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Manuel Antonio or Quepos: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

1. Manuel Antonio or Quepos: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

Discover Manuel Antonio National Park, a small biological island established in 1972 by the Costa Rican government to preserve its precious wildlife. Though Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest park in the country, it’s also the most visited due to its charming combination of rain forests, beaches, coral reefs, and wildlife. After being picked up from your hotel by your excerpt driver-guide, get ready to explore a diverse range of fauna spanning 109 species of mammals and 184 birds. As you explore, look out for raccoons, coatis, agoutis, sloths, white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, and the famous Titi monkey, an endangered subspecies unique to the park. Be led by your guide on a breathtaking walking tour through the jungle and experience the secrets and wonders of this amazing ecosystem. See kingfishers, the yellow crowned night heron and many more bird species. Benefit from assistance taking high-quality nature photos using your own digital camera combined with professional telescopes provided on the tour.

From Manuel Antonio: Mangrove Boat Tour

2. From Manuel Antonio: Mangrove Boat Tour

The mangrove forest is one of the most vital and astounding ecosystems in the world. Damas Island, located just 10 minutes from Manuel Antonio is currently one of the most important remaining mangroves in Costa Rica. Covering thousands of acres of protected forest, this amazing biodiversity is home to a large number of birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects. Our experienced guides will take you on an unforgettable boat tour through the channels of the mangrove forest, far away from civilization. You can discover an abundance of species native to the area such as white-faced monkeys, anteaters, boas, iguanas, birds and thousands of colorful crabs. Our boats have the capacity to hold 12 passengers and are fully equipped for your comfort and security.

Manuel Antonio: Night Jungle Tour

3. Manuel Antonio: Night Jungle Tour

This rainforest night tour is operated in the amazing Rainmaker Park. Rainmaker is one of the most important and impressive rainforest ecosystems in Costa Rica, this is where the extinct harlequin frog reappeared and was rediscovered thus becoming an important field of research and scientific studies for herpetologists worldwide. This night walk takes about 2-hours to 2.5-hours and is led by a professional and expert certified guide. During the expedition you may see bats, Jesus Christ lizard, spiders, owls, high varieties of frogs, snakes and many interesting insects. You will use special equipment for the night and a flashlight for a better appreciation during the activity to help you see the jungle life more clearly.

Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park Bridge & Waterfall Tour

4. Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park Bridge & Waterfall Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Manuel Antonio or Quepos and set off for the Rainmaker Park. Begin your experience with a walk through the rainforest in search of all kinds of native birds, insects, and amphibians. Then, cross over a network of suspension bridges through the mountains that hang above the primary forest. Hike to the top of the mountain, for the opportunity to marvel at an incredible view of the sea. After this, continue to walk along the trail network until you arrive at the Canopy Bridge system section - a network of suspension bridges, built to U.S. engineering standards. The 6 sections total 250 meters, spanning from platforms attached to massive hardwood trees to create the most impressive canopy walk in Costa Rica. The design permits minimal forest impact, giving participants an opportunity to explore the majesty of the forest canopy from an unobtrusive bird's eye view. Gaze down at the jungle below and admire views of the beautiful pristine river of Rainmaker Park. Use the handrails and easy-to-follow footpaths, making stops at the observation platforms that allow you to observe the waterfalls. Capture incredible photographs of the rich biodiversity this unique site has to offer. Towards the end of this walk, arrive at a pristine waterfall pool where you are welcome to enjoy a refreshing dip. End the tour with an outstanding and delicious typical Costa Rican lunch served in the Rainmaker Park Restaurant. Finally, get transferred back to your hotel in Manuel Antonio or Quepos where your memorable tour will finish.

From Manuel Antonio: Los Suenos Adventure Park Day Trip

5. From Manuel Antonio: Los Suenos Adventure Park Day Trip

This full-day adventure from Manuel Antonio is a fantastic choice for a those looking to combine nature and adventure. To start the tour, you will be picked up from your accommodation at 8:00AM at which point you will head north to the coasted area of Jaco and Los Suenos. Once you arrive at the property, you will be able to choose your first adventure from the following options: • 2-hour ATV tour with waterfalls • Horseback riding with waterfalls • Zipline canopy adventure • Surfing lessons • Chocolate experience tour At noon, enjoy an amazing buffet lunch at the Vista Los Suenos Jungle Restaurant. There you will enjoy natural drinks with free refills, with coffee and dessert also included. Following lunch, you will continue on your second adventure, and by 3:30PM you will be on your way back to Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Day Trip

6. Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Day Trip

Discover the rich biodiversity of the Manuel Antonio National Park as you stroll along primary and secondary forest trails in the park with a naturalist guide. Enjoy soft drinks during your trip and take advantage of hotel transfers from Manuel Antonio or Quepos. Hop aboard a spacious in airconditioned bus at your doorstep in Manuel Antonio or Quepos. Sit back and admire the countryside on the drive to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Have your park entry fees paid for you so you can concentrate on your tour. Arrive at the park and begin town paths lined with dense vegetation. Listen as your guide shares fascinating facts about the animals that live in this stunning park as well as information on the natural history of the area. Search for wildlife like two and three toed sloths, white faced monkeys, howler monkeys, and squirrel monkeys. Look to the skies for colorful bird species like scarlet macaws, pelicans, tanagers, ospreys, kingfishers, and the yellow-crowned night heron. Watch for scurrying creatures like are iguanas, bright green lizards, slithering snakes, and a huge variety of insects. Return by bus to your accommodation in Manuel Antonio or Quepos at the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Manuel Antonio

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 81 reviews

BOOK THIS! I wasn't sure if having a guide to explore the National Park was worth it, especially since I prefer doing things on my own. I am so glad I decided to book this. There is NO WAY we would have been able to spot so many animals on our way. Our guide, Jorge, went out of his way to take his time and find animals everywhere with the professional binoculars that he was carrying, and he was able to help us take pictures of all of the animals too. You can walk around aimlessly trying to figure out where there are animals in the wilderness, or you can book a guide who not only can explain everything to you but can even spot animals that are camouflaged that no inexperienced eye could find.

We had an amazing experience in the Manuel Antonio National Park! Our guide & naturalist, Naza, has a vast knowledge of the local ecosystem and its inhabitants. She helped us spot sloths, lizards, monkeys, spiders, butterflies, grasshoppers, snakes, bats, and hummingbirds as well as a variety of plants. Her spotting scope was very helpful for getting up close without disturbing the wildlife. Parking was easy right at the entrance and Jade Tours was easy to work with.

Our guide Edgar was able to spot animals I never would have noticed otherwise. They use a scope on a tripod so then you can look through and see the animal close up, even if they are way up in the trees. He was able to take video and pics with our phones through the scope so we have close up pics of the animals. We saw sloths, monkeys (saw close up), lizards, snakes, and a toucan.

I had an amazing time! Be prepared for the hike. It is not long but there are a lot of steps. That said the reward is well worth it. I easily conquered my fear of heights and our guide George was encouraging, thoughtful, knowledgeable and watchful for any issues. I had a wonderful time and burned some calories! Pura Vida!

It was a wonderful tour and our guides were very knowledgeable about the different flora and fauna.