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Costa Rica: 2-Hour Chocolate Experience and Plantation Tour

1. Costa Rica: 2-Hour Chocolate Experience and Plantation Tour

Begin your tour with a short 30-minute walk and be introduced to the Central Pacific transitional forest. During the walk observe the amazing flora and fauna. Afterward, begin your chocolate experience and discover the international cocoa collection of the Central Pacific. Learn about the different varieties of cocoa, as well as its ancestral history, and cocoa's impact on the world economy. Try the actual cocoa fruit and take part in the cocoa production process. Delish in different types of chocolate and mix it with tropical fruits. Also learn about two of the most traditional agricultural products of Costa Rica, sugar cane and coffee. Have direct contact with the plants and hear about the natural history of these crops. At the end of the experience, there will be organic chocolate bars with different cocoa percentages as well as other cocoa products for purchase.

Jaco: Zip Line and ATV Adventure Combo Tour

2. Jaco: Zip Line and ATV Adventure Combo Tour

The fun starts with a 15-minute tractor ride to the top of the mountain for the zip line portion of your adventure. Descend through the rainforest on a 2-hour course of 10 cables and 14 platforms, some with amazing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Nicoya. After the zip lining is complete, its time to get your adrenaline pumping with an ATV adventure to a waterfall. Start with a test drive on a specially designed private track. Once you are familiar with your vehicle, the fun continues on a muddy 2-hour ATV tour in more than 300 hectares of private property. Enjoy this safe adventure with your guide as your journey towards a pristine private waterfall for a short hike and swim before returning to the base. Alternatively, upgrade your tour by choosing the 3-hour ATV course. After the zip lining portion of the tour which remains the same, embark on a longer ATV adventure which includes a visit to some nearby waterfalls and a drive along a muddy coastline trail with numerous lookout points.

Jaco: Tandem Paragliding Flight 1.500 ft & up

3. Jaco: Tandem Paragliding Flight 1.500 ft & up

- Unless the client requests it (the transportation from the hotel or place of stay to the meeting point has an additional cost) we will meet at the meeting point, previously sent, just 7 or 8 minutes from downtown Jaco. - The passenger will meet the staff of Katto sky tours. - The pilots, 100% certified and with many years of experience, will prepare the equipment and the passengers for the flight. - The flight pilot will explain how the takeoff, flight and landing will be. - The takeoff will be assisted by the members of the staff that are necessary for a safe experience. - The pilot will be able to explain any concern to the passenger during this Paragliding aerial tour above Jacó's highest peak on top of a secondary tropical forest. The scenery is breathtaking at 1.500 ft (and will try to get higher). - You'll be able to see Hermosa beach, Herradura beach and of course Jaco beach.The Costa Rican mid pacific coast and the tropical forests underneath views together with the calm you will feel in the air will make this tour an unforgettable experience during all your live. - After providing the necessary instructions for a good maneuver, the pilot will land with the passengers at the same takeoff point. - On firm ground and checking that the passengers are in perfect condition, the used equipment will be disconnected. - If the if the passenger has contracted video will be consulted for their data to send the video in digital format. - Finally, if the passage hires transportation, the Katto Sky tour staff will return them to the place of stay.

Jaco: Scenic Parasailing Experience

4. Jaco: Scenic Parasailing Experience

•Unless the client requests it (the transportation from the hotel or place of stay to the meeting point has an additional cost) we will meet at the meeting point, previously sent, along Jaco's or Herradura spectacular beach. •The passenger will meet the staff. • The pilots, 100% certified and with many years of experience, will prepare the equipment and the passengers for the flight. You will be taking off from the beach. •The flight pilot will explain how the takeoff, flight and landing will be. •The takeoff will be assisted by the members of the staff that are necessary for a safe experience. •During the flight, the pilot will be able to explain any concern to the passenger, while enjoying a unique, relaxing and pleasant experience. •After providing the necessary instructions for a good maneuver, the pilot will land with the passengers on the watter. •After Checking that the passengers are in perfect condition, the used equipment will be disconnected and a jetski will bring you back to the beach will a full face smile. •If the video contract passenger is consulted for their data to send the video in digital format. •Finally, if the passager hires transportation, the Katto Sky tour staff will return them to the place of stay.

Jaco: Jaco Beach & Los Suenos ATV Tour with Waterfall

5. Jaco: Jaco Beach & Los Suenos ATV Tour with Waterfall

Receive a short tutorial on how to ride an ATV from your experienced guide. Ride a few laps on a private specially designed ATV test track. After getting confident in your riding ability, it’s time to hit the open road. Speed through luscious green terrain. Cross rivers. Cruise by farms and scenic nature. Reach lookout spots where you can take in the breadth and scope of this beautiful landscape. Hop off your ATV and take a quick hike with your guide to an exclusive private waterfall, where you can snap some pictures.

Costa Rica: Pacific Aerial Tram at Rainforest Adventures

6. Costa Rica: Pacific Aerial Tram at Rainforest Adventures

Experience the forest as never before at Rainforest Adventures in Jacó, Costa Rica. The aerial tram ride lasts one hour and twenty minutes of pure magic. Discover the real beauty of amazing Atlantic rainforest with an expert bilingual guide. The Aerial Tram has 18 gondolas that allow a maximum for 9 passengers including one bilingual (English/Spanish) naturalist guide. Upon advanced request there can be guide assistance in other languages as well. Explore all the different layers of the rainforest, from the floor to the treetops. The canopy is home to an enormous amount of flora and fauna. Eager to find light and space, many plants have colonized the treetops, turning them into small, independently functioning ecosystems.

Costa Rica: Zip Line Canopy Tour

7. Costa Rica: Zip Line Canopy Tour

Begin your adventure with a 15 minute ride aboard a specially designed tractor. Upon reaching the mountain, a bilingual guide will explain step by step all of the safety procedures you must follow to enjoy your zip line adventure. Then, descend to the bottom via a series of zip lines, including 12 platforms and 10 cables with a total cable distance of 3.5 kilometers, seeing spectacular views of Herradura Bay and Island, and the Nicoya Gulf. At the end, you will be greeted with fresh tropical fruits and cool water. Moreover, a professional photographers will capture you as you ride the zip line, and will have the photos available for purchase at the end of the tour.

The Explorer Waterfall Tour

8. The Explorer Waterfall Tour

Experience the true meaning of "Pura Vida" as this guided trip takes you to the rain forest in the hills above the Pacific Ocean to a majestic setting of pure Costa Rican natural harmony. Take a 4×4 drive up the mountain over 1000 feet to get to a private reserve. Your guide will stop along the way to point out interesting flora and fauna and the incredible views of the ocean and countryside. Start your adventure through the river after a short (5 minute) downhill hike. Hike up the river using trails and bridges that criss-cross  the river allowing you to enjoy the multiple smaller, interactive waterfalls and natural pools. There are 4 different swimming holes and many waterfalls to get under. These natural pools will invite you to swim in the fresh mountain spring water and submerge under the falls for an invigorating massage. For the more adventurous there are a couple of places you can jump into the pools from 4 and up to 25 feet! Enjoy some fresh tropical fruit at the last pool before the 10 minute hike back to the truck. During the entire tour you are totally surrounded by beautiful Costa Rican virgin rain forest. Bring your camera and your guide will keep it in a dry bag to make sure you get all those amazing pictures without damaging it!

From Jaco: Costa Pacific 5-in-1 Adrenaline Extreme

9. From Jaco: Costa Pacific 5-in-1 Adrenaline Extreme

Enjoy a day of adventure in Pacific Park. Challenge yourself to climb a waterfall, overcome your fears with a hanging bridge, explore the lesser-known part of the forest canopy with a gondola flight and prepare for fun and adrenaline at the safest and most exciting canopy in Costa Rica. The Adrenaline Junkie Tour includes nature trails trekking and a visit to a medicinal plants garden, an aerial tram, canopy zip line, and waterfall climb – all with the help of a guide. The Aerial Tram features 18 gondolas that give rides to a maximum of 9 passengers each including one bilingual (English/Spanish) naturalist guide for a tour above the top of the trees to learn about the rich ecosystem of Costa Rican tropical forests.  The Pacific Canopy zip line tour sends you gliding over treetops for a compelling and exciting way to have a clearer view of the rainforest. Five of the zip lines are over 200 meters long. Splash and battle against a strong current as you climb a waterfall. With just the help of a safety harness and a rope, use your hands and feet to reach the top.

Jaco: 2-hour Adventure Canopy and High Ropes Course

10. Jaco: 2-hour Adventure Canopy and High Ropes Course

Jaco Ropes course is an elevated obstacle course located just minutes away from Jaco.  There are 13 obstacles that are designed to challenge you but with easy and safe options for everyone to enjoy.  The tour starts out by climbing the Stairway to Heaven where you will take the first adventure zip line. There are objects for you to hit while doing the zip line to make it more fun and interactive.  You can compete with your friends or family to see who can hit the most objectors or  get the fastest time.  The second obstacle is a very easy bridge to get the confidence up and then another bridge that is a little more difficult.  At any point during the tour if you need assistance you can hold on to one of the 2 safety straps to give you stability.   After the second bridge is the Rope Pass and then another zip line.  The next one is the Tire Pass and it is the hardest but can be made very easy by relaxing in your harness.  Up next is the Cargo Net followed by Surf the Air.  The last four are the Swing Walk, Tarzan Swing, Log Pass and then finally a rappel or one last zip line.   The 3 favorite obstacles are the Surf the Air, Tarzan Swing and the Tires.  Kids age 5 and up can complete the course. 

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What people are saying about Jaco

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 58 reviews

This was a great excursion and our guide Allen (Alan?) was great. Friendly and knowledgeable. We got to go to a small farm, see animals, pick veggies, and learn to cook Costa Rican dishes. I am vegan and everything we made I could eat except for the entree, which was chicken. They were very accommodating and showed me how to make something different for my entree, called picadillo. It was delicious. Highly recommend.

We had so much fun! Gary was an excellent guide and we learned a ton about chocolate that we did not know before. Plus we got to eat and drink some of the best chocolate I have ever had! Highly recommend this experience!

This was so fun and interesting. We got to make and eat the chocolate and learn all about the history of chocolate and how it is made. Our guide was amazing (Erik) and we loved every minute of this!

It was a very nice experience! We got to see lots of sloths and monkeys. Our guide, Carla, even took pictures for us through her binoculars. She was excellent.

Both experiences were worth the money. The lunch break in between was perfect. Everything flowed very well.