Things to do in Liberia, Costa Rica

Our most recommended things to do in Liberia, Costa Rica

Rincon de la Vieja National Park: Natural Volcanic Spa

1. Rincon de la Vieja National Park: Natural Volcanic Spa

Enjoy the rejuvenating effects of a natural spa in the sprawling ranch of Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. Spend some time thermo-mineral water flowing straight from volcanic springs. Treat your skin in a wood-heated sauna, volcanic mud baths, and room temperature pools. Whilst relaxing in the outdoor pools, watch for monkeys, Blue Morpho butterflies and other wildlife in the adjacent forest.

Rincón de la Vieja: One-Day Nature Tour

2. Rincón de la Vieja: One-Day Nature Tour

Experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica on a one-day nature tour in Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Hike the Las Pailas Trail in the park to discover the raw nature and amazing wildlife. With a bilingual naturalist guide, walk the 3.5-kilometer, circular path through the tropical forest to enjoy the best views of the volcano. Walk to the mirador to see the Rincón de la Vieja and Santa María Volcanoes, and beyond to the Pacific Ocean. Trek to a stunning waterfall that descends into a beautiful sky-blue pool. Stop here for a cooling swim, or to enjoy the lovely surroundings.  Afterwards, rejuvenate yourself in the Rio Negro Hot Springs and Mud Baths. Smother your skin in heated volcanic clay, then wash it off in the cold river before jumping back in the hot pools. End your tour with a delicious buffet lunch at La Hacienda Restaurant.

Horseback Riding Tour to the Oropéndola Waterfall

3. Horseback Riding Tour to the Oropéndola Waterfall

A guided tour to a beautiful waterfall is a memorable experience. Doing this on horseback makes the experience unforgettable. Your 2.5 hour guided tour will begin at the Hotel Hacienda, where you will mount your gentle and people-friendly horses. You will set out to visit the stunning Oropéndola Waterfall first, taking in the beautiful scenery along the way. Filled with flora and fauna unique to the area it will be a unique experience. During the final part of the trip you will enter the forest in which the waterfall is located. Here you will need to dismount. Though the walk is easy to do by foot, it cannot be accomplished by the horse. In the forest you will find the mesmerizing Oropéndola Waterfall. Standing 25 metres (82 feet) in height, it is just begging onlookers to take a refreshing dip into its depths. Here you may wish to explore the peaceful canyon in which the waterfall is located. After exploring the area with your guide, you will take your time returning to your horse before mounting up again and returning to the lovely Hacienda Hotel. For those looking to fully appreciate the natural beauty of Costa Rica in a relaxed fashion, you cannot miss out on this laid back, yet enlightening tour.

Liberia: One Day Waterfalls Expedition and Buffet Lunch

4. Liberia: One Day Waterfalls Expedition and Buffet Lunch

See first Chorreras Waterfalls, two side-by-side waterfalls that cascade into a beautiful sky-blue mineral water pool, perfect for a refreshing swim. Walk 30 minutes on forest trails to get to the falls, taking in the picturesque scenery of the dry tropical forest and sighting any wildlife along the way. Explore the shallow canyon of volcanic rock rings the waterfalls and pool, creating an intimate and private tropical oasis. At Victoria Waterfall, the falls drop 115 feet (35 meters) into the Rio Negro (Black River). The surrounding canyon has unique vegetation and topography and you can swim in the crystal clear pool at the waterfall’s base. Continue further in Rincon de la Vieja National Park where the Oropendola Waterfall plunges an impressive 82 feet (25 meters) to a sparkling turquoise pool. The beautiful lush canyon of the Rio Blanco (White River) makes a picturesque tropical oasis perfect for a refreshing swim. At Rio Negro hot springs and waterfalls, combine 3 beautiful hidden waterfalls and relaxing, volcanic hot springs, heated naturally by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano – the largest and most active volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The tour concludes with a delicious buffet lunch.

From Liberia: Tubing Adventure at Rio Negro

5. From Liberia: Tubing Adventure at Rio Negro

Have heaps of fun touring and tubing down the Rio Negro. This touring and tubing adventure is the perfect activity for active travellers, adrenaline junkies and families looking to add a little excitement to their visit. Led by a bilingual guide, your experience will commence at the foot of the Victoria Waterfall. Here you will have a safety briefing. After this you will get your very own rafting tube and set loose on the exciting Rio Negro. Adrenaline will run free as you twist and turn through the crystal-clear rapids. For 2.5 hours, revel in the thrills offered by the rolling, rushing rapids and the natural beauty of this region.

Canyon Canopy Tour

6. Canyon Canopy Tour

Beginning with a short walk from the tour operation centre to the first canopy platform, your bilingual guide will provide a short training and safety briefing. Then you will be let loose on the platforms, climbing walls and hanging bridges. The canopy of the National Park Rincón is the only one in Costa Rica that takes you through a canyon and over a beautiful, but turbulent river. Before you sign up for this tour, imagine the thrill you will feel while rappelling, rock climbing and swinging via ferrata and hanging bridges. All the while you will be taking in the majestic canyon made by the erosion of the Rio Blanco over millions of years. On this incredible tour you will view a great variety of exotic vegetation, birds, mammals and reptiles. Jam-packed with activities, you may count on having the chance to enjoy 12 cable rides, 24 canopy platforms, two climbing walls, a hanging bridge, via ferrata, rappel and swing seats. Featuring the perfect combination of adrenaline pumping physical activities and beautiful tropical scenery, this tour is the ideal experience for active travellers.

Magic of Nature at Arenal Volcano from Guanacaste

7. Magic of Nature at Arenal Volcano from Guanacaste

Leave Guanacaste for an unforgettable experience. You will be passing through different kind of forest. Dry forest at the beginning; transition forest and rain forest would be seen on the way to the volcano. Bordering de Arenal Lake will be easier to see monkeys, birds, sloths, but also you will enjoy the beautiful sightseeing and landscapes. A short walk through the hanging bridges will introduce you on the interactions of the rain forest, then after lunch you will continue to the hot springs where you will enjoy the curative water and the amazing view of the Arenal volcano, which is now inactive. It is, scientists assure us, still alive; it’s just sleeping.

Horseback Riding to the Chorreas and Victoria Waterfalls

8. Horseback Riding to the Chorreas and Victoria Waterfalls

The beautiful and powerful Chorreas and Victoria Waterfalls are showcased during this tour, which takes place largely on horseback. You will meet at the stables of the Hotel Hacienda and mount your gentle and friendly horse. Here you will begin your journey to the waterfalls on a trail through the tropical dry woods. A part of the trail leads through a reforested area, which is home to many species that face extinction. On the property of the Hotel Hacienda you will see a great variety of birds, mammals and reptiles, as the property is surrounded by a large reforested area. Here you will seek out trails of interest filled with beautiful flora, rather than take the paved roads. This portion of the tour will take about 45 minutes. At the end of the trail you will dismount your house and take a walk ending at the Rio Colorado Canyon. It is here that the Victoria Waterfall stands impressively at 35 metres (115 feet). The canyon, in which a river is also located, is the home to flora and fauna that only few will ever get to see in person. This is an astonishingly beautiful place. While you are here, you may also wish to take a refreshing dive into the crystal clear waters. After this break, you will walk back to the horses and mount them again for the trip to the Chorreas Waterfall. Here you will be led to an enormous rock from where you will get an unbeatable view of the waterfall and surrounding area. For those who are inclined, this is a great place to take a natural shower. After you have feasted your senses on this mesmerizing place, you will make your way back to the Hotel on the back of your trusty steed. This is the ideal way to spend time soaking up the lush natural beauty of Costa Rica.

Vida Aventura Nature Park Experience

9. Vida Aventura Nature Park Experience

Vida Aventura Nature Park is the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. Experience adventure and feel your adrenaline rush as you fly over a breathtaking tropical forest canopy on a zip line. As you soar through the air, you will view the incredible sights of the tropical forest along with impressive views of the ancient lava canyons and the magnificent Rincon de la Vieja and Miravalles volcanoes. Horseback ride through a tropical forest, and keep your eyes open for the singular views, and the beautiful wildlife of the area. Cleanse your body and renew your skin with genuine volcanic mud. A difference you will appreciate immediately. After so much excitement and fun, dip into a pool of thermal waters surrounded by the beautiful, ecological park. While you rest and relax, your children can safely enjoy the pool in this fun, family oriented environment. Savor the delicious, traditional Costa Rican cuisine. Taste the natural flavors, of authentic regional products, grown and harvested in the fertile lands of Guanacaste and prepared by the gentle hands of the locals. 

Tamarindo: Canyon de La Vieja 1-Day Adventure Pass

10. Tamarindo: Canyon de La Vieja 1-Day Adventure Pass

Discover all the fun outdoor activities available at Canyon de la Vieja Adventure Lodge with a 1-day adventure pass. Try out many different adventurous activities as well as relaxing mud baths. Enjoy a wide variety of adventure activities all in the company of specialized guides who will be with you at all times:  Tubing - Float comfortably in an inner tube through the waters of the beautiful Colorado River on a 2.5 km long journey White water rafting - Using an inflatable boat called "Doki", enjoy the journey with categories class 2 and 3 rapids (depending on the weather conditions); the trip is about 3 km long, and it takes approximately 1:10 hour Zipline - Travel from one end of the Colorado River Canyon to the other, with a total of 9 cables and 17 platforms, offers to you an impressive view of nature below; cables that vary in length from 150 m to 360 m long and 75 m high. Rappel-Rock Climbing - Enjoy the adrenaline of descending a natural rock wall that measures 55 ft. height. Once you are at the foot of the wall, you will proceed to climb it. To complete a perfect day, relax and treat yourself after a day of intense adventure with the included sauna, volcanic mud baths, and different temperatures swimming pools. Enjoy a full-service restaurant located on top of the Colorado River Canyon with a wide variety of dishes as well as fresh local fruit juices and traditional local dessert with Costa Rican coffee.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 30 reviews

It was very relaxing and the hosts were easy to communicate with and informative. Overall, it was a wonderful time. Ask for Kevin as a tour guide on the hike-he was the best photographer and really helped capture how awesome the experience was.

Tremendous value !

A full day of fun and beautiful scenery. Very informative guide, excellent horse back riding and ZIP lining on a working ranch. The lunch was excellent . The best value in excursions !!

Nacho is a very friendly person, he accompanied us throughout the tour, he is an excellent guide, it was a day full of adventures and at the hands of the best.

amazing. so fun and beautiful. the waterfalls are breath taking.

Juan was very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly.