Tours and Activities
There's tons to do and see on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. Here are some of the tours and activities we recommend that are either in the area or which pick up/drop off at area hotels. We'll even book it for you!
Most of our tours will pick you up and return you right to your hotel (or sometimes to another Costa Rica destination!). Tours which do not include transportation are indicated below and we will be happy to assist to you in getting to the start point in those cases.
Whitewater Rafting / River Trips
Many of the rafting trips include transportation between San Jose or Arenal and Puerto Viejo so it's like getting your transport to/from Puerto Viejo for free! Your luggage is secure throughout the trip so you're free to enjoy your day on the river.
Pacuare River: One Day
Our most popular trip and Costa Rica’s most stunning white water river. Class III-IV rapids. Suitable for 12+ years of age
Two Day Hike and Paddle Rafting Trip
Spend the night at a lodge on the river between two exciting days of whitewater rafting, hiking and enjoying the best of Costa Rica’s outdoor world!
Pacuare Lodge Honeymoon
Three day/two night trip of a lifetime at the Pacuare River Lodge including deluxe accommodation, meals, rafting, canopy.
Reventazón River: Carmen Section
Calmer waters but with enough adventure to keep your on the edge of your seat! For all ages 6+
Jungle, Nature & Wildlife
The Puerto Viejo area has some of the most spectacular natural areas in the country and are even of international importance. The area includes several protected areas including Cahuita National Park and the Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge.
Animal Rescue Centre, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall
What could be better than a day playing with monkeys, learning how cacao become chocolate and hiking to a pristine waterfall? Three of our favorite local activities combined to make a truly memorable day on your vacation.
Caribbean Canopy and Zipline
For a thrilling adventure get a bird’s eye view of the jungle while flying through the air at top speed on zipline cables.
Cahuita Boat, Snorkel and Hiking Trip
Cahuita National Park is one of the highlights of the area. This trip includes a guided hike and a boat ride with a stop for snorkeling in the coral reefs.
Cahuita National Park Hike
With this tour you will hike through the famous National Park of Cahuita while observing and learning about different animals and plants.
Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge Jungle Hike
This extensive reserve is home to a wide variety of animals and plants; your local guide will teach you much about what you are seeing amd the scenery is spectacular too!
River and Sea Kayaking with Rainforest Hike
Kayaking on the ocean at the beautiful Punta Uva and up the Rio Ernesto followed by a guided jungle hike.
Full Day Jungle Adventure
A full day of adventures: transportation, jungle hike, canyoning, tree climbing, canopy & zipline, Tarzan swing and a rappel!
Nighttime Turtle Watching
Take the opportunity to travel through time and go back to the beginning of evolution, represented by the nesting of these live fossils. This is an unforgettable night walk along the Gandoca Beach
Caribbean Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling
Head out on a boat where we’ll look for dolphins and then snorkel on the reef. This dolphin watching and snorkeling excursions leaves from Cahuita, which is home to the famous Cahuita National Park including a protected maritime area.
Don't miss the amazing biodiversity of Costa Rica—head out with our expert guide and you'll be amazed at the numbers of birds we have in the area
Day Tour - La Ceiba Reserve
La Ceiba is a primary forest reserve where the Jaguar Rescue Center re-introduces previously injured animals back into the wild. More than 100 acres of pure nature.
Night Tour - La Ceiba Reserve
Experience the beauty of the dark! A tour not only for eyes and ears but also your palate!
Learning about Indigenous Communities
Costa Rica's South Caribbean (along with Panama) is home to the Bri Bri people. Many of these communities had no exposure to the modern world until recently. These tours not only give you a glimpse into a unique life but they support these communities in their effort at economic diversification. The Caribbean is also home to a unique Afro-Caribe culture. Many of our tours take place within the protected areas of the Kéköldi Indigenous Reserve or the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.
Uatsi Waterfall and Indigenous Reservation
Visit a beautiful waterfall, the indigenous cultural center and witness the chocolate making process.
There are many local activities we can help you arrange. Many of these do book up so if you want to experience horseback riding along the beach or learning to surf in one of the best spots in the world, then have us book these activities for you.
Learn to surf or improve your skills. The Puerto Viejo area has beaches for all abilities.
Riding horseback along the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean Coast is the perfect way to explore the area. Suitable for riders of all experiences (or none).
FThe Southern Caribbean is characterized by the largest reef system in Costa Rica, with deep water 2-4 miles offshore. This provides unique experiences for fishing for a variety of species using a variety of techniques. Full and half day private trips with a small sport boat or the option to go fishing the way the locals do (artisanal tour).
Pure Jungle Spa: Massages, Facials and more
Massage, facials and unique body treatments using local jungle ingredients in a beautiful setting.
CariBeans Chocolate Forest Experience
Experience a guided hike through the cacao forest with great chocolate tasting from the Aztec ceremonial drink to the fine European style chocolate bar.
Day Trips from Caribbean Coast
Full day tours departing from the Caribbean Coast for nearby destinations.
Bocas del Toro, Panama One Day Tour
A day trip to the Bocas del Toro islands including dolphin watching, snorkelling and a visit to the Red Frog Beach.
Tortuguero Canal Wildlife Watching
See the Tortuguero Canals by boat and get the chance to see wildlife on this day trip from Puerto Viejo or Cahuita.
Check out our Packages page where you can find popular multi-day itineraries like our Volcano, Jungle and Beach Package or our Costa Rica Wet and Wild Package -- these packages include your Puerto Viejo hotel, transportation to/from Puerto Viejo and tours and activities.
Our packages page also has some short multi-day packages that you can add-on to your Puerto Viejo trip to destinations such as Volcano Arenal, Bocas del Toro, Tortuguero or Monteverde. Check out all our destination packages.
Our travel partner Gecko Trail Adventures has an office just down the beach at Hotel Banana Azul and can arrange all sorts of local activities in the area beyond those listed here or make special arrangements and tours for groups, etc.
They also can help you arrange the rest of your trip around Costa Rica by arranging transportation, hotels and activities throughout Costa Rica.
So send them an email or give them a call. They're happy to put together a package of activities that suits your needs or answer any questions you have about any of this.
You can contact Gecko Trail Adventures at:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- telephone us in Costa Rica at +506 8724-9252 (that's 011-506-8724-9252 from USA/Canada and 01-506-8724-9252 from most other parts of the world)
- telephone us via our USA number 1 415-230-0298 which forwards to Costa Rica.