Enjoy 28 Exciting Costa Rica Tours & Activities!
Our Costa Rica ecotour department offers guests 28 exciting day tours to choose from in Costa Rica's most ecologically diverse region! Below you will find our current list of available ecotours. All tours are purchased separately while at the resort.
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World class fishing for Sailfish, Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin starts just outside the mouth of the Golfo Dulce, about thirty minutes from our 880 foot pier. The Pacific Sailfish can be caught all year and, during the winter months, it is common to raise 10 to 15 in a day. We practice catch-and-release fishing, using safer circle hooks. Our fishing director and English-speaking captains will work with you to accommodate your style, including offshore, inshore, fly-fishing and light tackle. We offer single day charter rates as well as complete, all-inclusive fishing packages.
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# 1 - The Osa Rainforest
The tropical lowland rainforest is the most species-rich land-based ecosystem on Earth. It is a land of enchantment made up of brilliantly colored birds (the scarlet macaw and the chestnut-mandible toucan), rare mammals (sloth), four species of monkeys (howler, white-faced, spider and squirrel), along with peccaries, and wild cats. If you do only one, this is the eco-tour we recommend to give you a sense of what the rainforest is all about. Your senses will be heightened as you become one with your surroundings! This tour can be customized to accommodate all levels of physical ability. Closed-toed shoes are required for hiking.
# 2 - Corcovado National Park Rainforest
Established in 1975, and encompassing an area of 263 square miles, Corcovado is widely considered the crown jewel in the extensive system of national parks and biological reserves spread across the country of Costa Rica. The ecological variety is so stunning that National Geographic has called it "the most biologically intense place on Earth". Not only is the park very popular with tropical ecologists, but any visitor, regardless of their background can expect to see an abundance of wildlife. Corcovado is large enough to support a sizeable population of the endangered Baird's Tapir, as well as large herds of whitelipped peccaries, hundreds of bird species, and several species of large cats (including jaguars, ocelots, cougars and margay). One hundred and forty species of mammals call the park home, which represents 10% of the entire mammal-species in America! If you came to Costa Rica to see the wildlife in its most natural form, as far from civilization as is currently possible, Corcovado National Park is for you.
# 3 - Bosque las Tilapias
Owned and operated by a local couple, this project is a thriving example of agro-ecology. This visionary farm serves as a model of successfully balancing the subsistence needs of humans with preserving nature. The tour commences with a presentation of the tilapia fish farm, including the various stages of production. We proceed through organic tropical fruit orchards and fields of pineapple, banana, papaya, melon, sugar cane and manioc. We then visit the natural corridors of the farm, where well manicured trails lead you through a picturesque lowland rainforest. The tour ends with an offering to sample some of the products of the farm which vary seasonally and are served under the shade of an enormous Kapok tree.
# 4 - Finca Kobo Chocolate Farm
This tour is an excellent complement to our rainforest tour, offering a close look at the agricultural practices in the area. Featured is one of our most important native trees… chocolate! Due to the abundance of fruiting trees, wildlife abounds; particularly toucans and other colorful frugiverous (fruit eating) birds, and sometimes squirrel and white-face monkeys. In order to contrast experimental techniques of cultivation developed at the farm, the tour commences with a stroll through a traditional cocoa plantation. After a brief stroll through flatland rainforest, we come to Kobo's experimental organic cocoa plantation where we learn about new methods of cultivation. We pass through an area of experimental agriculture, including amedicinal plant garden. The tour concludes with an offering of fresh fruits produced on the farm, along with pure chocolate sauce for dipping and glorious baked plantains. Closed-toed shoes are required for hiking.
# 5 - Miramar Canopy Zip-line Tour
Once a realm limited to scientific investigations, canopy exploration has quickly become one of the fastest growing and most sought after tour frontiers of the rainforest. We are now proud to offer one of Costa Rica’s finest and safest canopy tours. The ideal site area, a 17-acre tract of virgin forest, is called Miramar or “ocean view” referring to its commanding view of the Golfo Dulce and the surrounding rainforest. The platforms are strung along nearly a mile of rainforest canopy reaching heights of 138ft. While this tour is truly adventurous, state-of-the-art equipment is provided for utmost safety. Further, the guides are highly trained and knowledgeable in not only the techniques and safety issues, but also on the natural wonders encountered on this exciting ride through this ceiling of the rainforest. As opposed to waterfall climbing and other types of high rope activities, the zip-line is relatively effortless, and therefore appropriate for children as well as mature travelers. Half Day
# 6 - Night Miramar Canopy Zip Line
At least half of all that lives in the rainforest is active at night. Revel in the exotic sights and sounds of the jungle, with a healthy dose of adrenalin. Each of the seven platforms are illuminated to guide your approach. This version of the canopy zip-line is great for fishermen that can't miss the fishing action during the day, but realize what exciting treasures await them on shore. Night
# 7 - Waterfall Climbing & Rappelling
Your guide will lead you up a densely forested and seldom traveled streambed, arriving at the Rio Clarito Waterfall. Utilizing state of the art climbing equipment, you will first ascend the vertical 40-foot waterfall. After a rest and chance to view the scenery from above, your expert guide will prepare you for your rappel against refreshing waters and the thrill of a lifetime. Many guests want to do it again immediately, and that’s O.K. with us. AM only
# 8 - Costa Rica Mangrove Kayak
You will paddle through the exotic and mysterious landscape of a river mangrove estuary. The serene passages of the river bring you silently alongside many
beautiful aquatic birds: roseate spoonbills, boat-billed herons, and white ibis. Jesus Christ (Basilisk) lizards dart across the surface of water on webbed hindfeet.Howler and white-faced monkeys are known to frequent the mangroves. Life vests & dry bags are provided. Single & double (Ocean Kayak brand) kayaks are available.
# 9 - Sunset Ocean Kayak
Take advantage of the tranquility of an afternoon paddle in our beautiful sheltered bay. A short distance from the shore, the tour provides a commanding view of the sunset. This is a light paddle and is also an opportunity to search for local and migrating marine life such as spotted and bottled-nosed dolphins,humpback whales and several species of sea turtles. Life vests and dry bags are provided. Single and double (Ocean Kayak brand) kayaks are available.Half day
# 10 - Puerto Jimenez Area Biking
Discover a quaint Costa Rican pueblo (small town) by bicycle - the locals’ way to get around. This guided bicycle tour is the perfect mode for taking in more than you could by walking, while being more intimate with the surroundings than traveling by car. There are local craftsmen, shops, fishermen, the local
church and school as well as natural scenery and wildlife to see. Whatever your interest, it is a different world that invites your discovery. Due to the heat associated with the middle of the day, this eco-tour is most appropriate in the early morning and late afternoon. Half day.
# 11 - Cross Country Biking
See the Osa Peninsula countryside close-up and personal on our new Trek Mountain Bikes. The casual biker will experience the rolling hills and flats as he meanders along country back roads past fruit tree farms, fields, rustic casitas and rancheros. More advanced riders can explore steeper terrain leading to commanding ocean views. A support vehicle, along to take you direct to the best spots, can be used to drive to the high spots for the sheer thrill of a downhill run. Regardless of which trek you choose, numerous opportunities exist to spot exotic wildlife; like monkeys, sloth, toucans, & scarlet macaws. Half day
# 12 - Half Day Horseback Riding
The leisurely ride runs back through a picturesque country road into tropical primary rainforest forests and farms. See amazing views of the ocean from the mountainous Cost Rica rainforest
# 13 - Full Day Horseback Riding
Explore the interior of the Osa Peninsula on horseback (the locals’ way). You will be guided along isolated mountain paths and jungle trails offering stunning gulf and ocean views and abundant wildlife. Throughout the day you will have plenty of opportunities to dismount to rest and explore the rainforest on foot. Explore the varied landscape and see the wildlife from the peacefulness and majesty of a horse. Shoes are required. Long pants are recommended. Full Day
# 14 - Bird Watching – Intro
The wealth of Costa Rica’s avifauna, in itself, warrants a trip to our resort. With 854 species of birds in an area the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica is home to more bird species than vast continents like Europe, North America and Australia. Nowhere in Costa Rica are the birds more colorful and diverse than in the lowland rainforests surrounding our hotel. Allow our expert guides to greatly expand your wildlife list or use this trip as a grand introduction into the world of birding.
# 15 - Bird Watching - In Depth
In these 2½ days, we will take the time to focus on a variety of habitats: lower montane and coastal primary and secondary rainforests, forest edges, tropical orchards, pastureland, mangrove estuaries, Pacific shorelines and streamlined gallery forests. This package tour can be customized to focus on target species as well as be geared towards different levels of physical exertion. We can incorporate additional activities like kayaking or horseback riding. This package can also be upgraded to include pelagic and river mangrove boat excursions. Two & a half day package
# 16 – Guaymi Indigenous Reservation
The Guaymi Indigenous Territory is located in Southern Costa Rica and Northern Panama. In 1977 the Costa Rican government created the Guaymi Territory as a protected area. Today The Guaymí are mainly subsistence farmers, with their main crops being rice, corn, yucca, otoy, ñame (both tubers), several species of beans. Small-scale livestock production of chickens and pigs is maintained and in the higher elevations is supplemented by hunting and fishing. Guaymi agriculture is similar to the type of exploitation practiced in the pre-Columbian era, which placed less reliance on machete and match, and more emphasis on the gradual selective clearing and weeding of plots at the seedling stage of crop growth. This tour is the fledgling anthropologist’s dream! Full day
# 17 - Osa Wildlife Sanctuary by Boat
Bordering a national park along the same wild stretch of coastline as the botanical gardens tour is the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. Partake of this rare opportunity to see and even interact with some of the local rainforest creatures (like two and three-toed sloth, spider and howler monkeys, macaws, parakeets and toucans). The sanctuary rehabilitates injured or illegally captured animals while providing a permanent home for those to debilitated for the wild. Your visit to this sanctuary helps to directly fund this noble effort. AM only
:# 18 - The Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden by Boat
A glorious morning boat ride takes you across the beautiful Golfo Dulce to the largest and most elegantly manicured botanical gardens in the region. This huge family owned garden not only contains the largest collection of orchids in the area, but also gives you an all senses experience of chocolate, cashew, and mango and other tropical fruit trees, many spices like black pepper, vanilla, ginger, and more. The gardens are centered in a road-less track of national park providing a sideshow of the birds, insects, butterflies and other wildlife that visit the gardens. Sandals or water-socks are recommended for entering and exiting the boat, and shoes are required for walking once on land. Gardens Closed Fridays. AM only:
# 19 - Snorkeling the Golfo Dulce by Boat
With eighty-degree waters, snorkeling in the Golfo Dulce is as inviting as it is fascinating. On this multi-dive trip you will visit a variety of marine habitats including brain-coral reefs and rock pinnacles. Colorful reef fish like parrot, angel and butterfly fish abound, as do Moorish Idols, Sergeant Majors and many others. There are Moray eels, rays, octopi, and even the occasional whale shark or sting ray. Our knowledgeable guides and captains will keep you safe and well informed while you swim with the fishes! All equipment is provided.
# 20 - Golfo Dulce Excursion by Boat
The Golfo Dulce, one of the most pristine tropical gulfs in the world, is surrounded by lush mountainous rainforest and mangrove wetlands. Approximately 30 miles long and nearly half an hour by boat to the far shore, it is an ideal leisurely ride for those who want to enjoy the wind in their face while viewing the sights & wildlife of the shoreline, including pelicans,turtles, and dolphins.
# 21 - Surfing Pavones Beach by Boat
The “second longest left-hand curl in the world” is right across the Golfo Dulce from our resort. A 30 minute boat ride brings you to Pavones so you can ride the “three minute long left.” Whether you are beginner or advanced, our knowledgeable and helpful guides will lead you to the best spots appropriate for your level of experience. All equipment is provided. Boat eco-tours have limited availability - January through April. This tour is physically demanding.Full Day
# 22 - Surfing Matapalo Beach
With hundreds of miles of uncrowded Pacific Ocean coastline, Costa Rica is a surfing Mecca. One of the best and most beautiful is the world-renowned Matapalo Beach surf-break. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, our knowledgeable and helpful guides will lead you to the best spots appropriate for your experience. All equipment is provided. This tour isphysically demanding. (Dangerous surf, just expert surfers).
# 23 - Jungle Night-Walk
Hunt or be hunted is the nighttime order of the rainforest, when many animals are active. In this tour we observe “survival of the fittest”. Night walking, as opposed to a day hike, is characterized by a much slower moving pace and a sharp inspecting eye. The tour includes a brief stroll around some wild areas. A fresh-water lagoon near the resort yields treasures like red-eyed tree frogs and other amphibians, exotic insects, night birds, caimans, snakes and other reptiles. Along with a knowledgeable guide, we provide flashlights and anyother related equipment. The tour starts at 7:30pm.
# 24 - Gold Panning
Before becoming Central America’s premier rainforest destination, the Osa Peninsula was famous for its high-grade and abundant gold deposits. Visit the claim of a local professional gold panner to learn the tricks of the trade and try your luck at striking it rich. The site for this tour is the picturesque Tiger River Valley leading into Corcovado National Park. Find out why Columbus named this country the “Rich Coast”. If you are lucky you will go home with some gold flakes!
# 26 - Free - Playa Preciosa (“Precious Beach”) Shuttle What better way to relax than on a pristine, tropical beach! It is a short drive to this secluded, unspoiled beach perfect for bodysurfing, swimming and kicking- back as you enjoy the beautiful views. A nearby outdoor bar offers access to showers, restrooms, lounge chairs, and a juice bar. Boogie boards available upon request. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY. * 12 hours notice required
#27 – The Monkeys Tour
Our Resort is localized in the Osa Peninsula south part of Costa Rica. This is the only place in Costa Rica´s jungle where you can find all the four Costa Ricans monkeys species together such as Mantled Howler Monkey, White-Throated Capuchin Monkey, Spider Monkey and Central America Squirrel Monkey. Some time we find all the species the monkeys just in this tour and other mammals and birds. Leaves at 8:00 am and returns by 11:30 am Half day:
#28 –Osa Palmas Canopy Tour
Osa Palmas Canopy tour is a tour of adventure and adrenaline, where our clients get to experience every time more speed in each of our five zip-lines, at the same time we are getting through and in between renewable plantations of trees, primary forest, secondary forest and wide open areas. Besides that, we have a total of eight platforms with heights from ground level to 36 meters over the ground, at the height of the canopy of the forest.The great views, the speed and adrenaline, as well as the presence of the flora and fauna of the area make it a great combination of experiences. Half Day
Additional Information & Policies
Half-day morning tours depart from the reception area at 7:00am and return to the resort for lunch at 12 noon. Half-day afternoon tours depart from the reception area at 1:00pm and return to the resort by 4:30pm.Full-day tours depart from the reception area at 7:00am and return by 4:00pm.Not all tours are available every day. Please check with the Eco department for availability.
A cooler filled with drinks and fruit is provided for all half-day activities, with the addition of a picnic lunch for full-day tours. A representative of our eco-tour department is in the office in the mornings and evenings. We welcome your questions and try to accommodate requests, always with safety in mind. Most eco-tours can be customized to accommodate all levels of physical ability and endurance.
Cancellation Policy: A 50% cancellation charge will apply to any activity which a guest cancels less than 12 hours before it is scheduled to begin. Your first day eco / spa activity at the resort must be scheduled one week prior to arrival. Failure to schedule your first day activity may result in your choice not being available. All prices are per person. A two person minimum applies to most tours which may be met by combining guests from separate travel parties if available.
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