Situated in 900 hectares, including 12 surroundings rocky islets, Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest and yet the most visited park in the country. This is a guided nature walk where you will learn the importance of the park as a transitional zone where the tropical dry forest and the rainforest overlap. Within a relatively short distance, you will visit one of the Pacific?s most breathtaking beaches and also appreciate the Mangrove wetland.
The walk in the park starts on the tombolo, an isthmus formed by the accumulation of sedimentary material between the mainland and Punta Catedral, which was once an island. Playa Manuel Antonio awaits across the tombolo, where we will stop and enjoy this pristine beach. Beyond this point we will hike up a trail to a view point overlooking Puerto Escondido and Punta Serrucho and then back on the Perezoso Trail.
Wildlife is abundant throughout the park and, most likely, we will see sloths, coatis or any of the three types of monkeys (White-faced, squirrel or howler). Over 350 species of birds are reported in the park and surrounding area and also common are agoutis, armadillos, iguanas and raccoons. Following the park tour we will have fruits and refreshments at a local beach front restaurant.
All year (Park is closed on Mondays but an alternative hike is available)
Departure times and location:
Twice daily, 7:30a.m./12:00p.m. (Special departures for groups available) pick up at your hotel
Return time and location:
Transportation from and to your hotel in the Manuel Antonio / Quepos area; entrance fee to the National Park; guided tour through the park; specialized gear for flora and fauna observation; snack at the end of the tour; professional and bilingual guide.
Transportation from any location outside the Manuel Antonio/Quepos area (although transfers from Jaco or any other location can be arranged); bar consumption or any other order at the restaurant.
What to bring:
Good walking shoes, bottle of water, bathing suit, towel, insect repellent, sun block, hat, binoculars.
Rate is for Manuel Antonio area.