Ziplining, rafting, nature hikes, kayaking, birdwatching and so much more!

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There's so much to do in the area and lots of places which will help you plan and book those activities or who run and provide activities.

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La Ceiba Nature Reserve

42 Ha (104 acre) tropical rainforest reserve within the Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. The purpose of the reserve is conservation to prevent these forests from disappearing with all the biological wealth they contain. The reserve is financed solely from the owner's resources and the revenue generated by visitors and researchers who visit. Offers overnight accommodation as well as tours.
 +506 2750 0710
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Aiko-logi Tours

Aiko is a private 330 acre nature reserve near the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. It is nestled in the first ridge of the Talamanca mountains close to the border to Panama. The beach villages of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita are just 20 minutes away, but Aiko is the perfect place to get away from it all. They invite you to visit this untouched ecosystem! The basecamp is built only of natural materials and can be rented on a nightly basis.
 +506 2750 2084, 8997 6869
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Green Water SUP Tours

Tour company combining the popular sport of stand-up paddle boarding while exploring the Southern Caribbean and its natural beauty. They offer paddle boarding tours and lessons on the Caribbean Sea and nearby rivers. Lessons, tours down the river or surfing fun point breaks. Located with Punta Uva dive center.
 +506 8844 4432, 2759 9191
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Punta Uva Dive Center

Scuba diving tours, PADI courses and equipment. Open seasonally as reef conditions allow. Located in same office as Green Water SUP Tours.
 +506 8844-4432
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Well established and certified tour agency in Puerto Viejo since 1998. Providing tours with a dynamic team of experienced local guides who will make your tours interesting, enriching and with great fun. Adventure tours such as canopying, ATV safari, Canyoning, Horseback riding. Animal watching tours such as snorkeling, bird watching and hiking in a national park. Cultural tours such as Misha Yorkin, Mishka Kapuk Yorkin, Indian reserve, Sloth hospital and Jaguar Rescue centre. They also provide trips to Panama: Bocas del Toro and Panama city. As well as transportation for all over the country.
 2750 0750
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The Prancing Pony

Created to give you the chance to experience the joy of riding horses on the beach. Whatever your age, background or level of experience, everybody is welcome! They have more than 30 years of experience and worked in different countries including dressage; showjumping; archery on horseback, bareback riding and cross country. Tours can be booked in English, Spanish, German and Swedish. Next right turn after Shawandha Lodge behind equilibrio eatery/bar.
 8335 9506, 8475 6087
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Finca La Isla Botanical Garden

See frogs, birds & flowers. Smell tropical flora and spices. Taste natural chocolate & fruits in a nature park setting. Garden has been in cultivation for more than 20 years.
 +506 8829 4229
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Tree of Life

Wildlife rescue center and botanical gardens. 10 acres of gardens with many different types of plants. They take in animals who need refuge because of injury, loss of habitat, the pet trade etc and rehabilitate them. Daily tour most days at 11 a.m.
 +506 8317 0325
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Gandoca Tours

Tourist information office and local tour operator. They promote sustainable tourism with eco-tourism, cultural and adventure activities. Tours includes dolphin watching, snorkeling, sea turtle spawning, mangroves and Laguna Gandoca.
 +506 8762 8848
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Caribe Horse Riding Club

Guided horseback riding tours. More than 30 years of professional experience. The healthy and sweet horses were rescued and now they live a second life surrounded by love and attention. Provides full service high quality rides, with all the safety possible, on the beach, in the jungle or both, with a professional local guide. Adults and Children, all levels are welcome. English, Spanish, Italian, Polish spoken.
 +506 8705 4250
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Nature Observatorio

Treehouse suspended 25 metres above the ground. Acomodates 4 people or day visits. Cold shower and dry eco toilet. Enjoy a walk through the Primary forest, climb the tree and relax with the spectacular view of nature around.
 8628 2663
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Sloth Sanctuary

Sanctuary for orphaned and injured sloths. Informational tours where you can learn about their work and see the sloths including the famous "Buttercup" who has been with them since 1992. Rehabilitated animals are returned to the wild whenever possible. They also offer rooms at the Buttercup Inn which is reserved for guests who take the Insider's Tour. Closed Mondays.
 2750 0775
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 Average room rate: $100
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Cacao Trails

Chocolate tour and Caribbean & indigenous chocolate museum & factory. Old cacao plantations, machines and objects, photographs and cacao history. Indian style, organic chocolate factory. Botanical Gardens, Boat tour down the Carbon River. Restaurant and swimming pool.
 +506 2756 8186 / 8875 3924
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Wild Ginger Community Herbal Center

Community based education center is in the heart of Manzanillo. The center hosts workshops, groups, apprentices, plant walks, and serves the community with herbal wellness consultations as well as custom herbal formulas. The educational programs highlight the local plant people, farmers, herbalists, healers, seedsavers, the keepers of this knowledge and culture, those who are helping it to continue on and to thrive into the future. The programs support first and foremost the local economy. Also rents a cabina just one block to the beach.
 +506 8366 2873
 Average room rate: $50
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Finca Tierra

Food forest, organic gardens, tours & farm to table ecolodge. Also rents cabins.
 +506 8390-8348
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Is all ziplining created equally?

Could anyone tell me which of the zip lines between San Jose and Puerto Viejo is the best, in terms of interest/excitement/safety/length? We are considering the one in Braulio, Veragua Rainforest, and the one run by Gecko Trails. Any other suggestions would be much appreciated.

January 10, 2013

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Nina from Gecko Trail Adventures

I have tried the Puerto Viejo area zipline (actually run by Teraventuras not Gecko Trail Adventures, we just sell this tour) and the one at Veragua but never the one in Braulio.

The one in Puerto Viejo is great fun and you do over 20 cables. I also like that you go a bit inland and you see an other side of the Caribbean.

The Veragua Zipline is rather short though good fun too. It is something nice to do in combination with their other tours. However, just for the Ziplining I would not drive there.

January 17, 2013

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