Puntarenas Province
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Our most recommended Puntarenas Province Birdwatching

From Manuel Antonio: 4-Hour Mangrove Boat Tour

1. From Manuel Antonio: 4-Hour 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.

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Quepos: Mangrove Kayaking Tour

2. Quepos: Mangrove Kayaking Tour

As you quietly watch this unique environment your guide will describe everything concerning the flora and fauna found in this amazing area. This tour goes throughout the mangrove wetlands and offers a great chance to observe migratory marine birds. The Damas Island kayaking tour takes you through the natural canals and provides an ideal opportunity to observe many birds such as herons, kingfishers, ospreys, and frigates birds.This Manuel Antonio tour lasts about 2 hours, and refreshing Costa Rican meals are arranged before or after the excursion, depending on the tides. This tour does not require prior experience. Single or double kayaks are available. Youngsters should be at least 8 years old to paddle their own kayak alone.

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Quepos: Damas Island Mangrove’s Boat Tour

3. Quepos: Damas Island Mangrove’s Boat Tour

Be sure to keep your eyes wide open, in order to identify the countless birds, monkeys and reptiles on this tour. The roofed boats used are environmentally friendly, comfortable as well as risk-free. Because of the boat design it is easy to interact with white-faced monkeys as they, from time to time, love to hop on board. As you are observing this luxuriant atmosphere, your guide will describe the flora and fauna seen in this amazing and impressive area. This tour explores the natural canals and offers a perfect chance to see marine birds such as kingfishers and frigate birds among others. Your journey will go through briny waters glimpsing the tropical island and pass under natural tunnels created by trees. This is why you are going to enjoy this haven of nature. Lunch is served at the end of the tour. Transportation back to your hotel is included. This tour is for all ages and physical conditions.

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Jacó: Ziplining, Horseback Tour and Waterfalls Combo

4. Jacó: Ziplining, Horseback Tour and Waterfalls Combo

If you want to discover the best of Costa Rica and have tons of fun in the process, join this activity that combines ziplining, horseback riding, and a swim in a waterfall, all in half a day. Start out with ziplining: take a 15-minute tractor ride up to the top of the mountain, and then spend the next 2 hours ziplining back down. Descend on a series of 12 platforms and 10 cables, including one of the longest in Costa Rica’s central pacific. After ziplining, it’s time to meet the horses. You’ll be paired with your new best friend and head for the mountains. Ride for about 30 minutes at the top of a mountain, passing farms and rainforest.   Then, you’ll hike back down to a private waterfall that flows into a natural pool. Refresh yourself with some cold water and then take about 30 minutes to go swimming in the cool waters of the natural pool. Finally, you will return to base, where you’ll be greeted with fresh tropical fruits.

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La Fortuna Bird Watching Tour with Naturalist Guide

5. La Fortuna Bird Watching Tour with Naturalist Guide

See Costa Rica's amazing variety of bird life on this birdwatching tour from La Fortuna. Depending on the season, and the best birding options available, either head up near the Arenal Volcano by the Arenal Lake, or visit the El Silencio Nature Reserve or Finca Luna Nueva. The elusive tropical birds of Costa Rica are best spotted in the morning, so you'll rise early and begin your jungle adventure in the morning. Spot all kinds of wildlife, like toucans, parrots, oropendolas, colorful tanagers, or wild parakeets. Your guide will help you spot species such as Royal Flycatchers, White-fronted Nunbirds, and Cinnamon Woodpeckers, discussing each variety with you and marking them down in your guide book.

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From San José: Carara National Park and Tárcoles River Tour

6. From San José: Carara National Park and Tárcoles River Tour

Begin your journey by being picked up from your hotel, and going on a scenic 1.5-hour drive along Route 27, making your way to your first stop at Carara National Park. Head straight out onto some flat walking trails suitable for all fitness levels and wheelchair users, and admire the biological reserve's abundant jungle life in person. Look up to the 40-meter high canopy, and keep an eye out for bright scarlet macaws, agouti rodents, stunning poison dart frogs, spider monkeys, dozens of birds, fantastic fungi, and huge wild cashew trees. Next, enjoy lunch like a local and eat at a traditional soda diner, where you have the option of eating fresh fish or seafood. Re-energized, lower your gears and enjoy a relaxing optional boat ride for some birdwatching on the Tárcoles River. Admire the river's mangroves, which are some of the most unique and scarce ecosystems of the world, and considered to be biodiversity hotspots. Keep a lookout for the 6-meter-long American crocodiles — the largest of the continent. Finally, dig your toes into the white sand of a peaceful beach at your last stop, where you will taste some delicious seasonal fruits and relax with the sound of the waves before heading back to your accommodation.

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San Jose Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

7. San Jose Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

Journey to Manuel Antonio National Park and access highly coveted beaches that are some of the best that Costa Rica has to offer. Marvel at the natural surroundings and see some native creatures. Travel along the coastline enjoying scenic views of African palm plantations small villages as you drive towards the park. Hike to the preserve, crossing a charming creek. Enjoy a nice lunch with views of nature. Relax and enjoy the beach, sunbathe, or do some more hiking once you reach the water. Take time to observe Manuel Antonio’s abundant flora and fauna. Be on the look out for monkeys, iguanas, birds and possibly even the three-toed sloth.

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What people are saying about Puntarenas Province

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 1 reviews

The tour itself was great BUT we gave it 4 stars bc we didn’t see very many animals. Just a few birds and iguanas that we would’ve seen most anywhere else in CR. But like I said everything else was excellent from transportation, to our guide Guiner who was an avid birder, to the boat driver, and lastly dinner which was typical CR meal and incredibly delicious!!

What an Amazing way to see nature from an up close perspective. Very beautiful, informative, and never felt unsafe at any time. Highly recommend if your more leisure and not up to all the other higher adrenaline activities you can choose from in the area. What a fantastic adventure my wife and I were able to share on our Anniversary.

Due to the pandemic, the tour through the mangroves was carried out for us alone. The guide was good, the boat driver was well-versed and pointed out many animals such as snakes, frogs and birds. Breakfast was rescheduled at our request (instead of gallo pinto we got toast with fruit).

Magnificent. Instructive. Animals in their natural environment .. The extra passionate and fascinating Raoul guide ..