Caribbean Tours and Activities

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Since Christopher Columbus first arrived in Costa Rica Caribbean side in 1502 he immediately referred to the area as “Costa Rica” (rich coast). One glimpse at the tropical beaches found here and you’ll understand why. Nature lovers will enjoy the two protected areas on the coast. Cahuita and the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Cahuita is home to one of the largest coral reefs in the county. Also, has some of the best snorkeling fishing and horseback riding from this beautiful area.

Culture and Music – Costa Rica Caribbean Side

Afro-Caribbean culture, unique language, and rich culinary traditions and music abound here. This offers visitors to this area a different experience than what you’ll find in the rest of the country. You’ll love the Reggae and Calypso music that fills the restaurants and streets and the tasty dishes found here. Too, Costa Rica’s largest indigenous tribes are found on the Caribbean coast. Also, a visit to the Bribi indigenous reserve is a popular tour. This is so unique and special that many visitors prefer it to other destinations throughout the country, one visit here and you’ll see why!

BriBri Indigenous Reserve

Full Day Adults: $62.00
Bribri House Bribri Music Bribri Cacao

Experience the Pre Columbian culture of Costa Rica with this guided hike into the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains. Learn all about the Watsi Bribri Community, enjoy a beautiful waterfall, the Sixoala River (the border between Costa Rica and Panama) and a cacao plantation to see organic indigenous chocolate being made. 

Whats Included: Transportation, guide, entrance fees, fruits, beverages and typical Bribri lunch

Recommended Ages: All ages

Tour Duration (approximately): 6 – 7 hours

What to bring: Water shoes or hiking sandals, water, insect repellant, swimsuit, long pants, passport, some money for chocolate and souvenirs

Misha Yorkin Indigenous Community Cahuita

Full Day Adults: $215.00
Misha Yorkin Indian Reserve river Misha Yorkin Cocoa Misha Yorkin Village

Package to Yorkin Indigenous Community is the best way to live an authentic and unforgettable experience visiting a native Bribri village in the heart of the Talamanca Mountains.

The Yorkin village can only be reached by boat on the spectacular and wild Yorkin River which is the natural border between Panama and Costa Rica, into La Amistad International Park. You will have the privilege of seeing a Costa Rica that few know, one of the best places to interact with indigenous people and to explore the pristine rainforest.

Sailing by traditional dugout canoe, which is an incredible experience in itself, you will enjoy the exuberant vegetation as well as Yorkin village, the organic cacao and banana plantations walking on the way to your rural lodge with your local guide. Upon your arrival, you will have a rest to refresh in the little Yorkin tributary and to cross the hanging bridge. After a Bribri style lunch, for desert, you will learn how to produce chocolate and a delicious chocolate sauce to dip organic bananas into. You will also have a lecture on the community project based on nature and culture conservation and environmental education. Your hosts will be very happy to share their knowledge and know how as regards to medicinal plants, handicrafts and Bribri roof tiling.  You will have the opportunity to try your hand at this native practice. After dinner, you will end this day of cultural exchange listening to ancient stories about the Bribri culture, an oral tradition passed on from generation to generation. Full of new experiences, you will get to sleep in a traditional cabin of the lodge operated with solar energy.

The next day, after a power breakfast, you will be ready to go for a hike through the jungle and learn more about the natural and cultural resources of the Yorkin Community before your return trip to civilization!

  1. Only Reached by Traditional Dugout Canoe
  2. Lecture and Cultural Exchange
  3. Chocolate Process Demonstration
  4. Optional Hike at the highlands

What to bring: Hiking Sandals and Clothes, Rain Jacket, Water, Mosquito Repellent, Swimsuit, Long Pants, Sun Block, Passport, Money for Souvenirs.

What it Includes: Full Transportation, Guide, Accommodation & Meals.

Hike Cahuita National Park Tour

Half Day Adults: $50.00
Cahuita National Park Entrance Cahuita National Park Trail Goddess Garden Cahuita

You will start in the community of Cahuita, cross beautiful beaches and observe various wildlife such as snakes, sloths, monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, raccoons, butterflies and many different bird species. Furthermore explore different medicinal plants, orchids, trees, ferns, vertebrates, invertebrates, sea and earth shellfish. 

Whats Included: Transportation, guide, donation to the park, fruits, water and lunch

Recommended Ages: 5+

Tour Duration (approximately): 3- 4 hours

What to bring: Sunscreen, cap or hat, insect repellent, shoes or sandals, bathing suit, towel

Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge Day Tour

Half Day Adults: $61.00
Wildlife Refuge Sloth Wildlife Refuge Beach Wildlife Refuge Frog

Get ready for an unforgettable experience! While you walk into the forest, you will wonder about the exotic vegetation. Most of the trees are covered with mosses, lichens, bromeliads, orchids and other plants that cascade from the branches of these gigantic trees creating a backdrop for life in the jungle. We will spot many different species of birds from the 384 species we have in this area. Some examples are hummingbirds, tanagers, owls, and toucans. If you prefer a shorter hike but still want to experience the beauty of this amazing jungle refuge, we also offer an interesting 2-hour hike followed by a visit at famous Punta Uva Beach. Depending on your starting time you can also enjoy a delicious Caribbean meal at the popular restaurant Maxi’s at your own cost before heading to the beach, just let us know and we will set you up.

Whats Included: Rainforest hike with professional naturist guide. The short 2-hour hike is followed by a 2-hour visit to Punta Uva Beach.
Recommended Ages: 8+

Tour Duration (approximately): 4 hours

What to bring: Hiking shoes, light cotton clothes, long pants, insect repellent, binoculars and water. Beach: towel, sun block, some cash for food and drinks.

Jaguar Rescue Center

Half Day Adults: $78.00
Jaguar Rescue Center Jaguar Rescue Center Sloths

Visit the Jaguar Rescue Center, where you will be introduced to their animals and witness how they help wounded wild animals from the South Caribbean area. Your next stop will be a cultural one! Get an insight in the culture of the indigenous tribes living in the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains. Especially in connection with the cacao tradition and the jungle wildlife. In the Chocolate House, receive a demonstration of this traditional process. To conclude your combination tour, observe various flora and fauna on your way to a stunning waterfall, which is said to have cleansing properties.

Whats Included: Transportation, guide, entrance fees

Recommended Ages: All ages

Tour Duration (approximately): 4-5 hours

What to bring: Water shoes or hiking sandals, water, insect repellant, swimsuit, long pants, passport, some money for chocolate and souvenirs

Pacuare River Rafting Adventure

Full Day Adults: $100.00
Pacuare River Rafting Rafting Pacuare River Rafting

Are you ready for your adventure on Pacuare River, one of the top five rafting rivers in the world? This 18 mile (29 kilometers) long run includes 52 rapids! You will have a safety briefing and get equipped before you are going to test your new skills and gain confidence on the first few miles / kilometers. In between some wild rapids, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the views on Huacas waterfall and to observe some bird species.

Whats Included: Transportation, breakfast and lunch

Recommended Ages: 12+

Tour Duration (approximately): 4 hours

What to bring: Sunscreen, rubber soled shoes that can get wet, swimsuit and shorts of a quick-drying material, t-shirt (optional), towel, complete change of clothes for after rafting, insect repellant, some money to buy photos, souvenirs or drinks. All luggage will be kept in lockers.
 

Sarapiqui River Rafting

Full Day Adults: $96.00 / Kids: $81.00
Sarapiqui River Rafting Waterfall Sarapiqui River Flowing Sarapiqui Rafting

Get your adrenaline pumping on this 7.5 mile (12 kilometer) long ride with over 40 rapids on Sarapiqui River! Receive a safety briefing and fully enjoy the experience, their photographer will make sure to take some epic shots! The scenic views of the stunning nature surrounding you will make your class III and IV rafting even more special!

What’s Included: Transportation, guide, photographer, snack and meal

Recommended Ages: 10 – 65 years

Tour Duration (approximately): 8 hours

What to bring: Sunscreen, towel, swimsuit, clothes to get wet in, change of clothes, secure shoes.

Sloth Sanctuary and Rescue Center

Adults: $75.00
Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, Holding a Sloth Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica Sloths hanging around

Rescue, research, and rehabilitate sloths. Receive an insight into the sanctuary’s mission and learn about sloths and their importance in the tropical forest. In Costa Rica you can find two sloth species. Bradypus variegatus (Three-fingered Sloth) and Choloepus hoffmanni (Two-fingered Sloth). In the sanctuary you are able to observe both of these species up close.

Whats Included: Transportation, guide and water

Recommended Ages: All ages 

Tour Duration (approximately): 4 hours

What to bring: Passport, camera, hat, comfortable sandals or shoes, sun glasses

Cahuita National Park Snorkeling Tour

Half Day Adults: $55.00
Cahuita Costa Rica Snorkeling Cahuita Costa Rica Snorkeling Tour Cahuita Costa Rica Snorkeling Reef

You will observe the many unique marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Cahuita National Park. In a glass fiber boat, plus Capitan and guide, you will be able to appreciate 35 different coral species such as the fire coral, Elkhorn and the Smooth brain coral, 123 different species of tropical fish such as the Queen Angelfish and the Blue Parrotfish, 44 species of crustaceans, 140 shellfish and 128 identified algae. Other species living in the turquoise waters are sea urchins, sea cucumbers, lobsters, sponges, hawksbill turtles and green turtles. After your snorkeling adventure, you will return to Cahuita Point, where you can swim in the peaceful and warm Caribbean Sea or just have a refreshment of tropical fruits. 

Whats Included: Transportation, guide, equipment, fruits and water

Recommended Ages: 5+

Tour Duration (approximately): 2 – 3 hours

What to bring: Sunscreen, swimsuit, long sleeve shirt to cover your back, camera (ideally water proof), change of clothes, towel, cash for the entrance fee

Bribri Indigenous Reserve Tour with Willie’s Tours

Half Day Easy Adults: $62.00
Bribri Music Bribri Cooking Bribri House

Experience the Pre Columbian culture of Costa Rica with this guided hike into the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains. Learn all about the Watsi Bribri Community, enjoy a beautiful waterfall, the Sixoala River (the border between Costa Rica and Panama) and a cacao plantation to see organic indigenous chocolate being made. 

Whats Included: Transportation, guide, entrance fees, fruits, beverages and typical Bribri lunch

Recommended Ages: All ages

Tour Duration (approximately): 6 – 7 hours

What to bring: Water shoes or hiking sandals, water, insect repellant, swimsuit, long pants, passport, some money for chocolate and souvenirs

Cahuita National Park Snorkeling Tour with Willie’s Tours

Half Day Moderate Adults: $55.00
Cahuita National Park Beach Cahuita National Park Beach Cahuita Costa Rica Snorkeling Reef

You will observe the many unique marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Cahuita National Park. In a glass fiber boat, plus Capitan and guide, you will be able to appreciate 35 different coral species such as the fire coral, Elkhorn and the Smooth brain coral, 123 different species of tropical fish such as the Queen Angelfish and the Blue Parrotfish, 44 species of crustaceans, 140 shellfish and 128 identified algae. Other species living in the turquoise waters are sea urchins, sea cucumbers, lobsters, sponges, hawksbill turtles and green turtles. After your snorkeling adventure, you will return to Cahuita Point, where you can swim in the peaceful and warm Caribbean Sea or just have a refreshment of tropical fruits. 

Whats Included: Transportation, guide, equipment, fruits and water

Recommended Ages: 5+

Tour Duration (approximately): 2 – 3 hours

What to bring: Sunscreen, swimsuit, long sleeve shirt to cover your back, camera (ideally water proof), change of clothes, towel, cash for the entrance fee

Jaguar Rescue Center, Chocolate House & Waterfall Tour with Willie’s Tours

Half Day Moderate Adults: $78.00
Jaguar Face Bribri Cacao Cascadas de Costa Rica

Visit the Jaguar Rescue Center, where you will be introduced to their animals and witness how they help wounded wild animals from the South Caribbean area. Your next stop will be a cultural one! Get an insight in the culture of the indigenous tribes living in the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains. Especially in connection with the cacao tradition and the jungle wildlife. In the Chocolate House, receive a demonstration of this traditional process. To conclude your combination tour, observe various flora and fauna on your way to a stunning waterfall, which is said to have cleansing properties.

Whats Included: Transportation, guide, entrance fees

Recommended Ages: All ages

Tour Duration (approximately): 3 hours

What to bring: Water shoes or hiking sandals, water, insect repellant, swimsuit, long pants, passport, some money for chocolate and souvenirs

Hike to Cahuita National Park with Cahuita Tours

Half Day Easy Adults: $50.00
Cahuita National Park Beach Nature Vyper Snake Brown-throated three-toed sloth

Hike approximately 7 kilometers through the National Park. You will start in the community of Cahuita, cross beautiful beaches and observe various wildlife such as snakes, sloths, monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, raccoons, butterflies and many different bird species. Furthermore explore different medicinal plants, orchids, trees, ferns, vertebrates, invertebrates, sea and earth shellfish. 

Whats Included: Transportation, guide, donation to the park, fruits, water and lunch

Recommended Ages: All ages (under 3 year-olds do not pay)

Tour Duration (approximately): 5 – 6 hours

What to bring: Sunscreen, cap or hat, insect repellent, shoes or sandals, bathing suit, towel

Sloth Sanctuary & Rescue Center Tour with Cahuita Tours

Half Day Easy Adults: $75.00
Goddess Garden Cahuita Two toed Sloths sloth Sanctuary Woman And Sloth

Rescue, research, and rehabilitate sloths. Receive an insight into the sanctuary’s mission and learn about sloths and their importance in the tropical forest. In Costa Rica you can find two sloth species. Bradypus variegatus (Three-fingered Sloth) and Choloepus hoffmanni (Two-fingered Sloth). In the sanctuary you are able to observe both of these species up close.

Whats Included: Transportation, guide and water

Recommended Ages: All ages 

Tour Duration (approximately): 4 hours

What to bring: Passport, camera, hat, comfortable sandals or shoes, sun glasses

Punta Uva Sea Kayaking and Rain Forest Hike with Exploradores Outdoors

Half Day Moderate Adults: $55.00 / Kids: $28.00
Kayaking Puerto Viejo Kayaking Puerto Viejo Wildlife Refuge Sloth

This tour begins with a drive to the southern end of the most remote location in the area. You will be paddling on the open sea paralleling a coast full of cliffs and caves and hiking in the rainforest. You will have a safety briefing in the beginning of your journey and a nice break at the beach to relax and swim. Have a snack before hiking back to Punta Uva town. The guides will educate you about the eco system and the variety of wildlife.

Whats Included: Transportation, guide, entrance fees, fruits, snacks and water

Recommended Ages: 6+

Tour Duration (approximately): 4 ½ hours

What to bring: Sunscreen, swim suit, long sleeve shirt to cover your back, camera (ideally water proof), change of clothes, towel, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellant, binoculars, raincoat and some money

Pacuare River Rafting Adventure: Class III – IV with Exploradores Outdoors

Half Day Adventurous Adults: $100.00

Are you ready for your adventure on Pacuare River, one of the top five rafting rivers in the world? This 18 mile (29 kilometers) long run includes 52 rapids! You will have a safety briefing and get equipped before you are going to test your new skills and gain confidence on the first few miles / kilometers. In between some wild rapids, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the views on Huacas waterfall and to observe some bird species.

Whats Included: Transportation, breakfast and lunch

Recommended Ages: 12+

Tour Duration (approximately): 4 hours

What to bring: Sunscreen, rubber soled shoes that can get wet, swimsuit and shorts of a quick-drying material, t-shirt (optional), towel, complete change of clothes for after rafting, insect repellant, some money to buy photos, souvenirs or drinks. All luggage will be kept in lockers.

ATV Mountain Trip / Tropical Dry Forest of Guanacaste with Arenas Adventures

Half Day Moderate Adults: $198.00
Guanacaste ATV Tour Guanacaste ATV Group ATV in Guanacaste

Explore the dry forest on this ATV mountain trip with incredible views from the top of the mountains overviewing flora and fauna. You can attend this tour with your whole family however keep in mind that there is a percentage of risk that might increase according to your perform. 

Whats Included: Transportation and guide

Recommended Ages: 16+ (drivers) 8+ (passengers)

Tour Duration (approximately): 2 hours

What to bring: Light clothing, sneakers are mandatory

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