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May 22, 2019
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Details

  • 13 hours (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
Overview Overview

Great green macaws, red-eyed frogs and howler monkeys are all part of this guided day trip to Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose. Stroll down an elevated boardwalk that winds into a forest teeming with wildlife, and try to hug one of the massive ceiba trees. Then, choose to kayak down the gentle Rio Cuarto, ride a trusty steed into pastures offering views of volcanoes, or take an oxen wagon tour and find out more about the reserve’s reforestation and plant cultivation. A sumptuous lunch and hotel transport are included.

Highlights
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Excellent value for money
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included
  • All entrance fees included
Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Snacks and lunch
  • Boardwalk guided tour
  • Activity of your choice: kayaking, horseback riding or oxen wagon tour
  • All necessary equipment
  • Use of lockers and showers
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

6:00 AM

Operates

Daily

What to Expect What to Expect

After early morning pickup by minivan from your San Jose hotel, head north on a 2.5-hour drive to Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park. Located along the Costa Rican Bird Route, the park is part of Finca Pangola, multi-use farmlands that include protected habitats for wildlife and practice a sustainable forestry project.
At the park, follow a naturalist guide for a tour along an elevated boardwalk that meanders into primary growth forest of lowland flood zones. Enjoy a great vantage point from this height, which allows you to gaze at the variety of tropical plants and wildlife without coming into contact.
During the approx. mile-long (1.2-km) boardwalk — the longest one in all of Central America — come across the five majestic ceiba trees, hundreds of years old, which gave the park its name. Listen for howler monkeys, toucans, bats and many red-eyed tree frogs, and watch for parades of leaf-cutter ants carrying flowers. Look for hummingbirds and the endangered great green macaw in the treetops.
At midday, dig into a hearty meal featuring Costa Rican comfort foods and fusion cuisine at the park’s restaurant overlooking the Rio Pangola, a perfect place to unwind. During your day at the park, you’ll also be provided with a snack (sandwich and beverage). 
Then enjoy one of the following activities: kayaking, horseback riding or an oxen wagon tour. Colorful buses at the visitor center take you to the site of your selected activity. Lockers and changing rooms are available for use throughout the day.
Kayaking
After a safety briefing, board a single or double kayak and cruise down the slow-moving Rio Cuarto that winds into a forest. With the trees forming a canopy, soak up gentle thrills on the changing river currents. As you paddle along, see monkeys hanging from branches and spot sloths, kingfishers and sunbitterns.
Horseback Riding
At the stables, receive a safety briefing for this laid-back ride anyone can enjoy. Follow your guide into pastures, where the Chaperron mountains and distant volcanoes come into view, and then travel into the jungle along the Rio Cuarto.
Oxen Wagon Tour
Not interested in getting wet or riding a horse? Hop aboard a covered wagon pulled by two oxen. As you tour the grounds, a guide tells you all about Finca Pangola’s history, as well as the on-site cultivation of heliconia and fruits like banana and papaya. Stop at a nursery and learn about the local reforestation, native orchids and other plants.
When it’s time to leave Cinco Ceibas, board your minivan and arrive back in San Jose in the evening.

Itinerary

Kayaking 
After a safety briefing, board a single or double kayak and cruise down the slow-moving Rio Cuarto that winds into a forest. With the trees forming a canopy, soak up gentle thrills on the changing river currents. As you paddle along, see monkeys hanging from branches and spot sloths, kingfishers and sunbitterns. 

Horseback Riding
At the stables, receive a safety briefing for this laid-back ride anyone can enjoy. Follow your guide into pastures, where the Chaperron mountains and distant volcanoes come into view, and then travel into the jungle along the Rio Cuarto. 

Oxen Wagon Tour
Not interested in getting wet or riding a horse? Hop aboard a covered wagon pulled by two oxen. As you tour the grounds, a guide tells you all about Finca Pangola’s history, as well as the on-site cultivation of heliconia and fruits like banana and papaya. Stop at a nursery and learn about the local reforestation, native orchids and other plants.

Hotel Pickup Hotel Pickup

Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

Additional Info Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear long pants, comfortable shoes and bring a hat, a change of clothes and a camera
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Reviews

6 Reviews
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Ashley J D

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19, December, 2017

This tour was the stuff dreams are made of. The hosts were funny, kind, adaptable, and knowledgeable about the rainforest and Rio Cuarto. I loved the oxen, Flaco y Gordo, as well as a whole host of wildlife seen while kayaking: hummingbirds, spider monkeys, parrots, vultures, horses, and much much more. I would do this tour every day for the rest of my life if I could! Muchas gracias a todos. :

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Paul P

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16, July, 2017

The highlight of this tour was not the destination, it was the long drive there and back. I am grateful to the guide that he took a different way back it gave me an opportunity to see a great deal of the country. The lodge at the reserve was nice and in excellent repair and the lunch was excellent, but the boardwalk through the forest was very poorly maintained and in need of repairs. At one point, I was warned of a slippery step, a moss-covered flat stone without no handrails. As careful as I was, I still slipped. The guide remarked that it happened all the time. Later, my foot went through a rotten plank. Shortly after that, the guide's foot went through a plank that was termite-ridden. Many of the information plaques were faded to the point of illegibility, and many of the plant and tree items those plaques were discussing were no longer growing in that spot. Other than bullet ants, I saw zero wildlife. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch. To the credit of the person in charge of the facility, a friendly and knowledgeable man who obviously loves the reserve while recognizing its state of disrepair, I was gifted a nice polo shirt before leaving. I think he could tell that I was disappointed in the overall experience.

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Lorna C

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07, March, 2017

It was an awesome and memorable trip. We did the horseback riding and then the Kayaking. The drive time was a couple hours but once the new road is in it will cut that down by about an hour. Even with the two hour drive from San Jose I would highly recommend this tour. This is the real rain forest and the natural beauty and terrific people that run and work at the place made it fun.

Definitely bring a change of clothes just in case you decide to do the Kayaking originally we were going to do the horseback ride and the walk but instead did the Kayaking. The howler monkeys were cool to see there were many other wild life of different kinds and species we saw along the ride down the river.

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Mindy H

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23, March, 2016

Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve is a hidden gem

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stagecoach

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01, December, 2015

This tour is a bit long---12 hours from San Jose. Fortunately, the transportation was a van that was comfortable and the roads weren't too bad. The road back went over a mountain pass at 1800 meters which was an experience in itself. The staff at Cinco Ceibas were great---very friendly and helpful. We took the boardwalk tour of the rain forest, had a very nice lunch, and kayaked on the river. Very professional in every respect, I enjoyed the tour.

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Jennifer R

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21, July, 2015

We had a great time on our tour, despite a couple of minor mishaps. The facilities at Cinco Ceibas are lovely. The snacks and lunch were simple, but delicious. We did our tour during the rainy season, and part of the boardwalk was flooded, so we could not go all the way around. It did not matter as we still saw a lot of poison dart frogs, 2 different kinds of snakes, bats, insects, flowers, and we heard howler monkeys all around us.
I chose to go kayaking as the second portion, and because of all the rain, the river was moving quite swiftly. Against my better judgment I still went, and tipped over and lost my kayak down the river. One of the guides walked me to a road where we called for help. So, despite that, we had a great day. Issac and Wilson at the Reserve were top notch. We did ask for an English speaking guide, which we didn't get, but he had some guidebooks in English so you could read about the things you saw. We were fortunate enough to be with Spanish speakers, so it worked out. The transportation was a bit lacking - a small, rickety tour van, but our driver got us safely through some very dark, rainy mountain roads, so I was glad in the end to be in a smaller vehicle. All in all, we had a great LONG day. We will definitely go back at another time to experience it again.

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