxurious spa experience with your loved one in Spa Neidín. You’ll enjoy a replenishing couple’s massage, then unwind together in an aromatherapy Jacuzzi® bath, with a delicious glass of red or white wine.

Romantic Gourmet Dinner for Two
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
Be pampered by your own chef and waiter in a private restaurant by the pool. With your five-course candlelit dinner, enjoy panoramic views of Arenal Volcano, a rose bouquet, bottle of wine, and your hotel room decorated in rose petals.

Guanacaste Experiences

Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs
Guests staying in Guanacaste can still experience Arenal with this exceptional journey. Stroll through the rainforest’s diverse ecosystems and relax in mineral hot springs, then enjoy a delicious dinner overlooking Arenal Volcano’s radiant glow. | 10 hours; includes lunch, dinner, private guide and private transfers.

Canopy Zipline Adventure
Invigorate your senses with a thrilling zipline adventure. Delight in the rainforest’s varied splendor as you enjoy a short hike, then soar through the magnificent trees. Expert guides will safely escort you every step of the way. | 4 hours; includes private transfers.

Catamaran Discovery
Set sail aboard a catamaran, boasting special access to secluded beaches and snorkeling locations. Watch for dolphins or whales, plus discover sea turtles and colorful fish as you snorkel and kayak. Then take in a stunning sunset on the return voyage. | 4 hours; includes snacks and private transfers.

Monteverde Exploration
Enjoy a day trip to Monteverde, famous for its unique ecology and beautiful array of vegetation, waterfalls and wildlife. Cross suspension and hanging bridges as you stroll through the cloud forest, then experience a vibrant butterfly farm. | 10 hours; includes breakfast, lunch, private guide and private transfers.

Palo Verde Jungle Cruise
Discover some of Central America’s largest wetlands and tropical dry forests with this relaxing jungle boat cruise. Enjoy an in-depth look at Palo Verde’s animated rainforest, boasting a variety of multi-hued birds, monkeys, crocodiles and other wildlife. | 5 hours; includes private guide and private transfers.

River Float & Jaguar Foundation
Explore verdant landscapes as you float by raft down the Tenorio or Corobicí River. Marvel at the endless diversity – from exotic flora to monkeys, iguanas, herons, ospreys and other wildlife. Then visit a rescue center to meet large wild cats. | 6 hrs; includes lunch and private transfers.

Vida Aventura Super Combo
With this perfect blend of adventure and pleasure, you’ll enjoy ziplining, horseback riding and two dazzling volcano views. You’ll also unwind in soothing hot springs and enjoy a mud bath – all in the comfortable climate of the Guanacaste Mountains. | 8 hours; includes lunch, private guide and private transfers.


Guanacaste Resort Enhancements

Ecological Paradise Massage
Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa
A revitalizing 70-minute massage with scented oils and pressure techniques, to rebalance your mind, body and soul, so you feel lighter and refreshed. Includes access to the Jacuzzi®, sauna and relaxation area.

Full Spa Replenishment
The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal
Nourish your skin with a papaya-pineapple body wrap, incorporating island fruits, shea butter and pomegranate extract. Enjoy a deluxe caviar facial, then a restorative massage with hot shells and coconut oil.

Golf Indulgence
The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal
Test your skills on the Reserva Conchal Golf Course, a challenging 18-hole course on Playa Conchal. Meticulously designed by Robert Trent Jones II this course offers a stunning championship golf experience.

Hang Ten & Play Nine
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Refining your skills never felt so great. Enjoy surfing lessons on unrivaled wave sets, then a driving range lesson followed by a two-hour instructional session on the Arnold Palmer Signature golf course.

Private Romantic Dinner
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
Indulge in a three-course private dinner, set on breathtaking Mansita Beach or in the exclusive lounge area. Enjoy gracious service from your own personal waiter in a delectable evening you won’t forget.

Soothing Swedish Massage
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
This classic 50- or 70-minute body massage is an all-time favorite, stimulating circulation, improving muscle tone and releasing tension. Your expert masseuse will tailor pressure according to your preference.

Tropical Escape Romantic Dinner
Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa
Be welcomed with a sparkling wine cocktail, then dine by candlelight in your own thatched-roof cabana, surrounded by lush foliage. Enjoy romantic views of the bay as you listen to the gentle ocean surf.


Manuel Antonio Experiences

Mangrove Damas Island by Kayak
Learn the wonders of the mangrove ecosystem as you kayak past white-faced monkeys, anteaters and snakes. Journey across the water through tunnels of tree canopies as you enjoy glimpses of herons, kingfishers and other migratory birds. | 4 hours; includes lunch or dinner, private guide and private transfers.

Manuel Antonio National Park
Stunning natural beauty and unrivaled tranquility await you on this fascinating walk. Follow a professional guide through Costa Rica’s most famous National Park, discovering butterflies, birds, orchids and other magnificent flora and fauna. | 4 hours; includes private guide and private transfers.

White Water Rafting Savegre
Wild and untamed, experience Costa Rica’s exhilarating Savegre River in a whitewater adventure you won’t forget. Plunge through spectacular wilderness on class II-IV rapids, exploring some of the world’s finest tropical rivers and scenery. | 5 hours; includes lunch, private guide and private transfers.


Monteverde Experiences

Monteverde Reserve Walking Excursion
Marvel in the verdant beauty of this famed cloud forest, boasting six unique ecological zones. Stroll through elfin woodlands, diverse wildlife and majestic trees adorned with orchids, bromeliads, ferns, vines and mosses. | 4 hours; includes private guide and private transfers.

Original Canopy Zipline Adventure
The world’s first canopy tour, this ziplining experience begins with a guided hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Then soar through the trees and foliage as you spot wildlife, and conclude with an exciting rappel down “Scary Tree.” | 4 hours; includes private guide and private transfers.

Sky Trek, Tram & Discover Walk
Experience it all with this unforgettable walking, ziplining and tram excursion. Admire Monteverde Cloud Forest as you zip at heights up to 524 feet and 2,500 feet in length. Experience incredible nature views of Arenal Volcano, Gulf of Nicoya and Tenorio Volcano. | 5 hours; includes private guide and private transfers.

Sky Walk Excursion
Breathe in the freshness of Monteverde Cloud Forest as you cross suspension bridges and stroll along luxuriant storybook trails. Learn about native plant life and animals as you marvel in the cloud forest’s orchids, vines and colorful bromeliads. | 3 hours; includes private guide and private transfers.


Puntarenas/Jacó Experiences

Aerial Tram Eco-excursion
Immerse yourself in a surreal rainforest in an open-air gondola, riding past immense trees, a 40-foot waterfall, and panoramic views of the ocean. Explore acres of unspoiled nature as you learn about the forest and hanging gardens from a naturalist guide. | 4 hours; includes private guide and private transfers.

Carara Biological Reserve
This unique dry rainforest boasts clear undergrowth, making it easy to observe the abundant wildlife. Enjoy a walking excursion through the lush vegetation, exploring intricate trails under the canopy of giant trees, and keep an eye out for bright red macaws. | 4 hours; includes private guide and private transfers.


San José Experiences

City Exploration
Discover all San José has to offer – from cosmopolitan energy to stately historical buildings. Visit the classic 1897 National Theatre, then explore the National Museum or Gold Museum with this insightful excursion, alongside a knowledgeable guide. | 4 hours; includes private guide and private transfers.

Doka, Poás Volcano & La Paz Waterfalls
This three-wonder excursion introduces you to ancient techniques at Doka Coffee Estate, then travel to Poás Volcano to view the massive crater and its sulfur fumaroles. Conclude with a visit La Paz Waterfall Garden to view sloths, monkeys, butterflies and more. | 9 hours; includes breakfast, lunch, private guide and private transfers.

Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting
An adrenaline-filled adventure like none other; after a drive past stunning mountain vistas, arrive at Pacuare River for an 18-mile whitewater rafting journey. Enjoy class II-IV rapids, plus a leisurely float past waterfalls, toucans, parrots and other sights. | 9 hours; includes breakfast, lunch and private transfers.