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Jaco Beach: 2-Hour Chocolate Experience and Plantation Tour

1. Jaco Beach: 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.

Jaco Beach: Zip Line and ATV Adventure Combo Tour

2. Jaco Beach: 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.

Jaco Beach: ATV Tour with Waterfall Stop

3. Jaco Beach: ATV Tour with Waterfall Stop

Receive a short tutorial on how to ride an ATV from your experienced guide. Ride a few laps on a private specially designed ATV test track. After getting confident in your riding ability, it’s time to hit the open road. Speed through luscious green terrain. Cross rivers. Cruise by farms and scenic nature. Reach lookout spots where you can take in the breadth and scope of this beautiful landscape. Hop off your ATV and take a quick hike with your guide to an exclusive private waterfall, where you can snap some pictures.

The Explorer Waterfall Tour

4. The Explorer Waterfall Tour

Experience the true meaning of "Pura Vida" as this guided trip takes you to the rain forest in the hills above the Pacific Ocean to a majestic setting of pure Costa Rican natural harmony. Take a 4×4 drive up the mountain over 1000 feet to get to a private reserve. Your guide will stop along the way to point out interesting flora and fauna and the incredible views of the ocean and countryside. Start your adventure through the river after a short (5 minute) downhill hike. Hike up the river using trails and bridges that criss-cross  the river allowing you to enjoy the multiple smaller, interactive waterfalls and natural pools. There are 4 different swimming holes and many waterfalls to get under. These natural pools will invite you to swim in the fresh mountain spring water and submerge under the falls for an invigorating massage. For the more adventurous there are a couple of places you can jump into the pools from 4 and up to 25 feet! Enjoy some fresh tropical fruit at the last pool before the 10 minute hike back to the truck. During the entire tour you are totally surrounded by beautiful Costa Rican virgin rain forest. Bring your camera and your guide will keep it in a dry bag to make sure you get all those amazing pictures without damaging it!

Jaco Beach: Extreme Waterfall Canyoning with Lunch

5. Jaco Beach: Extreme Waterfall Canyoning with Lunch

Your adventure kicks off with a 15-minute tractor ride for the extreme canyoning portion of your adventure. Discover the Central Pacific transitional rainforest and admire its flora and fauna along the way. Upon arrival to the first platform, receive all the necessary safety instructions and start with the 250 feet auto guided rappel descent. The second descent is a rappel down the face of a 70 feet waterfall, shortly after you will descend the biggest waterfall, an amazing 150 feet rappel. If you're feeling adventurous, you can try the 15 feet cannonball jump into a natural pool. Alternatively, you can take a guided zip line to the bottom. From there you can descent natural slides and waterfall avalanches. Finally, savor a delicious buffet lunch in the afternoon.

Jaco Beach: Zip Line Canopy Tour

6. Jaco Beach: Zip Line Canopy Tour

Begin your adventure with a 15 minute ride aboard a specially designed tractor. Upon reaching the mountain, a bilingual guide will explain step by step all of the safety procedures you must follow to enjoy your zip line adventure. Then, descend to the bottom via a series of zip lines, including 12 platforms and 10 cables with a total cable distance of 3.5 kilometers, seeing spectacular views of Herradura Bay and Island, and the Nicoya Gulf. At the end, you will be greeted with fresh tropical fruits and cool water. Moreover, a professional photographers will capture you as you ride the zip line, and will have the photos available for purchase at the end of the tour.

Jaco: Scenic Beach Paragliding Experience

7. Jaco: Scenic Beach Paragliding Experience

Katto Sky Tours staff will pick up and drop off the passenger(s) to and from their destination to reach Jaco, Herradura or Hermosa beaches. Just a 10 minute drive 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. •During the flight, the pilot will be able to explain any concern to the passenger, while enjoying a unique, relaxing and pleasant experience. •After providing the necessary instructions for a good maneuver, the pilot will land with the passengers at the same takeoff point. • The duration of the tour depends on the number of passengers. The duration of the flights will be 30 minutes per person. •On firm ground and checking that the passengers are in perfect condition, the used equipment will be disconnected. •If the video contract passenger is consulted for their data to send the video in digital format.

Jaco: Paragliding Flight family/ Pet-Friendly Option

8. Jaco: Paragliding Flight family/ Pet-Friendly Option

-Unless the client requests it (the transportation from the hotel 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. •We will be starting from our meeting point and drive to our mountain takeoff. •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. •During the flight of approximately 40 minutes, the pilot will be able to explain any concern to the passenger, while enjoying a unique, relaxing and pleasant experience with your companion or your dog. •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 passenger contracted a video, will be consulted for their data to send the video in digital format. •Finally, if the family hires transportation, the Katto Sky tour staff will return them to the place of stay.

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What people are saying about Jaco Beach

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 7 reviews

This was one of the highlights of our Costa Rican trip. Everyone at the property was friendly and super helpful. Our guide Alex was awesome!! He taught us safety rules, told us funny stories & was an all around fantastic person. If you have the chance to do the ATV tour, you won't regret it.

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.

This was so fun and interesting. We got to make and eat the chocolate and learn all about the history of chocolate and how it is made. Our guide was amazing (Erik) and we loved every minute of this!

Both experiences were worth the money. The lunch break in between was perfect. Everything flowed very well.

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