Follow a profesional tour guide for a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most famous National Parks.
Along this three hour moderate nature walk your Nature Specialist will open your eyes to the wonders of this tropical humid forest and its natural history.
Expect to spot various species of monkeys, plus white nosed coati, sloths, agoutis, butterflies, iguanas and various birds. Home to an amazing variety of birds and wildlife, Manuel Antonio National Park also has some of the best beaches in the entire country that not only offer wonderful water sport activities, but also are lined with striking lush green forest. After the tour we suggest that you spend some time exploring the beautiful beaches within the park, so take along your bathing suit and beach towel.
per person (private tour US$70 per person, minimum 2 pax).
Includes: Bilingual guide with high quality telescope, entrace fee to the park and transportation.
Need: Lotion, sunglasses, hiking shoes, (beach towel and bathing suit, optional)
Rating: Easy to Moderate depending on the trails that we take.
Time: 3 hours, or more. Pick up time: 7:45 a.m.
Note: Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Mondays.
Manuel Antonio National Park is located just 8 km south of Quepos downtown. Ecologically, Manuel Antonio lies in the lowland tropical humid forest vegetation zone. Originally the entire park was primary forest, with a few open marshy areas and shallow lakes. However, there still remain patches of primary forest. Vegetation throughout the park has been impacted by various factors including logging, cattle ranching and agriculture. Today, the park is a small island of forest surrounded by development, ranching and palm oil plantations. Recently around 1,100 hectares were added to the park's area as a try to increase it and have tree corridors to nearby protected forest.Protecting 1793 hectares (4482 acres) of tropical humid forest, and 55000 hectare of marine space (including 8 small offshore islands), Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Costa Rica. Despite its terrestrial size it protects a large number of nature habitats, varying from marshes and mangrove swamps to secondary and primary forests.
The park is an extremely important ecosystem because of its abundant wildlife. One of the most unique mammals to observe is the Titi or squirrel monkey (Siamiri oerstedii), which lives in a limited region and is considered in danger of extinction. Along the park trails you may observe sloth, coatis, monkeys and numerous reptiles and amphibians.
Manuel Antonio National Park is especially attractive because its white sandy beaches, which slope gently into unspoiled crystal water, including four larger beaches ranging from 300 to 800 meter frontage. The snorkeling here is terrific, while swimming conditions on most of the beaches in the park are fantastic.The park is ideal in summer for snorkeling, and swimming year around at “third” beach.
In the late 60’s the Costa Rican government wanted to preserve this magnificent tropical forest and coastline rich in marine wildlife. At the time, the area was under the ownership of entrepreneurs who were planning to turn the area into commercial properties. Fortunately Manuel Antonio was finally established as a National Park in 1972, during the Daniel Oduber administration