From Jaco: Full-Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour
- Pickup available
- Duration: 7 hours
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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.
Overall a great experience, for a quick beach day with multiple complementary stops along the way. The itinerary is accurate but we made a couple additional quick stops attempting to locate a Macaw (which we found!). Kenneth (guide) clearly was experienced. He was very talkative and informative with the guests that made the trip fun. NOTE to anyone interested in going, Manuel Antonio is very touristy by nature. The paths are very well defined and you'll likely see sloths, monkeys, lizards, and most of all... other people! Also they are very restrictive on snacks at the entrance (NONE ALLOWED), but there are shops outside the park you can buy water and food if you are starving.
I liked this tour. The park and the beach are great. Our guide was super kind and helpful. But, I this it is overpriced. Yes. I know its a long drive but I was a little disappointed to discover I could've done this on my own and saved a lot of money. Whoever is organizing this activity should reevaluate it and think about the value of it. Otherwise, you'll start getting bad reviews.
We had a wonderful experience. Fernando was an awesome tour guide. He was very knowledge, answered all of our questions, gave us random facts, and was able to point out every animal and plant on our hike. Manuel Antonio was beautiful. I would recommend this tour.
EXcelente ruta. La trayectorio de recorrido fue adecuado. mi mama de 65 anos lo completo sin dificultadad el tiempo en la playa puede ser mas si el tiempo lo permite. No llevar muchas cosas ni comida ya que los monos molestan.