On-Site Tours

HIKING

RAINFOREST BIRD WATCHING TOUR

Our Rainforest Bird Watching Tour is designed to introduce you to the incredible flora and fauna of our jungle paradise at Chachagua Rainforest Hotel & Ecolodge.

Starting from our reception area at either 6:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m., our tour takes advantage of the times when the jungle and its inhabitants are stirring into life or getting ready for night. The elusive tropical birds of Costa Rica are best spotted in the early hours of the morning or in the late afternoon. Led by one of our highly knowledgeable and experienced guides, you will hike our private reserve trails that cover a variety of landscapes, providing you with the outstanding opportunity to observe the diversity of Costa Rican nature.

This tour is truly an unforgettable experience and many guests participate multiple times during their stay at our resort.

Flora & Fauna

Mammals: Sloths, monkeys, coatis, agoutis, Red Brocket Deer.

Birds: Flycatchers, warblers, euphonias, toucans, kites, hawks, vultures, water birds, and hummingbirds. Please see our bird guide for a complete and detailed list of all species.

April – Oct – South American Migration.

Sept – April – North American Migration.

Tours: 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM or 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Price: $49 per person; children under 8 years, no charge.
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NIGHT HIKE FROG MARCH

The Night Hike Frog March is a stunning tour. You will capture the spectacular nocturnal activity of the rainforest on a “march” around our manmade frog pond. Setting off from our reception area at 6:00 p.m., this tour allows you to explore the grounds of our beautiful jungle paradise from a nocturnal perspective.

You will see jungle animals in their natural undisturbed habitat, many of which can only be viewed during the hours of darkness. Together with the captivating sights and sounds of our frog pond, this is a brilliant tour that lets you discover the rainforest in a different “light”.

Flora & Fauna

On this tour, you have the potential to encounter animals such as: reptiles, porcupines, lizards, frogs (including the famous Costa Rican Red-Eyed Tree Frog), bats, insects, and many more night creatures of the jungle.

Tours: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Price: $45 per person; children under 8 years, no charge.
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HIKING TRAILS (ON YOUR OWN)

Our rainforest trails combine exciting hiking with viewing many species of jungle wildlife. Ask for a map at our reception area and you can explore our beautiful rainforest reserve at your own pace. The hiking trails are designed to give you a good expedition into the rainforest and cover a variety of landscapes. This is an outstanding opportunity to observe the diversity of Costa Rican nature.

Flora & Fauna

Mammals: Sloths, monkeys, coatis, agoutis, Red Brocket Deer.

Birds: Flycatchers, warblers, euphonias, toucans, kites, hawks, vultures, water birds, and hummingbirds. Please see our bird guide for a complete and detailed list of all species.

April – Oct: South American migration.
Sept – April: North American migration.

Tours: Any time. Price: Free.
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HORSEBACK RIDING

HORSEBACK RIDING TO A LOCAL TOWN

This very popular tour gives you a fantastic horseback riding experience while letting you see the beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest. You will ride from the hotel up through the rainforest to a scenic point to visit a local town, stopping at the town church and other places of interest before commencing a picturesque descent back to the hotel.

While you are immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the rainforest listen closely for howler monkeys or see if you can catch the daytime nap of a sleeping sloth in a tree. You will ride on trails and dirt roads, across rivers and jungle on a thrilling adventure with stunning views of the countryside, La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano. Additionally, you can include an extra stop at a local house to learn how to make handmade corn tortillas.

Departure: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM or 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Price: $65 per person. Minimum age of 8 years required to participate.
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HORSEBACK RIDING MOUNTAIN AND SWIMMING HOLE

Our signature horseback riding tour is arguably one of the most stunningly picturesque horse rides in Costa Rica. Located in the heart of the jungle and surrounded by a mixture of forest and pastureland, we offer exhilarating trail riding in Costa Rica.

Chachagua Rainforest Hotel & Ecolodge is an authentic working ranch. We have real cowboys and working ranch horses. Guests of all levels of riding ability from absolute beginner to advanced riders are accommodated, making this tour an outstanding adventure for all.

One of our resident cowboys will meet you in reception to organize and prepare for the exciting adventure ahead. The ride takes in a variety of landscapes, including crossing our on-site river and a thrilling climb into the jungle canopy to stop at our beautiful spring-fed waterfall where you will have the opportunity to swim in the refreshing water. Bring a swimsuit and towel for this memorable experience and be prepared to take some great photos.

Our riding trails are kept to a high standard and are suitable for all levels of rider, allowing each guest the opportunity to enjoy the amazing sights and sounds of the Costa Rican rainforest.

Additionally, you can include an extra stop in our restaurant to learn how to make handmade corn tortillas.

Departure: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM or 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Price: $65 per person. Minimum age of 8 years required to participate.
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PRIVATE TRAIL RIDES

Riding out of the resort on one of our trails, you will take a route that climbs up to a local peak in the rainforest. The views are some of the best in the Chachagua Rainforest Reserve and allow for unrivaled photo opportunities.

We are happy to offer a number of tailor-made horseback rides for guests. These tours are dependent upon availability and guests’ riding ability.

Please contact our guest relations team for further information.

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