Tours and Activities

We are pleased to help you in organizing your tours and activities. Let us know if you have any question.

Canopy Tours

Once they have picked you up from the house or the office, you will head towards the farm which is located 30 minutes away from Puerto Viejo. The canopy tour consists of 10 aerial platforms and 12 ground platforms, with a total of 2,760 meters of cable. Once you reach the seventh platform, you will not touch the ground again until the end of the route, se you will cross and watch the jungle as birds do. Cables are of the latest technology with the quality of being completely silent, thus avoid noise pollution in the jungle. The naturalist guide will continue explaining the environmental curiosities that surround you. Once you arrive back to the farm, you will have the opportunity to make your own cane juice the traditional way. You will also be served fruit and water.

What to bring : Comfortable shoes, insect repellent. If you do not have a natural one they will provide you.

Duration : 4 hours approximately

Minimum : 2 persons.

When: in the morning ( pick-up at 8:10 am at the office) or in the afternoon

Price: $55 per person. Children 4 to 11 pay 50%

White River Rafting on the Pacuare – 1 day expedition

Pacuare is world famous for its sheer beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. You see waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides as colorful, tropical birds fly right over your head. Amazing views of this virgin tropical rainforest area, appear before your eyes as you descend this true exploratory land.

Upon arrival to the river they will gear you up with a life jacket, helmet and paddle and then brief you with a full safety orientation talk. Finally, it is time to take off down the rapids!

Once you pass by all the rapids, you finish in Siquirres, at the base camp, where you can take a shower, change and enjoy the gardens and terrace while having a beer and reflecting with your new friends about the great adventure you just shared.

River and/or sea kayaking

Let’s go paddling on the Punta Uva’s river on your own or with a local guide. Slowly you will discover the magic atmosphere of the jungle, from its heart. You will spot a lot of wildlife as turtles, toucans, sloths… then on the Caribbean sea you will follow the coast full of cliffs, cave and the view on the most beautiful rainforest.

Bird watching tour with Local Guides

Thanks to our rich biodiversity, and to our specialized bird watching guides who find delight in pointing out and sharing their knowledge on the various bird species of the area, this is definitely a superb bird watching tour! Some of the species you could see in this area are the Red-capped Manakin, crested owl, the olive throated parakeet, pale vented pigeon, masked tityra, Collared Aracari, slaty antshrike, keel-billed and chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Magnificent Frigatebird, common black hawk, passerini’s tanager, and the black-cowled oriole, among others.

Snorkelling the local reefs

Observe the seabed of the Caribbean sea and hike in the tropical rainforest, same day!

Pick you up at the office and then they will drive you in a microbus to the village of Cahuita. There you will meet your captain and guide who will take you by boat to the coral reef where you will go snorkeling for two hours at two different points in the Cahuita National Park. Afterwards you will go to the beach to rest and have a snack of tropical fruits. Then you will start an hour and a half hour guided hike through the National Park. This National Park is a combination of beautiful beaches, coral reefs, and a tropical rainforest where you can easily observe many species of monkeys, sloths, frogs, butterflies and much more.

What to bring : Swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, bottled of water, dry clothes, comfortable shoes, insect repellent. If you do not have a natural one they will provide you. Donation for park rangers (suggested amount: 1,000 colones)

Duration : 6 hours approximately

Minimum : 2 persons.

Price: $55 per person. Children from 4 to 11 pay 50%

Fishing tour

The sea offers seasonal and year long catch including Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, King Fish, Barracuda, Dorado, Wahoo, Grouper, Bonita, and several species of Snapper and Jacks. Weather and sea permitting, jump in for a snorkel or try diving for fresh lobster, octopus, and sea snails!

The local captain was born and raised here, and with over 30 years of fishing these shores, knows all the best places, methods and equipment to lure those fish onto the boat. You can get full and half-day tours.

On a typical day, you will travel to several offshore reefs on your way to the Southern tip of Costa Rica near the Sixaola River. Take a peek at Panama from the sea while you view several pods of dolphins and the occasional turtle. This is the best place to find the Tarpon, a feisty, flashy game fish, better for playing than eating.

Ask us for prices.

Tree climbing in Manzanillo

In the heart of the wildlife refuge.

If there is one activity in Manzanillo that will send chills up your spine, it’s climbing up to the canopy of the trees. Certain species of trees in the forest can be quite impressive with their incredible out-of-the-ordinary dimensions. In the jungle surrounding the village of Manzanillo you can climb to the top of a gigantic tree onto a platform that overhangs the tropical forest. You will be equipped with a helmet and a harness and will be hoisted up 30 meters above ground. The tree house is on the canopy and you can take advantage of the magnificent view and observe the animals from a different vantage point. Don’t miss it!

This activity takes about half a day. Ask us for prices.

Visit the Jaguar Wildlife Rescue Center

Visit the popular Jaguar Rescue Centre, an animal rescue centre located in Cocles. The centre is dedicated to the rehabilitation of mistreated, injured, orphaned, and/or confiscated animals. Once the animals are fully rehabilitated, they are reintroduced into their natural habitats in protected areas within the region. Visitors are permitted in the centre during certain times each day and are able to interact with many of the animals, including the howler monkey. The center rehabilitates numerous mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The centre also houses a large serpentarium of venomous and nonvenomous snakes native to Costa Rica.

Surf class

Small beach towns inhabit a variety of breaks with waves to suit all surfers making it a top spot to learn or perfect your moves.

You can grab a lesson here for around $50 from one of the local guides who will teach you the surfing basics and get you to your feet.

For surfers who have already perfected their pop up, can catch a wave and are seeking to progress, Playa Cocles 2km south of town caters for the more intermediate learner. This beach break gives more of a consistent wave offering decent right and lefts.

This quirky Caribbean town is also home to Salsa Brava, which boasts the ‘heaviest wave’ in Costa Rica. Not apt for any learner this spot is strictly for the pros. These waves break over a shallow reef and can get super big making for great viewing. Pull up a pew in Salsa Brava bar or pick a spot on the beach and be inspired by the locals and far travelled surfers as they rip up some serious waves.

Visit a Chocolate Farm

Visit one of several local chocolate farms where you will be given a tour through ancient forests transformed into chocolate plantations, and participate in the chocolate creation process.

At the end of the tour, guests drink and taste various forms of chocolates made while on the tour.

A walk in the jungle in the wildlife refuge Gandoca- Manzanillo

Be prepared to live an unforgettable experience ! The further you walk into the refuge the more you will be bewitched by the exotic vegetation. The gigantic trees are covered with moss, lichens, bromeliads, orchids and other plants that cascade from their branches, creating a backdrop for life in the jungle. It’s possible to observe a number of species of birds among the 385 that exist in this area. Some examples are hummingbirds, tanagers, owls, and toucans. Our professional nature guides can help you to sharpen your senses in order to spot monkeys, sloths, iguanas, snakes, poisonous frogs, and numerous other types of animals. In addition to discovering the beneficial effects of the medicinal plants, you will have the opportunity to learn many interesting facts about our Afro Caribbean customs.

Manzanillo is located in a National Wildlife Refuge and not a National Park. This means that properties belong to private owner. Therefore, you cannot walk through the forest on your own. However, there is an itinerary that you can follow without a guide. The trail goes along the coast to Punta Mona, behind Maxi’s restaurant, continues on the beach and crosses a small river. It will take you to a panoramic viewpoint and some lovely coves, while hardly leaving the forest.

Turtle watching

Take the opportunity to travel through Time and go back to the beginning of evolution, represented by the nesting of these live fossils. The leatherback turtle is the biggest turtle in the world; it can be as large as 2 meters long and 650 kg of weight. We will have an unforgettable night walk along the Gandoca Beach, guided by our professional staffs, who are real lovers of these reptiles and delight in sharing with you their knowledge. They will show you a different perspective of this spectacular experience. You will observe these mothers in the important work of laying eggs and at the same time you will learn important things about the natural history of these special animals in danger of extinction. Help us with the protection of sea turtles!

What to bring : Comfortable shoes, light cotton clothes, long shorts, repellent.

Duration : Full night tour.

Minimum : 2 persons.

Price: about $45 per person (without transportation)

Note : This is a seasonal tour, from March to May.

Dolphin spotting tour

In addition to coming on board this local boat, you will have the opportunity to navigate along the Caribbean coast and discover the exuberant vegetation, the cliffs, the white sandy beaches as well as the clear crystal waters. Our experienced captains will look for the strategic place, at about 4 km to the south of the beaches of Punta Mona and Gandoca. The Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is composed of a protected marine zone of 4.436 hectares, where you can find 3 species of dolphins : the Tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis), the Bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) and the Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis). It is an unforgettable experience !

What to bring : Swim suit, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and bottle of water.

Duration : 2h30 approximately.

Minimum : 2 persons.

Price: about $45 per person

Horseback riding tours

Beach and/or rainforest trips. You can get a riding adventure for all ages and riding skills, from beginner to expert. Come and experience the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica by horseback. Rides start at Playa Chiquita going north to Puerto Viejo or south to Manzanillo.

Children from 5 year old

Helmets available

English, French, German & Spanish spoken

Weight limit : 90 kilos (200 pounds)

We prefer to go in small groups (no more than 6) according to language and level, you may have to ride with others if you are alone or only 2.

What to bring: long pants and closed shoes, water, a hat and sunscreen. You can take your camera and small belongings as all horses will have saddle bags.ave saddle bags.

1 hour on the beach: about $50 per person
2.5 hours beach jungle tour: about $ 75.00 per person
3.5 hours: about $95.00 per person
Night tour, 2.5 hours: $85 per person

Biking

A bike is by far the best way to get around in this area. You can easily avoid the potholes, and the slow speed will allow you to fully benefit from the environment. You can rent a bike for about $6 per day.

After that, you can think of relaxing….right ?

Get a wonderful individual or a couple massage in a total immersion experience. Your body is massaged with your choice of massage oil while you listen to the gentle sounds of birds, frogs and insects. Choose among various massage styles and your preferred degree of pressure.

Get a manicure and/or pedicure at home, choose a nail art or basic style. Just relax and enjoy… pura vida!

An Romantic Dinner @ the Caribbean BEACH?

Your Special Romantic Diner on the Beach »
Concept :
Pura Playa Costa Rica create a romantic evening at the beach as a package including:
– Choose of a beautiful beach alone, away from people
– Temporary site development and creation of a romantic atmosphere (music,
decorations, incense, lighting by candles, campfire and stars …)
– Private service from 6:30PM to 9PM
– Appetizer served on the side of the campfire with comfy pillows around and relax
atmosphere
– Private guitar player on the side of the fire during the appetizer
– Complete BBQ meal served on a table for 2 people, face to the Caribbean sea:
– Beach towel supplied for private “midnight bath” if desired (prepare your swimsuit ;-))
– Comfortable beach mattress available to look at the stars side by side
– Cleaning of the beach at the end of the event to leave the place pristine of all traces
of transition

Please contact us for more information, We organize for you
customized, or packaged services,
for private events (or small shared groups)

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