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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.

San José: Tortuga Island Tour with Lunch & Hotel Transfer

2. San José: Tortuga Island Tour with Lunch & Hotel Transfer

Explore Tortuga Island on a guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off included. 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 jet ski. Tuck into lunch. Begin your tour by getting picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle directly from your hotel in either Heredia, San José, or Alajuela. 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 jet ski or 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.

Monteverde: Nature & Wildlife Night Tour in Tropical Forest

3. Monteverde: Nature & Wildlife Night Tour in 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.

From Manuel Antonio: Mangrove Boat Tour

4. 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.

Manuel Antonio: Off-Road Rainforest and Waterfalls ATV Tour

5. Manuel Antonio: Off-Road Rainforest and Waterfalls ATV Tour

The ATV tour is definitely an experience that we all want to enjoy while we are on vacation in the Manuel Antonio Park area. Our ATV tour combines adventure with nature because, on this memorable adventure, we will take you to one of the most impressive rainforests of the Manuel Antonio Park area. Our tour starts with pickup at any hotel in the Manuel Antonio Park area. We will take you to the place where we have the ATVs. The guide will give you an important explanation about the activity (safety and security instructions), which everyone should listen to very carefully. The guide speaks perfect English and is also a professional naturalist with an ICT certification. During the tour, we will take you on an extensive ride through the forests, palm plantations, and small rural towns. You will appreciate the excellent views and can take pictures of the beautiful landscapes. During this tour, we visit a beautiful virgin forest in which we take you on a nature walk to appreciate the rainforest, observe birds and photograph all kinds of animals. During this nature walk you'll have the chance to enjoy some beautiful waterfalls, where you can have a refreshing deep in the middle of the rainforest. This is definitely the best ATV tour for enjoying the biological corridor of the Manuel Antonio National Park. At the end of this impressive experience, we will take you to our typical ranch for enjoying a delicious typical Costa Rican meal.

Uvita: Whales and Dolphins Experience

6. Uvita: Whales and Dolphins Experience

This is the best option to see the most of the Marino Ballena National Park. The Boat departs from Punta Uvita Beach after a safety briefing from our guide. This trip explore the Marino Ballena National Park searching for the majestic Humpback Whales ( Late December through late February / Mid-July through the late October ) and for other marine wildlife such as the Pacific spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins , seabirds (pelicans, frigate birds, brown boobies and more) , and sea turtles. Water visibility is typically great during the dry season ( December through April ) , so we will try to maximize this opportunity for you , and allow for some snorkeling (3-5 meters {9-15 feet deep) at whale island, also referred to as “whale rock,” and also to the Whale’s tail ( if tides allow ) where you can observe turtles, bi-color parrot fish, Angel fish, puffer fish and much more. During the rainy season ( June to November ) you will get the opportunity to enjoy a dip in the ocean instead of snorkeling ! .Additionally on this trip, we’ll pass by the incredible natural formation of the whale’s tail and a brief pass by Ventanas beach to see and learn about the wonderful marine caves that were carved by the ocean. Depending on the ocean tides, we’ll either briefly stop at Ventanas or Arco beach to enjoy some fresh fruits. Throughout the entirety of this trip, you’ll enjoy the wonderful landscape that the South Pacific region of Costa Rica has to offer.

Kinkajou Night Walk in Monteverde

7. Kinkajou Night Walk in Monteverde

Kinkajou Night Walk offers excursions during the night in our private reserve. Explore the magic of the forest with professionals local tour guides in two different schedules: 6:00pm and 8:20pm. You can choose the schedule based on your plans and don't worry about driving at night, we will pick you up in your accommodation! The experience it's completely different and amazing, the forest at night becomes active and more peaceful. It's a safe experience and everybody can join the excursion!

From San José: Manuel Antonio Day Trip

8. From San José: Manuel Antonio Day Trip

Admire the unique flora and fauna of the Manuel Antonio National Park on this guided day trip. Stop purchase a local lunch and take in ocean views on the ride in a spacious and climate-controlled bus from San José. Take a guided walk to a breathtaking beach and have free time to swim or explore.  Enjoy the convenience of pickup in the morning from select hotels. Relax aboard a comfortable bus on the drive through the mountains that surround the central valley. Pass along the main road that connects the capital with the coastal area. Stop at a restaurant where you can purchase a delicious typical Costa Rican breakfast in the Pacific area. Take the Costanera Sur highway into the park, enjoying beautiful views of the ocean, African palm plantations, and picturesque towns. Reach the Port of Quepos and from there continue to the National Park. Go for a walk in the rainforest along a nature trail of the national park until you reach the beach. Have free time to swim or go on a hike on one of the trails where you can spy monkeys, raccoons, iguanas, birds, and sloths. Spend some free hiking to Punta Catedral to capture pictures of the spectacular view. After having enjoyed the national park, walk back to the restaurant where a delectable lunch awaits your before taking bus back to the city.

Montevede: Jungle Zipline & Rappel Experience with Transfer

9. Montevede: Jungle Zipline & Rappel Experience with Transfer

What you'll do Zip line through one of the most breath taking views in Monteverde, this extreme experience offers views to the stoning cloud forest, 8 cables of zip line, 5 of them are extremely long: 467 mts, 425 mts, 600 mts, 750 mts, 1 kilometer and height between 75 mts and 150 mts. Total distance 4KM For no additional cost you will also enjoy: -Rappel (15 mts) -Tarzan Swing -2 Superman cable. -Insurance policy DON"T MISS THIS BREATHTAKING EXPERIENCE

Paquera: 2-Hours Bioluminescence kayak tour

10. Paquera: 2-Hours Bioluminescence kayak tour

This tour is an unique experience. At sunset, you'll start from the little beach next to the ferry dock in Paquera, called Playa Relleno. We will paddle through the bay and show you the area/islands and enjoy this all together with the most stunning sunsets. When the night falls you will be able to see the plankton glow in the dark. For more than a full hour you will be able to see this natural phenomenon and be enchanted by how fish light up their path like shooting stars in the water or move your hands/paddles through it. During your holiday in Costa Rica you will encounter many beautiful and wonderful things. In our opinion one of the most spectacular is the natural wonder of bioluminescence in the ocean! Bioluminescence is found in many parts of the world, however in most locations it is either seasonal or requires perfect conditions in order to occur. Contrastingly, the Paquera Bay is home to bioluminescence year-round.

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What people are saying about Puntarenas Province

A great solid tour around Manuel Antonio national Park. I would not recommend going to the park without a guide as they are looking for a wildlife for you the entire time. We also had a slight break to go swimming at the beach so I would recommend bringing a swimsuit as I did not.

Fantastic time walking through this beautiful park with our guide Edgar. He was knowledgeable about everything related to the park and animals. He could spot even the smallest insect from a distance that amazed us. Highly recommend!

The guide was wonderful. We saw sloths,tarantulas,and birds. I was amazed how big the trees were. We were a party of 5 and everyone enjoyed the hike. I highly recommended this adventure.

Wonderful experience! Our guide Juan, was so knowledgeable and really cares about the environment and the animals. We saw heaps during the walk and were so glad we did it!

The other group in our party canceled, so we got a private tour with Jorge. He was amazing!