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. 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 Centre, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall

What could be better than a day playing with monkeys, learning how cacao become chocolate and hiking to a pristine waterfall? Three of our favorite local activities combined to make a truly memorable day on your vacation. No tour on Sundays.

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Chocolate Forest Experience & Coconut Trail

Your tour begins with transport to the Chocolate Forest Experience tour where you will learn everything you need to know about cacao, chocolate history, tropical wildlife and of course chocolate making. Then you will embark on foot to the Coconut Beach Trail, there you will see how the coral reef meets the water and the trees and enjoy an amazing spread of fruit and fresh coconut water.

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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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Cahuita National Park & 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 the 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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Cahuita Boat, Snorkel and Hiking Trip

Cahuita National Park is one of the highlights of the area. This trip includes a guided hike and a boat ride with a stop for snorkeling in the coral reefs.

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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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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.

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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

Kayaking on the ocean at the beautiful Punta Uva and up the Rio Ernesto followed by a guided jungle hike.

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Full Day Jungle Adventure

A full day of adventures: transportation, jungle hike, canyoning, tree climbing, canopy & zipline, Tarzan swing and a rappel!

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Nighttime Turtle Watching

Take the opportunity to travel through time and go back to the beginning of evolution, represented by the nesting of these live fossils. This is an unforgettable night walk along the Gandoca Beach

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Caribbean Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling

Head out on a boat where we’ll look for dolphins and then snorkel on the reef. This dolphin watching and snorkeling excursions leaves from Cahuita, which is home to the famous Cahuita National Park including a protected maritime area.

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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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Day Tour - La Ceiba Reserve

La Ceiba is a primary forest reserve where the Jaguar Rescue Center re-introduces previously injured animals back into the wild. More than 100 acres of pure nature.

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Night Tour - La Ceiba Reserve

Experience the beauty of the dark! A tour not only for eyes and ears but also your palate!

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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, learning about indigenous communities 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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