Your retreat would not be complete without some adventure!
Horseback Riding to Nauyaca Waterfall
Time: 8 a.m - 1:30 p.m
This horseback tour is over a 12 km route with three resting periods. Departs from the paved road and arrives about one hour later at Don Lulo's house, where you will have a delicious typical Costa Rican breakfast. After breakfast and observing animals in the family's mini-zoo, the ride continues on for 25 minutes until arriving at the waterfalls. You may swim in the beautiful natural pools the waterfalls have formed. On the way back we stop once again at "Don Lulo's house" to enjoy a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch. After a well-earned rest on the hammocks and a delicious cup of coffee, we begin the return trip to our starting point. No trips on Sunday.
Canopy Tour at Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge
Times: 8 - 11 a.m or 11 - 2 p.m or 2 - 5 p.m.
This tour imitates the flight of the chestnut - mandibled toucan, as it leaps off a branch, swoops down through the forest and then up in to another tree. On this 2-3 hour tour, 8 separate cable rides take you from one ridge top to another, across valleys and streams. There are 14 land-based platforms and 1 tree platform with a view of the coast. You will have 2 guides on this tour one of whom speaks fluent English. This is a great way to see and learn about the forest and have lots of fun at the same time. Limit 12 participants.
Timing: 2 hour Session in conjunction with the tides.
In Playa Dominical the water temperature is around 82 degrees year round. This beach is known for its consistent break, a great spot for surf year-round. Our instructors will show you the basics of reading the ocean, how to stand up properly, and how to ride the wave. They know where all the secret spots are, and take you where it's going to be best each day, at the right time of day. It is required that all participants have some basic swimming abilities.
Time: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m .
The Savegre River is one of the most pristine rivers in Costa Rica. It is the perfect river for families and young kids. During the descent you will have the chance to enjoy the canyons, waterfalls, and tropical scenery. Along the river we will stop to enjoy the waterfalls and have lunch.
Drive to put in 1 hour. Drive from take out 40 min.
*Includes: lunch, transportation, professional equipment and lots of fun.
Requirements: Ages 8 and over. Participants must know how to swim, have the abilities to walk in slippery or unstable places and paddle. ** Requires a minimum of 4 people.
Kayaking in Mangroves
Trip duration is approximately 4 hours.
Come and explore with us one of the most important mangroves of Central America located on the Terraba-Sierpe River. You will discover the beauty of its canals and enjoy from its great variety of flora and fauna that this estuary offers. Along the way you will have the opportunity to find six different types of mangrove trees and learn the importance of their ecosystem.
Trip duration is approximately 4 hours. Minimum 4 people.
You will paddle along the coast of Costa Ballena and have the chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery and unique natural formations that make its beaches out of the ordinary. Along the way you will have the chance to enjoy form the lush green that surrounds the coast as well as it rock formations in shape of arches. We will stop at Playa Ventanas (Windows Beach) for some snacks and try to do some kayak surfing. Ventanas is surrounded by tunnels in the cliffs that look like impressive windows in the surrounding landscape- hence the beach's name.
Snorkel Tour to Caño Island
Time: 7 a.m - 3 or 4 p.m
Isla del Caño has been a protected reserve since 1976. It is 805 acres and 10 square miles of its surrounding waters is home to hundreds of different reef fish. Underwater you may see manta, devil, eagle and southern sting rays, turtles, and white tip reef sharks. This full day tour, 8 hours, includes lunch and is limited to 12 passengers. Certified guests are able to scuba dive for an additional fee of $60.
From Base Camp it's a 5 min. walk to the top of the canyon where you will receive thorough safety instructions before starting your adventure. When you reach the first waterfall (which is 5 meters, or 15 feet high) you will be taught the fundamentals and proper techniques of rappelling. Then you are on your way – with 5 more waterfalls to go! The largest of the falls is 25 meters, or 75 feet! The canyon ends at the Uvita River where there are some pristine swimming holes to relax and reflect. Then the Canyon Cruzer will pick you up and take you back to the Costa Canyoning Base Camp where you will receive a happy landing snack and drink. Includes a CD of all the photos taken during the tour.