On a Thursday or Friday, hop in a taxi and direct the driver to the farmers' market, locally known as la feria. Held near the stadium, the market is a great place to practice Spanish – and bargaining skills. Mingle with the locals and buy some of the freshest fruits and vegetables at very affordable prices.
Guided and self-guided hikes to the region's national parks and private reserves offer an excellent introduction to the natural wonders of Guanacaste. Liberia is a gateway to Guanacaste National Park, Santa Rosa National Park, Barra Honda National Park, and Lomas de Barbudal Wildlife Refuge.
The tranquil Corobici River is ideal for a safari float – look for monkeys, birds and iguanas in the trees, and coatis near the riverbanks. Birdwatchers shouldn't miss a river float down the canals of Palo Verde National Park, home to 300 bird species throughout the year. Here, herons, spoonbills, toucans, scarlet macaws and egrets are spotted daily.
Snorkeling and sunset sailing tours depart daily from Playa del Coco, located 30 minutes west of Liberia. Snorkeling trips, on catamarans or traditional sailboats, travel to the area's top underwater destinations, while sunset sails are perfect for romance and great sightseeing. Wildlife watching is top notch, as sea turtles, dolphins and the occasional whale are often observed. Some cruises include buffet meals and an open bar, making them ideal for festive celebrations.
After a 45-minute horseback ride through the jungle wilds near Rincon de la Vieja National Park, visitors reach the magnificent Victoria Waterfall. Here, adventurers rappel down the waterfall, or test their courage in a series of descending free-fall jumps.
The class III-IV Tenorio River offers an unforgettable day of whitewater adventure. The 15-mile run takes approximately three hours, and starts with gentle rapids before transitioning to adrenaline-packed fun. Four-person rafts traverse the river's white-capped waves, dodging river rocks and testing rafters' mettle on eight-foot vertical drops.