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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.

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!

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.

Manuel Antonio: ATV Adventure with Rainforest and Waterfalls

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 Night Tour with Dinner

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: Rainmaker Park Bridge & Waterfall Tour

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: Wooden Sail Yacht Cruise with Watersports and Food

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: Night tour with a naturalist guide.

Manuel Antonio: Night tour with a naturalist guide.

This is a night walk in a tropical humid forest reserve near Manuel Antonio national park. The national park of Manuel Antonio is closed at 4:00 pm and there is no night tours there. You will go with a local expert tour guide showing you all the nocturnal activity here. Very important to bring closed shoes (tennis shoes, hiking boots) if you come in sandals we won’t be able to take you in the tour since we are walking in a jungle at night. Is a two hour walk with entrance fee, transportation if needed and certified tour guide included. All the pictures you see in the page are taken on this tour. Your guide will take amazing pictures and will share them all to you by email or Airdrop. This activity is a must do if you want to see all the creatures coming out at night that are impossible to find in the day. And sometimes some animals that are active in the day you can find them sleeping already, all this with a naturalist interpreter. We meet at 5:55 in the meeting point (this can change according to the sunset time) Bring water and insect repellent.

Manuel Antonio: Night Mangrove Safari Boat Tour with Dinner

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!

PRIAVTE TOUR Manuel Antonio park

PRIAVTE TOUR Manuel Antonio park

( Tickets for entrance in the national park are not included) The activity is basically an easy hiking less than 1.2 miles but we need to go slow because the animals are very well camouflaged, like sloths, lizards, snakes, birds. I bring my own optics gadgets to find the animals, also I can help you to take the pictures and videos the much as you want, always I’ll try it with the best quality ever. We spend almost 2 hours walking, we gonna stop in the cafeteria for a little break and then we gonna finish at the beach, because we never know what we can find, then you’ll be totally free to explore the national park by your own.

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4.7
(96 reviews)

This was so much fun! Anderson was the most amazing guide. He was so knowledgeable about the area, and we feel like we really got to know him on our short trip! We got to see a lot of critters, learn about the landscape and eat a yummy lunch after! We hope that Anderson gets to be on National Geographic some day, we think he would be great!

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

It was really great. The Guide was nice and showed us a lot of animals. He also took high quality pictures ans sent them afterwards to US. He also knew many interesting facts about the animals and plants.

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.

We had the the best morning with Fabio, he answered all our questions and was so friendly. Highly recommend. We got so much out of our time at the park