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San José, Costa Rica

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San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

1. San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

Departing from the nearby meeting point, visit the University of Costa Rica campus, home to some of the largest patches of forest in San Jose. Guided by young biologists, discover the nature hiding in the middle of Costa Rica's largest city. Experience wildlife you wouldn't have imagined existed minutes away from downtown.   On the first stop, you’ll look for resident and migratory birds, lots of incredible insects and amazing flowers. Then, see the largest indigenous stone sphere in San Jose, thought to derive from the extinct Diquis culture. Lastly, visit the main campus to seek out the friendly sloths climbing freely. The goal of this tour is to change the way tourism is done in Costa Rica, while supporting young scientists, researchers, and local entrepreneurs.

Manuel Antonio National Park Combo Tour from San Jose

2. Manuel Antonio National Park Combo Tour from San Jose

Expereince the stunning beauty of the Manuel Antonio National Park on this day trip from San Jose. Visit Crocodile Bridge and Tarcoles Beach. Discover the abundant wildlife on the park’s rainforest trails and eat breakfast and lunch at local restaurants.  Enjoy being picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in the San Jose area. Travel aboard an airconditioned coach on the way to have breakfast in a local restaurant located next to the biggest fruit market in the country. Visit the market to observe a large variety of tropical fruits. Continue your journey with a stop at the popular crocodile bridge where you will have the chance to observe one of Costa Rica’s biggest crocodile’s populations. Search for scarlet macaws in their natural habitat on Tarcoles Beach where they like to gather.  Stop at the Jaco Bay lookout point and take pictures of Costa Rica’s most popular coastal town. Once in the Manuel Antonio National Park, hike the rainforest trails with your guide for about and hour and search for monkeys, sloths, toucans, and agoutis. Spend some free time to relax on the pristine beaches of the Manuel Antonio National Park, go for swim in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, or continue hiking to some breathtaking lookout points on some of the longer rainforest trails in the park. Savor a delicious lunch of local cuisine in a restaurant that provides great jungle and ocean views. Lunch is served in the early afternoon around 2 PM, after which you will be taken back to your hotel in San Jose.

From San Jose: Los Suenos Full-Day Tour

3. From San Jose: Los Suenos Full-Day Tour

Visit the world-famous Tarcoles Bridge, where you can photograph crocodiles in their natural habitat, some measuring about 19 feet long. The next stop is at Vista Los Suenos Adventure Park, where you will get to choose two adventures tours from the following: zipline, horseback riding, surf lessons or an ATV adventure.  Your first adventure will end at the Jungle Restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with natural drinks, coffee and dessert. After lunch, embark on your next adventure before visiting the Photo Adventure Team, where you can purchase your pictures of the day or pick up some Costa Rica souvenirs.

From San Jose: Full-Day Jaco Beach Canyoning and Canopy Tour

4. From San Jose: Full-Day Jaco Beach Canyoning and Canopy Tour

After pick up at your hotel, cross the Tarcoles river bridge to see the crocodiles. Stop in Jaco Beach downtown to meet your tour guides and learn more details about the tour. Sit down for a delicious traditional lunch in Costa Rica. Hop on a 4x4 safari ride and enjoy the virgin mountain crossing, seeing macaws, toucans, monkeys, and other wild animal cross the path. Pick up your canopy equipment and zip to the first line to enjoy a practical rappel. Walking through the river, try swimming and jumping into the river's pools. Finally, as the highlight of your tour, try your hand at canyoning and rappel 4 lines on a waterfall of around 300 feet. Feel the adrenaline of this high-thrill adventure, suitable for adults and children alike. Enjoy nature and take pictures to share with your family and friends.

San Jose: Sloth and Wildlife Rescue Center Tour

5. San Jose: Sloth and Wildlife Rescue Center Tour

This private tour is rich with the individual stories of rescued wildlife, including those of a large variety of parrots, macaws, owls, sloths, spider monkeys, and more. The experience offers guests insight into the significance of conservation, as well as facts about rainforest wildlife and what it means to run a wildlife rescue center. Departing from San Jose or nearby provinces, visit an animal rescue center that specializes in rehabilitating injured sloths and learn everything about these amazing animals. The Toucan Rescue Ranch’s (TRR) mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and then release Costa Rican wildlife. TRR works with a model that focuses on conservation, education, and research to ensure a brighter tomorrow for native wildlife.

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What people are saying about San José, Costa Rica

This tour was amazing! We not only got to see sloths and birds, we also got to see the university as well. Our guide was knowledgeable and provided amazing information throughout the tour. It was an easy walking tour for all physical types, anyone can keep up!!

La playa es hermosísima. Definitivamente una experiencia que vale mucho la pena si quieres estar en contacto con la naturaleza y disfrutar de una deliciosa comida con la mejor vista de todas.

We had a great time. I have never repelled before and was definitely scared. The guides were incredible. They were so funny and put me at ease. If was also safety first the entire time.

Fernando was a very good guide. He explained things all along the road about Costa Rica. We saw multiple of animals in their natural environment. The food was great also.

Ismeal was wonderful, knowledgeable and passionate. Lots of facts about Costa Rica and the campus itself. We did in fact see a sloth!!! Definitely worth a day!