Natural wonders await on this refreshing weeklong journey around Costa Rica. Highlights along the 7-day trip include the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, the awe-inspiring Arenal Volcano and the nearby Hanging Bridges, the pristine Damas Island Estuary, and much more. Mixing wildlife viewing and outdoor adventure, this itinerary captures the essence of the Costa Rican motto — Pura Vida!
Boat Tour of Damas Island, Manuel Antonio
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Discover the Damas Island Estuary and its mangrove ecosystem on a boat trip! Your knowledgeable guide will point out flora and fauna as you cruise along the natural passageways created by the river's ebb and flow. Bird-watching is excellent here, and the fluctuating conditions of sediment and saltwater attract a wide range of sea animals. If you're lucky, you'll also spot reptiles, anteaters, and monkeys. Enjoy an included lunch at the end of the tour. Exact departure times depend on the tides.
- Boat around the Damas Island Estuary and its unique mangrove ecosystem
- Spot a variety of birds, including herons, kingfishers, ospreys, and frigate birds
- Look for monkeys in the trees and reptiles on the riverbanks
Know before you go
Lunch, Dinner Included. Lunch or Dinner is included, based on the time of the tour
What you'll do
Board the boat and listen as your expert guide talks about the unique mangrove ecosystem. You'll take off on the journey, gliding along waterways through one of Costa Rica's most important natural habitats. You'll weave your way through the natural tunnels and passageways created by the river's ebb and flow, discovering this fascinating tidal world. The unique conditions created by the shifting sediment and saltwater in the mangroves attract various sea animals.
Your guide will point out birds, including herons, kingfishers, ospreys, and frigate birds, as well as reptiles, anteaters, and monkeys along the banks of the estuary. Look down as you drift in the water, keeping an eye out for oysters, sponges, majestic stingrays, baby black-tipped sharks, and large schools of fish among the mangrove roots. Don't be surprised if curious white-faced capuchin monkeys hop on board—these charismatic animals love to explore!
Lunch or dinner is included and typically served after the boating trip.
- Bilingual guides
- Boat ride
Catamaran Adventure with Meal
Relax and enjoy a sailing adventure around Manuel Antonio National Park. Board a catamaran in Quepos, then sit back and listen as your guide offers background information about the region's geography and wildlife. You'll cruise past islands, rock formations, and dramatic cliffs as the captain navigates along the scenic coastline. Keep your eyes open for dolphins that occasionally follow the boat! A delicious barbecue will be prepared and served onboard. Depending on the conditions, you may have the chance to swim or snorkel when the captain puts down the boat's anchor at Biesanz Bay.
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Hike
Discover the natural beauty of the world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park on a hike with an expert guide. While trekking the two-mile (3.2-km) trail, keep your eyes open for monkeys, sloths, birds, reptiles, and butterflies in the wild. The path through the lush rainforest leads you to the sandy beaches and bright blue waters of one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
Scuba Diving or Snorkeling at Isla del Caño Biological Reserve
Board a 30-foot Island Hopper for a scuba diving excursion in the Caño Island Biological Reserve. Dive into the waters surrounding Isla del Caño and explore the abundant marine life, including reef sharks, sea turtles, and various fish species.
Savegre Whitewater Rafting
Start your Savegre River Whitewater Rafting Adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Manuel Antonio. You'll then travel to the Savegre River and begin your rafting journey, paddling through Class II and Class III rapids while surrounded by stunning rainforest scenery. After an exciting and scenic trip down the river, you'll be transferred to base camp to dry off and enjoy a delicious meal before heading back to your hotel.
Local Flavors Cooking Class
Learn how to prepare a traditional Costa Rican meal on this gourmet excursion! After a stop at the local farmers’ market in Quepos, where you'll browse the stands and choose ingredients, you'll travel with your guide to a private ranch in the village of Londres. Source additional produce from the property's organic garden. Next, join a local chef in the preparation of a traditional lunch. You'll learn how to make corn tortillas by hand, then help prepare ceviche and a classic chicken recipe. Enjoy the meal, then take some time to explore the ranch and its peaceful surroundings. If the weather cooperates, you can even go for a dip in the Naranjo River.
Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling in Manuel Antonio
Take off on an active kayaking adventure around Manuel Antonio! Climb into a single or double kayak and follow your guide as you paddle past small islands and nesting areas for marine birds. After about an hour, take a break on the beautiful inlet in Biesanz Bay. Snorkeling is an option (if the weather cooperates), and you'll have opportunities to spot parrotfish, starfish, angelfish, and even sea turtles. As you return to the starting point, keep your eyes open for pelicans, flying fish, and other birds. Then head back to base camp and enjoy a delicious homemade meal.
Visit Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary
Organic Spice Farm Experience
Itineraries with Boat Tour of Damas Island
This 11-day itinerary combines mountain adventures with beaches, starting in Rincón de la Vieja to explore the environs of one of the country's most active volcanoes. Then travel deeper inland to spend a few days crossing suspension bridges, ziplining over trees, and hiking through the jungles of La Fortuna and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. More than stunning white-sand beaches, you'll end your trip in Manuel Antonio National Park, rich in biodiversity and wildlife viewing opportunities.