Highlights of Costa Rica Active Tours On an active or multisport tour of Costa Rica, you might do any one of the following activities:
Whitewater Rafting (Class II-IV rapids) along the Pacuare, Sarapiqui, and Savegre Rivers
Snorkeling in the crystal waters of the Caribbean
Horseback riding around the base of the Arenal Volcano
Hiking through the jungle and cloud forest
Ziplining through the rainforest canopy
Nature walks to identify animals like jungle cats, monkeys, and more birds than you can count
Sea Kayaking through dense mangrove colonies
Relaxing on the beach (you'll need it after all these activities!)
One of our tours offers travelers a unique opportunity to spend two nights with biologists doing research at Costa Rica's most important nesting ground of leatherback turtles. The tour also features a rainforest retreat and whitewater rafting!
After the sun goes down, accompany one of the biologists on their turtle rounds. During nesting season, your job is to walk the beach looking for a leatherback laying eggs. When you find one, wait with the researcher until the turtle is done laying eggs. Then, have the chance to approach the turtle and assist in measuring and tagging it before the giant leatherback returns to the sea. Turtle egg poachers are a major threat to the survival of leatherbacks, so your next job is to carefully dig up the eggs and rebury them in another location so poachers cannot find the nest.
When the turtles begin to hatch later in the season, you have the chance to observe dozens and sometimes hundreds of baby leatherbacks scratching their way to the surface and making their way into the surf.