There are tons of activities and tours to do and see on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. Here are some of the activities and tours we recommend.
They are either in or outside of the area. Some of them have pick up and drop off at Congo-Bongo (or other Costa Rica destination). During your stay in Congo-Bongo we will be happy to arrange all the activities and tours you like
This combo tour includes transportation to and from Congo-Bongo as well as visits to the waterfall, to the Sixoala River (the border between Costa Rica and Panama), an indigenous reservation and an indigenous chocolate "factory" where the whole process from the growing of the Cacao plant to the making of this unique organic handmade chocolate is explained.
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This full day adventure combines our canopy and zipline tour with a ATV ride, tarzan swing and much more in an action packed day you'll not forget!
This trip combines three of our most popular activities: a visit to the Sloth Sanctuary and Rescue Centre, a visit to an indigenous family that shows you how they make chocolate right from the Cacao trees in their yard and a visit to a local waterfall and swimming hole. The Aviarios del Caribe Sloth Sanctuary is a recovery project that rescues injured and orphaned sloths and you visit there will give you a first hand learning experience about these amazing creatures; a lecture will be given followed by a interaction time with Buttercup and the other sloths. For more info on the chocolate and waterfall click more info or see the full description in the Indigenous Communities section.
An experienced captain will take you and your friends on a unforgettable day on the Caribbean Sea with the chance to land some amazing catches!There are half day trips for fish such as Tarpon, King Mackerel or Red Snapper and full-day deep sea trips for Tuna, Maui Maui and other big game fish.
You will go to the most beautiful location in the area, Punta Uva. This trip consists of three sections. After a safety briefing we will first embark in a magical sea kayaking journey paralleling a coast full of cliffs, caves, and the most amazing rainforest.Then you will paddle your way up river though gorgeous rainforest where you can expect to spot monkeys, sloth, colorful birds, river turtles, bats and iguanas.Your professional guide will deliver a lot of interesting insights on this wonderful eco system.Back at the beach we will take a nice break to relax, swim and enjoy some nicely presented fresh fruit and snacks before hiking to the great over view at Grape Point.
The Pure Jungle Spa has been featured in many travel articles about Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo including articles in USA Today and Conde Nast Traveler. It can feature as a highlight of your vacation too! Services offered include the Rainforest Immersion Massage, the Jungle Chocolate Facial, the Moka Rico 100% Pure Body Treatment, and the Exotic Foot Ritual.
Thanks to our rich biodiversity, you will be delighted in finding out about the various bird species of the area, this is definitely a super bird watching tour!Some of the species you could see in this area are the Red-capped Manikin, crested owl, the olive throated parakeet; pale vented pigeon, masked tityra, Collared Aracari, slaty ant shrike, keel-billed and chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Magnificent Frigate-bird, common black hawk, passerini’s tanager, and the black-cowled oriole, among others.
Right around the corner from Congo Bongo lies the unspoiled Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, stretching to the border of Panama. Home to monkeys, sloths, a great variety of birds and much more; the area is rich with wildlife.It is also spectacularly scenic with cliffs and hidden beaches along the water.You can meet your local naturist guide in Manzanillo. Your guide will take you on a hike where you will learn much about the rainforest and its inhabitants and see its hidden wonders which take a trained eye to spot.
Cahuita National Park features the largest coral reefs in Southern Central America as well as great hiking trails with lots of wildlife.This trip combines a boat ride, snorkeling and hiking.First is a ride in a boat to Punta Cahuita.Once at the point, you can put on snorkel gear to explore first hand the “under water tropical forest”.
You will then land for a guided rainforest hike, with comprehensive information on this particular area. Monkeys, sloth, several reptiles, frogs and beautiful insects are common sights.Round trip transportation to Cahuita with pickup/dropoff at Congo Bongo is included.
This tour takes you through the jungle and mountain trails of Talamanca where you will observe wildlife and arrive at a waterfall of singular beauty.
Here you will take a break and enjoy a snack of fresh tropical fruit.
Next, you will visit an indigenous community where you will learn about medicinal plants and how the Indian people use them.
The Aiko-logi Reserve is a 135ha (335 acre) farm and reserve in the Talamanca mountains a short distance from Congo-Bongo Manzanillo .Spend a day or an overnight in the jungle. Guided hikes to see the amazing diversity of birds, animals and amphibians.Tours include pickup in Congo-Bongo and can include a specialized focus in birds, amphibians & reptiles or medicinal plants if you like.
You pick up your guide and horse at Playa Negra (Puerto Viejo) and you will go on a guided ride of the local beaches.There is only 1 guide and a few horses available at each location so advance booking is recommended.
Experience the richness and diversity of the jungle close-up from this adventure that lets you experience nature close-up.
The canopy adventure has 9 aerial platforms and 14 on land with a total of 2560 meters of cable.
Glide through the jungle on a zipline for a bird's eye view of the jungle.
After paddling the Pascua section of the Reventazón River, adventurers agree that these are the best rapids they have conquered.Pascua is a classic big water run, guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat, literally! Amongst the fifteen solid class IV rapids you will run are: Dirty Mind, The Abyss, Indigestion and Horrendito. Includes transport to/from Congo Bongo from/to San Jose or Arenal if you want.
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; We 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! Pickup and dropoff at Congo-Bongo Manzanillo is included .
A great big water run, with moderate difficulty. The lush surroundings, abundant bird life and good amount of fun rapids makes this a great introduction to river running.This run is clearly divided in two halves. The first hour is very exciting, with big waves and long rapids. The second half is more relaxed as the river enters the true lower Caribbean, the surroundings take on a jungle character and the wildlife is more plentiful.
Includes transport to/from Congo Bongo from/to San Jose if you want.
We have two overnight rafting trips. Our overnight Pacuare Adventure is a Paddle and Hike expedition. Not only will you raft a variety of exciting rapids, but you will also hike to pristine waterfalls, fun swimming holes and primary jungles.Overnight is at a lodge on the Pacuare River, the next you continue down the river.Or choose to combine our Pacuare Trip (see above) and Reventazon River - Pascua section trip (see below) with an overnight stay at a lodge near our rafting center.
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