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.

You'll also find a list of providers who offer transportation services below.

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Listings are sorted by the area of town they are in. Scroll down for options in Puerto Viejo, Playa Negra (Puerto Viejo), Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva, Manzanillo, Cahuita, Gandoca, Hone Creek, Bribri and Sixaola.

Puerto Viejo

Main Bus Stop

San José and local buses stop here. The bus ticket office for Mepe is also located directly opposite. Check the Bus Transport page for schedules. Please keep a close watch on your bags while you're here.
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Adobe Rent a Car

Car rentals. One way rentals available from locations throughout Costa Rica with pickup or return in Puerto Viejo.
 +506 2750 0715
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Alamo Enterprise Car Rental

Car rentals
 +506 2242 7878
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Caribe Shuttle

Semi-private shuttle service to many destinations in Costa Rica. Services to/from Puerto Viejo include Bocas del Toro, San Jose, Limón Airport, Arenal, Tortuguero and San Juan del Sur. Packages for Bocas and Puerto Viejo are also available. Wifi now available on most shuttles!
 +506 2750-0626
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Exploradores Outdoors

Puerto Viejo office of the tour company known for their rafting trips all over Costa Rica. Rafting and other tours can be booked here.
 +506 2750 2020
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Gecko Trail Costa Rica

Offering a full selection of local tours, they can arrange rafting, canopy, snorkeling, wildlife watching and many more activities. To get around Costa Rica, they are happy to arrange a private van or shared shuttle for you. And can reserve hotels and vacation rentals that fit your needs and are stylish and unique. They work Costa Rica wide and in Panama and Nicaragua and can arrange your entire trip to any of these countries. All their packages can be tailored just for you.
 +506 8724 9252 (or from USA +1 415 230-0298)
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Interbus office

Puerto Viejo office for Interbus, who operate shuttles throughout Costa Rica. Check the Shuttle page for schedules, information and online booking.
 +506 2750 2145
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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.
 +506 2750 0750
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Wahoo Fishing and Tours

Spend a day on the Wahoo boat and you'll experience more than a day of fishing, snorkeling or dolphin watching. Fish the near and offshore reefs, experience the thrill of bringing in a fish on a traditional handline or rely on the high quality Shimano equipment provided. In calm seas, free dive with Capitan Pino as he shows you how to find the elusive (and delicious) spiny lobster. Half and full day tours available—they can design the best option for you, combining fishing, snorkeling and sightseeing. The boat is comfortably equipped with all fishing, snorkeling and safety equipment & they provide an ample cooler of healthy snacks.
 +506 8601 5294
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ATEC (Asociación Talamanqueña Ecoturismo Conservación) is Puerto Viejo’s original eco-tourism provider. They work to help visitors find fun ecologically and socially responsible activities to entertain themselves while in Talamanca. Also has cards, books, souvenirs and a couple of internet terminals.
 +506 2750-0398
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Playa Negra (Puerto Viejo)

Caribe Fun Tours

Full service in-country travel assistance provider based in Puerto Viejo with a satellite provider in the capital San Jose offering trips to exciting destinations all over Costa Rica. Their goal is to offer the best possible vacation experience to all clients, including the LGBT community. Whether their clients are looking for tours, transports, hotels or full multi day vacation packages they are there to assist them every step of the way.
 +506 2756 8118
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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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Talamanca Chocolate

Learn the entire process from tree to bar, making chocolate from scratch: roasting, grinding, tempering then molding. With tasting all along the way. There will be lots to learn and taste, from flavour development to label design, this is a full experience. The most hands on in the area, you will get chocolate on you!
 +506 8910 9318
 Average room rate: $30
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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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Finca Tierra

Food forest, organic gardens, tours & farm to table ecolodge. Also rents cabins.
 +506 8390-8348
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Playa Chiquita

Ride the Rainforest

Horseback riding tours which give you the chance to ride 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. Tours can be booked in English, Spanish, German and Swedish. Previously named The Prancing Pony.
 +506 8307 0118
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Jaguar Rescue Center

Centre to rehabilitate mistreated, injured and/or confiscated animals, which are then reintroduced to their natural habitat in protected areas. Visitors have direct contact with monkeys, wild cats, sloths, raccoons, anteaters, marsupials, reptiles, amphibians, etc. You can also observe all the venomous snakes of Costa Rica which are housed in terrariums imitating their natural habitat. By visiting the Jaguar Centre, your donation will go directly to caring for rainforest animals. Guided 1.5 hr visits are daily at 09.30 am and 11.30 am. Entrance fee: US$23. Private tours are also available.
 +506 2750 0710
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Punta Uva

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. There's also a small cafe for drinks and food.
 +506 8844-4432
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Ara Manzanillo

Organization dedicated to reintroduction and conservation of the endangered Great Green Macaw. These had previously been become virtually extinct in the South Caribbean region. When you visit the Manzanillo fieldstation you are directly supporting conservation efforts. You will also have a unique experience coming up close to these incredible creatures. Visitation is daily from 3:00pm to 4:00pm with prior reservation only by telephone or email.
 +506 8971-1436
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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.
 +506 8628 2663
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Reymond Tours Manzanillo

Local tour guide specializing in tours of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Also offers a nice selection of custom tours of the South Caribbean with an experienced, local guide.
 +506 8780 0908
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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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Cahuita Bus Station

The bus station in Cahuita (Terminal Cahuita) has a MEPE ticket office as well as a mall offering a variety of small shops.
 +506 2755-1011
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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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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. They also operate a booking office right in the center of Puerto Viejo beside Hot Rocks.
 +506 8762 8848 tel or whatsapp
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Hone Creek

Cacao Trails Tayku

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.
 +506 2756 8186 / 8875 3924
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Redfrogteam Guardianes de la Naturaleza

Ecotourism company specializing in nature and indigenous tours in the Bribri area. Day and night tours, multi-day packages. Licensed guides with many years of area experience. Tours available in German, English, Spanish and Dutch.
 +506 88749992
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What are people saying about us?

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

What are people saying about us?

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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