Manuel Antonio Tours and Excursions , Costa Rica

 RAINMAKER

Come visit this 1500-acre private reserve, located approximately 30 minutes from Manuel Antonio, within the Fila Chonta mountain range, consisting of mostly primary rainforest. The Rainmaker includes 2 activities – the River Walk and the Canopy Walk. Rainmaker River Walk tour is a comfortable walk along trails that weave up beside a mountain river with waterfalls cascading through the lush undercover of the jungle.

You will be accompanied by a professional nature interpreter who will explain and highlight the importance of the biodiversity of the rainforest sanctuary. Be sure to wear or bring your bathing suit for you will be stopping to take an optional swim in pristine pools along this three hour tour. Rainmaker Canopy Walk is the area's only user-friendly suspension bridge system. The design allows minimal impact to the forest below providing our guided groups an opportunity to explore the majesty of the canopy from a bird's eye view. Rating – difficult. Duration – half-day.

 MANUEL ANTONIO PARK TOUR

A naturalist guide will take you on a 2 1/2 hour informative hike through the Manual Antonio National Park. You will learn about the flora and fauna along with a little history of the area. Be ready for exotic animal sightings, the most common being sloths, white-faced monkeys, coatimundis, agouti, squirrel monkeys, and numerous tropical birds. Duration – half-day.

 TITI CANOPY TOUR

This tour takes guests through primary and secondary forest tree tops where three species of monkeys can be seen. Located just minutes from Quepos and Manuel Antonio, the staff of professionally-trained guides will point out to guests the abundant wildlife along the way. During your journey, you will be perched on one of 16 platforms high above the jungle floor with dramatic views of the valley. A series of 12 zip line cables reaching up to 450 meters (1,475 feet) takes guests throughout the unspoiled rainforest canopy on an exclusive tour. Duration – half-day.

 HORSEBACK RIDING TO BRISAS DEL NARA OR TOCORI WATERFALLS

The trailhead to these waterfalls is located about a 45 minute drive away from Quepos. From the road, you will embark on a 1 hour horseback ride for 3 kilometers to get to the falls. At the base of the waterfall there is a natural “pool” where you can swim. To descend to the base of the falls, you must walk down rock steps with a cable guardrail on a steep trail. The return is up the same path. Please bring a bathing suit and towel if you wish to swim in the cool river. Duration – half-day.

 SEA KAYAKING ISLA DAMAS ESTUARY

Paddle this estuary’s protected inland waterways, a perfect place to learn this magical way of exploring coastal mangrove areas and seeing wildlife. None of this trip is in the open ocean and the pace of this trip is according to your abilities. Lunch will be included at a nearby seafood restaurant.  Duration – half-day.

 ISLA DAMAS MANGROVE TOUR

Treat yourself to a launch tour of the estuary with a biologist guide. There is great bird watching and wonderful vistas to enjoy from this mangrove lagoon. You will stop at the island for a nice walk on the beach. Afterwards, enjoy lunch or dinner at a restaurant overlooking the mangrove canal. This tour is good for the whole family. Duration – half-day.

 MANUEL ANTONIO COASTAL PADDLE

This is a more challenging open ocean kayak paddle along one of Costa Rica's most beautiful coastlines. Nearby islands are nesting sites for boobies and frigates birds. There is stop for a swim and snacks in isolated Biesanz Bay, and there will be lunch at the end of the trip near the National Park of Manuel Antonio. Duration: 6 hours.

 CANOPY SAFARI

Enjoy a safari-style 4x4 ride through the rainforest. Along the way there are many opportunities to expand your knowledge of the Costa Rican wilderness. Then, traverse from tree to tree and platform to platform, using pulleys on horizontal traverse cables, to sail through the treetops and over the trails far below you. Now featuring: 18 platforms, 10 zip lines, two rappel lines, one suspension bridge, one "Tarzan swing,"a butterfly farm, and a serpentarium. Duration – full-day.

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 DOLPHIN WATCH TOUR

Explore the entire coast, from Quepos to the southern limit of the park, in a Zodiac-type inflatable boat. You will not only see dolphins, but also you can often catch a glimpse of turtles, flying fish, and nesting frigates and boobies. The rugged coast has blow holes, caves, and the Indian Burial Island of Mogotes. You will stop to swim and have snacks on the beautiful Biesanz Beach. Duration – half-day.

 SAVEGRE RIVER WHITE WATER RAFTING

The put-in on the river is only a 2-hour drive from Quepos. This full-day adventure takes you to the Rio Savegre for a two-hour guided rafting trip (class III) in rafts of 6 people. There are great swimming holes and a large variety of birds like egrets, toucans, ospreys, kingfishers, and cormorants. Then we will stop in the Ecotourism Lodge 'El Silencio' for a “tico” style lunch in a thatched roof restaurant with great views and a nature path. Duration – full-day.

 NARANJO RIVER WHITE WATER RAFTING (Available April – Dec.)

This is a class III & IV rafting challenge for more experienced paddlers. The put-in point on the river is only a 1-hour drive from Quepos, and after a short briefing and safety talk, you will proceed down the river. The Naranjo drops steeply from the mountain above Quepos, flows through a beautiful jungle gorge, and takes you on a wild ride to the sea passing nearby farmlands and palm plantations. Water levels can rise quickly on this river upping the difficulty and adrenaline levels, so rafters should be physically fit and adventurous. There will be a stop for fruits and snacks midway. After take-out, enjoy a typical Costa Rican “casado” lunch. Duration – half-day.

 DEEP SEA FISHING

Quepos is known as a fishing Mecca. Depending on the season, you can catch any of the following: Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, Roosterfish, or Snook. Full-day or half-day.

 CATAMARAN COASTAL ADVENTURE

Glide through crystal clear, aqua blue pacific waters, marvel at the unspoiled beaches of Manuel Antonio, and explore the mysterious islands that lie just offshore our coast. Here, jagged rock formations and towering cliffs host numerous varieties of nesting marine birds and their young. You and your guests may watch native spotted dolphins frolic and jump in your Catamaran’s wake. You may also pass giant sea turtles or, with luck, observe migrating humpback whales. Snorkel along the coral reefs near the gentle coastline while your guides and naturalists help you discover our fascinating underwater domain. It is virtually an underwater Costa Rican playground of tropical fish and exotic marine life.  Duration – half-day.

 CAMPESINOS RESERVE

You will be met at your hotel at approximately 7:30am. 45 minutes from Quepos-Manuel Antonio, driving toward the mountains of Talamanca, is the town of Londres. After enjoying fresh fruits and coffee at Vicki’s Restaurant, you will start your hike to Los Campesinos Private Reserve with your private guide. The hike covers a total of 7 km starting on an old farm road then passing many creeks and waterfalls within untouched rainforests. Along this road, you will have amazing views of this pristine area with great opportunities for wildlife and bird observation. At the end of the road hike, you will stop at The Campesinos Reserve, located on a beautiful mountain range between the Naranjo and Savegre rivers’ watersheds.

The Reserve is part of the community of Quebrada Arroyo and is managed by Don Miguel Mora, his brother Visaí, and his wife Doña Juanita. These three local Costa Ricans will share their experience of tico traditions, great food, and rainforest knowledge. Once in the reserve, there will be time to swim in a great natural pool at the base of a waterfall and see vanilla orchids as well as other tropical species. One highlight of the reserve is a suspension bridge over a deep river gorge. After lunch, 3 more kilometers of hiking will take visitors to the Savegre River where, with the help of the local guides, you will use a traditional manual tram or "andarivel” (a kind of metal tram suspended by ropes) to get across the river. Here the driver will be waiting for you to return to the hotel around 4:00pm. Duration – full-day.

 FINCAS NATURALES

This 30-acre wildlife refuge has 1,500 meters of trails designed for all ages. They offer nature exhibits (like the butterfly garden and a reptile lagoon) to protect the reproduction of local species, like butterflies, crocodiles, caimans, turtles, and boa snakes. The trails also provide the opportunity to spot rainforest creatures like sloths, 3 species of monkeys, and more. The local guides offer a night hike, which is a wonderful place to listen for frogs and toads and to look for snakes, sleeping lizards, and spiders. It is especially recommended for children. Duration – 2-3 hours

 VANILLA FARM SPICE TOUR

Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation is a sustainable organic spice farm in Costa Rica that has been certified organic since 1992 and biodynamic since 2000. They grow a variety of spices and essential oil plants, including vanilla, cocoa, and cinnamon. Here, guides will explain and showcase the various aromatic spices, medicinal plants, and essential oil plants to visitors. The tour is a gentle walk through the plantation and is very sensory, with multiple stops for tasting and smelling along the way. It includes the new "Flavors of the World" tasting - an assortment of gourmet spice treats and drinks prepared by the in-house pastry chef. Duration – half-day.

 PARRITA RIVER RAFTING

This is one of Costa Rica's most beautiful waterways cascading down from the Bustamente Mountain Range, alongside a mix of jungle and subsistence farms. In the rainy season, 6-man inflatable duckies are used to make this a challenging adventure as you guide your own boat, following a safety kayaker down class II-III rapids. Lunch is “tico” style at a small riverside restaurant. There are opportunities to swim and take pictures along the way. The tour spans from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm. It is good for the whole family (9 years old and up). Duration – approx. 7 hours

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