Dry Tropical Forest Hike

Be Part Of A Great Conservation Initiative

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Dry Tropical Forest Hike

Be Part Of A Great Conservation Initiative

Book Now



6:15 AM

Departure Time

1/2 day


Support The Endeavor To Conserve One Of The World’s Most Unique And Valuable Ecosystems

Visit one of Costa Rica’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Guanacaste Conservation Area.


Once a thriving ecosystem, the Tropical Dry Forest is now under great pressure and at the brink of extinction. There is only an estimated 1% of untouched Tropical Dry Forest left in the world, including reserves in Northern Australia, and in Costa Rica, in Santa Rosa National Park, Guanacaste.


Horizontes Forestry Research Station was established in 1989, with an area of more than 7,000 ha (17,000 acres), in an effort to study and propagate key native tree species, to counteract the pressure from the lumber industry and feed reforestation projects in Costa Rica. Once a barren cattle ranch, Horizontes has now more than 75% forest coverage, and is home to a healthy Tropical Dry Forest with a thriving population of native trees. Research continues, and Horizontes is a paragon to other conservation areas and now one of the main seed banks for reforestation projects in the Tropical Dry Forest.

Be Part Of A Great Conservation Initiative

We are very proud to support Horizontes and its goals. Your visit will give you a first hand experience of the Tropical Dry Forest and its magic, and support the endeavor to conserve one of the world’s most unique and valuable ecosystems.


The effort to wake up early and be there during the first hours of daylight pays off as wildlife action is at its peak during this stage. Follow the excitement of encountering nature hands on at its most active moments on as you hike with your guide towards the wildlife hotspots of the property.

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes
  • Repellent
  • Sunblock
  • Comfortable clothing including long pants, hat, camera, binoculars, raincoat (seasonal)
  • Optional: CR bird book


Not included in price. Please indicate in advance if required.

Duration of transportation will depend on your place of accommodation. Times can variate drastically.

who is this for?

Recommended for kids of ages 9-11

Important Information

This is a private experience, meaning your guide will give you full attention plus you won’t have to share the day with strangers.

To make things easy, follow the address link provided below to get to your destination using the Waze navigation app on your mobile device.

Location: Horizontes Forestry Research Station, drive there using Waze: https://waze.com/ul/hd1ghunppd


Upon arrival, your guide will quickly complete the check-in process and start the hiking trail getting into the best areas accordingly with the seasons and recent wildlife activity. The entire morning will be dedicated to hiking and wildlife spotting, accompanied by commentary explaining sights and interpretation of the Dry Tropical Forest in general. The length of the hike can variate depending on client requests, but normally covers 2 to 5 kilometers through trails and open areas.

Driving Times

Check your Starting Point to find the Approx. Driving Time from your place of accommodation to your destination.
Starting Point Distance in Kilometers Distance in Miles Approx. Driving Time Road Conditions
Playa Hermosa 35.7 22.2 0:56 Pavement
Playas del Coco 40.2 25 1:01 Pavement
Playa Panamá 31.2 19.9 0:50 Pavement
Playa Ocotal 43.2 26.8 1:07 Pavement
Riu Guanacaste 47.2 29.3 1:12 Pavement
Las Catalinas 55.7 34.6 1:33 Pavement with some off-road
Playa Flamingo 57.6 35.8 1:36 Pavement with some off-road
Playa Grande 78.6 48.8 1:37 Pavement
Playa Tamarindo 81.7 50.8 1:43 Pavement
Playa Conchal 75.5 47 1:38 Pavement
Liberia 44 27.3 1:01 Pavement
Bagaces 71.2 44.2 1:24 Pavement
Cañas 90.1 56 1:29 Pavement
Santa Cruz 61.6 38.3 1:17 Pavement
Belen 43.4 27 0:59 Pavement
Filadelfia 38 23.6 0:54 Pavement
LIR International Airport 36 22.4 0:53 Pavement

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