5 Can’t Miss Rainforest Costa Rica Tours
Travel all-inclusive with Caravan Tours and enjoy rainforest tours in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica in Central America is home to over 10,000 species of different plants and trees making it one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. As much as 5% of the world’s diversity can be found in Costa Rica!
The forestation consists of unique flora and fauna in luscious virgin rainforests, mysterious cloud forests, and unique tropical dry forests.
Costa Rica vacationers can enjoy the exceptional natural beauty of Costa Rica thanks to the many excellent available rainforest eco-tours.
1. Rio Frio Cruise and Rainforest Tour
As tourists drift through Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge they pass through virgin Costa Rica rainforests. Most tours include naturalist guides to help you watch for all kinds of rainforest wildlife including elusive jaguars, caimans, howler monkeys, black turtles, and even water-walking lizards.
2. Tarcoles River Cruise and Rainforest Tour
Also known as the “river of crocodiles”, the Tarcoles River winds through the protected Carara Biological Reserve, home to the rare and endangered Scarlet Macaw. Caravan includes a fully guided Costa Rica rainforest cruise along the Tarcoles river. This is the best way to view this protected sanctuary and makes an ideal bird watching cruise.
3. Aerial Tram Rainforest Canopy Tour
Eco-conscious aerial tram tours through the rainforest canopies of Braulio Carrillo Park and Manuel Antonio National Park are exceptional. This is definitely the ultimate way to see rainforest canopy wildlife, plus flora and fauna up close, with minimal human impact on the natural environment. Braulio Carrillo Park boasts virgin rainforests and outstanding cascading waterfalls. Manuel Antonio National Park was recently named one of the world’s Top 12 most beautiful parks and includes a number of outstanding accessible Pacific coast Costa Rica beaches.
4. Escallonia Cloud Forest Trail Tour
Cloud Forests (or Fog forests) have higher humidity and less rain than the typical rainforest. The unique ecosystem is found in less than 50 tropical and sub-tropical countries around the world, including Costa Rica.
The Escallonia Cloud Forest Trail is situated near Poás Volcano National Park in central Costa Rica, less than an hour’s drive from the capital city of San Jose. This Costa Rica rainforest features lower woody plants with an abundance of small cypress and myrtle growth. Escallonia Cloud Forest is also home to dozens of hummingbirds and large stunning orchids.
Plants all along the trail flower at various points throughout the year but the best time to visit is in the summer and autumn when primary colors emerge. Because of this, the Escallonia Cloud Forest Trail is a popular destination for North Americans on winter vacations in Costa Rica.
5. Tropical Dry Forest Tour
Guanacaste National Park is situated on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. It was originally created as a biological corridor for the migration of birds and insects between the dry forests, cloud forests, and rainforests. The founder of Guanacaste Park also had the vision of encouraging locals to become involved in Costa Rica environmental programs.
This is a tropical dry forest ideal for hiking, nature walks, and bird watching. If visiting in the afternoon, guests should be ready for a short rainfall (especially during the rainy season that lasts May through November).
Tours along Guanacaste National Park trails interweave through several ecosystems as the elevation increases from the Pacific Ocean up to Orosi and Cacao volcanoes. You can even hike up and across the Continental Divide which will lead to a typical Costa Rica rainforest.
The most popular Costa Rica wildlife visitors see in the dry forest include howler monkeys, white-tailed deer, long-tongued bats, and capuchin monkeys. Birds such as the Orange-Fronted Parakeet and Crested Caracara are common and easy to spot up in the trees as well.
Caravan Costa Rica Vacations Include Rainforest Tours
All of Caravan’s Costa Rica vacations include glimpses into the country’s amazing natural rainforests, cloud forests, and dry forests. Very affordably priced for a fully guided 8-day tour, these are all-inclusive Costa Rica vacations, and they book up fast!
You can find out more about the current Costa Rica Paradise vacation on our Costa Rica tour page.
Call toll-free at 1-800-Caravan (227-2826) to inquire about this tour.