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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.

Costa Rica: 2-Hour Chocolate Experience and Plantation Tour

2. Costa Rica: 2-Hour Chocolate Experience and Plantation Tour

Begin your tour with a short 30-minute walk and be introduced to the Central Pacific transitional forest. During the walk observe the amazing flora and fauna. Afterward, begin your chocolate experience and discover the international cocoa collection of the Central Pacific. Learn about the different varieties of cocoa, as well as its ancestral history, and cocoa's impact on the world economy. Try the actual cocoa fruit and take part in the cocoa production process. Delish in different types of chocolate and mix it with tropical fruits. Also learn about two of the most traditional agricultural products of Costa Rica, sugar cane and coffee. Have direct contact with the plants and hear about the natural history of these crops. At the end of the experience, there will be organic chocolate bars with different cocoa percentages as well as other cocoa products for purchase.

Boat Transfer between Monteverde and La Fortuna

3. Boat Transfer between Monteverde and La Fortuna

Add a little adventure to your transportation needs between Monteverde and La Fortuna and avail of a transfer that includes an informative boat tour across Lake Arenal. Get spectacular views of Arenal Volcano and the cloud forests of Monteverde as you travel by van and boat. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure in either direction to suit your schedule, and relax in the knowledge that your luggage will be taken care of on every step of the journey. Depart La Fortuna and travel to Lake Arenal by van. Then, take a 30-minute boat ride to the town of Río Chiquito before continuing to Monteverde by van. For departures from Monteverde, travel to Lake Arenal by van. Cross Lake Arenal on an enlightening 30-minute boat ride to the earthen dam, and then continue to La Fortuna by van for drop off at your hotel.

San Jose: Monteverde Sky Tram & Hanging Bridges Day Tour

4. San Jose: Monteverde Sky Tram & Hanging Bridges Day Tour

Discover the lush Cloud Forests of Monteverde on this Sky Tram and Hanging Bridges trip from San Jose. Travel to the Northern Highlands of Costa Rica on a very scenic ride where you will get great views of mountains, farms, local towns and the Coast of the Puntarenas Province. See the largest fruit stand of the country, where you will see a large variety of tropical fruits. Visit the “Monkey Lady House” and several white-faced monkeys at very close range. Once in Monteverde, savor a delicious lunch and then proceed to ride on the Sky Tram, with great views of the whole Monteverde-Santa Elena area. Spend about 15-20 minutes at the highest look-out point, and then ride the Tram down for about 15 minutes.  Then, walk on the amazing Sky Walk Hanging Bridges in the Cloud Forest, where you will hike with your expert naturalist guide for about 2-3 hours, learning interesting aspects of the flora and fauna of this rare and endangered ecosystem.

Jaco: Zip Line and ATV Adventure Combo Tour

5. Jaco: Zip Line and ATV Adventure Combo Tour

The fun starts with a 15-minute tractor ride to the top of the mountain for the zip line portion of your adventure. Descend through the rainforest on a 2-hour course of 10 cables and 14 platforms, some with amazing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Nicoya. After the zip lining is complete, its time to get your adrenaline pumping with an ATV adventure to a waterfall. Start with a test drive on a specially designed private track. Once you are familiar with your vehicle, the fun continues on a muddy 2-hour ATV tour in more than 300 hectares of private property. Enjoy this safe adventure with your guide as your journey towards a pristine private waterfall for a short hike and swim before returning to the base. Alternatively, upgrade your tour by choosing the 3-hour ATV course. After the zip lining portion of the tour which remains the same, embark on a longer ATV adventure which includes a visit to some nearby waterfalls and a drive along a muddy coastline trail with numerous lookout points.

Manuel Antonio National Park Combo Tour from San Jose

6. Manuel Antonio National Park Combo Tour from San Jose

On your way to Manuel Antonio, stop to have breakfast in a local restaurant located next to the biggest fruit market in the country where you'll be able to observe the large variety of tropical fruits in Costa Rica. Continue your journey with a stop at the popular crocodile bridge where you will have the chance to observe one of Costa Rica’s biggest crocodile’s populations.    Search for scarlet macaws in their natural habitat on Tarcoles Beach, a common sight in the area. Then, stop at the Jaco Bay lookout point and take pictures of Costa Rica’s most popular coastal town. Once in Manuel Antonio, hike the rainforest trails of the national park with your guide for about 1 hour and search for local wild animals commonly observed here, including monkeys, sloths, toucans, agoutis, and more.   After hiking, enjoy free time to relax on the pristine beaches of the Manuel Antonio National Park, swim in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, or continue hiking on the longer rainforest trails in the park. The longer trails are a little challenging, but they provide amazing lookout points with views of islands and coves along the beautiful coastline, as well as further opportunities to observe more of the local wildlife.   Next, savor a delicious typical lunch in a restaurant that provides great jungle and ocean views, the perfect environment to enjoy your meal. Lunch will be served in the early afternoon around 2 PM, after which you will be taken back to your hotel in San Jose.

Jaco: Tandem Paragliding Flight 1.500 ft & up

7. Jaco: Tandem Paragliding Flight 1.500 ft & up

- Unless the client requests it (the transportation from the hotel or place of stay to the meeting point has an additional cost) we will meet at the meeting point, previously sent, just 7 or 8 minutes from downtown Jaco. - The passenger will meet the staff of Katto sky tours. - The pilots, 100% certified and with many years of experience, will prepare the equipment and the passengers for the flight. - The flight pilot will explain how the takeoff, flight and landing will be. - The takeoff will be assisted by the members of the staff that are necessary for a safe experience. - The pilot will be able to explain any concern to the passenger during this Paragliding aerial tour above Jacó's highest peak on top of a secondary tropical forest. The scenery is breathtaking at 1.500 ft (and will try to get higher). - You'll be able to see Hermosa beach, Herradura beach and of course Jaco beach.The Costa Rican mid pacific coast and the tropical forests underneath views together with the calm you will feel in the air will make this tour an unforgettable experience during all your live. - After providing the necessary instructions for a good maneuver, the pilot will land with the passengers at the same takeoff point. - On firm ground and checking that the passengers are in perfect condition, the used equipment will be disconnected. - If the if the passenger has contracted video will be consulted for their data to send the video in digital format. - Finally, if the passage hires transportation, the Katto Sky tour staff will return them to the place of stay.

From Quepos: White Water Rafting Savegre River

8. From Quepos: White Water Rafting Savegre River

The Savegre River is about an hour away from the main Manuel Antonio hotel area. It's an easy drive and your guides will turn it into an extremely informative ride. Along the way, you’ll see parts of Quepos history such as the little towns known as Cuadrantes, the cultural and architectural inheritance of the United Fruit Company presence in the area. Once at the river, you’ll start the tour, but not without a safety briefing and some practice first. Besides you expert river guide, a safety kayaker will join the trip. Have a little over 2-hour to enjoy occasional riverside stops and the stunning views. This amazing journey will end in the best way possible with a change of clothes and an exquisite typical Costa Rican homemade meal.

From Manuel Antonio: Mangrove Boat Tour

9. 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.

Quepos: Mangrove Kayaking Tour

10. Quepos: Mangrove Kayaking Tour

As you quietly watch this unique environment your guide will describe everything concerning the flora and fauna found in this amazing area. This tour goes throughout the mangrove wetlands and offers a great chance to observe migratory marine birds. The Damas Island kayaking tour takes you through the natural canals and provides an ideal opportunity to observe many birds such as herons, kingfishers, ospreys, and frigates birds.This Manuel Antonio tour lasts about 2 hours, and refreshing Costa Rican meals are arranged before or after the excursion, depending on the tides. This tour does not require prior experience. Single or double kayaks are available. Youngsters should be at least 8 years old to paddle their own kayak alone.

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What people are saying about Puntarenas Province

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 362 reviews

Outstanding experience. We saw a lot, we learned a lot, and we tasted a lot. Our guide was excellent! He was knowledgeable and he kept very interesting and interactive. And he was funny. My whole family loved this experience, and I would recommend it to anyone who visits the Jaco area.

The van pickup was prompt. The boat trip was relaxing and scenic. The van trip to Monteverde was comfortable and informative.

Absolutely loved this excursion!! It was so much fun and the guys were so friendly and entertaining!!

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

My tour guide Alex was the best, we had lots of fun with him. Great guy!