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Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

1. 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.

Manuel Antonio: Natural Mangrove Guided Boat Tour and Drinks

2. 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.

Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park Night Tour with Dinner

3. Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park Night Tour with Dinner

This rainforest night tour is operated in the amazing Rainmaker Park. Rainmaker is one of the most important and impressive rainforest ecosystems in Costa Rica, this is where the extinct harlequin frog reappeared and was rediscovered thus becoming an important field of research and scientific studies for herpetologists worldwide. This night walk takes about 2-hours to 2.5-hours and is led by a professional and expert certified guide. During the expedition you may see bats, Jesus Christ lizard, spiders, owls, high varieties of frogs, snakes and many interesting insects. You will use special equipment for the night and a flashlight for a better appreciation during the activity to help you see the jungle life more clearly.

Manuel Antonio: ATV Adventure with Rainforest and Waterfalls

4. Manuel Antonio: ATV Adventure with Rainforest and Waterfalls

The ATV tour is definitely an experience that we all want to enjoy while we are on vacation in Manuel Antonio and rurrounding aereas. Our ATV tour combines adventure with nature because, on this memorable adventure, we will take you to one of the most impressive rainforests (Rainmaker Park). Our tour starts with pickup at any hotel in the Manuel Antonio 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 in Manuel Antonio. At the end of this impressive experience, we will take you to our typical ranch for enjoying a delicious typical Costa Rican meal.

Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park Bridge & Waterfall Tour

5. Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park Bridge & Waterfall Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Manuel Antonio or Quepos and set off for the Rainmaker Park. Begin your experience with a walk through the rainforest in search of all kinds of native birds, insects, and amphibians. Then, cross over a network of suspension bridges through the mountains that hang above the primary forest. Hike to the top of the mountain, for the opportunity to marvel at an incredible view of the sea. After this, continue to walk along the trail network until you arrive at the Canopy Bridge system section - a network of suspension bridges, built to U.S. engineering standards. The 6 sections total 250 meters, spanning from platforms attached to massive hardwood trees to create the most impressive canopy walk in Costa Rica. The design permits minimal forest impact, giving participants an opportunity to explore the majesty of the forest canopy from an unobtrusive bird's eye view. Gaze down at the jungle below and admire views of the beautiful pristine river of Rainmaker Park. Use the handrails and easy-to-follow footpaths, making stops at the observation platforms that allow you to observe the waterfalls. Capture incredible photographs of the rich biodiversity this unique site has to offer. Towards the end of this walk, arrive at a pristine waterfall pool where you are welcome to enjoy a refreshing dip. Finally, get transferred back to your hotel in Manuel Antonio or Quepos where your memorable tour will finish.

Quepos: Mangrove Kayaking Tour

6. 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. This tour is According to high tide day.

Quepos: Wooden Sail Yacht Cruise with Watersports and Food

7. Quepos: Wooden Sail Yacht Cruise with Watersports and Food

Sail with us on Brisa Elegante, a 100' wooden sail ship. Brisa Elegante is a one-of-a-kind luxurious two-mast Gulet, built by world class craftsmen in 2010 in Turkey. Built and maintained to provide charter guests exquisite comfort and a unique sailing experience. And, YES, WE SAIL. Featuring two expansive teak decks, grand banquet tables, bar, multiple spacious lounge areas and a selection of water toys. This is a shared family cruise for up to 46 guests in a calm and relaxing environment. We leave Marina Pez Vela to start the cruise past Parque Nahomi, setting sails, and following the coastline along Manuel Antonio beach with an extraordinary view of the untouched National Park rainforest (2 hours). We anchor near Playa Biesanz for swimming, snorkeling, and jumping into the water (1 hour). Enjoy the sea, coastline, and wildlife views while sitting in our comfortable chairs or lying on our lounge beds. Included are one welcome cocktail, soft drinks, water, coffee, fresh fruit, early lunch/dinner freshly prepared on board by our chef, we offer fish, chicken, vegetarian and vegan options. The use of our water sports equipment like kayaks, SUPs, and snorkeling gear. Our specialty is "Walk the Plank." Other alcoholic beverages can be purchased at our wet bar, our bartender is here to serve you. You can spot dolphins, turtles, manta rays, frigate birds, pelicans, brown boobies, and humpback whales (seasonal) during the cruise. For the morning cruise: After lunch, we lift the anchor and slowly return to the marina. For the sunset cruise: After dinner, Brisa Elegante will sail into the sunset and shortly after sunset return to the marina.

Manuel Antonio Park: Naturalist Guided Tour

8. Manuel Antonio Park: Naturalist Guided Tour

To start this activity the national park ticket is required, this is a guided tour service, it does not include the ticket, please buy it first on the only and one official website here: https://serviciosenlinea.sinac.go.cr/ We will meet at the entrance of the national park at Chalo Parking, there you can park your car if needed for $10 (there is not parking in the national park, all parkings you have to pay) then we get in the park to start a walk on a very nice and easy trail, we will look for sloths, iguanas, bats, snakes, monkeys, frogs, toucans and more! Your guide is a professional certified expert that will find even the most hidden animals for you. We use high definition spotting scopes and take great pictures that we will share for you for no extra cost. The walk is about two hours and we finish at the best beach, white sand and turquoise warm water, perfect for swimming. After your guide takes a picture of you and your family there he will answer all your questions and explain you how to go back when you are done. Important: -National park is closed on Tuesday. -This guided tour does not include the ticket, you have to purchase it on the national park official website https://serviciosenlinea.sinac.go.cr/#! -Park opens at 7 am and is closed at 4 pm -Plastic bottles not allowed in the park - Food is not allowed in the park because of the monkeys that can steal it -There is a coffee shop inside the national park. -Bring swim suit, towel, sunblock, water in reusable bottle. -Please arrive 5- 10 minutes before. This is a group tour, other people should not wait for you. We will wait 10 minutes then I will continue.

Manuel Antonio: Night Mangrove Safari Boat Tour with Dinner

9. Manuel Antonio: Night Mangrove Safari Boat Tour with Dinner

Costa Rica is well known throughout the world for its vastness in wildlife. However, most species are always hidden during the day and you would only be able to observe them during the very few hours when come out to look for their food, which happens during the first hours of the night. And the mangrove forest is definitely one of the best ecosystems for this activity. The Mangrove Forest is one of the most vital and outstanding ecosystems in the world. Covering thousands of acres of protected forest, this amazing environment is home to a large number of birds, reptiles, mammals and insects. Approximately 70% of its wildlife is nocturnal, a fact that has made the Night Mangrove Tour one of our most fascinating adventures. Our professional team will take you on a unique exploration of the mangroves in search of crocodiles, turtles, boas, lizards, bats, birds, crabs, raccoons, anteaters, and more. You will be safely transported through the mangrove channels on our fully equipped boat (there will be no walking on this tour). Discover and enjoy some of the most amazing wonders and secrets of this incredible ecosystem. This is a great option to comply your nature trip in Manuel Antonio Park area. We'll be happy to receive you!

Manuel Antonio: KSTR Wildlife Sanctuary Guided Tour

10. Manuel Antonio: KSTR Wildlife Sanctuary Guided Tour

Pay a visit to KSTR Wildlife Rescue, the only official Rescue Center and Sanctuary in the area of Manuel Antonio. The sanctuary's mission is to rescue every animal in need and give them a second chance. During your tour, learn about Costa Rica’s native wildlife and the mission of the organization. Discover the work the sanctuary has been carrying out over the last 20 years and learn about their special projects, including reforestation projects, and rescuing and rehabilitating displaced animals. Enjoy a guided stroll through the rainforest sanctuary that is home to diverse animals that are not fit to be released into the wild. Meet sloths, monkeys, coatis, parrots, and more. Learn the stories of these unique animals and the care they receive from your dedicated guide. After the tour, enjoy some freshly cut fruit and homemade juice. Feel free to stay as long as you like after the tour and make use of the sanctuary's facilities, including a swimming pool and restaurant.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 96 reviews

Very impressive, informatively and amazing. We saw monkeys, iguanas, basilisks, boas, turtles and many different birds f.e. red Aras. Royvin gave many Explanations, he makes Fotos from us and from the animals. Afterwards he sent us all fotos via WhatsApp. Great Tour!

We were a group of 5, our guide Fabio was excellent! We saw a lot of animals. He is really competent, kind and answered all our questions. He can see and hear everything! ++ He sent us all the photos taken during the visit. I highly recommend Fabio.

Stephanie is very knowledgeable and is able to give explanations to the local wildlife there. A tour that is neither to long or to shot with stunning scenery along the way!

Was a nice trip, saw a lot of sloths and monkeys. Our guide Kenneth had a hawkeye for the animals. Trail a bit crowded but that was expected. Overall a good trip 👍

Alan was a knowledgeable, personable, and fun kayak guide.