This self-drive tour is ideal for families who love animals and exploring the outdoors. You'll spot plenty of the country's adorable mammals like sloths and monkeys, as well as rare species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and tropical fish. Along the way, stay at unique eco-lodges
Cahuita National Park Excursion, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
A great kayaking trip up the river. Lot of wildlife, gets very quite after a while (once you are past the howler monkeys)
Discover the natural beauty of Cahuita National Park on this action-packed half-day excursion. You'll start your adventure at the beach, climbing on board a boat for a scenic 20-minute cruise to Cahuita Point. If conditions allow, you'll have the chance to snorkel just off the coast near the park's most extensive coral reefs, spotting tropical fish, stingrays, octopuses, and nurse sharks. Take a snack break with tropical fruit before heading off on a guided hike through the rainforest. The chances are good that you'll see monkeys, tropical birds, sloths, iguanas, poisonous dart frogs, and more.
- Explore Cahuita National Park on a guided excursion
- Boat, swim, and hike in the park's wilderness
- Snorkel around a coral reef with colorful fish, stingrays, and sharks
- Spot monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and more on a nature hike
Know before you go
A snack is included
What you'll do
If the sea conditions are favorable, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy two snorkeling sessions off the coast near the park's largest coral reefs, looking for tropical fish, stingrays, octopuses, and nurse sharks. The best time of the year for snorkeling is from July to October, as the sea is typically too rough between December and March. Still, regardless of the time of year, the boat ride is a great way to approach Cahuita Point and start your exploration of the park.
Fuel up with a spread of tropical fruit on the beach before heading out on your one-hour guided hike through the coastal rainforest. Since the region is home to an abundance and diversity of wildlife, the chances are good that you’ll see monkeys, tropical birds, sloths, iguanas, poisonous dart frogs, and other creatures.
After the hike, you are transferred back to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, where the journey ends.
- Bilingual Guide
- Safety gear and equipment
- Bottled water
- Entrance fees
Kayak Adventure & Rainforest Hike in Punta Uva
Enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean side of Costa Rica from land, ocean, and river! During this half-day adventure, you'll hike in the rainforest and kayak at one of the most beautiful beaches on the country's Caribbean coast, Punta Uva, known for its calm reef-protected water and white sand. Paddle along a coast lined with cliffs, caves, and dense forest, then continue along the river at Rio Punta Uva, spotting monkeys, sloths, colorful birds, river turtles, bats, and iguanas. Head back to the beach for a swim in the sea and a fresh fruit snack break on the sand. Finally, join your naturalist guide for a short hike into the rainforest.
Horseback Riding on the Beach
Private Surf Lesson at Salsa Brava
Learn to catch a wave at Salsa Brava, one of the Caribbean's most legendary surf breaks! Located near the colorful town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, this area offers some of Costa Rica's best surfing conditions. Enjoy a private two-hour lesson that is both family- and beginner-friendly, with options for travelers of all ages. After a 15-minute intro on the beach, you'll head into the water with your surf instructor. Even first-timers can usually stand up on their surfboards and ride their first waves by the end of the class. Note that participants must be able to swim.
Jaguar Rescue Center, BriBri Chocolate, & Waterfall Tour
Start your day at the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center and witness the incredible work done by Encar and her team. Learn about the rehabilitation of wild animals and the Center's dedication to protecting the South Caribbean's diverse wildlife. Next, visit a Bribri family farm and discover the traditional process of chocolate-making. End your day with a refreshing dip at a stunning waterfall hidden within the lush jungle.
Itineraries with Cahuita National Park Excursion
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