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Walk through misty cloud forests, spot wildlife in lush jungles, soak in hot springs near Arenal Volcano—you’ll experience the best of this diverse country on our trips to Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife
9 days | 12 days with Manuel Antonio & San José extension
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What travelers say about our tours to Costa Rica

An amazing adventure!
04/08/22 by 1st-time traveler Diamond
I've always wanted to visit Costa Rica and I'm so glad I did. There were so many beautiful sights to see. We encountered so many animals and the sweetest people! Oh and the food...AMAZING!
Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife
Fantastic vacation!!
02/04/22 by 2nd-time traveler Nancy
Alonso is the greatest tour director/ guide!! He found and taught us about so many animals, birds, ecological effects of Costa Rica, making sure everyone got to see what they came for. Awesome!!
Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife
Once in a lifetime trip!
02/21/20 by 1st-time traveler June
The folks at Go Ahead tours are amazing, they take care of their guests. I cannot say enough of the tour director Alonzo he is extremely knowledgeable and patient. Costa Rica with Go Ahead tours must be an item on ones bucket list.
Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife
What a Wonderful World -- Pura Vida
01/31/20 by 3rd-time traveler Allison
Simply put, we had a blast on this trip. We boated through the Rainforest. I am not really an outdoorsy person, but I loved this trip so much. The pace was perfect, and I truly felt as if we were experiencing the real Costa Rica. Thanks Go Ahead for, once again, providing an amazing tour.
Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife
Wonderful tour
12/27/19 by 2nd-time traveler Debbi
This tour was exactly what we like to do. Viewing wildlife, walking in beautiful natural areas, and seeing how others live. Each area had something different to offer. Pace was perfect. And our guide Rafael was very knowledgeable and conveyed his pride in his country.
Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife
Trip of a lifetime
09/27/19 by 2nd-time traveler Carey
My husband and I went on this tour as part of our anniversary celebration. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys nature and eco-travel. You’ll experience Costa Rica in a very immersive way that will help you feel like you made the most of your time there. we loved every day on this trip.
Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife

Travel tips for Costa Rica trips

What are the best things to do on a trip to Costa Rica?

Costa Rica might be small, but it’s packed with things to do and see. It’s home to amazingly diverse scenery, animals, altitudes, and weather conditions that you can experience on our Costa Rica tours.

You could spot wildlife in the magical Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve on our Highlights of Central America tour or take a dip in the natural hot springs at the foot of the mighty Arenal Volcano on Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife.

Looking for more? Read 5 reasons to love Costa Rica.

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When is the best time of year to visit Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is located just north of the equator and boasts moderate temperatures year-round. Instead of four seasons, Costa Rica has just two: a dry summer from January through April and a rainy winter from May to December. Some areas can even get over 260 inches of rain every year. That’s 21 feet! 

Costa Rica’s summer months are drier, which makes it a popular time for visitors. This is the season for spotting sea turtles in the sand or exploring the rainforest. That’s why we recommend choosing the summer for our Costa Rica trips.

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What kind of wildlife will I see in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has over 500,000 different species of plants and animals. While visiting Costa Rica, you’ll have the chance to see birds, monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles, frogs, coatis, and two- and three-toed sloths. Costa Rica is known for its birds, which include toucans, parrots, herons, macaws, hummingbirds, and resplendent quetzals—which are considered to be the most beautiful bird in the world. It’s also home to over 10,000 plants and trees, including more than 1,200 species of orchids.

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What should I pack for a Costa Rica tour?

You’ll want to make sure you bring a variety of items when you travel on one of our group tours to Costa Rica, because the weather can vary widely between the rainforests and beaches. Here are a few Costa Rica trip “musts”:

  • Rain boots and raincoats. You’re visiting the rainforest, after all.
  • Lots of layers. Temperatures rise and fall with the different elevations, so this will help you keep comfortable.
  • Binoculars. That way you can see all the incredible wildlife and make the most of your Costa Rica tour.
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What should I know before going on a Costa Rica trip?

You may want to stock up on cash before departing on any of our Costa Rica trips. Many local vendors do not accept credit cards, and it can be hard to find an ATM. American dollars are widely accepted throughout the country, so you don’t have to stress if you run out of Costa Rican cólones!

Check out our Costa Rica Travel Guide to learn more.

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What are the benefits of taking a guided tour to Costa Rica?

Apart from us planning everything for you, one of the biggest reasons to go on Costa Rica guided tours is the local guides. They know every site from top to bottom, and they’re so passionate about everything they share. Nothing compares to seeing everything from a local’s perspective on our Costa Rica tours! Learn more about one traveler’s memories from Costa Rica.

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