Tours

Manuel Antonio offers the extraordinary scenery and some of the most exotic and beautiful flora and fauna in the hemisphere—and we have just the tours to help you enjoy it all! From sedate nature walks to adrenaline-pumping adventures, our certified professional bilingual guides will ensure you have an unforgettable experience. 

To schedule any of our tours, contact the Activities Office at extension 613 or stop by the Quepos Verde Aventura Tour Desk, located in the pool area adjacent to the Joyita Gift Shop. Remember “safety first,” so always follow the instructions offered by your guide. All prices are in U.S. dollars. 

 Hiking Tours

Parador’s Nature Trails Hike

Description: A certified professional guide will lead you through Parador’s onsite nature trails through lush rainforest inhabited by a vast array of indigenous wildlife.

Bring your camera to capture brilliantly hued tropical birds (think toucans, parrots and macaws), our three resident species of monkeys (titi, squirrel, capuchin and howler), two and three-toed sloths, giant iguanas and other native reptiles.

If you’re lucky, you might even spot the elusive margay cat, similar to an ocelot. Our experienced professional guide is equipped with a powerful telescope (Spotting Scope) for better viewing and will happily share his broad knowledge of the area’s flora and fauna.

This is a fun (and stealthily educational) activity for nature lovers of all ages! *Please note – although this is a fairly easy trek, it is recommended that participants be in reasonable physical condition.

 Duration: Two hours (more or less, depending on number of participants)

 Schedule: Every day at 6 am, and 4 pm

Includes: Experienced professional guide with telescope (Spotting Scope for better viewing) 

What To Bring: Tennis shoes or hiking boots, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat (if desired), comfortable clothes, camera

 

 “Mysteries of the Night”Jungle Walking Tour 

Description: This post-sunset guided walking tour through Parador’s rainforest provides you with a great opportunity to experience the wondrous nocturnal world of our resident wildlife, accompanied by a certified naturalist.

Sightings may include coatis, sloths, raccoons, skunks, porcupines, numerous species of reptiles and amphibians and a plethora of curious insects (monkeys are generally not visible at night).

Particularly striking is the highly photogenic red-eyed frog, found only in Costa Rica’s rainforests and living right here on our grounds.

If lucky, a margay cat or another of the elusive wildcats that lurk in the forest’s deep shadows might also be spotted.It’s a perfect educational adventure outing that’s light enough for the entire family.

Duration: 1 ½ - 2 hours (depending on number of participants)

Schedule: Nightly at 6 pm(you’ll be back in time for dinner)

Includes: Certified professional nature guide with telescope; flashlight, water and fresh fruit; revitalizing cold hand towel

What To Bring: Tennis shoes or hiking boots, comfortable clothes, camera, insect repellent

 Walking Tour of Manuel Antonio National Park 

Description: One of the nation’s ecological gems and the second most-visited nature reserve in Costa Rica, the famed Manuel Antonio National Park is a “don’t miss” excursion while visiting our beautiful area.

Accompanied by professional certified naturalists, this is an easy and relaxing trek over well marked trails that will introduce you to the varied flora and fauna of our rich rainforests.

Although many of the animals will be clearly visible (including titi, squirrel, capuchin and howler monkeys, sloths, toucans and more), the guide will have a high-powered telescopic lens that will allow you to view the resident wildlife obscured by the lush jungle.

He or she will also share extensive information about everything you see.  From the Park’s entrance, you will journey on the main Forest Trail for an hour to 1½ hours, which will lead you to the Park’s spectacular white sand beaches where you can take a short break (you will have one hour to stop and swim).

From there, we’ll venture onto the shorter Beach Trail. You can return to the hotel by about noon or, if you prefer, you can re-enter the Park with your ticket to spend more time at the beach.

Parador’s free shuttles run several times a day (be sure to check the schedules with us) so you can easily get back to the hotel in the afternoon.

This is an extremely educational and enjoyable tour for the entire family. As one recent guest commented: “I’ve been traveling through Costa Rica for three weeks and have seen more wildlife in these few hours in one place than during my entire time in the rest of the country.”

*Please note that a private tour can also be arranged.

Duration: 4 ½ hours Schedule: 8am - noon every day except Mondays (park is closed) Includes:

Roundtrip transportation, park entrance fee, professional guide, fresh fruit and drinks

What To Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat (if desired), water, bathing suit, towel, camera

 Adventure Tours

Pure Adrenaline Canopy Tour 

(Zip-line & Butterfly Garden Tour)

Description: Thrill to the sensation of being atop of the world as you traverse the highest points of the rich rainforest canopy in this exhilarating adventure tour.

Suspended by heavy cables, you will also dangle from treetops in a Tarzan-like swing and rappel from aerial platforms to the ground below, all the while surrounded by breathtaking natural vistas.

(This adventure features 18 platforms, nine cables, two rappel lines, one aerial swing and one suspended bridge.)

A scenic and informative 45-minute road trip through the rainforest will deposit you at the canopy site.

You will also visit the on-site butterfly farm before starting off on your canopy tour.

A truly electrifying—yet perfectly safe—experience for the entire family! 

Duration: 5 ½ hours

Schedule: Daily at 7 am and 10 am

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, all necessary gear, safety instructions, fresh fruit and drinks, breakfast or lunch (depending on time of tour)

What To Bring: Shorts, t-shirt, running or hiking shoes, insect repellent, camera

High Octane Adventure Park Tour

Description: Designed for those who have previously experienced canopy zip-lining and are seeking a higher octane, adrenaline-pumping adventure experience.

This full-day expedition to the Adventure Park in the highlands of  “Las Parcelas de Damas” packs ten exhilarating activities into an eight-hour thrill ride.

You can mix and match some of them, such as a Hummer ride or ½ hour horseback trek, Tarzan swing, rappel, canopy (zip-line) cables, water-drenching zip-line through a dramatic waterfall, 7 meter free fall to water, 10 meter caving ladder, waterfall rappelling, zip-line/rappel (combined) on a 65 meter waterfall, the fastest zip-line (250 meters in 10 seconds), rappel/swing (combined).

Definitely for those seeking heart-pounding fun and excitement! 

Duration: 8 Hours

Schedule: Daily at 7 am; 10 am

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, certified professional guides, lunch, snacks, water and fruit

What To Bring: Running or hiking shoes, sunscreen, bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, camera

Farmer’s Market and Quepos Village Tour

Description: Enjoy an informative tour of the port village of Quepos, where you will experience a bit of hometown culture, the local lifestyle and learn about the history of the area.

You’ll be able to take some great pictures of the surf and the striking Quepos sunset from Nahomi Park, plus have a chance to wander through the local farmer’s market set up on the sidewalks.

Vendors sell all kinds of exotic fruits and vegetables, as well as homemade products you can enjoy during your stay.

Go shopping Quepeño style!

Duration: 2 hours

Schedules: Fridays 5 pm until 7 pm

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, guide, water, cold towel

Necessary: Tennis shoes, camera, some cash if you want to buy anything at the farmer’s market

ATV Adventure

Description: Experience the thrill of on- and off-road adventure as you drive an ATV through remote mountains, African palm plantations, rural countryside and local villages with a stop for a revitalizing swim in the pools of a glorious waterfall. 


*Please note that children under 16 require parental permission to drive solo.

Duration: 4 ½hours.

Schedule: Daily at 7am; 10am; 2pm

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, all ATV equipment, bilingual guides, breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on time of your tour), drinks and snacks

What To Bring: Tennis shoes or hiking boots, shorts, T-shirt, bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera

Tico Village and Waterfall Bicycle Tour

Description: Hop aboard for a guided bicycle tour of the rural town of Portalon, just 30 minutes from Quepos.

Once there, you’ll visit the local school, which has been an active participant in the sustainability initiatives that are a vital part of communities across the country.

Then you’ll take a look at the local “event ballroom” where all the weddings, fairs and community activities of this village take place, followed by a stop in at the town’s pulpería, the local “convenience store” where neighbors meet daily to socialize and pick up their groceries.

This visit will provide you with a real inside look at the rural life of the local Costa Rican people. 

From Portalon you’ll pedal over to a small farm, where you’ll leave your bikes and take a short walk to a waterfall to enjoy a refreshing dip and a classic local snack of corn tortillas and cheese.

For those who are taking the tour in the afternoon, we recommend topping off your day with a visit to Matapalo Beach—just a 15-minute drive away—to enjoy the sunset. 

This tour can be enjoyed in the morning or the afternoon.

It lasts approximately 4 hours, plus the sunset visit to Matapalo Beach.

Duration: 4 hours

Schedule: Daily 8 am to noon and 2 pm to 6 pm

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, bicycles and helmets, certified professional guides, traditional snacks, water and lunch

What To Bring: Running or hiking shoes, sunscreen, bathing suit, towel, camera

 Horseback Riding To Waterfalls 

Description: Enjoy a scenic horseback ride through the fertile hills and tranquil countryside outside Villa Nueva about 30 minutes from Parador.

Twisting trails and lush rainforest lead you to a river, which we’ll follow on horseback for about 1 ½ hours.

A quick hike ends at two spectacular waterfalls where you can swim in a calm pool beneath the natural torrent and enjoy some revitalizing snacks (juice, water, fruit, cookies), then it’s back on the horses for another hour and then off to enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch.

It’s a great half-day trip for couples, groups or families.

Duration: 4 ½ to 5 hours.

Schedule: Daily at 7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, horse, fruits, beverages (water, juice), snacks, and lunch or dinner

What To Bring: Long pants, tennis or hiking shoes, bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, hat, camera

Santa Juana Mountain

Description: The Santa Juana Mountain Tour is an activity designed for all ages that highlights a different side of the local tourism offerings—rural tourism is a wonderful add-on to a beach vacation.

The "Sí Como No" farm is located one hour from Quepos, through African palm plantations, country roads and mountains, past an area called Paso Real, which connects the coastal area of Quepos and Parrita with the San Marcos coffee zone of Tarrazú (known worldwide for the quality of their coffee).

Once in Santa Juana on the farm, a simple snack awaits with a hot cup of traditional coffee (organically grown and processed right there), bean empanadas and fresh seasonal fruit juice.  After enjoying the refreshments and the scenery, we’ll head towards a shed where the ox-driven grinding mill squeezes the sugar cane to get its juice.

You’ll enjoy a demonstration of the milling, a tasted of the freshly-squeezed sugar cane juice and you’ll be presented with a piece of sugar cane to chew on.

After that, a guided walk will take you through the rainforest in search of some wildlife species native to the region, particularly birds.

After an hour’s walk we’ll reach the Rodeo River and its 9-meter waterfall that ends in a 7-meter deep pool, where you can jump in to cool off.

Afterwards, we will take a path that leads to another area of the river where there are shaded benches to rest on and some tanks filled with tilapia for fishing.

There’s also an easily accessible pool for young children and older adults. From there we’ll go on horseback up the hill back to the original restaurant, where you’ll enjoy a very Costa Rican lunch including chicken with rice, beans, homemade corn tortillas and fresh salad. After a restful lunch we’ll return to Manuel Antonio. 

Duration: 8 hours

Schedule: Every day at 7am

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, bilingual certified guide, snack on arrival, visit to the mill, guided hike through forest trails, visiting the waterfall, tilapia fishing, horseback riding and lunch.

You can also participate in the “Adopt a Tree” program.

What To Bring: Shoes suitable for hiking, insect repellent, sunscreen, bathing suit, towel, camera

Ocean Tours 

Catamaran Sail Boat Adventure

Description: Enjoy a relaxing five-hour voyage on a beautiful 85-foot catamaran sailboat through our region’s sparkling Pacific waters.

The tour gives you a wonderful vantage point from which to view the thick rainforest along coastline and the tiny offshore islands.

Dolphins and whales can also be sighted in these waters at varying times throughout the year.

You can also snorkel off the side of the boat for an added underwater adventure. 

Duration: 5 hours.

Schedule: Daily 8am – 1pm; 1 pm – 6 pm

Includes: Round trip transportation, fruit punch, water, and lunch (fresh fish kabobs and pasta salad) are served onboard (beer is an additional $2.00), experienced crew, snorkel gear

What To Bring: Bathing suit, towel; change of clothes (if desired), sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera

Motorized Catamaran Adventure

Description: You’ll hear the fascinating history of Manuel Antonio and Quepos—once home to the now extinct indigenous Quepoa Indians and the former hub of the United Fruit Company—while enjoying a relaxing cruise around our picturesque coastline.

Although there are never any guarantees, dolphin sightings are frequent in our turquoise waters and in occasionally migrating whales might also spotted during season.

The boat will make a snorkeling stop off the shoreline of a beautiful cove where you can explore the area’s colorful marine life. 

Duration: 4 hours

Schedule: Daily at 8 am - noon; 2 pm – 6 pm (for sunset)

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, experienced crew, beverages (water and juices), a selection of cheese or ham sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetables, snorkel gear, live music

What To Bring: Bathing suit, towel, change of clothes (if desired), sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera

Surfing Lessons

Description: Always dreamed of riding the waves? A world-renowned surfing mecca, the beaches of Manuel Antonio provide the perfect opportunity to “get your feet wet” with lessons by one the area’s expert long-boarders.

Duration: 3 hours

Schedule: Daily at 8am; 11am; and 2pm

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, long board, wet shirt and all other necessary surf gear, bilingual instructor, fruit and beverages (water and juice)

What To Bring: Bathing suit, towel, change of clothes (if desired); sunscreen, camera

Sport Fishing Charters 

Description: Renowned as one of the sport fishing capitals of the world, the waters around Quepos and Manuel Antonio are home to a variety of marine life that attracts serious and casual anglers from around the globe.

You may choose from 25-footer to 36-footer boats, half-day in-shore fishing or full day offshore fishing, mangrove fishing or river fishing.

We work with only the most reputable and experienced crews and the best boats in town. 

Prices range from $375.00 – $1200.00 per expedition depending on size of boat:

  • 25-footer “panga” – half day, on shore: $375.00 (maximum 3 people)
  • 27 or 28-footer boat – full day, off shore: $750.00
  • 32-footer boat – full day, off shore: $950.00
  • 33-footer boat – A/C, full day: $1200.00
  • Half-day mangrove fishing tours: $290.00 (maximum 4 people)

 Prices Include

  • Fully equipped boat
  • English-speaking captain and mate
  • Fresh fruit and drinks (lunch is only included in full day charters)

* Please note that half-day fishing trips are only for on-shore.

* You charter the boat at the Pez Vela Marina; the maximum capacity is 4 people.

* Licenses and transportation to the world-class Pez Vela Marina in Quepos are not included in price.

The fishing license is $15.00 and we will be happy to arrange a taxi to transport you to the pier. 

Ocean Kayaking Or Paddling 

Description: For a vigorous workout and stunning vistas of the area’s magnificent coastline, ocean kayaking or coastal paddling is an exhilarating choice.

Departing with a guide from Espadilla Beach in Manuel Antonio, the journey will take you around Punta Quepos and the small islands that dot the shimmering turquoise waters of this Central Pacific region.

There will be a brief stop to “refuel” at one of the area’s beaches for snacks and a quick swim before disembarking at Quepos Pier, after which you will head to a local restaurant for lunch or dinner.

Double kayaks are also available upon request.

*Please note that this activity requires stamina and good physical condition.

Duration: 4 ½ – 5 hours

Schedule: Daily at 8 am and 1 pm

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, kayak or paddleboat and all other necessary equipment, bilingual guide, snacks and drinks, lunch or dinner

What To Bring: Bathing suit; towel; water shoes; change of clothes in dry bag (if desired); sunscreen; waterproof camera (if desired); hat and sunglasses.

Parasailing Tour

Description: An unbelievably unique and memorable experience! Let us give you a bird's eye view of the beautiful Manuel Antonio coastline from up to 600 feet above the Pacific Ocean.

Enjoy this unique spectacular experience alone or you can fly together with one or two others.Parasailing is truly easy and relaxing… anybody can do it!

You will take off right from the beach and land with a soft refreshing splash in the water.No experience necessary.The operator is fully insured, has 20 years of experience and regularly conducts full safety inspections of all equipment.

Duration: 15 minutes flight time

Schedule: Daily from 8am to 4pm

What To Bring: Bathing suit, towel, change of clothes (if desired); sunscreen, waterproof camera if desired 

River Tours 

 Naranjo River White Water Rafting 

Description: A thrilling half-day excursion over the Medium (Class III and Class III Plus) rapids of the spectacular Naranjo River about a 40-minute drive from Quepos.

Perfect for the novice rafter and those seeking an exciting yet relaxing ride. There will be a mid-way stop on a sand bank for a snack and a dip in the river before continuing on (assuming, of course, that you haven’t already fallen overboard!).

Minimum age required, 12 years old.

Duration: 4 1/2 hours (Half-Day Trip)

Schedule: Daily at 8am – noon; 12:30 pm – 5pm

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, rafting gear, safety instructions, snacks, water

What To Bring: Water shoes, bathing suit, towel, change of clothes (if desired); sunscreen, waterproof camera if desired 

 Savegre River White Water Rafting 

Description: The gently exhilarating Class III rapids of the Savegre River offer another family-friendly rafting option.

Savor the luxuriant surroundings in this full-day expedition as you float between rapids on this beautiful river in a scenic valley about an hour’s drive from Quepos.

Safe for children ages 10 and up.

Duration: 6 hours

Schedule: Daily at 8 am – 2pm

Includes:Roundtrip transportation, rafting gear, safety instructions, bilingual guide, snacks, BBQ lunch

What To Bring: Water shoes, bathing suit, towel, change of clothes, sunscreen, waterproof camera

 Rafiki Safari Lodge Rafting Tour To Savegre River

Description:The Rafiki Safari Lodge is a one-hour drive from Parador in the Savegre River valley. On arrival, you will be served breakfast (two choices: our traditional gallo pinto with sour cream and fried plantains or pancakes with syrup), then you’ll have a few minutes to relax and enjoy the surrounding gardens and the beautiful facilities of the lodge.

Afterwards, a 4x4 will drive you to the Blanco River where the adventure begins.

After some safety instructions and a short practice session, you will be good to GO!

The Savegre River has some good rapids (class III) with floating distance between the rapids that will give you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful undeveloped forest area.

This is one of the four cleanest rivers in Latin America and is, in fact, the cleanest in Central America.

You’ll stop at a sand bank for a short walk to a pristine waterfall for your enjoyment.

There will also be a second stop at a rustic ranch where they will serve you a nice gourmet lunch (boneless chicken with tamarind sauce, pasta salad, a beer or natural drink and a homemade oat meal cookie for dessert.)

After lunch, we’ll head back to the river for another 2 miles or so until we get to the end of our journey.

Duration: 7 ½ hours 

Schedule: From 7:30am to 3:30pm

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, certified guides, all rafting gear (helmet, life jacket, paddle), breakfast & lunch.

What to bring: Water shoes, Keens, or tennis shoes (they will get wet), bathing suit, towel, change of clothes, sunscreen, waterproof camera

Crocodile Adventure and Scarlet Macaw Observation

Description: This is one of the most unforgettable experiences with crocodiles you will ever have! You’ll spend two hours on a fully equipped boat sailing down the Tarcoles River, one of Costa Rica’s longest and most beautiful rivers.

During the tour you’ll have the opportunity to see over 100 different species of birds; it’s the best place to see the brilliant scarlet Macaw, known in Costa Rica as lapa.

After the boat tour you’ll be guided on a leisurely walk through the Carara National Park, one of the most famous bird-watching parks in the world. 

Duration: 7 hours

Schedule: Every day from 6 am to 2 pm or from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Includes: Certified professional guide with telescope; water and lunch

What to Bring: Tennis shoes or comfortable hiking boots, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat, comfortable clothes, camera, insect repellent

Mangrove Tours 

 Mangrove Kayaking 

Description: Journeying down the mangrove estuary in your own kayak gives you a bit more freedom and an opportunity to venture deeper into the smaller tributaries where the larger boat cannot go.

You will experience the same fertile mangrove eco-system and resident wildlife as on the aforementioned Mangrove Estuary Tour—perhaps even more as you sideline into the offshoot waters.

It’s fairly easy paddling, but still requires some exertion.

Mid-tour you will anchor on a sandbank to rest and enjoy a variety of snacks.

It is great fun and highly informative.

Duration: 4 hours

Schedule: Variable depending on tides (same as Mangrove Estuary Tour)

What To Bring: Shorts; swimsuit (optional); sunscreen; sunglasses; hat (during the day); camera

 Fishing in the Mangroves

Description: Enjoy the wonders of the mangroves with an excellent captain on board to teach you the secrets of fishing in this unique ecosystem.

Duration: Half day

Schedule: Depends on the tides

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, fruits and beverages (water and juice)

 Damas Island Boat Trip (aka Mangrove Estuary Tour) 

Description: The mangrove is the only tree in the world that survives in salty water and since the eco-system in which it lives serves as a meeting point between ocean and land, experts claim mangrove regions to be amongst the most comprehensive biodiverse environments on earth.

As such, the area is home to numerous species of wildlife, including the ubiquitous monkeys, rainbow boa, crocodiles, anteaters, opossum, water birds such as the pink spoonbill, herons, white ibis, white-headed eagle, and others.

This is a safe, fun, informative tour for anyone who wants to experience another side of nature’s bounty. Only a 25-minute drive from Parador Resort & Spa, this is a convenient and highly recommended excursion.

Duration:3½ hours

Schedule: Variable depending on tides, as it must be high tide for the boats to get into the estuary.

On occasion, high tide will occur after sunset permitting us to offer you a remarkable night tour using spotlights, which will enable you to experience an entirely different world of nocturnal wildlife.

Please check with the tour desk for daily schedules.

Includes: Roundtrip transportation, boat ride and experienced guide, soft drinks during tour and either breakfast, lunch or dinner at a local restaurant.

What To Bring: Camera, comfortable clothing, and sunscreen, sunglasses, hat (if it is a day trip), insect repellent 

Ground Transportation 

Ground Transportation

Service throughout the country:

Ask about our private ground transportation services to major tourist destinations or to the International Airport Juan Santamaria in San José.

Rates depend on the destination of your choice. You’ll enjoy private service in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus with a driver who will be ready at the time that best suits you.

For more information, contact our experts at the Quepos Verde Aventura Desk or write to tourdesk@hotelparador.com. We’ll be happy to answer your queries and requests.