Costa Rica Rural Mountain Tours and Vacations

Surround yourself in a paradise of Mountain Wet Forest diversity.

Jungle Exploring

Central Pacific Mountains – Santa Juana Pueblo

Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour

There is no experience quite like the combination of the “magic of nature” and Costa Rica’s authentic rural heritage on this, our highest-rated tour. Greentique Certified Guides take you on an amazing tour of nature, conservation, and rural culture. You’ll hike along lush jungle-shrouded slopes where three rivers are born, then swim in one of the region's most pristine natural pools beneath a mesmerizing waterfall, spot all kinds of fascinating wildlife, fish for tilapia, and visit an authentic sugar mill powered by massive oxen. Then step back in time to enjoy a traditional Campesino-style lunch while enjoying the panoramic vista of Manuel Antonio National Park and the Pacific Ocean that fills the horizon. You’ll also become a vital participant in the Carbon Offset/Native Tree Reforestation Program, adopting your own tree as you help conserve this priceless watershed within Greentique’s Cloudmaker Nature Reserve.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide; ground transportation from Manuel Antonio/Quepos, snacks and lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: 6:50 a.m. from hotel lobby
  • Duration: Day
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: T-shirt (2), shorts, bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, closed-toe trail shoes, sandals with straps or water shoes, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $125 per person up to 3 persons; $99 per person with 4 or more persons; $79 per child 12 and under. This tour can be combined with canopy ziplining in the mountains for an additional charge (see below).

Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure and Zipline Combination Tour

Add a Canopy Zipline Tour to the Santa Juana Adventure Tour for the best adventure combo in the Central Pacific Region. Enjoy this exclusive Greentique VIP ziplining experience to start your Santa Juana Mountain Adventure. Sail through the treetops of the Mountain Wet Forest canopy, Tarzan swing between platforms, and rappel to the jungle floor in one of the region's most thrilling canopy experiences. Great for families and thrill seekers alike.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide; ground transportation from Manuel Antonio/Quepos, snacks and lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: 6:50 a.m.; from hotel lobby
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: T-shirt (2), shorts, bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, sandals with straps, sunscreen, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $155 per person, $99 per child 12 and under

The best Costa Rican adventure around!

"One of the most memorable experiences/adventures we've ever had. We really enjoyed trekking the jungle ... to wind up swimming at an incredibly beautiful waterfall."

– Matt B.


Central Pacific Mountains – Santa Juana Pueblo

Cloudmaker/Santa Juana Birding Tour

Led by a Greentique Certified Guide Birding Specialist, you’ll see why Cloudmaker is a “must do” Costa Rica birding destination for birders from around the world. Cloudmaker and the surrounding Santa Juana Pueblo area offer a rich blend of species endemic to the Central and Southern Pacific regions of Costa Rica and species native to the foothills of the Talamanca Mountain Range. Among its 150 bird species is the Red-capped Manakin, known locally as the Michael Jackson Bird for its amazing moonwalking mating dance. There are also white hawks, crested and yellow-headed caracara, gray-necked wood rails, southern lapwings, purple gallinules, black mandible toucans, fiery-billed aracaris, pale-billed woodpeckers, royal flycatchers, swallow-tailed kites, wood storks, king vultures, and crested guans. During peak migration, the reserve’s count increases by about 25% to 250+ species, as does the auditory resonance of their voices. More than 80% of the birds can be found year round and as many reproduce twice a year, it’s possible to hear a variety of melodic mating bird songs. At the end of the trail, slip into the cool waters a beautiful natural swimming pool, fed by a spectacular waterfall before heading back up to the Pueblo.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide Birding Specialist; ground transportation from Manuel Antonio/Quepos, snacks and lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: By reservation, 6:30 a.m., from Santa Juana Lodge
  • Duration: Half Day
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: Walking shoes/sneakers/trail shoes, shorts or lightweight long pants, extra shirt, bathing suit, lightweight waterproof jacket, camera with long lens, binoculars
  • Cost: $110 per person, minimum 2 adults; $89 per child 12 and under

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"The best part of our 2-night stay was the day-long bird watching trip that the hotel arranged for us. The bird watching guide, Johan, was excellent."

– Snappy, April 2013

Garden and Waterfall Touring

Central Pacific Mountains – Santa Juana Pueblo

Rio Rodeo Gardens and Waterfalls Guided Tour

You’ll truly enjoy exploring this special part of Cloudmaker Reserve. Starting from the Lodge, your local guide will lead you down to The Rio Rodeo Gardens, a special area in Cloudmaker, perfect for relaxing, meditating, even yoga. It's just a brief hike down to the waterfall and natural pool for a refreshing swim. Then back up to the Rio Rodeo Gardens, where you can kick back in a tranquil mountain setting on the banks of the river, surrounded by the sounds of the Mountain Wet Forest. Fish for Tilapia in the terraced pools or just relax in the swinging seats you’ll find along the paths that wind through the gardens.   

  • Includes: Local guide, 4×4 vehicle, snack
  • Departure Time/Place: 8:00 a.m.; Rancho Lodge
  • Duration: Approx. 4 hours
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy to Moderate
  • Recommend: Walking shoes, swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Cost: $25 per person with 4×4 transportation; minimum 2 adults; children 6 & under free

"We wound up doing things I never would have expected us to do... Santa Juana – this is a must do – great people, great food, one great experience after another."

– 111Patricia, December 2014

Cultural Day Touring

Central Pacific – Los Santos

Los Santos Coffee Tour

Discover the secrets of what makes Costa Rican coffee from the Los Santos area amongst the world’s most coveted coffee. You’ll travel via 4x4 over the mountain ridge above Santa Juana to the Los Santos coffee region, the heart of where the finest mountain-grown coffee in all of Costa Rica is grown. It includes a fully guided tour of either the Dota Coffee Cooperative or Tarrazú, where you’ll see the entire process — from plant to brewed coffee. You’ll also enjoy a sumptuous local lunch, representative of the traditional recipes of the Central Pacific Mountain Region.

  • Includes: Greentique Guide, 4×4 transportation, lunch, fruit juice, bottled water
  • Departure Time/Place: 7:00 a.m. from Santa Juana Lodge
  • Duration: Full day
  • Ages: All ages
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Recommend: Walking shoes/sneakers, short or lightweight long pants, extra shirt, waterproof jacket during green season, camera
  • Cost: $60 per person; $40 per child 6 and under; minimum 4 persons

"If you have the time, stay at Santa Juana and experience total relaxation in the jungle... with coffee tour, sugar cane crushing by oxen, typical Tico food, and waterfalls that will blow your mind and cool your sunburn."

– Venturagypsy, October 2015

Greentique Certified Guides

Each hotel has a Greentique Certified Master Guide (GCMG) and a team of Greentique Certified Guides (GCG), each a specialist in the flora and fauna of their respective regions. They work hand-in-hand with our Concierges to accommodate any special requirements you have, make the logistics clear and easy, and get you sorted on what you need to bring and wear.

Greentique Wildlife Refuge
Sí Como No

Jimmy Mata, Resident Biologist
Specialist, Central Pacific Coastal Wet Forest

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Osa Peninsula
Águila de Osa

Carlos Gonzales, GCMG
Specialist, Mangrove Estuaries
and Coastal Lowland Rainforest

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Los Angeles Cloud Forest
Villa Blanca

Roy Valverde, GCMG
Director JMARS
Specialist, Mountain Cloud Forest

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Cloudmaker Reserve
Santa Juana

Henry Sequeirach, GCSG
Specialist, Central Pacific Coastal & Mountain Wet Forests

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