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Top 10 Tours & Activities in Puerto Viejo

Updated: Oct 25, 2018

1) Cahuita National Park Enjoy the 3.5 hour walk all through the park (or 2 hours to the point and back) and see some of the most sought after creatures in Costa Rica; sloths, capucin monkeys, eyelash vipers, howler monkeys and the list goes on. The trail follows along the white-sand beaches that are a great spot to stop for lunch. Be sure to get there in the morning, as that is when the animals are the most active!

Book a guided tour here: Cahuita Tour


2) Jaguar Rescue Centre

This is a must-do for anyone who loves animals. This is a reputable rescue centre that is dedicated to the rehabilitation of mistreated, injured, orphaned and/or confiscated animals. After being treated, the animals are taken to La Ceiba National Park to be released back into nature. There are public tours Monday – Saturday at 9:30am & 11:30am. The cost is $20.00 per person. If you would prefer a closer look at all the animals, book a private tour Monday-Saturday at 2:00pm for $60.00 per person. 100% of the proceeds go back to the centre. Book a tour of the centre & a Punta Uva beach Hike here: JRC & Beach


3) Chocolate Forest Experience & Coconut Beach Trail

Start the tour at 9:30am with your guide at Caribbeans Coffee Shop and learn everything you need to know about cacao, chocolate history, tropical wildlife & of course, chocolate making! After the tour you will embark on foot to the Coconut Beach Trail for a 4.5 hour walk where you can experience the magic of the jungle meeting the ocean & coral reefs. Book your excursion here: Chocolate Tour

4) Zip-Lining If you want to experience some amazing views of the jungle canopy and see life in a monkey’s perspective, you should definitely do this at least once! There is over 2,500 meters of zipline cable, 10 aerial platforms & 12 on land. Try the Superman dismount for an extra 10$! Book your zip-lining adventure here: Zip-Line


5) Bribri Reserve & Shaman

This is a full day tour that takes you to the only indigenous reserve in the province. Meet the one remaining Medicine Man & learn the customs & history of the Bribri people. Experience their traditional food & chocolate making and then go to one of the most impressive waterfalls in the area!

Don’t miss out and book your tour here: Medicine Man


6) Snorkeling in Cahuita

Back to Cahuita National Park! This is one of the best places to go explore the wildlife under the sea. This park features the largest coral reefs in Southern Central America. It is filled with over 240 marine species including tropical fish, mollusks, nurse sharks, dolphins & lobsters. September is a great month to go snorkeling, as the sea is typically much calmer. Book a Cahuita snorkeling tour here: Cahuita Snorkel

7) La Ceiba Night Tour

If you aren’t completely freaked out by the nighttime critters in the jungle, definitely block out an evening to experience the La Ceiba Reserve. The tour starts with a vegetarian, organic dinner at 6:30pm in a beautiful restaurant inside La Ceiba. You are then guided on a 2 hour hike through the reserve where you will observe & identify different kinds of nocturnal animals. If you’re lucky, you’ll come across snakes, turtles, spiders, frogs, possums, and my favorite, the kinkajou. The guides are so comfortable in this environment that you feel very safe walking through the jungle at night with flashlights. Even in the rain it’s a blast! Book your tour here: La Ceiba Tour


8) Surfing Lessons

Definitely a must-do if you’re in the area, especially because the water is 2 degrees warmer than the Pacific side! That makes the 2.5 hour lesson much easier if you fall as many times as I do. Hire your instructor here: Surf Lesson

9) Nighttime Turtle Watching

Get up close and personal with the Leatherback Turtles – the largest turtle in the world. They can reach up to 2 meters long and weigh up to 650 kg’s! You will walk along Gandoca beach and observe mothers laying eggs. Nesting season is from March to June, with the peak in April & May. The babies arrive two months later. Don’t miss out on this magical experience; book your tour here: Turtle Watching


10) Pacuare Rafting

Leave Costa Rica on a high note and book a rafting tour down the Pacuare River on your way back to San Jose. The class IV rapids & incredible scenery has given this river a spot on the Top 10 list from National Geographic. The driver will drop you off in San Jose after you’ve had a chance to shower & grab a beer at the Exploration Center in Siquirres. Book your once in a lifetime rafting trip here: Pacuare Rafting


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