Heredia Province National parks

Our most recommended Heredia Province National parks

From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

1. From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

Explore the protected Tortuguero National Park in the Limón Province, reachable only by airplane or boat. Take in the wealth of biodiversity in its eleven different habitats, including rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. Trip itinerary: Day 1: After an early morning hotel pickup, admire the biodiversity of a primary forest through the window as you drive past Braulio Carrillo National Park. Sample a delicious Costa Rican breakfast during the drive. Mid-morning, board a comfortable boat and travel along the Tortuguero Canals. Be enchanted by the surrounding paradise and its varied flora and fauna. Then, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch at the hotel. After lunch, tour the canals and take incredible photos for the rest of the afternoon. Arrive at Pachira Lodge (or similar) for a delightful dinner and a restful night's sleep. Day 2: Discover the flavors of Costa Rica with breakfast at the Lodge. Then, hike along the Lodge's private trail and work up an appetite for lunch. After lunch at the Lodge, visit the Sea Turtle Museum, the beach, and the picturesque village of Tortuguero. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the Lodge again. Day 3: After breakfast at the Lodge, head back to San José, stopping for lunch at El Ceibo in Guápiles on the way. Arrive back in San José in the afternoon.

San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

2. San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in San Jose, Heredia, or Alajuela at 6:00 AM. On your way to breakfast, drive past rolling coffee plantations and admire the mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park. At around 7:15 AM, stop for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast to set you up for the day's adventure. Enjoy fresh fruit juice, coffee, eggs, and the popular gallo pinto (a typical Central American rice and bean dish.) After breakfast, visit a local banana plantation and learn about the process of growing and exporting fruit. At around 10:00 AM, leave the bus behind and hop onboard a boat as you cruise into the jungle of Tortuguero National Park. Surrounded by tropical rainforest, which covers over 29,000 hectares, soak up the magic of this luscious green landscape. As you sail along the jungle canals, see native green sea turtles, as well as other endangered animals such as sloths, monkeys, and manatees. There are also countless colorful butterflies, toucans, herons, crocodiles, and more. Learn about each of the animals and their habitat in the jungle, as well as about local conservation efforts to protect them. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a hearty buffet lunch. After lunch, take a relaxing stroll through Tortuguero Village where you’ll discover local life and learn about the history of the town and its residents. At the end of an unforgettable day, get back on the bus at around 3:30 PM and begin the return journey back to San Jose.

Rafting Class 3-4 "Jungle Run": Río Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

3. Rafting Class 3-4 "Jungle Run": Río Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

Take an exciting break during your travels to your new vacation destination! Bring on the adrenaline and enjoy the "Jungle Run" on the Sarapiqui River. This is the perfect rafting trip for adventurous paddlers! Get piked up from your hotel and travel through small Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel de Sarapiquí. There, your professional rafting guide will give you the 101 on rafting including safety tips and technical instructions before heading on your 2 hour journey down one of Costa Rica’s most exuberant rivers! During your descent down the river, you will experience over 30 exciting rapids along 10 km of lush, vibrant rainforest. As you make your way through exciting rapids like "The Pipeline," "The Terminator," and "Dos Locos", you will get your adrenaline pumping! About half way down the river, you’ll stop and watch the rapids from the shore, while enjoying refreshing tropical fruit and relaxing with the rest of the group. Then, after the second leg of your rafting journey, you’ll finish the day with an unforgettable homemade lunch before heading to your next vacation destination!

Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic 6 in 1 Tour

4. Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic 6 in 1 Tour

Enjoy the spectacular Atlantic rainforest within Braulio Carrillo Park, located just 45 minutes from San Jose, alongside your family and friends, by doing activities such as an aerial tram, zip-line, adrena-line, butterflies and terrariums, a guided walk and a hanging bridge tour.  Start this rich experience with a true flight over the treetops in a comfortable aerial tram while an expert naturalist guide describes hidden treasures of the forest. Then, you’ll live real emotion with this zip line tour with 14 safe platforms and 10 cables, which include the thrill of the adrena-line cable, 2297 feet long and 55 km/h speed. Back on the ground, feel relaxation during a guided walk through a nature trail with a visit over Molinete River’s hanging bridge. Then have a fun and educational stop at a hummingbird, butterflies and frogs garden, where you can learn about the different species of the region.  

San Jose: Sarapiqui River & La Paz Gardens Tour with Lunch

5. San Jose: Sarapiqui River & La Paz Gardens Tour with Lunch

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in San Jose and heads to the stunning La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This private nature reserve has been designed to educate visitors and provide sanctuary for rescued wildlife through a variety of gardens and exhibits. Enjoy a stroll through the park's luscious green landscapes and see rescued jaguars, colorful butterflies, exotic birds, and unique plants. Theres's also plenty of tropical cascades to admire and snap photos of for your vacation album. Later, discover the wonders of the Sarapiqui River on a relaxing boat cruise. Soak up the tranquility of the river and surrounding rainforest as you listen to the sound of bird’s chirping and trickling water. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, be dropped off back to your accommodation.

From San Jose: La Paz Waterfall Garden & Rainforest Tour

6. From San Jose: La Paz Waterfall Garden & Rainforest Tour

Travel from San Jose to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, and enjoy a walking tour on rainforest trails. See flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, bird, butterflies, and other species and enjoy educational animal exhibits for all ages. Be picked up from your hotel or accommodation in San Jose, and depart for the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Enjoy wandering walking trails in the local rainforest and admire the natural beauty of the area. Watch as white rivers flow and see spectacular waterfalls. Spot local wildlife while wandering through the rainforest, like birds, butterflies, monkeys, and hummingbirds, and see them in their natural habitats. Stop at different exhibits for local wildlife like the Aviary, Butterfly Observatory, Hummingbird Garden, Serpoentarium, Jungle Cats Exhibit, and Frog Exhibit. Enjoy a buffet lunch after the tour, rated 4 Forks by the Costa Rican Tourism Council, that includes multiple selections of Traditional Costa Rican dishes and much more. Finish the tour after lunch and be returned to your accommodations in San Jose.

From San Jose: Braulio Carillo National Park Rainforest Tram

7. From San Jose: Braulio Carillo National Park Rainforest Tram

Experience the beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest in a new way on an award-winning cable car trip through the forest. Start on the forest floor and explore all the levels of the forest up to the canopy of the trees. Enjoy the cable car ride and a guided nature walk on forest trails. Explore every level of the Costa Rican rainforest from the ground to the top of the trees. Take the cable car up through the trees and admire the forest's trees and wildlife on the journey up. Learn the secrets of the forest while enjoying the magnificent view of the forest from the gondola. Be immersed in nature during the flight over the forest, and enjoy one of the longest gondola rid3es in the country, over an hour admiring the forest from above. Take advantage of access to a guided nature walk on paved trails through the forest and visit the Butterfly, Orchid, and Hummingbird Gardens during your visit.

Zipline Tour in Braulio Carrillo National Park From San José

8. Zipline Tour in Braulio Carrillo National Park From San José

Experience true adrenaline and adventure on our incredible canopy tour. Fly through and over the rainforest on the safest and most fun canopy trip in the country as you dive into the rainforest and experience firsthand why Costa Rica is the best destination in the world for Adventure and Eco-tourism . Our controlled brake system allows you to do the canopy without the need to hold the cable so you can experience great sensations when flying freely. We also have double cable, triple harness, platforms with edges and top quality equipment to make your adventure unforgettable and worry-free!

From La Fortuna/Arenal: Sarapiqui Rafting Trip with Volcano

9. From La Fortuna/Arenal: Sarapiqui Rafting Trip with Volcano

Discover the rushing whitewater of the Sarapiqui River with a full-day rafting trip, including transportation from Arenal or La Fortuna. Along with your guide, maneuver your way through the rapids, watch for toucans and crocodiles, taste-test fresh jungle fruit, and relax with a traditional lunch. Your tour begins with a bus ride from the city center and into the surrounding Alajuela countryside dotted with papaya, pineapple, and yucca plantations. Watch as the majestic Arenal Volcano appears in the distance, towering 1.6 meters above you, as well as nearby hot springs and ice-cold lakes. Upon arrival at the Sarapiqui River, learn safety protocol, paddling techniques, and directional commands. Then it's time to get into the rafts and paddle the fierce rapids. During breaks, look into the jungle and along he banks to see monkeys, toucans, and butterflies, crocodiles and turtles. At the halfway point, take a break and snack on fruit from the jungle. Then return to your raft and tour further down the rapids for more heart-pounding action. At the end of the river, savor a traditional Costa Rican lunch with your fellow rafters before being driven back into town.

From San Jose: Adventure Combo Canopy & Rafting Pozo Azul

10. From San Jose: Adventure Combo Canopy & Rafting Pozo Azul

Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at Hacienda Pozo Azul, a prime adventure destination in Costa Rica. Experience a variety of thrilling outdoor activities only 90 minutes outside of San Jose, and enjoy eco-activities in nature. Try ziplining through the treetop canopy, and river rafting from Class III-IV. Visit Hacienda Pozo Azul, which has become an adventure destination of choice in Costa Rica, only 90 minutes from San Jose or Arenal Volcano or 2 hours from Puerto Limon. Choose from a great variety of eco-adventures in a nature-rich environment with first-class equipment and trained guides to provide you with a safe and unforgettable experience. Travel through the exhilarating Costa Rican forest by zipping through the tree-top canopy in a beautiful jungle setting. Take comfort in your safety with experienced guides and safety features you only find in Hacienda Pozo Azul. Take an adventure down the river with Rafting tours from Class III-IV, and enjoy a tour that leaves from the Hacienda Facilities and runs 13 Km. Enter through one of several accesses throughout the tour and relax as there is constant communication with the base and the tour can be run year-round.

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The trip to La Pavona, although it was several hours by car, was very pleasant because the guide (Ronnie) explained things to us along the way and it was very interesting. Also, we stopped for a very good breakfast on the way. Once there, we took a boat that took us to the Tortuguero park and the boat trip was super entertaining, seeing many animals along the way. Once in the park, we made a route to go up to a viewpoint with spectacular views. It was a very full and beautiful day. Highly recommended!

Breathtaking environment. Super many exotic animals spotted by the expertise of the fun guide Julio. The lodge where we slept was also well organized in terms of food and excursions. Top

The guide Marceille Valentine was extremely professional and friendly, knowledgeable and real lover of nature. It was one of the best guides we have ever met.

Great trip with our guide Giovanni! Saw lots of animals, had a great breakfast and lunch and learned a lot on the way. Would definitely recommend!

The guides ensured we had an amazing experience. The rafting is a must do when in Costa Rica!