With your kids in tow, get out and explore Costa Rica's capital city before making your way through the lush lowlands toward the Caribbean Coast in this adventure tour. From nature treks to river rafting to pristine beaches, this week-long itinerary is created for families who want to experience Costa Rica's splendid scenery, wildlife, and distinctly laid-back culture.
Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge Hike, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
- Hike through the diverse and beautiful Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge with a knowledgeable guide
- Spot unique wildlife including turtles, manatees, crocodiles, and dolphins in their natural habitat
- Learn about the history and inhabitants of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge
- Take in stunning ocean views from the Manzanillo viewpoint
- Visit the Ara Project and support the conservation of the endangered great green macaw
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What you'll do
As you venture through the lush trails, your guide will share fascinating stories and insights about the refuge and the various species that call it home. Gandoca-Manzanillo is a crucial nesting ground for several species, including turtles, manatees, crocodiles, caimans, dolphins, and tarpons. Keep your eyes peeled for these incredible creatures as you traverse the breathtaking landscape. Towards the end of your hike, you'll arrive at the Manzanillo Viewpoint, a perfect spot to pause for a snack while soaking in the awe-inspiring ocean views.
Your adventure continues with a visit to the Ara Project, a remarkable local endeavor in Manzanillo dedicated to the protection, reproduction, and reinsertion of the great green macaw. This stunning bird species is critically endangered in Costa Rica and around the world. At the Ara Project, marvel at the vibrant plumage and captivating beauty of these birds as they fly freely among the surrounding trees, a testament to the incredible work being done to help preserve their species.
Your day of exploration comes to a close as you are transported back to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, filled with memories of an unforgettable experience. This excursion includes transport to and from the tour locations, the services of a professional guide, and entrance fees to the various sites. Immerse yourself in the diverse beauty of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Itineraries with Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge Hike
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