Serene Scenes & Wild Encounters

Come face to face with a howler monkey. Soar through the jungle canopy by zipline. Snorkel with sea turtles. No matter your vision for your time in Costa Rica, El Castillo is your gateway to once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

El Castillo Arranged Adventures

We offer a variety of hand-selected activity packages for you to choose from—all  unforgettable experiences with seasoned guides or instructors.

El Castillo’s staff can help plan activities and make reservations for you. To ensure availability, we recommend booking before your trip. Click on the adventures to learn more.

Full-day adventure | $100 per person | Monday – Saturday | 8 am – 6 pm | 2 hours from El Castillo

Explore turquoise waters and colorful coral reefs during a Cano Island boat tour. This pristine island near the Osa Peninsula is a premier destination for snorkelers and scuba divers. As a protected national park, Cano Island’s warm waters are home to manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins, whales, and a wide variety of fish.

The island itself boasts archaeological wonders dating back to the pre-Columbian era. Experience this paradise for yourself. The tour includes a beachside lunch for all participants.

Three-hour adventure | $59 per person | Monday – Saturday | 8 am – 6 pm | 20 minutes from El Castillo

Soar through the lush jungle for a bird’s eye view of the spectacular Osa Mountain region. This rainforest canopy tour boasts 15 platforms, 11 cables, two rappelling stations, and a “Tarzan” swing—plus a guaranteed adrenaline rush.

This quintessential Costa Rican experience is professionally staffed and fully insured. Book this adventure for the ride of a lifetime!

2 hours | $65 per person (group), $95 for solo lessons | Monday – Sunday | 7 am – 5 pm | 20 minutes from El Castillo

Clean, pristine, and unoccupied—Costa Rica’s beaches are recognized as some of the best spots in the world to sunbathe and surf. World-class swells line the beaches within a half hour of El Castillo.

No matter your experience level, you can hang ten with a seasoned instructor and experience the closest thing to walking on water.

Beginners receive an introductory surf lesson including all the basics: standing, paddling, turning, and tides, as well as ocean awareness and surf ethics. Already a seasoned surfer? Our beaches are the place to hone your skills with an experienced guide!

Our listed rate is for group lessons with up to seven participants. One-on-one private training is also available for $100 per hour.

6 hours | $70 per person | Monday – Saturday | 8:00 am – 2 pm | 30 minutes from El Castillo

One should not depart Costa Rica without experiencing one of the country’s most renowned natural attractions: the waterfalls. Nauyaca Falls cascades down a lush canyon, forming natural plunge pools.

Your morning begins with a horseback ride to breakfast, giving new meaning to the phrase “alfresco dining.” Continue your ride along the Baru River through emerald jungles to Nauyaca Falls. There you can soak in the sights and sounds of one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica’s South Pacific while you play in its pools.

A fresh lunch greets you when you return to the trail’s entrance on horseback.

3½ to 4 hours | $90 per person | Mon – Sun | 8:30 am – 12 pm and 1:30 pm – 5 pm | 10 minutes from El Castillo

Some of the largest, most magnificent mammals vacation just off the coast of El Castillo. Your search for the humpback whale begins by boat; you’ll listen for their sonar echoes and watch an over-40-ton animal leap above the water and splash its tail.

Celebrate your discovery with a snorkel session under the sea. Participants get to swim alongside dolphins, parrot fish, turtles, manta rays, and more.

3. 5 hours | $75 per person (for 2 or more people), $95 for private tours  | Monday – Sunday | 30 minutes from El Castillo, based on the tide

This tour takes you off the beaten path, through a captivating forest of mangrove trees and hidden inlets. Paddle down quiet paths in search of spoonbills, osprey, sloths, lizards, monkeys, and other exotic fauna.

At certain times of the year, kayakers can spot nesting birds at the top of these protected trees. And another diverse world—of lobsters, octopi, crabs, and fish—exists beneath your kayak. Watch an amazing ecosystem in action on this relaxing, educational tour.

4 to 5 hours | $75 per person | Monday – Sunday | 5 minutes from El Castillo, based on the tide

Enormous rock caves line Playa Ventanas, a renowned beach lined with coconut palms and boasting a dramatic surf. Experienced kayakers—intermediate to advanced—can paddle the turquoise waters along the beach.

You’ll weave between arch formations and explore yawning caves along this mountainous coastline. If you seek a high-adrenaline, Costa Rican workout, this is the adventure for you.

4 to 5 hours | $120 per person | Mon – Sat | 8:45AM – 1:30PM | 10 minutes from El Castillo

This four-wheeled adventure begins and ends in Uvita, one of the most unspoiled regions of Southern Costa Rica. Guide your own 4×4 ATV through streams, farms, coffee, and banana plantations, and the village of Morete on your way to the San Luis waterfall (with roaring cascades towering into the clouds).

You’ll be thankful you’re exploring by ATV—this diverse landscape ranges from sea-level beaches to mountain trails 4,000 feet above. Spectacular ocean and valley views top off this premier cultural experience.

5½ hours | $100 per person | Monday – Sunday | 8 am – 2:30 pm | 30 minutes from El Castillo

Beginning in the Talamanca Mountain Rance, the Savegre River’s rapids flow south to the coast, where this whitewater experience envelopes rafters in a tropical paradise. The class II and III waves are gentle enough for beginners and exciting enough for intermediates.

A highly experienced guide will guide you through thrilling waves and stop along the way to experience swimming holes and a waterfall hike. Along the way, look for exotic birds such as egrets, parrots, toucans, and kingfishers.

This thrill ride includes a snack, lunch, and professional equipment. No experience is required but participants must be able to swim, paddle, and walk in slippery or unstable places.

4 to 5 hours | $100 per person | Mon – Sat | 9:00AM – 2:00PM | 10 minutes from El Castillo

Get up close and personal with Iguana Falls during this guided rappelling tour. Rappelling, or canyoning (known as canyoneering in North America), involves a controlled descent down a rock face using techniques such as rappelling, jumping, sliding, and boulder scrambling.

The fun, safe experience takes canyoning to another level—you’ll rappel down six waterfalls in succession from shortest to tallest. With the help of a seasoned instructor, participants learn as they go, so you’ll be ready for the final, thrilling—and not-water-free—descent of Iguana Falls.

8 hours | $100 per person | Mon – Sun | 8:00AM – 4:00PM | 45 minute drive

National Geographic calls Corcovado National Park “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity.” This 164-square-mile sanctuary is Costa Rica’s largest national park and one of the last lowland tropical rainforests in the world.

Hike this jungle preserve with your seasoned guide and look for howler monkeys, sloths, jaguar, puma, exotic birds, and the endangered Baird’s Tapir. Famous for hosting three percent of the biodiversity on this side of the planet—including 500 trees species and millions of insects—Corcovado National Park will forever alter the way you see the natural world.

Half Day In-Shore or Full Day Off-Shore | There are several charter options to choose from; prices vary

Experience one of the most popular destinations for sport fishing worldwide when you set sail from Marina Pez Vela. You’ll have everything you need—lunch, drinks, snacks, and gear—to reel in the catch of your lifetime.

This is your chance to fish for marlin, sailfish, snapper, mahi mahi, tuna, snook, roosterfish, and more.

Self-Guided Adventures

The pristine splendor of Costa Rica should not come with a price tag, so we’ve included a list of self-guided activities in the Ojochal region—all available at a low cost or completely free. Our accommodating staff can help plan your adventures.

  • Enjoy a Beach Day
  • Visit the Indian Tribe of Baruca
  • Explore Ballena National Park
  • Visit Local Waterfalls
  • Take a Chance at Jaco Casino
  • Visit the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Spend a Morning Bird-Watching