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From Jaco: Full-Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

1. From Jaco: Full-Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

This park is the most famous in the country due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens, and also because Forbes ranked it in the top 10 most beautiful parks in the world. The park alone offers 3 unique hiking trails that differ in level from smooth and flat to quite sharp and steep. On this tour, the best nature guides will be with you, and will help you understand the environment. The track you’ll take is actually smooth and charming and circles in the park making your walk around 2 miles long. Through the walk, your guide will describe the several species you’ll see, and you’ll be able to take beautiful pictures or simply enjoy the scene. Among the best parts of this excursion is that the Manuel Antonio National Park hosts 3 of the 4 current monkey species of Costa Rica. On this hike, enjoy a relaxing break at the 3rd beach situated on the southern part of the national park. You’ll have around twenty minutes to relax on the beach or in the calm waters of the bahía. During the hike, it is possible to see birds, reptiles and sloths, as well as plants and insects such as orchids and butterflies. Your guides will use Pentax and Swarovski telescopes that you can use to view wildlife and take photos under an alternative point of view. After concluding the tour, transportation back to your lodging will be provided.

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Horseback Riding & Waterfalls Near Jaco Beach & Los Suenos

2. Horseback Riding & Waterfalls Near Jaco Beach & Los Suenos

Enjoy one of the best ways to discover nature in the Costa Rica rainforest. Vista Los Sueños Adventure Park and see why it is renowned for having some of the best-kept horses in the area. With a tour through this private and exclusive 80-acre property, you will also get to enjoy stunning waterfalls and natural swimming pools. You may also be able to spot some great wildlife such as Toucans, White Face Monkeys, Poison Dart Frogs and, Scarlet Macaws. Your tour starts at the beautiful Herradura Costa Rica base, just 10-minutes from Jacó Beach and Los Suenos Resort. Once you arrive you will be equipped with all the gear you require, plus receive a short orientation session, ensuring you are comfortable before you set off. Once you are ready to depart, you will commence your ascension through the rainforest. Upon your eventual arrival at the waterfalls and swimming pool area, you will have some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful waters and natural scenery. During the tour, your bilingual guide will provide bottled water and at the end of your journey, you will enjoy a snack of fresh tropical fruits. Throughout the day professional photographers will capture the best photos and have them available for purchase at the end of your tour.

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Jaco: Extreme Waterfall Canyoning with Lunch

3. Jaco: Extreme Waterfall Canyoning with Lunch

Your adventure kicks off with a 15-minute tractor ride for the extreme canyoning portion of your adventure. Discover the Central Pacific transitional rainforest and admire its flora and fauna along the way. Upon arrival to the first platform, receive all the necessary safety instructions and start with the 250 feet auto guided rappel descent. The second descent is a rappel down the face of a 70 feet waterfall, shortly after you will descend the biggest waterfall, an amazing 150 feet rappel. If you're feeling adventurous, you can try the 15 feet cannonball jump into a natural pool. Alternatively, you can take a guided zip line to the bottom. From there you can descent natural slides and waterfall avalanches. Finally, savor a delicious buffet lunch in the afternoon.

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San Jose: Jaco Beach Private Day Trip with Lunch

4. San Jose: Jaco Beach Private Day Trip with Lunch

Discover Jaco beach and enjoy a day of relaxation at one of Costa Rica's most beautiful destinations. See the Costa Rican countryside along with an expert naturalist guide. Relax on a panoramic drive through the countryside before your first stop at the Tarcoles River. Here, see the world's largest population of wild American crocodiles. Continue on to the famous Jaco Beach and admire the spectacular ocean views. Enjoy a tour of the city with your guide and visit the local souvenir stores. Arrive at the hotel located right in front of the beach, and get full access to hotel facilities including the pool, bar, restaurant, and beach club. Spend an unforgettable day at the beach and admire the views while enjoying a delicious lunch.

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Jaco: Canyoning and Canopy Tour

5. Jaco: Canyoning and Canopy Tour

Experience canyoning, an exciting multi-sport adventure that is gaining popularity for the masses. We have combined ziplining, waterfall-rappelling and hiking along with optional swimming and cliff jumping as high as 25 feet. Canyoning is no longer just for die hard adventurers and expert climbers. At Jaco Canyoning you have the opportunity to experience true Canyoning even if you have never been in a harness. Arrive at your base just 20 minutes from Jaco to start your adventure. After a beautiful 4×4 trip up the mountain you will be outfitted with the latest and safest gear from Black Diamond. You will be instructed on the safe and proper use of our equipment and then begin your 5 minute hike to the first zipline. After 2 "zips" over the river do a dry training rappel to familiarize you with the proper technique. A short hike down river and you will have some swimming and cliff jumping (4-25 feet) opportunities if you desire! Now it is time to get wet! 4 rappels through the waterfalls and you will do it all on your own. At all times you will be “safe and backed up” by your guides! After a short climb up we will exit the canyon and hike 15-20 minutes back to the truck. By the time you are finished you can say “I am a canyoneer!” Enjoy a tropical fruit snack and a refreshing beverage before returning to your hotel. This tour is fun for the whole family! People from ages 7 – 78 have taken part in this exciting excursion. All you need is a little sense of adventure!

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The Extreme Adventurer Waterfall Tour

6. The Extreme Adventurer Waterfall Tour

Take part in an all day quest geared toward adrenaline junkies but also for the more calm-spirited. There are no jumps that are required so if you are traveling with an adventurous spirit but just want to watch or swim that is fine too! The trip starts with a drive South to the wild and rugged Osa area. Trek to five different waterfalls in three locations with each one getting bigger and more beautiful. Observe the falls from dry-land, swim in the pools or climb up and jump right in! It is up to you to decide what you are up for. Jump from a rope swing at one of the falls into the natural pools below. The next Waterfall has jumps from 8-40 feet and a natural water slide. Then enjoy an authentic Costa Rican meal at a typical local restaurant. Enjoy a 4×4 trek deep into the mountains to arrive at arguably the most magnificent waterfall in all of Costa Rica after lunch. When the conditions are right you’ll have the option of cliff jumping from 20, 30, 45 or 75 feet into the deep pool at the base of the 75′ falls. During this tour you will be deep in the Costa Rica rain forest. The first 2 locations have a 5 minute hike to the falls and the last hike is about 30 minutes.

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What people are saying about Jaco

We booked the trip on a recommendation by the front desk staff at Oceano Hotel. We were picked up by a bus from the ranch, arrived to welcoming, organized staff, and soon introduced to our healthy, responsive horses. Gerry, our guide, was exceedingly calm and friendly. He explained how to rein and stop the horses, and allowed those who could trot and lope to do so. After passing through several fields, including one that had a cow and her day-old calf in it, we tied up the horses and hiked ten minutes to the swimming holes, fed by mountain springs. This was heavenly! Gerry chatted with us parents as our children had an experience of a lifetime: jumping into a fresh water pool in the middle of a mountain-side, lush forest. The horses did not push home, but minded their manners on the way back as we asked them to walk, trot, and sometimes wait for gates to be opened. Back at our starting point, we washed up and enjoyed fresh fruit.

The experience is really nice, crossing a river a couple times on the horse towards the waterfall. there's a 10 minute hiking/walking at the end to reach the waterfall and one can swim in the pool of the waterfall if thet want. you'll get your shoes wet, as there are 2 points on the trail where you need to cross the river and the rocks are quite slippery if you try to stay dry, so it's safer to just go straight through the water. All in all a great experience, the guides are very friendly and the horses very nice as well.

This was an incredible experience. The guides were great — very reassuring and professional and we felt like we were in good hands the entire time. That being said, this experience is definitely not for those with a fear of heights or who don’t trust themselves physically.

Lamar and Joaquin were awesome guides. Very friendly and funny. They took great care of us and we had a ball.

Sylvia, our guide, was fabulous! She was incredibly knowledgeable and adapted our tour to our interests.