Experience traveling through the jungle among the tree tops on this canopy ride that brings you through the forest and ends with you descending gently onto a light sandy beach at the ocean’s edge! Throughout the ride guides will assist you and keep you safe at all times. In addition to the thrills of gliding through the trees suspended below a cable with a harness and pulley, the platforms between rides over great views of this beautiful area where the jungle meets the ocean! Half day tour.
Cahuita National Park encompasses 1,067 hectares of land and over 22,400 hectares of ocean. The park’s beach is great for relaxing, and the ocean water is always a comfortable warm temperature for bathing. The park contains the largest coral reef in Costa Rica that is rich with marine life.
Snorkelers will enjoy searching for varied creatures such as sea urchins, angel queen fish, blue parrot fish, green turtles, eels, barracudas, sea cucumbers, shrimps, lobsters, sponges and more! The park’s land habitat is composed of several ecological zones including swamp forest, rainforest, littoral woodlands and a coastal zone. You may see sloths, opossums, monkeys, coatimundis, frogs, green iguanas, basilisk lizards, porcupines and several bird species including toucans, trogons, ibises, and herons during easy hikes on the parks level trails.
Travel to this indigenous community includes an hour-and-a-half boat ride passing through rainforest and farms along the Telire River where your area guide will explain the region’s local culture, history and traditions. The native people of the Yorkin Reservation are members of the Bribri community, one of several groups that reside in Costa Rica.
On your visit you will learn how the indigenous people live today, including how they use rainforest plants for medicine, which crops they raise, and how they process chocolate from the fruit of the cacao plant. The indigenous community’s eco-tourism projects are run by the local women.
Remote and little visited, this reserve of 22,000 acres offers visitors a great example of unspoiled rain forest. Using a trail system that extends some 4 miles, visitors will enter sections of both second growth and old-growth primary rainforest. With an ample amount of rainfall (over 10 feet/year) distributed throughout most of the year, the vegetation is lush and diverse.
Majestic trees form the canopy at about 100 feet in height, while the largest trees that rise above the general canopy often exceed 150 feet. The park contains a wealth of wildlife including monkeys, peccaries, sloths and abundant birdlife, although viewing the wildlife may be difficult due to the dense and tall vegetation. Some of the terrain is difficult and parts of this park may yet remain unexplored by biologists! For naturalist visitors with a keen interest in seeing a magnificent rainforest. Full day tour.
The people of the Kèköldi Reservation are members of the Bribri community. This reservation is composed of a mosaic of second growth, primary forest and cacao (chocolate plant) plantations. The community raises green iguanas for meat, a source of protein for local people that has a low impact on the environment (iguanas feed on leaves).
The reserve offers some 6 miles of trails for visitors to use where they can see a variety of local flora and rich bird life. Of great interest to birders, the reserve has an observation tower to watch migrating birds during the months of September and November. Almost 3 millions hawks, vultures and other raptors that fly into Panama are counted from this tower during the migrating season.
You will be given some basic kayaking instructions from your guide before you start out from the starting point on a beach one mile from the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. After paddling for about 20 minutes, you will arrive at Manzanillo Beach where you’ll be snorkeling to see the marine life associated with coral reefs.
This area has 5 square kilometers of coral reef along the coast. To avoid damaging it, you should not to touch the coral, but carefully swim above and around it. Your guide will take you to the best spots to see the wonderful creatures living here which include sea rods, sea fans, brain coral, boulder coral, reef coral, elk horn coral, turtle grass, spiny lobster, crabs and colorful tropical fish such as parrot fish, angel fish, snappers, groupers, grunts, blue tangs, jacks and more! Half day tour.
We will head towards Manzanillo, a typical Caribbean fishing village located about two miles from Almonds and Corals. Beautiful golden and white sandy beaches will appear along the gravel road, as well as cozy little houses of Caribbean style. Flowers and plants border the road while we find butterflies and birds of different species. Thanks to the conservation efforts of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge you can find a great variety of wildlife along the road, such as birds, toucans, sloths, monkeys and coatis, as there are 380 different species of birds only at this Refuge.
Half way on the road the group will stop at a local bar to sample a refreshing cold Costa Rican beer or soda. We will keep on pedaling and through this authentic Caribbean village. In Manzanillo, we will walk on the beach and will get into the blue waters of the Caribbean sea. Half day tour.
A combination of cultural and learning tour, know the process of making chocolate from the pod to the cup! Several tours in the area presented and run by local guides, mostly women. This are eco tours that benefits the income of local families around the region.
The Tour is strategically located at The Gandoca-Manzanilo Wildlife Refuge. At the tour you'll have the opportunity to interact and learn the natural history of the green iguanas and also enjoy the beauty of botanical gardens surrounding the park. Half Day Tour.
It is a privately owned and operated Wildlife Sanctuary protecting an area of approximately 120 acres, which includes the delta of the Estrella River. This delta is very special because it provides food and sanctuary to many migrating birds, such as hawks, falcons, vultures, orioles, herons, and numerous others in addition to providing a home for a wonderful variety of small and large mammals, reptiles, butterflies and resident birds typical of the lowland tropical forest.
In this little bit of paradise, you can be sure to see sloths, poison-dart frogs, toucans and a myriad of other flora and fauna that is found in the tropical rainforest, not to mention some of the 310 species of birds that we have identified so far! Half day tour.
Turtle nesting season runs from the beginning of March to June, the peak is April/May. Local guide with special training by experts will explain the natural history of the marine turtles and with some luck will show you the females laying the eggs at night. Half day tour at night, lasts an average of 4 hours.
Run by local women, these activities provide one of the best ways to get involve in the deep traditions of the local Afro-Caribbean culture! Learn and help how to prepare a local dinner with famous local cooks into their homes. And also how to dance various types of dances found in the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, like Calypso, Socca, Salsa, Africano, Merengue, Reggae, Dance Hall and Hip Hop. 2 to 3 hours