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Manuel Antonio National Park

Duration: Half Day

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Manuel Antonio National Park epitomizes everything that Costa Rica is renowned for: beautiful white-sand beaches, deserted islands, lush rainforest with plenty of hiking trails and an abundance of unique wildlife. It’s no wonder that thousands of tourists flock here ever year.

This specialist tour is a must during your holiday in Costa Rica. An experienced naturalist guide will take you on an informative hike through Manuel Antonio National Park, the smallest park in Costa Rica and one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse areas in the world. Located south of Quepos on the Pacific Coast, the main attractions of this park are its stunning white-sand beaches, lined with lush green forest; the main two being Espadilla Sur and Manuel Antonio.

But there is so much more to discover here besides. The park also protects coastal rainforest, a mangrove swamp, lagoons, beach vegetation, coral formations and 12 islands that serve as seabird sanctuaries. Your guide will teach you all about the park’s distinctive plant life and point out some of the resident fauna, which include 109 mammal species - three of which are squirrel monkeys, agouti and three-toed sloths - and 184 species of birds. You will also find dolphins and turtles here, and migrating whales if you’re lucky.

For those looking for active pursuits in Manuel Antonio, you can try whitewater rafting, ocean cruising, horseback riding, fishing, sea kayaking and, of course, snorkelling and scuba diving in the crystal clear blue waters. You can also explore the park’s network of hiking trails which generally follow the coastline and are easily accessible. The winding Punta Catedral trail takes you to the top of the peninsula, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the ocean, islands and rugged coastline.

If you want to help preserve Manuel Antonio, please remember to treat it with the respect it deserves. Litter and pollution can be an avoidable problem here, so be sure not to leave anything behind. Please also note that, for numerous reasons, visitors are not allowed to feed the animals − especially the monkeys!

Length of tour: Half Day
What to bring: Suntan lotion (sun block), swimsuit, and towel, beach sandals, insect repellent, binoculars, camera and hat.

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