Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge Jungle Hike

Explore the Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge on a guided hike through a natural, Caribbean coast jungle setting filled with remarkable plants and wildlife.

from $ 55


Free cancellation

up to 3 days in advance

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  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Available Days: Every day
  • Schedule: 8:30 AM
  • Hotel Transport Included
  • Free cancellation up to 3 days prior
  • Mobile Ticket Included
  • Offered in English, Spanish

Experience Highlights

Hiking
Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

The professional tour guides are experts at spotting animals in their natural habitat. This tour provides the opportunity to watch white-faced monkeys and howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas, snakes, poisonous frogs, and many other rain forest creatures. The Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge is also home to 384 species of birds including hummingbirds, tanagers, owls, and toucans.

The hike offers views of the region’s rich biodiversity and plant life. The jungle trees are draped with mosses, lichens, bromeliads, orchids, and many other plants and flowers. You will learn about medicinal plants and the natural history of this jungle refuge. Guides will also explain some information pertaining to the local Afro-Caribbean culture.

Tour participants are strongly advised to bring proper footwear. The trails are very muddy after rain, which can occur during any time of the year. For this reason, we recommend wearing trekking boots. This will ensure optimal traction and also protect you from unlikely (but still possible) snake bites. Do note that if you go hiking after it has rained your shoes will likely get very muddy and wet. Please come prepared with the proper footwear.

Travelers can request an English, Spanish, French, or German speaking guide for the tour. Also, transportation from Cahuita or Puerto Viejo is optional.

The jungle hike tour is a half-day adventure. Inquire about fitting in a stop at Maxi’s restaurant for a Caribbean meal at your own expense before the beach portion of the tour.

Attraction Visited

Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

Located in Costa Rica's southeastern Talmanca region is the large Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge, a collection of rainforest and wetland habitat complete with a coral reef. At 23,348 total acres (9,450 ha), this vast refuge begins south of Punta Uva-3 miles south of Puerto Viejo-until it runs into the Sixaola River at the Panamanian boarder. Besides Cahuita, this park is the only other place in the country with a coral reef.

Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

What to Bring

Jungle: hiking boots or rubber boots, light cotton clothes, long pants, insect repellent, binoculars and water. Beach: towel, sun block, some cash for food and drinks

What's included

Rainforest hike, professional naturalist guide.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

Traveler Comments

Ariel was an excellent guide. He was ontime / very knowledhable / professional.

- LORRAINE M, OCT 2019

Our guide was fantastic!

- CHERYL L, FEB 2019

The jungle was beautiful and we had the best guide on that tour

- CSILLA F, DEC 2018
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