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Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge Jungle Hike

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Get ready for an unforgettable experience! While you walk into the forest, you will wonder about the exotic vegetation. Most of the trees are covered with mosses, lichens, bromeliads, orchids and other plants that cascade from the branches of these gigantic trees creating a backdrop for life in the jungle.

We will spot many different species of birds from the 384 species we have in this area. Some examples are hummingbirds, tanagers, owls, and toucans.

Our professional naturalist tour guides will use their sharp senses to spot animals such as white faced monkeys and howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas, snakes, poisonous frogs, and numerous other different types of animals that you will be able to observe in this tour.

You will also learn about medicinal plants and the natural history of this natural paradise, and you will have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about our Afro-Caribbean customs.

We have guides available who speak English, Spanish, French and German so please include in your request if you would like a French or German speaking guide.

If you prefer a shorter hike but still want to experience the beauty of this amazing jungle refuge, we also offer an interesting 2-hour hike followed by a visit at famous Punta Uva Beach. Depending on your starting time you can also enjoy a delicious Caribbean meal at the popular restaurant Maxi's at your own cost before heading to the beach, just let us know and we will set you up.


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Tour information:

Duration: Half day
Cost per person: Price depends on number of persons:
1 person: $70.00 with Puerto Viejo or area pickup, $80 with Cahuita pickup
2 persons or more: $55.00 p/p with Puerto Viejo or area pickup
$65.00 with Cahuita pickup (2 persons or more)
$44.00 with no transport (2 persons or more, you meet the guide in Manzanillo)
Includes: Rainforest hike with professional naturist guide. The short 2-hour hike is followed by a 2-hour visit to Punta Uva Beach.
Not included: Meal at Maxi's restaurant, optional afternoon add-on with lunch and facilities at the Banana Azul Beach Club (see details below).
What to bring: Jungle: hiking shoes, light cotton clothes, long pants, insect repellent, binoculars and water. Beach: towel, sun block, some cash for food and drinks.

Make a day of it at the Azul Beach Club

Choose the Azul Beach Club option when booking your tour (for $15 per person). Includes transportation to Banana Azul after end of tour, beach chairs with rancho, lunch entree served either on beach or in restaurant, beach towel, locker, shower and pool access (no children under 16 allowed in pool). Not included: transport back to your hotel (ask our tour desk for help), drinks, tips.

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