If you are a bird lover, (macaws) you will love, love this tour. Even if you are not a bird lover I am sure you will enjoy the beautiful color of the macaws flying around you.
About 3 kilometers south of the Jaguar Rescue Center(JRC). (see information below for JRC location)
There will be a sign on the right side next to the road, pointing the way.
Their site click here.
Cahuita National Park
How about a walk through the Cahuita National Park. If you like to stroll along the beach while searching the trees and ground for wildlife, this is the place. There are raccoons, crabs, howler monkeys, kingfishers, night herons, white-nosed coatis, frogs, toads and snakes. I did notice that the locals and some tours where taking their lunch and have lunch on the beach. The path is like 20 feet from the beach.
Cost is a donation of about $5.00 – you can give more.
Yes, there are tours click here for more info.
What I really like about this park is the path that you see in the picture above. And the fact that 20 feet through the trees is the beach. They run parallel to each other. You can walk in the shade or on the beach in the beautiful sunlight.
Jaguar Rescue Center
If you are still into seeing animals try the Jaguar Rescue Center. They take care of not only Jaguar but 24 different species of mammals, plus birds and reptiles.
Depending on your location (Rescue Center is on hwy 256 South-East of Puerto Viejo) you can reach the Sanctuary with the following travel times:
From Limon: 60 mins (going South-East) – From Cahuita: 30 mins (going South-East) From Puerto Viejo: 10 mins (going South-East) – JRC Public Tour cost
A wonderful educational place to visit is the Sloth Sanctuary on the Caribbean side of the country. Depending on your location (sanctuary is on hwy 36 which runs from Limon to Manzanillo) you can reach the Sanctuary with the following travel times:
From Limon: 35 mins (going South-East) – From Cahuita: 15 mins (going North-West) From Puerto Viejo: 30 mins (going North-West) – check prices on their site.
Caribeans Coffee and Chocolate
Now that you have worked up an appetite, maybe a little chocolate?
Caribeans is a very nice place south of Puerto Viejo. (Leave Limon heading south on hwy 36, pass Cahuita, then look for Hone Creek, in Hone Creek take hwy 256 south. Hwy 36 makes a 90 degree turn to the right at Hone Creek. ) Puerto Viejo is on hwy 256 which is straight ahead. (keep your eyes pilled for signs) You will find a chocolate plantation, about one kilometer south of Puerto Viejo. The name of this one is Caribeans. It is located at the north end of Cocles beach. It will be on the right side of the road as you travel south.
After eating chocolate and/or doing the tour you might like a little beach time. Walk across the road to Cocles beach. Best surfing on the Caribbean side of the country.
Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
You could go South-East about 12 kilometers to Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. You take hwy 256 the main road south from Caribeans (or if you are in Puerto Viejo head South-East) to the town of Manzanillo. When you reach Manzanillo you are in the Wildlife Refuge. Okay almost. But if you want to get away from the people, go to the left of the main building at the end of the paved road. (see the couple on bicycles, they are going to the left). Just follow the shore line and you will see the entrance to the park. Yes, there are tours by Destination Services and others.
Now when you get a little tired of walking around seeing all the beautiful parks and animals, you might like to see some of it from the sky. Ziplining with Nativo Adventures 100 meters South-East of Mepe bus station in Puerto Viejo (there are signs just keep your eyes open. $54 dollars per person.
These guys did get the “Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor.
They do have other activities you might like to check out. Click the link above or below.
A little about them:
20 years of experience make us leaders in delivering the best adventures in Costa Rica’s Southern Caribbean. We reforested and adapted our 44 hectares farm to create a safe environment, immersed in nature. Ziplining, hiking, rappelling, suspension bridges, tree climbing, Tarzan swing and Superman cable. They have a lot to make your visit an unforgettable one!
The zip line is great fun for the whole FAMILY! While visiting Puerto Viejo give this adventure a try, you will never forget it.
Turtles, Turtles, Turtles…
Way up north of Limon (about 3 hour boat ride from Limon) is another national park, Tortuguero National Park. Right on the northeast Caribbean coast. The stunning National Park protects one of the largest remaining areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. It is one of the best places in the world to see Giant Green Sea Turtles lay their eggs and then watch as the baby turtles hatch and make their way to the sea. (See also Turtle info page)
For a guide about $10 to $20
Waterfalls in my area
This last place to visit is really three places. I made a blog post about two of these beautiful waterfalls. You may love to visit all of them.
One next to hwy 36, actually under the bridge on hwy 36 halfway from Hone Creek to Bribri. (No blog post)
Second one is about one kilometer before you reach the first, it is on the right side of the road as you are driving from Hone Creek to Bribri. There will be a cell tower next to the road that you take to the waterfall. It will go up a steep hill. (Read the blog) It is called the “Bribri Hidden Waterfall”. Here is the link – Bribri Hidden Waterfall #34
The third waterfall which is about three miles west of Bribri. It is just called “Bribri Waterfall”. “Bribri Waterfall in the Jungle #32” is my blog post about how to get to the waterfall, with pictures. If you like nature and a little walk in the jungle, try “Bribri Waterfall”.