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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

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 a 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
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Professional guide
Snacks and lunch
Boardwalk guided tour
Activity of your choice: kayaking, horseback riding or oxen wagon tour
All necessary equipment
Use of lockers and showers
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
On the arrival at the hotel the tour guide is going to ask in the reception of the hotel for the client

Departure Time

6:00 AM
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 café, 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.
Itinerary
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Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park
After early morning pickup by minivan from your San Jose hotel, head north on a 2.5-hour drive to Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park. Located along the Costa Rican Bird Route, the park is part of Finca Pangola, multi-use farmlands that include protected habitats for wildlife and practice a sustainable forestry project. At the park, follow a naturalist guide for a tour along an elevated boardwalk that meanders into primary growth forest of lowland flood zones. Enjoy a great vantage point from this height, which allows you to gaze at the variety of tropical plants and wildlife without coming into contact. During the approx. mile-long (1.2-km) boardwalk — the longest one in all of Central America — come across the five majestic ceiba trees, hundreds of years old, which gave the park its name. Listen for howler monkeys, toucans, bats and many red-eyed tree frogs, and watch for parades of leaf-cutter ants carrying flowers. Look for hummingbirds and the endangered great green macaw in the treetops. At midday, dig into a hearty meal featuring Costa Rican comfort foods and fusion cuisine at the park’s restaurant overlooking the Rio Pangola, a perfect place to unwind. During your day at the park, you’ll also be provided with a snack (sandwich and beverage).  Then enjoy one of the following activities: kayaking, horseback riding or an oxen wagon tour. Colorful buses at the visitor center take you to the site of your selected activity. Lockers and changing rooms are available for use throughout the day. Kayaking 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 Chaperron 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. When it’s time to leave Cinco Ceibas, board your minivan and arrive back in San Jose in the evening. -------------------- ITINERARY -------------------- Kayaking  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 Chaperron 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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Sarapiqui
You can enjoy our rainforest by walking over an elevated boardwalk or ride a trail horse with magnificent views. Take a tranquil float on a kayak down the Rio Cuarto. After that enjoy an educational and cultural tour on an oxen wagon with "Flaco and Gordo" our oxen friends. Marvel at the huge ceiba trees and enjoy the biodiversity, birds, flowers and animals.
Duration: 13 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear long pants, comfortable shoes and bring a hat, a change of clothes and a camera
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Tours Costa Rica

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose.
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What is the social distancing policy during Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park from San Jose.

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eclipsegirl78
, Feb 2020
The tour was so fun. Miguel helped to make this a joy for me. This tour filled two things off my to do list - horse back riding and kayaking. I was glad Miguel was patient and reassuring to me as I did both activities. He rode with me in the kayak and pointed out various birds while on the river. We also saw a sloth and a monkey. Lunch was excellent. Before I left, the cook made some bread and a papaya smoothie. It was delicious. One suggestion I would make is that the restroom facilities need to be more clean. The restrooms smelled of urine like it was on the floor. Toilets were not flushed. Also, I was not happy with the driver Allan. He could barely speak English and was not friendly. I tried to ask him questions about Costa Rica and he was very short and not interested. It was very awkward because we were the only two in the van together for almost 4 hours on the way to the rainforest. While at the park, I would ask him a question and he would just kind of walk away. He also lost his glasses in the river when his kayak overturned. Miguel tried to help him find the glasses. Allan stood there the whole time watching poor Miguel get wet searching through the river stream for his glasses and did not look himself. Need a friendlier driver for future tours. Other than the driver issue and the restrooms, the tour was great.
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This tour was the stuff dreams are...
Ashley J D
, Dec 2017
This tour was the stuff dreams are made of. The hosts were funny, kind, adaptable, and knowledgeable about the rainforest and Rio Cuarto. I loved the oxen, Flaco y Gordo, as well as a whole host of wildlife seen while kayaking: hummingbirds, spider monkeys, parrots, vultures, horses, and much much more. I would do this tour every day for the rest of my life if I could! Muchas gracias a todos. :
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The highlight of this tour was not...
Paul P
, Jul 2017
The highlight of this tour was not the destination, it was the long drive there and back. I am grateful to the guide that he took a different way back it gave me an opportunity to see a great deal of the country. The lodge at the reserve was nice and in excellent repair and the lunch was excellent, but the boardwalk through the forest was very poorly maintained and in need of repairs. At one point, I was warned of a slippery step, a moss-covered flat stone without no handrails. As careful as I was, I still slipped. The guide remarked that it happened all the time. Later, my foot went through a rotten plank. Shortly after that, the guide's foot went through a plank that was termite-ridden. Many of the information plaques were faded to the point of illegibility, and many of the plant and tree items those plaques were discussing were no longer growing in that spot. Other than bullet ants, I saw zero wildlife. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch. To the credit of the person in charge of the facility, a friendly and knowledgeable man who obviously loves the reserve while recognizing its state of disrepair, I was gifted a nice polo shirt before leaving. I think he could tell that I was disappointed in the overall experience.
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It was an awesome and memorable...
Lorna C
, Mar 2017
It was an awesome and memorable trip. We did the horseback riding and then the Kayaking. The drive time was a couple hours but once the new road is in it will cut that down by about an hour. Even with the two hour drive from San Jose I would highly recommend this tour. This is the real rain forest and the natural beauty and terrific people that run and work at the place made it fun. Definitely bring a change of clothes just in case you decide to do the Kayaking originally we were going to do the horseback ride and the walk but instead did the Kayaking. The howler monkeys were cool to see there were many other wild life of different kinds and species we saw along the ride down the river.
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This tour is a bit long---12 hours from...
stagecoach
, Dec 2015
This tour is a bit long---12 hours from San Jose. Fortunately, the transportation was a van that was comfortable and the roads weren't too bad. The road back went over a mountain pass at 1800 meters which was an experience in itself. The staff at Cinco Ceibas were great---very friendly and helpful. We took the boardwalk tour of the rain forest, had a very nice lunch, and kayaked on the river. Very professional in every respect, I enjoyed the tour.
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We had a great time on our tour...
Jennifer R
, Jul 2015
We had a great time on our tour, despite a couple of minor mishaps. The facilities at Cinco Ceibas are lovely. The snacks and lunch were simple, but delicious. We did our tour during the rainy season, and part of the boardwalk was flooded, so we could not go all the way around. It did not matter as we still saw a lot of poison dart frogs, 2 different kinds of snakes, bats, insects, flowers, and we heard howler monkeys all around us. I chose to go kayaking as the second portion, and because of all the rain, the river was moving quite swiftly. Against my better judgment I still went, and tipped over and lost my kayak down the river. One of the guides walked me to a road where we called for help. So, despite that, we had a great day. Issac and Wilson at the Reserve were top notch. We did ask for an English speaking guide, which we didn't get, but he had some guidebooks in English so you could read about the things you saw. We were fortunate enough to be with Spanish speakers, so it worked out. The transportation was a bit lacking - a small, rickety tour van, but our driver got us safely through some very dark, rainy mountain roads, so I was glad in the end to be in a smaller vehicle. All in all, we had a great LONG day. We will definitely go back at another time to experience it again.
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