Adventure Holidays in Costa Rica

There are few feelings as exhilarating as getting right off the beaten track, out into wild, wide open spaces, and taking in lungful’s of fresh, clean air on walking holidays that could take you to some of the most spectacular locations in the world. Whether it’s exploring magical coastal cliffs, rugged mountainous interiors, or idyllic riverside rambles, the most essential feeling is that of escaping the crowds, finding hidden trails thanks to your local guides, and simply soaking up the landscape.

Our walking holidays in Costa Rica get you in touch with the beautiful landscape of this totally unique country. Explore the once-in-a-lifetime routes through dense jungle that lead to stunning waterfalls and fresh, clear lagoons, or head up into the cloud forest for otherworldly landscapes and stunning mountains, discovering offbeat experiences and locally known trails along the way.

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  • Best Places to Visit

    Los Quetzales National Park

    Home of countless exotic birds, this national park is a cloud forest paradise just waiting to be exp

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    Los Quetzales National Park

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    Alajuela

    Volcanoes, jungles, waterfalls and lagoons, Alajuela is one of Costa Rica's most spectacular corners

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    Alajuela

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    Braulio Carrillo National Park

    This national park has a 3000 metre range in altitude, so it packs a huge amount of biodiversity.

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    Braulio Carrillo National Park

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    Puntarenas Province

    Golden-sand beaches, beautiful rainforests, and gorgeous coastal villages where the pace of life slo

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    Puntarenas Province

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    Hiking adventures in Costa Rica

    Walking and hiking are an absolutely essential way of getting truly in touch with a landscape, and the only real way to get yourself truly off the beaten track, and far from the crowds. It’s a wonderful way to really experience a destination, and this is as true in Costa Rica as it is anywhere.

    And walking holidays in Costa Rica are about so much more than beautiful beaches and towering volcanoes, even if you do have them in abundance. Whether you’re venturing on a hike into thick, tangled jungle or through the stunning Puntarenas Province, there’s always a stunning lodge to put your feet up in at the end of a long day.

    Hiking in Costa represents a chance to see the things that most tourists don’t, isolated villages far off the beaten track practising age-old traditions, hidden waterfalls and lakes that link up the rivers that run down from the mountainous interior, cloud-veiled volcanoes and panoramic viewpoints.

    A walking or hiking holiday in Costa Rica is about finding these hidden gems, these off the beaten track locations, and with a local guide, passionate about their home and the trails that wind through the hills, you’ll be sure to find the very best locations and the most thrilling walks.

    You can relax and soak up the scenery, let go of worrying about directions or places to stay, and simply drink in the experience of exploration.

    Where to experience walking holidays in Costa Rica

    Head to Puntarenas Province and embark on a journey that will take you through lush jungle, to cool, secret lagoons, incredible volcanoes and cloud forest, spotting monkeys and parrots on the way as you visit unique local communities and experience the Pura Vida way of life.

    Wherever you head for your walking holiday in Costa Rica, one thing is guaranteed, you’ll create memories that last a lifetime.

    Who are our Costa Rican walking holiday guests?

    Experienced hikers, people looking for a way to get in touch with the landscape, and those who just fancy getting out into the fresh air; absolutely anyone and everyone is welcome on our Costa Rican walking holidays.

    Your guides will be experts in judging the lengths and difficulties of each hike, and the experience will be totally tailored to you, so that you can simply relax and enjoy the feeling of getting your legs pumping, filling your lungs with fresh, clean air, and discovering the hidden gems far from the tourist trail.

    All you need to bring is lots of energy, a willingness to discover new things and a love for the outdoors. Sound like you?

    Why choose Not In the Guidebooks?

    We’re passionate about helping people find the most amazing experiences on their travels, through meeting local people, exploring new places, and discovering alternative activities that make holidays special. We do this by carefully selecting partners in countries around the world who are experts in their local area, sourcing interesting people who can guide you through immersive experiences.

    We’ve got local partners all across Costa Rica, from the tropical Caribbean coast to the pristine beaches on the Pacific. Choosing a Not In The Guidebooks holiday in Costa Rica means you don’t have to choose between a beach holiday or an activity-filled break, you can get the best of both worlds with a unique trip.

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