Cloud Forest & Volcano Tours in Costa Rica

Walk among creatures great and small in the life-giving mist of the Cloud Forest.

Jungle Exploring


Central Highlands – Los Angeles Cloud Forest


Cloud Forest Day Tour

Step into the heart of the mountain cloud forest, part of a unique and precious biosphere that comprises a mere 2% of the world’s remaining woodlands. Beginning right on the edge of the hotel property, the tour takes you into the 2,000-acre Los Angeles Cloud Forest Private Biological Reserve, led by your Greentique Certified Guide. You’ll move within this secret world of lush, colorful tropical life along well-designed, user-friendly trails, each showcasing the incredibly diverse tropical flora and fauna of this stunning, private mountain cloud forest reserve. You’ll see first hand the layers of dense, diverse plant life clinging to every tree trunk and branch as they reach to the heights of the canopy.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide and a visit to the José Miguel Alfaro Research Station
  • Departure Time/Place: Tours by reservation at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m.; hotel lobby
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy to Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers/closed-toe trail shoes, short pants or lightweight long pants, lightweight waterproof jacket, water bottle, camera, and binoculars
  • $29 per person; $15 per child 12 and under

Cloud Forest Night Tour

Exploring the mountain cloud forest at night is one of life’s most amazing adventures. At night, it transforms like no other habitat in the world. Night is when the cloud forest breathes. It is layered with the fragrances of nocturnal plants and flowers, and filled with the music of nature’s most spectacular symphony, a cacophony of a million life forms filling the cool evening air. This is a primal world rarely seen by visitors to other parts of Costa Rica with night time photography opportunities and up close contact with some of the most colorful and fascinating creatures to be found anywhere in the world. This Greentique night tour of the mountain cloud forest is truly an exceptional Costa Rica experience.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide, flashlight
  • Departure Time/Place: Tours by reservation, 6:00 p.m.; hotel lobby
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy to Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers/closed toe trail shoes, long pants, waterproof jacket, water bottle, camera, tripod or monopod suggested for serious photography
  • $29 per person; $15 per child 12 and under

Central Highlands – La Fortuna


Hanging Bridges Guided Tour

One of the Costa Rica classics in the Central Highlands, Hanging Bridges is an amazing trek through a tropical forest over an elaborate trail designed with six hanging bridges spanning a combined total of 1,800 meters. Accompanied by a local guide, you’ll learn about the symbiotic relationships within the canopy ecosystem, and the complexity of the different strata that make up the forest. You’ll be in great company with the forest’s diverse residents, including birds and mammals, a myriad of clinging epiphyte plants, palms, and much more.

  • Includes: Bilingual local guide, ground transportation (optional), entry fees
  • Departure Time/Place: Tours by reservation start at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.; hotel lobby
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Ages: All ages
  • Activity level: Easy to Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers, long pants, lightweight waterproof jacket, sunscreen, water bottle, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $39 per person; $72 per person with transportation; min. 2 adults

Central Highlands – San Luis


San Luis Canopy Zipline Tour

Experience a completely different view of the mountain cloud forest on the San Luis Canopy Tour, a pulse-quickening adventure through the lush, green canopy and across the majestic Rio Cataratitas. Carried securely by a system of ziplines, you’ll soar weightlessly through the expanse of stunning jungle-scapes. Twelve cables with lengths from 56 to 550 meters, connect 18 platforms, plus a Tarzan swing, Superman cable, and walking trails, with altitudes from 15 to 106 meters.

  • Includes: Canopy guides, ground transportation (optional), entry fees
  • Departure Time/Place: from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; hotel lobby; with or without transportation
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Ages: 5+
  • Activity level: Moderate to Intense
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers, short pants or lightweight long pants, water proof jacket, water bottle
  • Cost: $72 per person; $99 per person with transportation; min. 2 adults

Quiet, relaxing – the best way to start our vacation!

“We went on the night tour – this is a must! The forest is so alive and we had the best guides! Amazing place to stay!”

– mfearman, July 2015

Birding


Central Highlands – Los Angeles Cloud Forest


Cloud Forest Birding Tour

If birding is your passion, or you’d just like the idea of setting off in the cool early morning air, you’ll relish this quest to spot your share of the more than 256 local species, including endemic birds such as the Orange-bellied Trogon, Coppery-headed Emerald, and dozens of others. With approximately 906 recorded bird species in Costa Rica, the country boasts one-tenth of the species of the world’s total bird population. You’ll spot a good lot of them, led by Greentique Certified Guides, all of them regional bird specialists.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide/Birding Specialist
  • Departure Time/Place: Tours by reservation, departures start between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.; hotel lobby
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy to Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers, long pants, light-weight water proof jacket, water bottle, camera with long lens, binoculars
  • $29 per person; $15 per child 12 and under

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Central Highlands – Azahar Peak, San Ramón


Central Highlands Birding & Quetzal Tour

One of Villa Blanca’s most popular seasonal regional tours, the scenic drive to the Azahar Peak, near La Paz de San Ramón, is a beautiful morning sojourn through the Central Highlands. At the summit, you’ll enter a private, family-operated farm where Quetzals nest. This seasonal tour operates mid-February through May.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide/Bird Specialist, ground transportation, entry fees, and lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: Tours by reservation; departs 7:15 a.m.; hotel lobby
  • Duration: Half Day
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers, long pants, extra clothing, lightweight water proof jacket, hat, water bottle, camera with long lens, binoculars
  • Cost: $79 per person, minimum 2 adults; $40 per child 12 and under

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Central Pacific – Carara National Park


Carara National Park Birding Tour

Birdwatchers rave about the Carara National Park area — as the convergence point of two distinctive bio-zones, its bird population diversity is significant. Each zone hosts a stunning variety of birds, including one of the largest remaining wild populations of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica. Your Greentique Certified Guide will lead you through the national park, a transitional rainforest between the dry North Pacific Coast and the wet South Pacific Coast. Besides the impressive array of bird species, you’ll also be spotting White-throated Capuchin, Spider and Howler monkeys, sloths, and dozens of other plant and animal species.
(This tour also originates from Sí Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge in Manuel Antonio.)

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide/Bird Specialist, ground transportation, park entry fees, and lunch.
  • Departure Time/Place: 6:30 a.m.; hotel lobby
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers, long pants, extra pants and shirt, lightweight water proof jacket, hat, water bottle, camera with long lens, binoculars
  • Cost: $155 per person, minimum 2 adults; $73 per child 12 and under

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Beautiful location, wonderful customer service.

“Our guide took us to find the much sought after Quetzal, and we were lucky enough to spot the female… our guide’s knowledge about all manner of wildlife and the beautiful environment was exceptional. We would absolutely recommend this hotel – I would also urge first time visitors to Costa Rica to follow up this stay with the Osa Peninsula region.”

– Nicolamaree, March 2015

Volcano Trekking


Central Highlands – Altura, Alajuela


Day Tour – Poás Volcano, Freddo Aventura Rural, Sarchí

Travel in comfort along a scenic route through the Canton of San Ramón and on to the Pan-American Highway. Your Greentique Certified Guide will take you to the summit of Poás Volcano, in one of Costa Rica’s legendary National Parks. Learn about the evolution, history, regional flora and fauna, and historic eruptions of Poás volcano. From there, you’ll continue your trip to Freddo Aventura Rural, a cultural attraction featuring hands-on activities, such as cow milking, and offering tastings of fresh strawberries and artisan cheeses. You’ll enjoy an authentic Costa Rican lunch, then continue on to Sarchí, home to some of Costa Rica’s most storied artisans and the brilliantly painted iconic Costa Rican oxcarts. You’ll tour the famous Eloy Alfaro oxcart factory and enjoy epic souvenir shopping.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide, ground transportation, park entry fees, lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: Tours by reservation; departs 6:30 a.m.; hotel lobby
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy to Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers, long pants, lightweight waterproof jacket, hat, water bottle, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $165 per person, minimum 2 adults; $83 per child 12 and under

Central Highlands – La Fortuna


Arenal Volcano and Thermal Hot Springs Tour

The most popular volcano in Costa Rica, Arenal is just 70 km. from Villa Blanca along a beautiful scenic drive through rolling hills and picturesque green pasturelands. You enjoy a nature walk to Arenal Volcano National Park, then relax in the private Ecotermales Hot Springs, a soothing and therapeutic experience, and feast on an authentic campesino-style lunch.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide, ground transportation, park entry fees, lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: Tours by reservation; departs 7:00 a.m.; hotel lobby
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy to Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers, long pants, lightweight jacket or poncho, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $165 per person, minimum 2 adults; $83 per child 12 and under

Beyond Beautiful!

“There was so much to see and do right on the site; but we also had fun exploring San Ramón and driving to Arenal Volcano. I can’t recommend this place enough. We loved it!”

– LisaJoSLP, March 2015

Cultural Day Touring


Central Highlands – Canton de Naranjo


Day Tour – San Ramón Coffee Plantation and Sarchí

Travel along a scenic route with your Greentique Certified Guide through San Ramón, the “City of Poets” and birthplace of three Costa Rican presidents, and the Canton of Alajuela. Then, traveling south on the Pan-American Highway to the Canton of Naranjo, you’ll get an overview of local agriculture and visit the Espíritu Santo Coffee Plantation. You’ll be walked through a step-by-step explanation of the full coffee production process, from harvest to the roasting of a cup of Costa Rica’s finest blend of plantation coffee. Then it’s on to Sarchí, Costa Rica’s must-see destination for crafts by traditional artisans, where you’ll shop an extensive selection Costa Rican crafts, including the world famous hand-painted oxcarts.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide, ground transportation, entry fees
  • Departure Time/Place: Tours by reservation; departs at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; hotel lobby
  • Duration: Half Day
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Recommend: Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers, long pants, lightweight water proof jacket, hat, water bottle, camera
  • Cost: $85 per person, minimum 2 adults; $43 per child 12 and under

Greentique Certified Guides

Each hotel has a Greentique Certified Master Guide (GCMG) and a team of Greentique Certified Guides (GCG), each a specialist in the flora and fauna of their respective regions. They work hand-in-hand with our Concierges to accommodate any special requirements you have, make the logistics clear and easy, and get you sorted on what you need to bring and wear.

Greentique Wildlife Refuge
Sí Como No

Jimmy Mata, Resident Biologist
Specialist, Central Pacific Coastal Wet Forest

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Osa Peninsula
Águila de Osa

Carlos Gonzales, GCMG
Specialist, Mangrove Estuaries
and Coastal Lowland Rainforest

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Los Angeles Cloud Forest
Villa Blanca

Roy Valverde, GCMG
Director JMARS
Specialist, Mountain Cloud Forest

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Cloudmaker Reserve
Santa Juana

Henry Sequeirach, GCSG
Specialist, Central Pacific Coastal & Mountain Wet Forests

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