Mother Nature created a very special place in Costa Rica, get ready to discover some amazing animal and plant life

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A very photogenic resident of the Caribbean

A very photogenic resident of the Caribbean. Sloths are fairly common sights on the Caribbean Coast and you'll have a good chance of seeing them in Cahuita National Park or the Gandoca-Manzanillo Reserve. Photo Pablo Montiel.

Costa Rica is considered to be the most biodiverse country in the world, not only due to its location at intersection of the Americas but also to a very high proportion of protected areas. The Puerto Viejo area has some of the most spectacular natural areas in the country and many are even of international importance. The area includes several protected areas including Cahuita National Park and the Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge.

Sloths and monkies are frequent sights here as are a huge variety of birds. In season, turtles make their way to our beaches to lay their eggs. The flora is equally interesting with spectactular flowers and many interesting and colorful plants. Offshore there are colorful fish and dolphins to see on a snorkelling, diving or fishing trip.

Most tours run daily except where indicated. We recommend all the tours below. Bet you can't stop at just one! We've listed tours from multiple providers below so there may be some overlap in the tours so you can pick the one that works best for you.

Animal Rescue Center, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall

Three of our favorite local activities are combined in this tour. A visit to the Jaguar Rescue Center where you'll see monkeys, sloths and other animals rescued by the center. Then learn how to make chocolate from local cacao with an indigenous family. Finally a walk to a waterfall for a swim. A memorable day which supports animal rescue efforts and indigenous communities.

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Cahuita Boat, Snorkel and Hiking Trip

Cahuita National Park is one of the highlights of the area with an incredible variety of wildlife such as monkeys, sloths and birds. This trip includes a guided hike and a boat ride with a stop for snorkeling in the coral reefs.

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Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge Jungle Hike

This extensive reserve is home to a wide variety of animals and plants; your local guide will teach you much about what you are seeing amd the scenery is spectacular too!

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River and Sea Kayaking with Rainforest Hike

It doesn’t get any better than river and sea kayaking! Get acquainted with the wilderness as we drive to the most beautiful location in the area, Punta Uva.

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Indigenous Chocolate Experience and Waterfall

Start the tour at 9:00am by taking the transport with your guide to an Indigenous Organic Chocolate Factory. Your guide will teach you everything you need to know about cacao, chocolate history, tropical wildlife and of course chocolate making. The cacao is grown to make the chocolate right here among the trees. Then you will go to an amazing waterfall where you will be able to swim and take a light snack.

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Cahuita National Park Hike

With this tour you will hike through the famous National Park of Cahuita while observing and learning about different animals and plants from an knowledgeable naturist guide.

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Cahuita National Park & Bribri Waterfall Hike

Cahuita National Park is considered as one of the most beautiful protected areas in Costa Rica. Your professional naturalist tour guide will use his sharp senses to spot animals. You will meet some new friends along the road such as white faced monkeys, sloths, snakes, raccoons and numerous other different types of species that you will be able to observe and learn about. After hiking in Cahuita, you will go to an amazing waterfall where you will be able to swim and have a light snack.

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Caribe Fun Full Day Tour

This full day tour combines several activities. First, a visit to Cahuita National Park to visit the beach and hike the nature trails. Then onto Bribri to an indigenous organic chocolate workshop where you'll see the process of making chocolate from the cacao trees grown right here all the way to bar of chocolate. Then to an amazing waterfall where you will be able to swim and have a light snack.

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Caribbean Canopy and Zipline

For a thrilling adventure get a bird’s eye view of the jungle while flying through the air at top speed on zipline cables.

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Jungle Adventure

A tour full of adventures: jungle hike, superman cable, tree climbing, canopy & zipline, Tarzan swing and a rappel! Includes lunch, guide, and equipment.

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Bird Watching

Don't miss the amazing biodiversity of Costa Rica—head out with our expert guide and you'll be amazed at the numbers of birds we have in the area.

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Jaguar Rescue Center & Punta Uva Hike

This trip combines two activities: a visit to the Jaguar Rescue Center and a visit to Punta Uva's sightseeing point. The Jaguar Rescue Center rehabilitates mistreated, injured and/or confiscated animals, which are then reintroduced to their natural habitat in protected areas. There you can observe monkeys, wild cats, sloths, raccoons, anteaters, marsupials, reptiles, amphibians, etc.

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Whitewater rafting is a must-do tour and includes your transport here from San Jose or Arenal

Whitewater rafting is a must-do tour and includes your transport here from San Jose or Arenal. See the rafting page for more info.

Looking for something else?

Check our tour overview page or our detailed tour pages for whitewater rafting, local activities and discover the Caribbean Coast.

Our tour partners have also put together packages which include transport, hotels and tours so you can either get your full trip to Costa Rica organized in one go or have them organize add-ons to popular destinations such as Arenal, Tortuguero or Bocas del Toro.

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