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Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose


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Support sustainable tourism with this eco-adventure to the Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park. On this full-day trip from San Jose, get an up-close peek at toucans, bats, red-eyed frogs and howler monkeys with a trek across an elevated jungle boardwalk. Create your own adventure with the choice of kayaking down the Rio Cuarto, horseback riding along a river trail or an exploring the reserve in an ox-pulled wagon. A locally sourced lunch, snacks and round-trip transport from San Jose are included.


  • Full-day trip to Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park, located along the Costa Rican Bird Route
  • See an array of tropical plants and wildlife on a boardwalk tour with a naturalist guide
  • Choose kayaking, horseback riding or a tour by oxen wagon to further explore the nature reserve
  • Tuck into a delicious Costa Rican lunch at a restaurant overlooking a river
  • Enjoy use of lockers and changing rooms at your convenience
  • Round-trip air-conditioned minivan transport from most San Jose hotels included

What You Can Expect

Enjoy one of the optional activities such as kayaking Situated along the Costa Rican Bird Route, Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve, and Adventure Park is a private eco-tourism park that aims to protect native wildlife habitats and support sustainable farming in Costa Rica. Your full-day adventure begins with early morning pickup at your San Jose hotel and a roughly 2.5-hour drive north in a minivan.

When you arrive at the reserve, follow a naturalist guide along a nearly 1-mile (1.2-km) elevated boardwalk made of reforested Honduran pine and carefully constructed so as not to disturb the pristine habitat. Gain a unique perspective on the magnificent ecosystem and admire giant ceiba trees, many of which are hundreds of years old. Keep an eye out for red-eyed tree frogs, bats, toucans, green macaws and parades of leaf-cutter ants. Howler monkeys may provide a wild soundtrack for your stroll!

Rejuvenate with a lunch of typical Costa Rican cuisine at the Cinco Ceibas open-air caf?, where all meals are prepared on site using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy views of the lush jungle greenery and the Rio Cuarto while you dine.

After lunch, choose from three different on-site adventures: kayaking on the Rio Cuarto, horseback riding or touring the reserve in an oxen-pulled wagon. (See Itinerary below for detailed activity descriptions.) Make use of lockers and changing rooms to stay comfortable throughout the day, and enjoy an energizing snack of a sandwich and beverage later on.

At the end of your day at Cinco Ceibas, relax on the return drive to San Jose, where your tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.



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 Chaperon 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.

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