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San José: Tortuga Island Tour with Snorkeling and Lunch

San José: Tortuga Island Tour with Snorkeling and Lunch

Explore Tortuga Island on a guided tour, Go on a quick tour of the other islands in a boat, then arrive at Tortuga Island. Go snorkeling or swimming, and eat breakfast on the beach. Opt to do other activities, such as renting a kayak. And come back for a great lunch. Begin your tour by getting picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle. Once you arrive at the harbor, hop into your speedboat and set sail on your adventure. Listen to your guide tell you about the local area and take in the views. Go on a tour of the Gulf of Nicoya, and see islands such as San Lucas, Isla Cedros, and Jesusita. Use the opportunity to take photos. Along the way, keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins that are residents of Puntarenas. See if you can spot whales or turtles, and stop to observe them. Upon arrival at the island, be provided with equipment to go snorkeling, as well as instructions on how to use them. Go searching for exotic and colorful fish underwater. Spend time relaxing on the white sand in the shade of palm trees. Opt to participate in other activities at an extra cost. Rent a kayak, or go paddleboarding. After you have explored the island, head back for lunch on the beach. Enjoy cold drinks and a coffee along with it. Hop back in the boat to be taken back to your hotel at the end of the day.

Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

Manuel Antonio: 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.

Monteverde: Kinkajou Forest Night Walking Tour

Monteverde: Kinkajou Forest Night Walking Tour

Explore the magic of Kinkajou forest with a local guide on a night walking tour of the private reserve in Monteverde. Watch as the forest comes alive and active in the night, with over 75% of the wildlife only becoming active in the evening hours. See a combination of a forest with endemic trees and another forest with fruit trees, providing shelter and food for local wild animals. With your guide and flashlight, look for animals like sloths, armadillos, and porcupines, among others, as well as sleeping birds and a wide variety of insects. Leave the tour filled with a new wonder for the night life of Kinkajou forest, marvelling at the exciting discoveries you make.

Monteverde: Night Tour in the Tropical Forest

Monteverde: Night Tour in the Tropical Forest

Follow your guide along picturesque trails as they show you the best way to spot the local wildlife at night. Explore the biodiversity of Costa Rica by discovering this fun and entertaining experience in the Tropical Forest of Monteverde. Show your digital voucher at the entrance to the refuge and start your adventure by proceeding inside the facility. Enjoy a short meet and greet with your guide before heading off along select trails. Your guide will help you explore the refuge and forests and place you in the best position to spot native wildlife. Spot animals like Tarantulas, Glass Frogs. Red Eye Frogs, Sloths, owls, Toucans, a great variety of insects, nocturnal mammals like the Kinkajou, Olingo, Armadillos, Porcupines, and also reptiles like lizards and snakes.

Monteverde: Guided Tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest

Monteverde: Guided Tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest

Embark on this guided experience in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, and nurture your connection with nature. Walk through low-hanging clouds condensing onto the leaves of trees and dripping onto the plants below, and spot a large number of endemic species. Watch lush plants stretch out as far as the eye can see. Accompanied by your guide, spot birds like the Quetzal, toucans, crested guan and black guan, motmot, and a large variety of hummingbird species. Also keep an eye out for mammals like the coatis, agoutis monkeys, and other wildlife. Learn about the Costa Rican flora and fauna with a Local Guide as you immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of the Cloud Forest of Monteverde.

Manuel Antonio Park: Guided Walking Tour with a Naturalist

Manuel Antonio Park: Guided Walking Tour with a Naturalist

Meet your guide at the meeting point (Supermarket Joseth, right before the national Park Enteance) and embark on a guided trek along the forest trails. Look for sloths, iguanas, bats, snakes, monkeys, frogs, toucans, and much more as you walk. Benefit from the knowledge of a local naturalist as they spot creatures you may otherwise have missed. In addition, your guide will use a high-definition spotting scope and take great pictures which they'll share with you after the tour. Your tour ends at one of the world’s best beaches, Manuel Antonio Beach, the perfect spot to unwind or go for a swim at the end of your guided hiking experience in Manuel Antonio National Park. Important: this is a guided tour service, national park entrance ticket is not included on this activity. You have to buy it on the only and official website of the national park: https://serviciosenlinea.sinac.go.cr/ Plastic water bottles and food are not allowed to enter the park. In high season (December to April), the entrance tickets get sold out fast. Please buy yours with at least 3 to 7 days of anticipation. In low season (may to November) one day before is good. Please arrive 5 or 10 minutes before the tour. Other people in the group don’t have to wait for you, we will wait 10 minutes and then start the activity. Our meeting point is outside the closest parking (Parking Chalo), there is no official parking of the national park. All are private and all around $10. It is very easy to get there in public transportation, ask your guide if you need any information on WhatsApp or on the booking email contact. Pura vida!

Uvita: Whale Watching Boat Trip with Drinks and Snacks

Uvita: Whale Watching Boat Trip with Drinks and Snacks

Feel the thrill of whale watching on this exciting boat trip from Uvita. Sail round the Marino Ballena National Park, Piedra Ballena, and more as your guide takes you to whales, sea turtles, and a natural marine bird sanctuary. Begin your adventure at the meeting point with some coffee, juice, pastries and bananas while you wait for the group to assemble. Then, transfer to a boat and get ready to be on the lookout for marine life. Witness sea life at play as you sail round the Marino Ballena National Park, Piedra Ballena, Tres Hermanas Rocks, Ventanas Caverns and the Punta Uvita Tombolo (whale's tail). Enjoy a visit to a natural marine birds sanctuary on the way to see resident or migratory birds and reptiles like green iguanas and lizards. Plunge into the water on a snorkeling stop (if weather conditions permit). Explore the underwater world of coral reefs to look for more dolphins and sea turtles before returning to the meeting point.

Manuel Antonio: Natural Mangrove Guided Boat Tour and Drinks

Manuel Antonio: Natural Mangrove Guided Boat Tour and Drinks

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.

La Fortuna or Monteverde: One-Way Boat Transfer

La Fortuna or Monteverde: One-Way Boat Transfer

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.

Monteverde: Jungle Zipline & Tarzan Swing with Transfer

Monteverde: Jungle Zipline & Tarzan Swing with Transfer

What you'll do Embark on the adventure of a lifetime amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of Monteverde's cloud forest. Brace yourself for an adrenaline-charged journey featuring 16 heart-pounding ziplines, including mind-blowing spans of 1 kilometer, with breathtaking views of the cloud-kissed landscape. As if that's not enough, elevate your experience with a 15-meter rappel, a Tarzan Swing that will leave you breathless, and not one but two Superman cables, all included at no extra cost. Feel the rush as you traverse the forest canopy, with heights reaching between 75 mts and 150 mts. Totaling a jaw-dropping 4KM, this isn't just a ziplining experience; it's a symphony of nature and adventure. And for your peace of mind, we've got you covered with a comprehensive insurance policy. Don't let this opportunity slip by. Join us for an unforgettable, adrenaline-fueled escapade in Monteverde — where nature meets thrill, and every moment is an adventure waiting to unfold! Important Note: Adventurers, please be advised of a mid-intensity hike between each platform during our Monteverde Experience. This adds an exciting element of exploration to your journey through the cloud forest. Your safety is our priority, and we're here to ensure your journey is as exhilarating as it is unforgettable. Let the thrill begin!

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This trip exceeded all of my expectations, which were already high. The bus picked us up from our Airbnb without a hitch, and we were transported to the marina where the yacht took off. From there, we were ferried out across the water on a big circle to see the whole coastline of Manuel Antonio National Park. We were let off in an alcove that surrounded a volcanic structure where little fish swam right up to us while we snorkled in clear blue water for well over an hour. Once back on the boat, the staff opened up the water slides and diving board where we all had fun unlocking our childish side to play in the water and enjoy "Yacht Life" while the staff prepared a delicious lunch. All this time, tea, coffee, water, and soft drinks were free and adult beverages were offered by a cash bar. Once satisfied, we set off back to the dock and we were shuttled back where we started. My brother and I agreed this was a trip highlight.

My first time to MA park! I highly recommend getting a tour guide to fully appreciate the biodiversity in this ecosystem. Diego @Diego Nature tours was knowledgeable and great with interesting flora and fauna facts. They have high powered scopes to view and spot elusive animals and can also take photos with your phone. Diego will make your visit much more worthwhile!

Our guide was very nice and has a lot of knowledge of the parc en animals. We saw a lot of different animals such as sloths, monkeys, frogs and other reptiles. Would highly recommend to take a guided tour because you see a lot more animals and you learn about the animals and plants.

We were accompanied by Fabio, he is very professional with a lot of knowledge, we had a wonderful time with him, seeing in his camera really adds a plus. Ps: he even managed to find us a hummingbird in its nest. thank you for everything

Really cool and friendly Guide. You can see that he loves the Animal and loves his Job. Hey has a big KnowHow and tells you a lot about Everything you are interested in. Perfect Tour with Fabio.