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San Jose: Tropical Rainforest and Chocolate Adventure

Product ID: 48688
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Fact: chocolate releases feel-good chemicals into the body when eaten. Fact: looking at baby animals reduces stress levels. Do both on this San Jose tour of a rainforest and cacao plantation and leave happy and blissed out - high on chocolate and wildlife
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Duration 10 hours
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  • Discover the secrets and wonders of one of the world’s favourite foods – chocolate!
  • Befriend the residents of the Selva Biological Reserve – toucans, monkeys, parrots and more!
  • Take on the Tirimbina Suspension Bridge and cacao plantation
  • Visit part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and catch a glimpse of some of the over 400 bird species that call the reserve home
  • Enjoy a delicious local lunch at another private reserve
  • Get a closer look at the home of the most intriguing tropical rainforest local at the leaf cutter ant farm
Full description
Visit Tirimbina Rainforest Center for a chocolate tour and discover the wonders behind one of the world’s most tantalizing foods — chocolate! The cacao tree originated in Mesoamerica and has a rich and extraordinary history. En route to this amazing place, we will make a stop at La Virgen del Socorro (a private reserve) and lunch at the local restaurant owned by Doña Marielos.

This San Jose tour will get you up close and personal to nature and noms, with a hike through the rainforest and a chocolate tour of the local cacao plantation.

Take private transportation through the Caribbean lowlands and Braulio Carrillo National Park to the Sarapiquì area, one of the best spots in Costa Rica to experience the many wonders of the tropical rainforests. Your certified naturalist guide will lead you through the highlands to La Selva Reserve – one of the best birding spots in Costa Rica. Part of a UNESCO Biological Reserve and with over 400 bird species spotted in the area, you’re sure to see some incredible little fliers.

For an extraordinary experience in bird-watching and photography, head to the La Selva Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). La Selva has been a pioneering site in education, research, conservation, and ecotourism in Costa Rica since 1963, and is one of the first private protected areas in the country, and together La Selva and the Braulio Carrillo National Park are part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

After you enjoy the amazing natural history of the tropical rainforests, flora, and fauna, you’ll head off to discover the secrets and marvels of one of humankind’s favourite foods – chocolate. With its origins in Mesoamerica, cacao has a rich and extraordinary history in this part of the world. Your San Jose chocolate tour will include a visit to a cacao plantation to check out forest and wild species of cacao, as well as understanding the process of turning cacao into chocolate. Enjoy a chocolate tasting of cacao and other organic chocolate products all made by the Association of Women Amazilia del Caribe, a local organisation. After indulging in all that chocolate, visit an ant farm to discover the secrets of the most organised society in the Costa Rican rainforest - a leaf cutter ant colony.
  • Local English speaking naturalist guide
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fee to the reserve
  • Authentic local lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation to and from the meeting points
  • Food and drink other than specified above
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips / gratuities for the guide and driver

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Meeting point

There are two pick up locations: 06:30 – the main entrance of National Stadium (in the Sabana Park) 07:00 – at the main entrance of National Theater (in San José)

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Important information
Know before you go
Each walking trail in La Silva is approximately 3 hours, principally on cement or wood trails suitable for people of all ages and with good mobility. Please remember that the temperature rises during the day, reaching its peak in midday. Participants on this tour must be in good health.

Dress standard:
You should bring/wear the following: hiking/closed toe shoes, rain coat/poncho, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, mosquito/bug spray, long pants.

Child policy:
This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.
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Urban Adventures Americas

Product ID: 48688