San Jose Tropical Rainforest Adventure Including Chocolate Tasting

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Overview

What could be better than a chocolate tour and wildlife encounter in a Costa Rican tropical rainforest! Meet the monkeys, parrots and other tropical birds that call La Selva Biological Reserve home. Hear about the reserves status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve from your guide before visiting Tirimbina Rainforest Center, where you'll learn more about cacao and enjoy a chocolate tasting.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included

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Join your tour in central San Jose, then relax on the drive to La Virgen del Socorro, a private reserve with wonderful birdlife, including rare hawks, kites and hummingbirds.

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the Braulio Carrillo National Park in Costa Ricas Sarapiqui lowlands region. Stop to take a walk across the mighty Tirimbina Suspension Bridge over the Sarapiqui River, then join your expert naturalist guide on a walk through tropical rainforest in La Selva Biological Reserve, one of the country's best spots for wildlife and birdwatching.

There's the chance to spot 400 bird species on your guided highlands walk, which takes you to La Selva Organization for Tropical Studies. Learn about the reserve's status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, hear about the groundbreaking research, conservation and ecotourism being carried out here, and enjoy more birdwatching and photography at La Selva.

After your encounter with nature in the tropical rainforest, learn the secrets behind the history and art of chocolate-making on a visit to Tirimbna Rainforest Center. Learn how the cacao tree originated in Mesoamerica, see forest and wild species of the plant, and hear how chocolate is produced.

At the end of your visit, enjoy a tasting of organic chocolate and other cacao products made by the local Association of Women Amazilia del Caribe before visiting a leafcutter ant farm and learn all about these intriguing insects. Then, enjoy a relaxing drive back to San Jose.

Inclusions for San Jose Tropical Rainforest Adventure Including Chocolate Tasting

  • Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Exclusions for San Jose Tropical Rainforest Adventure Including Chocolate Tasting

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Additional food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Each walking trail in La Silva is approximately 3 hours, principally on cement or wood trails suitable for people of all ages and with good mobility. Please remember that the temperature rises during the day, reaching its peak in midday. Participants on this tour must be in good health.

It is recommended that you wear closed-toed shoes/hiking boots and a raincoat or poncho

This is a child-friendly tour. Children aged 5 years and younger are welcome at no charge

 For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • We felt that the chocolate tour was the most complete tour we ever took. We tasted the all stages of coco bean. Our guide and meal were terrific. Guide at the chocolate preserve was very enjoyable and was very knowledgeable. The trails were most interesting and even though the rainforest was in the dry season easy to walk in the extreme wet. All guides were easy to hear, spoke excellent English and clearly enjoyed their work.

  • This tour was amazing!

  • Great guide, unique experiences, and amazing landscapes cloud forest, very educational, learned more in a few hours than in year in school

  • Eric is a great guide - easygoing, inclusive, and entertaining, he aims to make sure everyone is having a great time. It's easy to see his passion for his culture and his country he's an ecologist, so you learn about the rainforest biology and ecosystem during an exciting hike. He knows yummy, off-the-beaten-path eateries and is quick to spot wildlife you might never notice otherwise score!. As for the chocolate tasting...can I please have seconds?

  • NOT WORTH for that money since I had different great tours for less money.
    I waited 35 minutes at the main gate of stadium as per the instructions I received. No one came. Then I started to walk around then I saw a van quarter mile away. I walked there but driver did not show any interest to get me to the vehicle. Then I showed the voucher and had to explain more and more the tour I booked. Then he said yes. Oh gosh.
    Tour guide was nice but mostly she wanted to gather info from where we came instead giving more info about costa rica. It is completely opposite to my other tours I got. She is entertaining but nothing much about costa rica from her.

  • My guide was amazing. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to taste delicious chocolate!

  • Awesome Rainforest. Awesome Guide. Learnt a lot about Costa Rica.

  • I love it, especially the chocolate making and lunch. The rainforest was an amazing experience.

  • My guide Randall was pleasant and it was a nice outing. The chocolate lecture,
    demonstration, and tasting was informative. We had a tasty lunch at a local
    restaurant. All in all, it was a fun day. The only thing I had hoped for was to
    bird.

  • Great tour guide and great way to spend my first day of travelling alone. Couldn't recommend this tour highly enough.

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