Cyclist in San Jose's Parque la Sabana. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Recreational Tours in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has scores of tour operators offering a complete range of options. Here are recommended general tour operators as well as specific recommended tours from horseback-riding and hiking to bird-watching and cruises and nearly everything between.

Two tall cactuses in the dry desert of La Guajira, Colombia.

Planning a Visit to Colombia’s Alta Guajira

Colombia’s Alta Guajira (Upper Guajira) comprises the entire peninsula east of Cabo de la Vela and Uribia. To help plan your visit, here’s a brief area overview along with offered tours and recommended tour companies.

Waves roll in over a flat expanse of beach at dusk.

Seeing the Turtles at Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas

Costa Rican beaches don’t come more beautiful than Playa Grande, a seemingly endless curve of sand, varying from coral-white to gray, immediately north of Tamarindo. Exploring Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas is well worth it since leatherback turtles visit this beach all year round.

Fábrica El Laguito cigar factory in Havana, Cuba.

Touring Havana’s Cigar Factories

You’ll forever remember the pungent aroma of a Havana cigar factory, a visit to which is de rigueur. The factories, housed in colonial buildings, remain much as they were in the mid-19th century. Here are the factories currently open to tours.

A 5mph speed limit sign warns of a twisty road ahead on Moloka‘i.

Getting Around Moloka‘i

Getting around Moloka‘i is fairly easy and convenient thanks to the handful of options that cater both to independent drivers and those who like for someone else to take the wheel. Here’s where to go to get you where you want to go.

Botany Bay, Sydney, Australia, at sunset.

Sydney’s Best Day Trips

Day trips offered in and around Sydney are mostly outdoor excursions immersing you in the land and culture of the country. These are tours in every sense of the word, which means you can expect a comfortable, accessible experience with nothing more challenging than a walk. Included are two great recommendations for sticking to the city or venturing out into the bush for more than a day.

People silhouetted against a blue sky climbing Sydney's Harbour Bridge.

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The best way to really appreciate the Sydney Harbour Bridge is to climb it. There are about 200 steps to get to the top, but the views are some of the best in Sydney. Here are all the ins and outs of BridgeClimb, including types of tours offered and a brief summary of what to expect from the experience.

If you still think that pineapples grow underground or on a tree, take a tour of a pineapple plantation in Upcountry Maui.

Maui Upcountry Tours

If you’re looking for a tour in Upcountry Maui that gives you a real connection to the land, try one of these. You won’t find packed tourbuses and by-rote talks here: instead you’ll find informative, intimate, and even personalized experience.

Sign at Kualoa Ranch.

Windward O‘ahu Entertainment

Entertainment in Windward O‘ahu leans more towards informative & easy-going, with two venues for cultural tours and luau, and some very casual nightlife.