The Best Costa Rica Excursions to the Jungle

The results are in, and they might surprise you: Costa Rica is the happiest country on Earth. And with their picturesque beaches, lush rainforests, and relatively low rate of violence, it's easy to see why.

So it should come as no surprise that vacationers from all over the world take Costa Rica excursions to take a load off.

But with such a rich selection of things to see and do, it can be hard to decide which of the many Costa Rica excursions is right for you. 

Whether you'd rather zip-line through the canopy, raft down roaring rapids, or hike up an active volcano, there's something for everyone in this tropical jungle paradise. 

In this article, we'll take a look at our picks for the best Costa Rica excursions to the jungle.

Costa Rica Excursions - Arenal Volcano

Jungle Canopy Adventure

One of the most sought-after Costa Rica excursions is exploring the jungle canopy. And with rainforest covering 51% of the country, there's plenty to go around.

Within an hour drive of San Jose, you can zip-line through the rainforest canopy. You will get a bird's-eye view of the lush jungle below, sometimes getting hundreds of feet above the forest floor.

If zip-lining is a little more of an adrenaline rush than you'd like, don't fret. An aerial tram may be more your speed. 

You can tour the same stunning vistas from the security of the tram. And because you're not zipping through the canopy at high speeds, you'll get a closer look at the beautiful vegetation of the treetops.

You might even be able to spot some native wildlife, like quetzals, howler monkeys, or the ever adorable sloths.

Whitewater Rafting Down the Pacuare

Costa Rica's rainforests have no shortage of beautiful, flowing rivers.

And for adrenaline junkies, that means you'll have no trouble finding a spot for whitewater rafting.

The Pacuare River runs 108 km from the rainforest to the Caribbean Sea. There are a number of stretches ranging from Class II to Class V rapids, which makes it perfect for advanced thrillseekers or beginners. 

There are also a number waterfalls, which make the perfect stop for a picturesque picnic lunch.

The Pacuare is also home to a variety of flora and fauna. You'll be sure to see monkeys, tropical birds, and maybe even the elusive jaguar.

Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve & Adventure Park 

For a beautiful destination that's filled with a number of activities, the Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve & Adventure Park is sure to check all the right boxes.

Tour the jungle through an elevated walking path. Enjoy some spectacular views from horseback. Ride a kayak down the Rio Cuarto. All while making a minimal impact on the environment around you.

If you'd like a more guided tour, the reserve offers an educational tour in an ox-drawn cart. You'll get an in-depth guide to the wildlife and cultural history of the area.

As far as Costa Rica excursions go, this one has something for everyone.

The Arenal Volcano

Among its lush jungle, the happiest nation on earth is known for its volcanoes. 

Costa Rica has six active volcanoes, with another over sixty lying dormant. There are a number of Costa Rica excursions that will allow you to explore the awe-inspiring majesty of these 

There are a number of Costa Rica excursions that will allow you to explore the terrible majesty of these breathtaking and terrifying landforms.

The most popular of these volcanoes is the Arenal Volcano. The mountain was dormant until 1968 when it suddenly erupted, destroying the villages around its base.

Since then, it has had seven major eruptions, making it one of the most active volcanoes in the country. There has been no activity since 2010, but many geologists are hesitant to declare it dormant.

Naturally, its activity has made it a curiosity to visitors, who come to stand in awe of its power. 

Its eruptions have also created beautiful hot springs, which are a popular destination for vacationers looking to relax. It's like a magma-powered jacuzzi!

Coffee Plantation Tours

Costa Rica isn't just rainforests and volcanoes. The country is also famous for everyone's favorite breakfast beverage: coffee.

There are a number of plantations throughout the country, and most of them offer tours to the public.

You'll be walked through the life of a coffee bean from the moment it sprouts on the plant to the moment you sip it with your breakfast. 

Learn everything that goes into making the best cup of coffee. The guides will walk you through how the beans are affected by different growing conditions.

You'll see what goes into selecting the best beans and how different roasting techniques bring out different qualities.

Some of these tours will even teach you how to identify all of the various notes and flavors that give coffee its signature richness. You'll be sure to leave with a new appreciation for your morning cup of joe.

Manuel Antonio National Park 

One of the most popular destinations for Costa Rica excursions is Manuel Antonio National Park

With 7.6 square miles located on the Pacific Coast, Manuel Antonio has something for everyone.

Look for wildlife in the jungle, go snorkeling through a coral reef, or just relax on the beach.

Manuel Antonio features all the best that Costa Rica has to offer, which makes it one of most popular vacation spots in the whole country.

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