Tortuguero Canals by Boat: Explore “Costa Rica's Amazon” on a gentle boat cruise while your guide points out the flora, fauna, and biodiversity. As you drift past orchids and water lilies, keep your camera ready for the local wildlife – toucans, sloths, howler and spider monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, river otters and turtles!
Veragua Rainforest Entrance: At the mountaintop Veragua Rainforest, one of Costa Rica’s most important reserves, learn about rainforest creatures while accompanied by your guide.
Reptile Exhibit: Walk through a live reptile exhibit, learning about snakes and lizards.
Frog Exhibit: Enjoy an educational frog exhibit, where you’ll see frogs in environments replicating their habitats.
Butterfly Garden: Explore one of Costa Rica’s largest Butterfly Gardens, enchanted by hundreds of colorful butterflies flying around you.
Costa Rican Lunch: Enjoy a Costa Rican “casado” lunch of rice, beans, chicken with tomato sauce, steamed vegetables, and fried plantains.
Foundation for Rainforest Research: Visit the Foundation for Rainforest Research labs and learn about rainforest conservation and research. Biologists will explain how they work to unlock nature’s mysteries in partnership with the University of Costa Rica.
Shopping Time: Enjoy time in the gift shop stocked full of foundation logo items, art, t-shirts, hats, and souvenirs.
Requirements & Restrictions: You must be able to take a few steps to enter and exit the bus and the boat and walk short distances. A wheelchair or scooter can be stored in the bus for use at Veragua, but cannot be used at the canals. For safety reasons, pregnant women, and guests with back or neck injuries, may not participate on this excursion due to bumpy gravel roads for short periods.
What to Bring: Cash or credit card for purchases, hat or visor, poncho, sunscreen, and bug repellant.
Good to Know: This is a guided tour. Wildlife sightings are common but not guaranteed. Tour order may vary. Veragua Rainforest was awarded Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (CST).