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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.

San José: Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip

3. San José: Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip

Admire the unique flora and fauna of the Manuel Antonio National Park on this guided day trip. Stop purchase a local lunch and take in ocean views on the ride in a spacious and climate-controlled bus from San José. Take a guided walk to a breathtaking beach and have free time to swim or explore.  Enjoy the convenience of pickup in the morning from select hotels. Relax aboard a comfortable bus on the drive through the mountains that surround the central valley. Pass along the main road that connects the capital with the coastal area. Stop at a restaurant where you can purchase a delicious typical Costa Rican breakfast in the Pacific area. Take the Costanera Sur highway into the park, enjoying beautiful views of the ocean, African palm plantations, and picturesque towns. Reach the Port of Quepos and from there continue to the National Park. Go for a walk in the rainforest along a nature trail of the national park until you reach the beach. Have free time to swim or go on a hike on one of the trails where you can spy monkeys, raccoons, iguanas, birds, and sloths. Spend some free hiking to Punta Catedral to capture pictures of the spectacular view. After having enjoyed the national park, walk back to the restaurant where a delectable lunch awaits your before taking bus back to the city.

Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park Night Tour with Dinner

4. 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

5. 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.

Quepos: Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Tour

6. Quepos: Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Tour

Visit one of the most ecologically rich national parks at Manual Antonio Park. See the biodiversity of ecosystems and sceneries in the central Pacific area of Costa Rica with a Spanish and English-speaking guide. First, after you’ve bought your National Park entry ticket ahead of time online, you’ll meet your guide at the park entrance. After a security check by the park guards, begin a hike at a slow pace to find as much wildlife as possible. As you go, hear about the natural history of the animals as well as the history and ecosystems of the area. The guide will carry a spotting scope to provide you with a close view of the wildlife and pictures as well. Next, stop at the park cafeteria for a break, where you will enjoy some fresh tropical fruit and a natural drink. After the short break, hike some more until you reach Manuel Antonio Beach, rated one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Finally, get back to the starting spot of the hike. From here, take advantage of the restaurants, supermarkets, and souvenir shops near the meeting point. North Espadilla Beach is also nearby, in case you want to stay and hang out on your own after the tour.

Manuel Antonio National Park Combo Tour from San Jose

7. 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.  Travel to 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 relaxing on the park's pristine beaches or hiking to along rainforest trails. 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.

Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park Bridge & Waterfall Tour

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Quepos

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 379 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!

the hike can be a challenge but you see things that you never would see before. our guide was so kind and helpful. if you go here, you need a guide or you will miss everything. Eduardo has a sharp eye, and great skill. I cannot sing his praises enough.

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.