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Manuel Antonio or Quepos: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

1. Manuel Antonio or Quepos: 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.

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Quepos: Horseback Riding to the Shaman Waterfalls

2. Quepos: Horseback Riding to the Shaman Waterfalls

During the 40-minute drive to the town, your guide will share interesting information about the history of Quepos and the area in general. Once you reach Londres, you will set foot on a picturesque property, where you can find restrooms, stables, a corral and an open-air waiting area. You will receive riding instruction, safety tips, and also get some practice time before heading out to explore the Costa Rican rainforest. This tour allows you to learn the exotic secrets that lie within primary rainforests, riding at a maximum altitude of 600 meters (1900 ft). The ride lasts about 2.5-hours (round-trip) and will be highlighted by amazing valley views, verdant vegetation and numerous wildlife species such as birds and reptiles. At the end of the trail there is the beautiful Shaman waterfall where you will be able to rest for about 30 minutes. Lie on the grass or take a swim, or even both! After the break, you will return riding the same trail. At the end of your horseback riding tour you will be taken back to the riding center, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch made with local ingredients and enjoy a little conversation before heading back to your hotel.

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From Manuel Antonio: 4-Hour Mangrove Boat Tour

3. From Manuel Antonio: 4-Hour 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.

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Manuel Antonio: Night Jungle Tour

4. Manuel Antonio: Night Jungle Tour

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.

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From Jaco: Full-Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

5. From Jaco: Full-Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

This park is the most famous in the country due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens, and also because Forbes ranked it in the top 10 most beautiful parks in the world. The park alone offers 3 unique hiking trails that differ in level from smooth and flat to quite sharp and steep. On this tour, the best nature guides will be with you, and will help you understand the environment. The track you’ll take is actually smooth and charming and circles in the park making your walk around 2 miles long. Through the walk, your guide will describe the several species you’ll see, and you’ll be able to take beautiful pictures or simply enjoy the scene. Among the best parts of this excursion is that the Manuel Antonio National Park hosts 3 of the 4 current monkey species of Costa Rica. On this hike, enjoy a relaxing break at the 3rd beach situated on the southern part of the national park. You’ll have around twenty minutes to relax on the beach or in the calm waters of the bahía. During the hike, it is possible to see birds, reptiles and sloths, as well as plants and insects such as orchids and butterflies. Your guides will use Pentax and Swarovski telescopes that you can use to view wildlife and take photos under an alternative point of view. After concluding the tour, transportation back to your lodging will be provided.

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Quepos: Ocean Kayaking and Snorkeling

6. Quepos: Ocean Kayaking and Snorkeling

You will leave the pier and take a relaxing yet adventurous 2.5 hour round trip in your kayak. During your nautical journey you will navigate past islands where you can observe many types of marine birds and their nesting grounds. You are also able to snorkel and  spot amazing wildlife living below the water.  Water visibility depends on the season. You are most likely to spot parrot fish, starfish, angelfish and if you are lucky a sea turtle or two! This adventurous tour allows you to discover stunning examples of nature, above and below the ocean’s surface; from pelicans to flying fish, you can see it all. Upon returning to the pier, you’ll head back to base camp to enjoy a little conversation over a delicious homemade meal. 

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Manuel Antonio National Park Combo Tour from San Jose

7. Manuel Antonio National Park Combo Tour from San Jose

On your way to Manuel Antonio, stop to have breakfast in a local restaurant located next to the biggest fruit market in the country where you'll be able to observe the large variety of tropical fruits in Costa Rica. 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, a common sight in the area. Then, stop at the Jaco Bay lookout point and take pictures of Costa Rica’s most popular coastal town. Once in Manuel Antonio, hike the rainforest trails of the national park with your guide for about 1 hour and search for local wild animals commonly observed here, including monkeys, sloths, toucans, agoutis, and more.   After hiking, enjoy free time to relax on the pristine beaches of the Manuel Antonio National Park, swim in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, or continue hiking on the longer rainforest trails in the park. The longer trails are a little challenging, but they provide amazing lookout points with views of islands and coves along the beautiful coastline, as well as further opportunities to observe more of the local wildlife.   Next, savor a delicious typical lunch in a restaurant that provides great jungle and ocean views, the perfect environment to enjoy your meal. Lunch will be served in the early afternoon around 2 PM, after which you will be taken back to your hotel in San Jose.

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From Quepos: White Water Rafting Savegre River

8. From Quepos: White Water Rafting Savegre River

The Savegre River is about an hour away from the main Manuel Antonio hotel area. It's an easy drive and your guides will turn it into an extremely informative ride. Along the way, you’ll see parts of Quepos history such as the little towns known as Cuadrantes, the cultural and architectural inheritance of the United Fruit Company presence in the area. Once at the river, you’ll start the tour, but not without a safety briefing and some practice first. Besides you expert river guide, a safety kayaker will join the trip. Have a little over 2-hour to enjoy occasional riverside stops and the stunning views. This amazing journey will end in the best way possible with a change of clothes and an exquisite typical Costa Rican homemade meal.

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Quepos: Manuel Antonio Local Flavor Tour

9. Quepos: Manuel Antonio Local Flavor Tour

Experience a fun and informative tour of local cuisine. Learn where organic Costa Rican ingredients come from, how dishes are prepared, and how to recreate them at home. Begin your tour by visiting the local farmer's market in Quepos, where you have the opportunity to browse the stands and pick out ingredients for your lunch. Your guide will assist you and be there to help you design the menu. Head to the private ranch in Londres and be greeted by friendly staff who will guide you to the organic garden. Pick out some finishing flavors, colors, and textures for your meal. Start cooking with professional local chefs in the kitchen. Experience the process of making corn tortillas by hand, exotic ceviches with plantain or banana, rice cooked the old-fashioned way, chicken in a hearty tomato sauce, and picadillos (minced meats and veggies and spices combined). Sit down for your delicious meal, and delight your palate with local Costa Rican flavors. Let your imagination soar about how to recreate these dishes at home with your own seasonal ingredients.

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Manuel Antonio: 1-Day Vista Los Suenos Adventure

10. Manuel Antonio: 1-Day Vista Los Suenos Adventure

This full-day adventure from Manuel Antonio is a fantastic choice for a those looking to combine nature and adventure. To start the tour, you will be picked up from your accommodation at 8:00AM at which point you will head north to the coasted area of Jaco and Los Suenos. Once you arrive at the property, you will be able to choose your first adventure from the following options: • 2-hour ATV tour with waterfalls • Horseback riding with waterfalls • Zipline canopy adventure • Surfing lessons • Chocolate experience tour At noon, enjoy an amazing buffet lunch at the Vista Los Suenos Jungle Restaurant. There you will enjoy natural drinks with free refills, with coffee and dessert also included. Following lunch, you will continue on your second adventure, and by 3:30PM you will be on your way back to Manuel Antonio.

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What people are saying about Quepos

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Animal lovers rejoice! Oscar was an outstanding guide. Our small group saw all three kinds of monkeys, countless reptiles, SLOTHS galore, and some of the coolest spiders, butterflies, and other insects I've ever seen. That's just the wildlife. The meals included with the trip are perfect. Begins with a desayuna tipica, then after you work up a real appetite in the national park, a protein-of-choice lunch, also in typical style, but served on the top floor of a gorgeous resort overlooking the beaches and the park you just enjoyed. Lovely to revisit all the animals from above while enjoying a hearty meal. Frequent stops along the way to see crocodiles and macaws and whenever the guide notices something worth checking out. Great way to see the central West Coast of Costa Rica and still make it back to your hotel by sunset.

The park itself is just beautiful with plenty of wildlife to see. The beach inside the park is very nice and clean. Our guide did show us quite a few species, from sloths, to howler monkeys, to bats, lizards and even spiders, explaining along the way the different ecosystems.

Great experience for the family. We had a knowledgeable guide who fun and entertaining. Even the ride to the river was fun on the open air bus through the forest. The waterfall stop was also a highlight!

The tour is in Rainmaker Park and is really worth seeing by day and by night. We saw roach frog and some small snakes our guide did a good job. The food afterwards was very tasty.

Our guide Watch gave us a great tour if the park and he was very enthusiastic. Great way to spend Christmas day!