Tours

IN THE PACIFIC MOUNTAIN WET FOREST

Experience life in this cradle of biodiversity.

 

Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour

There is no experience quite like the combination of the “magic of nature” and Costa Rica’s authentic rural heritage on this, our highest-rated tour. Greentique Certified Guides take you on an amazing tour of nature, conservation, and rural culture. You’ll hike along lush jungle-shrouded slopes where three rivers are born, then swim in one of the regions most pristine natural pool beneath a mesmerizing waterfall, spot all kinds of fascinating wildlife, fish for tilapia, and visit an authentic sugar mill powered by massive oxen. Then step back in time to enjoy a traditional Campesino-style lunch while enjoying the panoramic vista of Manuel Antonio National Park and the Pacific Ocean that fills the horizon. You’ll also become a vital participant in the Carbon Offset/Native Tree Reforestation Program, adopting your own tree as you help conserve this priceless watershed within Greentique’s Cloudmaker Nature Reserve.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide; ground transportation from Manuel Antonio/Quepos, snacks and lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: 6:50 a.m. from hotel lobby
  • Duration: Day
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: T-shirt (2), shorts, bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, closed toe trail shoes, sandals with straps or water shoes, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $125 per person up to 3 persons; $99 per person with 4 or more persons; $79 per child 12 and under

 
 

Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure and Zipline Combination Tour

Add a Canopy Zipline Tour to the Santa Juana Adventure Tour for the best adventure combo in the Central Pacific Region.
Enjoy this exclusive Greentique VIP ziplining experience to start your Santa Juana Mountain Adventure. Sail through the treetops of the Mountain Wet Forest canopy, Tarzan swing between platforms, and rappel to the jungle floor in one of the regions most thrilling canopy experiences. Great for families and thrill seekers alike.

  • Includes: full range of activities on the Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour (see above)
  • Cost: $155 per person, $99 per child 12 and under

 
 

Rio Rodeo Gardens and Waterfalls Guided Tour

You’ll truly enjoy exploring this special part of Cloudmaker Reserve. Starting from the Lodge, your local guide will lead you down to The Rio Rodeo Gardens, a special area in Cloudmaker, perfect for relaxing, meditating, even yoga. It’s just a brief hike down to the waterfall and natural pool for a refreshing swim. Then back up to the Rio Rodeo Gardens, where you can kick back in a tranquil mountain setting on banks of the river, surrounded by the sounds of the Mountain Wet Forest. Fish for Tilapia in the terraced pools or just relax in the swinging seats you’ll find along the paths that wind through the gardens.

  • Includes: Local guide, 4×4 vehicle, snack
  • Departure Time/Place: 8:00 a.m.; Rancho Lodge
  • Duration: Approx. 4 hours
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy to Moderate
  • Recommend: Walking shoes, swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Cost: $25 per person with 4×4 transportation; minimum 2 adults; children 6 & under free

 
 

Cloudmaker/Santa Juana Birding Tour

Led by a Greentique Certified Guide Birding Specialist, you’ll see why Cloudmaker is a “must do” Costa Rica birding destination for birders from around the world. Cloudmaker and the surrounding Santa Juana Pueblo area offer a rich blend of species endemic to the Central and Southern Pacific regions of Costa Rica and species native to the foothills of the Talamanca Mountain Range. Among its 150 bird species is the Red-capped Manakin, known locally as the Michael Jackson Bird for its amazing moonwalking mating dance. There are also white hawks, crested and yellow-headed caracara, gray-necked wood rails, southern lapwings, purple gallinules, black mandible toucans, fiery-billed aracaris, pale-billed woodpeckers, royal flycatchers, swallow-tailed kites, wood storks, king vultures, and crested guans. During peak migration, the reserve’s count increases by about 25% to 250+ species, as does the auditory resonance of their voices. More than 80% of the birds can be found year round and as many reproduce twice a year, it’s possible to hear a variety of melodic mating bird songs. At the end of the trail, slip into the cool waters a beautiful natural swimming pool, fed by a spectacular waterfall before heading back up to the Pueblo.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide Birding Specialist; ground transportation from Manuel Antonio/Quepos, snacks and lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: By reservation, 6:30 a.m., from Santa Juana Lodge
  • Duration: Half Day
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: Walking shoes/sneakers/trail shoes, shorts or lightweight long pants, extra shirt, bathing suit, lightweight waterproof jacket, camera with long lens, binoculars
  • Cost: $110 per person, minimum 2 adults; $89 per child 12 and under

 
 

Los Santos Coffee Tour

Discover first hand the secrets of what make Costa Rican coffee from the Los Santos area amongst the world’s most coveted coffee. You’ll travel by 4×4 over the mountain ridge of Santa Juana to the Los Santos coffee plantations, growers what is considered the finest mountain grown coffee in all of Costa Rica. It includes a fully guided tour of a local coffee cooperative, where you’ll see the entire process, from plant to brewed coffee, demonstrated in either the Dota Coffee Cooperative or Terrazu. You’ll also enjoy a sumptuous local lunch, representative of the authentic menus of the Central Pacific Mountain Region.

  • Includes: Greentique Guide, 4×4 transportation, lunch, fruit juice, bottled water
  • Departure Time/Place: 7:00 a.m. from Santa Juana Lodge
  • Duration: Day
  • Ages: All ages
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Recommend: Walking shoes/sneakers, short or lightweight long pants, extra shirt, waterproof jacket during green season, camera
  • Cost: $60 per person; $40 per child 6 and under; minimum 4 persons
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