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From Manuel Antonio: Mangrove Boat Tour

1. 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.

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.

From San José: Carara National Park and Tárcoles River Tour

3. 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 relax with the sound of the waves before heading back to your accommodation.

San Jose Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

4. 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.

Quepos: Damas Island Mangrove’s Boat Tour

5. 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.

Corcovado National Park: San Pedrillo Ranger Station Tour

6. Corcovado National Park: San Pedrillo Ranger Station Tour

Head off on a full-day trek covering a distance of 20 km on average, and ending with a return to Drake Bay. Gear for an adventure where you'll experience nature with all of your senses, take in panoramic vistas, see undiscovered beaches and forests, and step outside of your comfort zone to have an unforgettable adventure. Start your journey in Rincón de San Josecito after leaving Drake Bay in a 4x4 car. Enter the park on foot and follow your bilingual naturalist guide on a hike through the primary and secondary forests, while they point out and describe the diverse rainforest wildlife flora and fauna. Discover the area that has been dubbed the "most intense on the planet" as you travel through trails surrounded by tropical rain forest. There are up to 4 different species of monkeys that can be seen in the Corcovado National Park, along with many other animals. Birdwatchers will also be in paradise here. Bring your swimsuit along for a pleasant swim in the cool, clear waterfall before lunch at the park ranger station. To top it all off, the tour ends with a second, shorter climb to a magnificent waterfall.

Monteverde: Full-Day Adventure Tour

7. Monteverde: Full-Day Adventure Tour

Treat yourself to a fun-filled day exploring all the very best of Monteverde. Tour the Butterfly Garden and the Sloth Sanctuary alongside an expert guide. Walk the impressive suspension bridges, and discover the Hummingbird Garden and the Reptile and Amphibian Exhibit at your own pace. For those who want to enjoy the wonderful variety of vegetation and unusual bird life that the area has to offer while appreciating the splendor of the canopy at their own pace, the Tree Top pathway is the best way to experience the cloud forest. One of the biggest on the continent is the magnificent butterfly garden in Monteverde. The garden, which is 300 feet long and 90 feet wide with a massive 50-foot dome ceiling, is home to 50 different butterfly species. Learn about the life cycle, distinctive behaviors, and evolutionary history of these extraordinary species on a guided tour of the live exhibit. The Hummingbird Garden should not be missed. Visitors can view up to 14 species of these tiny, colorful birds here, which will awe you with their breathtaking flying tricks. The Reptile and Amphibian Exhibit features approximately 30 species of native Costa Rican frogs, toads, lizards, geckos, and snakes. Visit these magnificent facilities and learn about Costa Rica's herpetology while accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. At the Sloth Sanctuary, take the opportunity to observe 20 different species of sloths. A natural exhibition has been developed where sloths can move freely along specially made trails.

La Fortuna Bird Watching Tour with Naturalist Guide

8. 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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What people are saying about Puntarenas Province

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I went on the Carara National Park and Tárcoles River Tour, from San José. The experience exceeded expectations by miles, Oropopo were streaks ahead of any other tour operator that I used here. I was picked up by Rigo, from my hotel, in a Land Cruiser rather than cramped minibus. The group was very small, making us more nimble. Rigo is a fantastic guide. It was a privilege to be experiencing nature and being advised by such a qualified biologist. His English is perfect, and he was good fun. The Carara National Park was lovely and quiet, in contrast to the absolutely packed Manuel Antonio National Park. There may be less of the big mammals here, but there's fascinating stuff to see. We were lucky to see a pair of fantastic scarlet macaws. The river tour was an incredible experience. It is an extensive tour, going up and down the river and then into mangroves. You'll see lots of huge crocodiles, very close up. The bird life is also spectacular. The guide on the boat was entertaining

We started at 12.30 and not 5.30 in the morning due to the tide. First we went to pick up all the guests and the kayaks and water for everybody and then drove around 15 minutes to the mangroves. The tour itself was almost 2 hrs and was really great. We did not see a lot of fauna because the tide was extremely high due to rains/full moon and I guess because of the time. However we learned a lot about the mangrove ecosystem from our very knowledgeable guide. After the tour (DO bring spare clothing and a towel, you’ll get wet), we went for a late lunch in the restaurant of Tucanes tours and then back to the hotel.

Our guides Daniel, Cesar, & our driver Carlos were excellent. They were very knowledgeable and friendly. The water is very tame so it is easy to paddle and there was shade through much of the kayak tour. The tour leaves according to the high tide, so even though it initially said that the tour started at 0600 am, we got an email saying that we were not actually going to be picked up until 1150 am. They took us to have a buffet lunch first and then we drove about 10 minutes to Damas island where the kayaking actually took place. We saw monkeys, iguanas, crabs, and many different types of birds.

this was a fantastic trip. Rigo was a fantastic and welcoming guide. Very accommodating. I saw so many animals, flocks of red macaws, crocodiles, poison dart frogs, just to name a few. I will be recommending this trip to friends and family. Thank you!

An exceptional environment with a passionate guide who transmits the information to us with such liveliness. Made us see and learn about animals, birds, insects, etc. Unparalleled service in addition we were served a typical meal which was excellent.