A Lifetime Of Unforgettable Memories

Costa Rica is the number one tourism destination in the world and Villas Alturas is an ideal location to consider as your “home base” for your vacation here. There is no need to pack over and over again since you can leave your belongings behind with peace of mind in your secure villa and return home to a delicious hot meal at our gourmet restaurant before retiring for the night in complete comfort. We will arrange a full itinerary of day trips for you and your family to the most unbelievable locations you will find anywhere in the country!

We have selected what we believe are the most fun, well organized and worthwhile package tours in the southern pacific area. There are a wide selection of tour companies of varying quality and we have selected our top rated tour companies based on personal experience and direct feedback from our guests. Why not take full advantage of your time in Costa Rica and schedule your itinerary before your arrival? You can hit the ground running without wondering what to do, where to go, or how to get there.

What would you like to do on your trip?

ATV Jungle Tours

After instruction on vehicle operation and safety, we head directly into the mountains for a 30 km. guided tour. Our bi-lingual guides will show you points of interest including a working coffee plantation, amazing views including Manuel Antonio, Chirripo, and the Whale’s Tale and more. Animals typically seen include monkeys, sloths, pizotes, toucans, and hawks. Several waterfalls will be visited including an amazing stop for swimming and cliff diving.

  • Starts at: 9am
  • Location: Uvita
  • Snacks/Drinks Included
  • Duration: 4-5hrs

Bird Watching Tours In The Hacienda Baru

The Hacienda Baru offers a range of 360 birds in its Refugee. The location has primary rainforest, secondary forest, swamp forest, mangrove forest, river bank, wetlands and seashore. The lowland bird watch hike offers birds such as honeycreepers, toucans, saltaltors, whirbels, plovers, sandpipers & vireos. The rainforest bird watch hike you can see trogons, motmots, antshrikes, tinamous and many more.

  • Duration: 5hrs (short version 3hrs)
  • Starts at: 6am
  • Location: Baru

Osa Canopy Zip Lining Tours

There are 9 cables, 11 platforms, 2 repelling stations, 1 suspension bridge, and an amazing “Tarzan” swing for the truly adventurous and extra Superman longest in the world. Experience the thrill of a lifetime taking the Osa Canopy Tour at Osa Mountain Village. If you have always wanted to take a tour of the Costa Rican jungle, the zip-line tour offered by the Osa Canopy Tour gives you a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the spectacular southern zone. It is a tour you simply cannot find anywhere else. We are fully insured, professionally staffed, and prepared to give you an education and a ride of a lifetime!

  • Duration: 2-3hrs
  • Starts at: 8am 1pm
  • Location: Palmar

Hacienda Baru Zip Lining Tours

Our Rainforest Zip line Tour, imitates the flight of the chestnut-mandible toucan, as it leaps off a branch, swoops down through the forest and then up in to another tree. On this tour, 8 separate cable rides take you from one ridge top to another, across valleys and streams. There are 14 land based platforms and 1 tree platform with a view of the coast. “The Flight of the Toucan” zip line tour is as much an ecological experience as a canopy adventure. It is suitable for the whole family. Children as young as three have done it as have several octogenarians. This is a great way to see and learn about the tropical rainforest and have fun at the same time.

  • Duration: 2-3hrs
  • Starts at: 8am 11pm 2pm
  • Location: Baru

Canyoning In Costa Rica

This is an exhilarating tour where you trek through a lush tropical canyon teeming with exotic wildlife. Along the way, you can rappel down a series of 5 majestic waterfalls! The largest of the falls is 25 meters, or 75 feet! The canyon ends at the Uvita River where there are some pristine swimming holes to relax and reflect. If you are looking to see beautiful Costa Rican scenery in a unique way, this tour is a must!

  • Duration: 3hrs
  • Location: Uvita

Corcovado National Park Tours

Hike lush rainforests, howl with howler monkeys, relax with a sloth, sing with birds, and investigate millions of insects during your tour of Corcovado National Park in the Osa Peninsula! Corcovado holds 3% of the biodiversity on this side of the planet. Each hike takes around 2 hours. During the hikes you will be able to see many mammals such as spider, howler, and white-faced monkeys, sloths, coatis, raccoons, and tapirs as well as a great variety of birds, plants, and trees with over one hundred years of existence and in danger of extinction.

  • Duration: All Day
  • Starts at: 7:30am
  • Location: Uvita

Dolphin & Whale Watching Tours

The tour departs from Punta Uvita Beach and visits the famous Punta Uvita Whale Tale, Isla Ballena, Tres Hermanas Islets and Ventanas sea caves. During the tour we search for humpback and pilot whales as well as spinner, bottle nose, and spotted dolphins, which are residents to the Uvita coast. Most species are present year-round and the nation’s most iconic and oft-spotted whale, the humpback, spends more than eight months a year in these waters – the longest humpback whale season in the world! Humpback whale migration is typically from late July-November and December-March. The town of Uvita holds two annual “Whale Festivals” that coincide with the Humpback whale migration.

  • Duration: 3-4hrs
  • Starts at: 8:30am/1:30am
  • Location: Uvita

Ocean & Mangrove Kayaking Tours

Kayak in the mangroves and see six different types of mangrove trees. Learn about their importance to the ecosystem and see the biodiversity up close and personal. You can also choose to come to beautiful Ballena National Marine Park for an ocean kayak tour. The park is 110 hectares of coast and 5,400 hectares of protected ocean territory. You will paddle in the marine reserve and along the way, you will enjoy the scenery of the Three Sisters Islands and Whale’s Island.  There is a good opportunity to see whales and dolphins here as well! From there we will do some snorkeling around the corals that surrounds the famous Marino Ballena Whale’s Tail reef formation.

  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Location: Playa Ballena / Ventanas / Mangroves
  • Starts at: Depends On Tide

Stand Up Paddle Board Tours

For our Stand-Up Paddle Board tour, there will be time for demonstration and practice so that you feel confident once you get in the water. Next, your SUP instructor/guide will help you get your board into the ocean, where you can practice finding your balance and start paddling around in order to get comfortable with your stand-up paddle board. The tour is approximately 3 hours long: first you will paddle out to the rocky Whale Tail, then you will jump into the water with your snorkel mask and enjoy the colorful fishes and coral as you swim towards the sandbar for a break and to take-in the scenery, and finally you will paddle back to the starting point. Fruit and water will be provided during the break at the Whale Tail.

  • Duration: 3 hrs
  • Start: Depends On Tide
  • Location: Playa Ballena

White Water Rafting

Class III and IV for a full day rafting adventure on the Coto Brus River. This river is known for its beautiful scenery, exciting rapids, the lush green scenery and the diversity of wildlife that you can find along your journey. It is simply an unforgettable adventure. Along the river we will make a stop where you will have lunch and a chance to rest so you can be ready for more action. There is also a Class II and III Savegre River tour that is the perfect river rafting adventure for families and young kids. Its rapids are lots of fun. During the descent you will have the chance to enjoy the canyons, waterfalls, and tropical scenery. Along the run we will stop to enjoy the waterfalls and have some lunch.

  • Duration: Full Day
  • Location: Savegre Level 2 & 3 / Cotobrus Level 3 & 4
  • Starts at: 8am or 6am

Scuba Diving

Marino Ballena National Park offers some of the best scuba diving in Costa Rica. The rich underwater world is sure to astound you; from the sheer number of reef fish, to underwater pinnacles covered in beautiful sea fans to the huge massive corals. The tour leaves from Playa Uvita and the sites are a beautiful 15 minute boat ride away. Sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular views of our rugged coastline. Look for sightings of whales, dolphins and sea turtles depending on the season.

This is world class scuba diving. Caño Island is all about abundant marine life and pelagic fish. Each dive site is unique. You can see white tip reef sharks resting in a small cave, search under ledges, and drift in currants or maneuver a swim-through. Between dives, you can relax, take a nap in the shade or hike a trail up to the archeological sight and lookout with your guide. For those who want to be more active, you can always play a game of beach ball or water volleyball. We leave from Playa Uvita. This is a pleasant ride that takes on average only 11/4 to 1 ½ hours depending on conditions. Keep an eye open for sightings of whales, dolphins and sea turtles depending on the season.

  • Duration: Full Day
  • Starts at: 7am
  • Location: Cano Island & Ballena Park, Uvita

Snorkeling & Island Tours

It is a magical trip where you can observe whales, experience dolphin encounters, and observe other marine animals such as sea turtles and marine birds. Arriving at Cano Island you will be able to appreciate the healthiest coral reefs on this Costa Rica snorkeling adventure and observe a wide variety of marine species, many of which are in danger of extinction. After this, you will head by boat to Violines Island (30 minutes) arriving to the north side of this beautiful island with lush vegetation.

Upon arrival to Violines Island, the guides will prepare a picnic lunch. Then the rest of the time will be spent lounging or hiking on the pristine beach and swimming in it’s safe bay. During dry season, it is possible to snorkel in the reefs of Violines Island . During your stay, you will also see tropical birds and lush tropical vegetation. The boat will head back to Uvita beach at 2.30-3.00 pm surrounding the coast was you will be able to see from the boat the largest Mangrove forest under protection in Central America ; Terraba Mangrove Forest. The boat will return to Uvita around 4.00 pm.

  • Duration: All Day
  • Starts at: 7:30am
  • Location: Isla de Cano

Learn To Surf

Once in the water, you will practice riding your first waves! We always stay in the white water during the beginner lessons, and always where we can touch the sand. During the lesson our instructors will help you learn the proper way to stand up on your board and how to keep your balance. We will also practice paddling through the waves. About half way through, we will take a water and fruit beach and answer any questions you may have. Our surf lessons run about 2 hours in length and depending on how quickly you pick up the surfing, perhaps after 2 or 3 beginner lessons, you will be ready to surf some blue waves!

  • Duration: 2-2.5 hrs
  • Start: Depends On Tide
  • Beginners Location: Playa Dominical
  • Intermediate Location: Dominicalito

Inshore & Offshore Sport Fishing

With the 21′ Aqua sport Center Console “Ben There” Tropical paradise, and one of the top Sport fishing locations in the world. Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Wahoo, snapper, cubera and Rooster fish are all common visitors. Inshore and Offshore trips available.

Offshore trips we are primarily fishing the Furuno Bank. It is a bank on the edge of the continental shelf where depth comes up to a high of 128 feet. This bank creates a major upwelling where bait gets pushed up. Where there is bait there are predators. Mostly live bait fishing with small tunas (pacific Bonito) as bait. Large Pacific Sailfish over (100 pounds) are the most common, but we do tangle with Black, Blue & Striped Marlin, Dorado and Wahoo frequently as well.

  • Location: Dominicalito

Horseback Waterfall Tours

Nauyauca Waterfalls is a totally Costa Rican owned family tourism company, dedicated for several years to tour operations. These are horseback riding tours, traveling through the farm that border with two impressive waterfalls from Río Barucito. These majestic waterfalls are one of the main attractions of the southern region in Costa Rica, not only for their natural scenic beauty, which offers the tourist moments of recreation and fun, but also to participate in different activities such as horseback riding tours, swimming, climbing, jumping and to observe much of the beauty of the tropical rainforest, among others. Nauyaca Waterfalls is the ideal place, not only for those in search of tranquility and nature, but also for adventure and excitement lovers.

  • Duration: 6hrs
  • Starts at: 8am
  • Location: Dominical, 10km San Isidro

Private & Group Yoga Classes

Doing yoga as a group is a great way to connect and feel the synergy of mind-body-spirit with others. The class is created according to the interests and expectations of the group. The instructor will teach a multilevel class explaining and showing different posture s and modifications according to each person’s ability.

If you are interested in having private yoga classes we have a personal yoga teacher who will arrive to the hotel and can give you private classes, she has a versatile style to her yoga from the classic hitha yoga, to a more meditative style and more a power yoga, all of which help progress the body strength, balance and flexibility of the body.

  • Duration: 60-75mins
  • Location: Uvita

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

Arrange a tour of the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary located adjacent to our hotel. Witness local Costa Rican wildlife up close and personal. Each of our animals has an interesting story and you will learn about how they came to our rescue center. You can expect to see exotic birds, monkeys and an array of mammals native to Costa Rica.

The Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization and all donations are spent on the care and feeding of the animals. You will be supporting a good cause while receiving a truly an unforgettable experience.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Villas Alturas

Tour Bookings Are One Of The Perks Of Being Our Guest

Our Costa Rica Adventure Tour Booking Service is strictly for guests of Villas Alturas. While others spin their wheels wasting valuable time discovering what to do, you and your family will have a full itinerary scheduled before you step foot off the plane while also reaping the rewards of having inside information on which tour operations stand above the rest. Our goal is to help make your time in Costa Rica a joyous and unforgettable experience.

Tour Booking Notes: Our tour operators reserve space for you and your party and may turn business away anticipating your arrival. With that said, 48 hour notice is required for cancellations. Prices may be subject to change. In some instances, a tour may be cancelled due to weather conditions. In these cases, you will receive a full refund. Please feel free to simply call us on the phone and we will answer any questions you may have.