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Costa Rica One Day Tours Descriptions from Manuel Antonio

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  • Horseback riding Tour

During the 40 minute drive to Londres where the tour starts your guide will give you a run down on the history of Quepos. Once you reach Londres you will set foot on a picturesque property that has bathrooms, stables, a corral and a open air waiting area. You will receive riding instruction, safety tips and practice time, before heading out to explore the rainforest. This Manuel Antonio tour allows you to uncover the exotic secrets that lie within this secondary rainforest. The maximum altitude in this area is 600 meters. You will ride through the mountains without reaching the mountain top. Your horse ride lasts approximately 2 and a half hours roundtrip and it will be highlighted by views of the valley, verdant vegetation and numerous wildlife species such as birds and reptiles. At the end of the trail there is a beautiful waterfall where you will be able to rest for about 30 minutes. You can lounge on the grass or take a swim. You will then return retracing the same route. At the end of your Manuel Antonio tour you will be served a delicious lunch made with local ingredients. Enjoy a little conversation before heading back to your hotel. This Manuel Antonio tour does not require previous experience. Children riding alone must be at least 6 years old. Maximum weight for riders is 235lbs.

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Pick Up Time: 8:00am and 11:30am
Duration: 5 ½ hours
Difficulty: Moderate

What to Bring: Suntan lotion, sunglasses, camera, hat, visor, long pants, hiking shoes, mosquito repellent, camera and bathing suit.
Tour Includes: Transportation, bilingual guide, snacks, beverages, lunch or dinner.

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Damas Island Kayaking Tour

During the 20 minute drive your guide will explain some of the scenery highlights. This Manuel Antonio tour allows you to explore the wonders of the mangrove ecosystem. You will set out in a river called Paquita facing an island and float along the soft currents under a verdant forest canopy. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled so you can spot the innumerable aviary species, snakes, ant eaters and white faced monkeys. While you silently observe this rich habitat your guide will offer explanations about the nature specimens found in this unique region. This Manuel Antonio tour takes you through the natural channels and provides an ideal opportunity to observe heron species, kingfishers, ospreys, frigots and other migratory birds. As you journey through the brackish waters you can catch glimpses of the island as you pass beneath tunnels made naturally from tree growths. As this Manuel Antonio tour takes you across the waters for approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, lunch can be arranged before or after the trip. This Manuel Antonio tour does not require previous experience. The kayaks are available in 1 passenger and 2 passenger format. Kids must be at least 8 years old to paddle alone.

kayak magrove magrove

Pick Up Time: According to tide
Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

What to Bring: Suntan lotion, sunglasses, waterproof camera, hat, visor, mosquito repellent, bathing suit and beach towel.
Tour Includes: Transportation, bilingual guides, beverages and lunch or dinner.


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Damas Island Estuary boat trip

During the 20 minute drive your guide will explain some of the area’s highlights. This Manuel Antonio tour allows you to navigate through the wonders of the mangrove ecosystem. You will float along the calm currents under a verdant forest canopy. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled so you can spot the innumerable bird specimens, reptiles and white faced monkeys. The covered boats used in the Manuel Antonio tour are eco-friendly, comfortable and safe. Due to the structure of the boat it is likely you will be able to interact with the monkeys as they occasionally like to climb aboard. While you observe this lush environment your guide will offer explanations about the nature specimens found in this unique region. This Manuel Antonio tour takes you through the natural channels and provides an ideal opportunity to observe heron species, kingfishers, engrids, frigot birds and other migratory birds. Journey through brackish waters, glimpse islands from afar, pass beneath tunnels made naturally from trees and admire this small sanctuary of nature. Lunch will be served after you return from the boat tour. You will feast on scrumptious preparations and then a transport service will take you back to your hotel. This Manuel Antonio tour does not require previous experience.

boat boat

Pick Up Time: According to tide.
Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Easy (recommended for senior citizens and children)

What to Bring: Suntan lotion, sunglasses, camera, hat, visor, mosquito repellent.
Tour Includes: Transportation, bilingual guides, beverages and lunch or dinner.

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Hiking Carara National Park

This gorgeous natural sanctuary is home to approximately 48% of Costa Rica’s aviary species, making this Manuel Antonio tour ideal for bird watching enthusiasts. There are 2 possible trails to explore each of them about 2 miles in length. During your hike, the nature guide will stop to point out exemplary species and offer explanations about the different things you see along the way. Half way through the hike you will take a 20 minute pit stop to rest and admire the scenery. One of the incredible highlights of this Manuel Antonio tour is the opportunity to see red macaws flying overhead. After exploring the park you will journey over to the Tarcoles bridge where you can look down and admire the enormous crocodiles that call the river home. This is a great time to take advantage of your camera and get some story-worthy snapshots for back home. Once you have seen all there is to see you will return to base camp where a delicious home-style lunch awaits you. At the end of the tour your operator will have arranged transportation to take you back to your hotel. A minimum of 4 people are required to operate this Manuel Antonio tour, or in the event that less than 4 individuals want to participate they must cover the cost equivalent to 4 adult rates.

lapa

Pick Up Time: 7:30am
Duration: 6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

What to Bring: Suntan lotion, sunglasses, camera, hat, visor, mosquito repellent, hiking shoes.
Tour Includes: Transportation, bilingual guides, fruits, beverages and lunch.


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Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling

This Manuel Antonio tour is the perfect choice for those interested in getting wet and seeing nature! Transportation will be provided to pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the local Quepos dock. You will kayak for approximately 2 ½ hours (roundtrip), during your journey you will paddle past islands and inlets where you can observe and admire numerous marine aviary species and their nesting grounds. Partway through your route you will stop at a beautiful hidden bay to rest and enjoy a refreshing snack. You can take advantage of the 30 minute pit stop to snorkel on this secluded coastline that goes by the name of Bisanz beach. Water visibility varies depending on the season. You are most likely to spot parrotfish, starfish, angelfish and if you are lucky a sea turtle or two! This challenging Manuel Antonio tours allows you to discover the stunning examples of nature both above and below the ocean’s surface; from pelicans to flying fish, you can see it all! Upon returning to the dock head back to base camp to enjoy a little conversation over a delicious homemade meal. Transportation will be provided to return you to your hotel. Kayaks are available in 1 passenger and 2 passenger format. Kids must be at least 8 years old to paddle alone. Sea kayaking is much easier than river kayaking, this Manuel Antonio tour does not require previous experience.

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Pick Up Time: Morning and Afternoon
Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Medium

What to Bring: Suntan lotion, sunglasses, camera, hat, visor and beach towel.
Tour Includes: Transportation, bilingual guides, beverages and lunch or dinner.

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Canopy Tour

If you enjoy a little heart pumping adventure, this is the best Manuel Antonio tour for you! You will be picked up from your hotel with transportation provided by your tour operator. The drive to the canopy site is approximately 20 minutes away. Upon reaching the tour site you will receive a safety and instruction talk. You will be suited with all of the proper gear and safety equipment. You nature guide will gladly point out and explain the wildlife specimens found in this area of primary and secondary rainforest. You will surely leave with a more extensive knowledge on the animals, insects and vegetation species of the region. Your canopy route consists of 12 cables and 16 platforms, 4 of which are built on the ground, whereas the remaining 12 hang 90ft over the verdant tree canopy. As you zip from platform to platform and soar over the leafy treetops, you will be amazed by the new perspective of nature’s wonders that this Manuel Antonio tour gives you. Snacks are served on the tour. Individuals must be at least 6 years old to participate in this tour. Maximum weight allowed with the participants is 275lbs.

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Pick Up Time: 7:00am - 10:30am – 2:00pm
Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

What to Bring: Suntan lotion, camera, hiking shoes.
Tour Includes: Transportation, bilingual guides, fruits, snacks, beverages and security equipment.

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Adrenaline Canopy Adventure

We will pick you up from your hotel and drive approximately 1 hour to the canopy facilities located in the stunning Paso Real rainforest. The facilities at this site boast a restaurant, nature trails, butterfly garden, snake exhibit and canopy platforms. Your guide will give you a talk about how to run the course and provide you with a few safety measures. You will then be suited up with canopy gear and safety equipment. During your journey the guide will point out and explain the different wildlife found among the layers of virgin and secondary rainforest vegetation. The canopy course consists of 18 platforms, 10 zip lines, 2 rappel lines, a suspension bridge and a Tarzan swing. You will see many flora and fauna specimens including dart frogs, toucans and titi monkeys. There is no shortage of adrenaline on this Manuel Antonio tour. After an exhilarating ride over the leafy treetops you will disengage from your harness and head off to view the butterfly garden. From caterpillars to pupas to full grown butterflies, you can admire their transformation and variety. Then you can explore the snake exhibit where 9 different species are featured in enormous glass cages. After all of the excitement you will head to the on-site restaurant to enjoy some refreshing snacks and a delicious lunch. Individuals must be at least 6 years old to participate in this tour. Due to the harnesses used on this tour, participants cannot exceed a 48 inch waistline.

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Pick Up Time: 7:00am - 10:00am
Duration: 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

What to Bring: Suntan lotion, hiking shoes, bathing suit and waterproof camera
Tour Includes: Transportation, bilingual guides, butterfly garden entrance fee, snake exhibit entrance fee, snacks, beverages and security equipment.

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Savegre River Whitewater rafting Tour

The road trip to the rafting site offers picturesque views of African palm plantations, little towns, small rivers and jungle vegetation. Your guide will gladly tell you all about the thing you see along the way. Occasional stops with be made for bathroom breaks or to take photographs. Upon arriving at the put in you will receive a safety talk and an opportunity to practice before getting into the river. The rafts in this Manuel Antonio tour are built for 6 passengers and guides will travel in kayaks alongside you to ensure your safety. Savegre River boasts class 3 rapids and is filled with bends and turns of excitement. You will spend approximately 2 ½ hours in the raft taming the rapids, taking occasional pit stops to rest and admire some of the region’s beautiful flora and fauna. Towards the end of this Manuel Antonio tour, the river waters become calm and easy, allowing you to take a closer look at birds flying overhead and colorful vegetation adorning the shoreline. Your drive back to base camp will be much shorter, you will arrive in about 30 minutes where you can change your clothes and savor a delicious homemade meal. Upon completing this Manuel Antonio tour transportation back to your hotel will be provided. This river boasts class 3 rapids all year long, during dry season it also boasts some class 2 rapids. Participants must be at least 8 years old.

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Pick Up Time: 8:00am
Duration: 5 ½ hours
Difficulty: Moderate/ Challenging

What to Bring: Sunglasses with croakies cord, bathing suit, waterproof camera, sandals and beach towel.
Tour Includes: Transportation, bilingual guide, fruits, snacks, lunch and beverages.

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Naranjo River whitewater rafting:

During the scenic drive your guide will explain some of the history of the town of Quepos. Upon reaching the private property where the put in is located you will be ready to start off on your Manuel Antonio tour. This property features stables, corrals, ATVs, an open air waiting area and bathrooms. You guide will give you some safety measurements to follow and then you are off to tame the rapids of Naranjo River. The rafts are built to hold a maximum of 6 passengers. Guides will accompany you down stream in kayaks to ensure your safety. Naranjo River flows through mountains, jungle gorges, farmlands and palm plantations. The river’s course is steep and challenging, perfect for adventure seekers in search of an adrenaline rush. Halfway through the course you can take advantage of the pit stop to catch your breath and admire the view. Towards the end of the river, the waters calm down and you can take in the sights while cruising over the last few rapids. Upon completing the 1 hour and 45 minute portion of this Manuel Antonio tour you will be served a tasty lunch made with fresh local ingredients. Transportation back to your hotel will be provided by your tour operator. This Manuel Antonio tour is only available in rainy season (May to December). This river boasts class 3 rapids all year long, during rainy season it also boasts some class 4 rapids. Participants must be at least 8 years old.


Pick Up Time: 8:00 and 11:30pm.
Duration: 4 ½ hours
Difficulty: Difficult

What to Bring: Sunglasses with croakies cord, bathing suit, waterproof camera, sandals and beach towel.
Tour Includes: Transportation, bilingual guide, fruits, snacks and lunch.

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 Catamaran Adventure

A guide will take you to the loading platform and help you board the catamaran. You will set sail towards the horizon and cruise over sapphire hued waves. The catamaran will chart a picturesque course departing from Quepos gliding around the back of Manuel Antonio national park. Your guide will point out notable wildlife and vegetation specimens, so be sure to have your camera ready. You will pass by panoramas adorned with islands, cliffs and rock formations. You can admire aviary nesting grounds and marine wildlife. Beverages and snacks are available onboard the catamaran throughout the trip. After touring the coastline, your captain will set anchor on Bisanz beach where you can take advantage of the pit stop to snorkel at this secluded bay. You are most likely to spot parrotfish, starfish, angelfish and if you are lucky a dolphin! During your chartered course you will be able to savor a tasty barbeque lunch onboard the catamaran while admiring the lovely waterscapes. You will then head back to the dock where there will be transportation waiting to take you back to your hotel. This Manuel Antonio tour does not require previous experience. Water visibility varies depending on the season.

catamaran dolphin

Pick Up Time: 8:00am and 1:00pm
Duration: 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

What to Bring: Sunglasses with croakies cord, bathing suit, waterproof camera, sandals and beach towel.
Tour Includes: Transportation, bilingual guide, snacks, lunch and beverages.

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Coast Jets Snorkeling Tour  

You will travel to the Quepos dock where the Jet Ski platform is located. Place all of your belongings in the lockers provided to you for safekeeping. Your guide will give you a safety talk and you will get a chance to try a few practice runs on Yamaha Wave runners. The Jet Skis are low emission machines in efforts to preserve the environment and each one of them has a dry compartment where you can store small items such as a camera. This 2 hour excursion will chart a course where you can see 3 different islands and spot birds flying overhead. During your Jet Ski tour you will make a 30 minute stop at Bisanz beach where you can snorkel and try to find schools of parrotfish or angelfish and starfish. Water visibility varies depending on the season. This Manuel Antonio tour provides you with snacks and beverages. When you return to the Jet Ski platform there will be transportation waiting to return you to your hotel. This Manuel Antonio tour does not require previous experience.

Pick Up Time: 7:30am, 10:30am and 1:30pm
Duration: 3 ½ hours
Difficulty: Moderate

What to Bring: Sunglasses, suntan lotion, hat, bathing suit, waterproof camera, sandals and beach towel.
Tour Includes: Transportation, bilingual guide, safety equipment, snorkeling equipment, snacks, and beverages.

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Hiking Manuel Antonio National Park  

This national park is one of the most famous in our country due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens. The park itself boasts 3 different trails that vary in grade from flat to very steep. On this Manuel Antonio tour you will be accompanied by a nature guide who is knowledgeable about everything you will see. The trail you will take is flat and picturesque and loops through the park making your course approximately 2 miles long. Throughout the hike your guide will stop and explain the different nature specimens that can be observed, you can take photographs or just admire the view. One of the highlights of this Manuel Antonio tour is that the park is home to 3 of the 4 existing monkey species in Costa Rica. Half way through the hike you will make a leisure stop at the third beach located within the national park. You will have approximately 20 minutes to rest on the beach or play among the waves if you so choose. Throughout the hike you will be able to observe sloths, birds and reptiles as well as admire orchids, butterflies and tropical trees. The guides that accompany you on this Manuel Antonio Trip are equipped with Pentax and Suvaroski telescopes that you can use to observe wildlife and take pictures with a different perspective. Upon finishing the tour you will be provided with transportation back to your hotel. The park is closed on Mondays.

sloth playa


Pick Up Time: 7:30am and 12:30pm
Duration: 3 ½ Hours.
Difficulty: Moderate

What to Bring: Suntan lotion, camera, sunglasses, hiking shoes (beach towel and bathing suit optional).
Tour Includes: Transportation, bilingual guides, park entrance fee and snacks.

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