Breathtaking Costa Rica Jungle and Canopy Tours

Come face-to-face with the residents of the Pacific Coastal Wet Forest.

Jungle Exploring


Central Pacific – Manuel Antonio


Greentique Wildlife Refuge – Guided Jungle Day Tour

Jungle Trails, Butterfly Atrium & Botanical Garden, Reptile & Amphibian Lagoons

Step into the Tropical Wet Forest on user-friendly trails and meet the creatures protected in the Greentique Wildlife Refuge. Led by your Greentique Certified Guide, you’ll see a variety of the area’s flora and fauna, including the spectacular Blue Morpho and several other tropical butterfly species, with displays of each stage of metamorphosis. The Crocodile Lagoon features crocodiles, caimans, and turtles, all observable from elevated walkways just adjacent to the Butterfly Atrium.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide
  • Departure Time/Place: Greentique Wildlife Refuge, tours by reservation at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Recommend: Walking shoes/sneakers, shorts or lightweight long pants, lightweight waterproof jacket during green season, water bottle, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $35 per person; $20 per child 12 and under

Greentique Wildlife Refuge – Guided Jungle Night Tour

Jungle Trails, Reptile & Amphibian Lagoons

Discover Manuel Antonio’s Wildest Nightlife Destination.
The Jungle Night Tour is a unique odyssey into the nocturnal world of the Pacific Tropical Wet Forest. Led by your Greentique Certified Guide through the complex ecosystem of the Refuge’s reptile and amphibian lagoons, you’ll be immersed in a symphony of the signature sounds of thousands of jungle residents, including more than a dozen species of native frogs, all engaged in the rituals of life in their natural habitat. An extraordinary photography and video opportunity, a monopole, light tripod, or selfie stick are helpful if you don’t want to use a flash. However, the guides are skilled at lighting the wildlife, making handheld night shooting easy for everyone. The Night Tour is the only opportunity to see local Manuel Antonio wildlife at night, as the National Park closes at sunset.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide, flashlights
  • Departure Time/Place: Greentique Wildlife Refuge 5:30 p.m. by reservation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Recommend: Walking shoes/sneakers, short or lightweight long pants, lightweight waterproof jacket during green season, water bottle, camera
  • Cost: $39 per person; $29 per child 12 and under

Greentique Wildlife Refuge – Butterfly Atrium & Botanical Gardens Day Tour

Experience the “Butterfly Effect”— Greentique Style.
Led by a Greentique Certified Guide, you’ll explore this beautiful and uniquely designed 12-sided structure, resplendent in native flora and featuring hundreds of brilliantly colored butterflies, including the vivid Blue Morpho. Part of the active Coastal Wet Forest research station and supervised by Greentique WLR Resident Biologist Jimmy Mata, the Butterfly Atrium also features insect displays along with various on-going research projects. Jimmy reports quarterly on the status of habitat research to the Ministry of Natural Resources (MINAE).

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide
  • Departure Time/Place: Tours hourly 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Greentique Wildlife Refuge
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Recommend: Walking shoes/sneakers, short or long lightweight pants, lightweight waterproof jacket during green season, water bottle, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $15 per person; $8 per child 12 and under

Greentique’s Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

See the Magic of Nature with Those Who Know it Best.
Explore one of the most famous National Parks in the Costa Rican National Park system. All along this moderate three-hour walk, your Greentique Certified Guide will share the secrets of the Coastal Wet Forest and the wonders of the Park and the region’s natural history. Manuel Antonio is home to species of monkeys, plus sloths, white nosed coatimundi, raccoons, agoutis, iguanas, snakes, birds, butterflies, and other insects. After the tour, we suggest that you spend some time on the beautiful beaches within the park, so take along your bathing suit and hotel beach towel and catch our hotel shuttle later in the day.

  • Includes: Transportation, park entrance fee, and water bottle
  • Departure Time/Place: Tours by reservation, departing from the hotel lobby at 7:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Park closed Mondays.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers, shorts or lightweight long pants, light waterproof jacket during green season, hat, sunscreen, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $55 per person; $42 per child 12 and under; Custom Private Tour $85 per person

Central Pacific – Canton de Quepos (Aguirre)


Zipline Canopy Tours

Roll through Costa Rica’s lush tropical jungle canopy on a series of cabled tree platforms. Get a bird’s-eye view of the monkeys, tropical birds, and a wide variety of other flora and fauna. Ziplines, rappels, and a Tarzan swing are all a part of this incredible adventure. There are options for several Zipline tour operators and rates.

  • Includes: Bilingual local guide, transportation, all zipline gear, meal or snack
  • Departure Time/Place: Time/Place: 7:10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.; hotel lobby
  • Duration: Options for 4 hours
  • Ages: Minimum age based on tour selected
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers, short or long lightweight pants, water bottle, camera
  • Cost: $65.00 to $85.00 per person for all ages; minimum 2 persons

“This is such a great gift. We saw crocodiles, caimans, whiteface monkeys, capuchin and howler monkeys, different types of turtles and frogs. The butterfly garden was magical. Just a peaceful peace of heaven. What a happy place.”

Birding


Central Pacific – Manuel Antonio


Greentique Wildlife Refuge Birding Tour

You’ll see a variety of the neo-tropical birds that live in and migrate through the Central Pacific Coast and Wet Forest. Led by your Certified Greentique Guide, this tour is an excellent opportunity to spot Blue-crowned Motmots, Spot-crowned Euphonias, Chestnut-backed Ant birds, Black-hooded Ant shrikes, Golden-hooded Tanagers, and dozens of other species.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide
  • Departure Time/Place: 6:00 a.m. from Sí Como No Resort or from the Greentique Wildlife Refuge
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Recommend: Walking shoes/sneakers, shorts or lightweight long pants, lightweight waterproof jacket during green season, water bottle, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $35 per person; $15 per child 12 and under

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Central Pacific – Carara National Park


Carara National Park Birding Tour

Birdwatchers rave about the Carara National Park area — as the convergence point of two distinctive bio-zones, its bird population diversity is significant. Each zone hosts a stunning variety of birds, including one of the largest remaining wild populations of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica. Your Greentique Certified Guide will lead you through the national park, a transitional rainforest between the dry North Pacific Coast and the wet South Pacific Coast. Besides the impressive array of bird species, you’ll also be spotting White-throated Capuchin, Spider and Howler monkeys, sloths, and dozens of other plant and animal species.
(This tour also originates from Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve in San Ramón.)

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide/Bird Specialist, ground transportation, park entry fees, and lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: 6:15 a.m.; hotel lobby
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers, long pants, extra pants and shirt, lightweight water proof jacket, hat, water bottle, camera with long lens, binoculars
  • Cost: $155 per person, minimum 2 adults; $73 per child 12 and under

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Beautiful location, wonderful customer service.

“Our guide took us to find the much sought after Quetzal, and we were lucky enough to spot the female… our guide’s knowledge about all manner of wildlife and the beautiful environment was exceptional. We would absolutely recommend this hotel – I would also urge first time visitors to Costa Rica to follow up this stay with the Osa Peninsula region.”

– March 2015

Cultural Touring


Central Pacific – Canton de Quepos


Spice Plantation Tour & Gourmet Tasting

The Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spice Tour is a gentle walk through a plantation consisting of 27 acres of agriculture production and 125 acres of primary and secondary wet forest. The hands-on tour features sensory stops to learn about the plantation’s major crop, vanilla, plus true Ceylon cinnamon, cocoa, black pepper, allspice, turmeric, and a variety of exotic fruits, essential oil and medicinal plants. The winding trail showcases a unique collection of epiphytes (air plants) including orchids, bromeliads, and tilandsias.

  • Includes: Transportation from Manuel Antonio, bilingual guide, and gourmet spice tasting
  • Departure Time/Place: 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; hotel lobby
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Ages: All ages
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Recommend: Walking shoes/sneakers, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera
  • Cost: $50 per person, $25 per child 12 and under; minimum 2 persons

“We took a trip, arranged by the hotel, to a vanilla plantation called Villa Vanilla, which was really good. They also grew cocoa, cinnamon, allspice, and pepper; and we got to try it all.”

– Noel G.

Greentique Certified Guides

Each hotel has a Greentique Certified Master Guide (GCMG) and a team of Greentique Certified Guides (GCG), each a specialist in the flora and fauna of their respective regions. They work hand-in-hand with our Concierges to accommodate any special requirements you have, make the logistics clear and easy, and get you sorted on what you need to bring and wear.

Greentique Wildlife Refuge
Sí Como No

Jimmy Mata, Resident Biologist
Specialist, Central Pacific Coastal Wet Forest

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Osa Peninsula
Águila de Osa

Carlos Gonzales, GCMG
Specialist, Mangrove Estuaries
and Coastal Lowland Rainforest

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Los Angeles Cloud Forest
Villa Blanca

Roy Valverde, GCMG
Director JMARS
Specialist, Mountain Cloud Forest

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Cloudmaker Reserve
Santa Juana

Henry Sequeirach, GCSG
Specialist, Central Pacific Coastal & Mountain Wet Forests

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