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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.

Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park Bridge & Waterfall Tour

2. 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: Mangrove Boat Tour

3. 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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 26 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.

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!

Fabio was an excellent guide! He knew so much about all the animals and we saw monkeys, sloths, crabs, bats, several colours of iguanas, chameleons, exotic birds and more! He was very friendly and tried to take us to the more quiet areas as we went on a very very busy weekend - brilliant all round we 10/10

An exceptional environment with a passionate guide who transmits the information to us with such liveliness. Made us see and learn about animals, birds, insects, etc. Unparalleled service in addition we were served a typical meal which was excellent.