SOUTHERN MEXICO: FISH TALES & MAYAN TRAILS

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Southern Mexico: Fish Tales & Mayan Trails

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Manzanillo, Mexico

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4 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

refreshments

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Manzanillo, ATV Jungle Adventure
If you are looking for a thrilling adventure, experience the excitement of an Honda TRX250 ATV, powerful and easy to handle! Your professional guide will lead you through rugged mountain trails to the unspoiled and endless beach of Peña Blanca. Enjoy a refreshing cool drink at the beach before you keep on going. Along the way capture spectacular views from uphill or "La Vaca Mountain," besides discovering the secrets of the tropical forest and driving through rich vegetation. You will have time to spend at "El Llano" and meet the friendly people at Rancho "El Indio" before heading back.

Please note: This tour is not suitable for guests with neck or back problems nor pregnant women. Minimum age for driving is 18 years. Driver`s license is needed. Wear comfortable clothing (long pants or short), closed shoes, and bring extra money (USD or MXN).


price $199
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5 HRS

Moderate

boating

walking

refreshments

sightseeing

essentials
Manzanillo, Barra de Navidad
Travel to the exclusive area of Peninsula de Santiago for a photo opportunity and continue northbound along Santiago Bay, viewing its magnificent beaches and lush fruit plantations, with a stop at a fruit stand to sample a variety of tropical fruits. Cross over the “Marabasco River” to enter the neighboring state of Jalisco, with a picturesque view of the town of Cihuatlan, and proceed to Barra de Navidad. A historic site in the 1500s as the first Spanish expedition to the Philippines, bringing back popular fruits such as coconuts, mangos and bananas among other not endemic ones. Nowadays Barra de Navidad is a quaint farming and fishing village built on a sandbar. The beauty of nature surrounds the village with its long, curvy beach that stretches the length of the town. Once you arrive to Barra de Navidad you will visit the church of the ”Christ of Fallen Arms“ that locals strongly believe in his miracles. Then walk along the breezy and panoramic malecon with great photo opportunities for bay and lagoon pictures. Ride on a water taxi boat for 3 minutes to enjoy a complementary non-alcoholic drink and a light snack at the Grand Isla Resort & Marina. Afterwards you will head back to Barra de Navidad to stroll around along the cobblestone and tiled streets, and browse the small handicraft shops, before driving back to Manzanillo.

Please note: This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring sunscreen, and extra money (USD or MXN).


price $149
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

boating

wildlife

outdoors

essentials
Manzanillo, Big Game Sport Fishing
Big game fish are plentiful in Manzanillo waters. They are full of fight and ready for the challenge. Catch marlin, sailfish, dorado, wahoo or yellowtail. The crew is experienced in fishing and will know the best places for the best catches! You can relax because everything you need will be on board to make this trip enjoyable and success full.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring extra money (USD or MXN). Fishing license included. Pricing is per vessel with a maximum of 6 guests per boat. A captain and one sailor will be accompanying the group. 

price $1299
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4 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Manzanillo, City and Shopping
The city of Manzanillo has long been recognized as Mexico's gateway to the Pacific Rim. Drive through the busy port facility and along the Santiago Peninsula with views overlooking Las Hadas, the marina, the twin bays, and the beach where the movie 10 was filmed. Then continue to Santiago Bay towards the Miramar Flea Market, where you will find a large variety of arts and crafts, pottery, clothing, leather goods, onyx, and various other handcrafted goods to purchase and take home. Manzanillo's old-town plaza is your last stop. Your tour guide will give show you around while explaining the history of Manzanillo. Enjoy one of the typical drinks like Tuba, Ponche or Tejuino at a little market and hear about their story. Spend some free time walking through the square or shopping in the local stores before driving back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring sunscreen, and  extra money (USD or MXN).


price $99
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4 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

boating

sightseeing

essentials
Manzanillo, Eco Turtle Camp & Coconut Plantation
This wonderful experience will start when you board an A/C vehicle.  You will head south to Cuyutlan – a 45-minute ride and start your tour visiting the Turtle Camp of Cuyutlan to see and learn all about the sea turtles that come every season to the coast line, as well as the iguanas and crocodiles. With a bit of good luck, you will be able to free baby turtles and let them go to the Pacific Ocean (if hatching available). Board a panga – local boat – and get prepared to explore and discover the best of Palo Verde Lagoon through the mangroves where your guide will tell you everything about it. Be ready with your camera, crocodiles, iguanas, exotic birds, and many other creatures can be seen at any moment. On the way back stop at a Coconut plantation, you will see how a professional picks them from the palm and enjoy them. Drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility issues as the trails are mainly rough. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring sunscreen, insect repellent,  and  extra money (USD or MXN).


price $129
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5 HRS

Easy

essentials
Manzanillo, Private Van Tours
Not interested in one of the offered excursions? Or you just want to be flexible and do your own thing? Get your private vehicle with your own driver-guide and explore Manzanillo’s beauty according to your own rhythm. Find nice beaches for relaxing, great shopping areas, and incredible landscapes.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and  bring extra money (USD or MXN).


price $759
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Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

refreshments

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Huatulco, Chocolate & Coffee - Mezcal & Mole
Among the products of the region renowned for their international recognition, you will find chocolate, coffee, Mezcal (an alcoholic drink originated in Oaxaca) and mole. You will drive to Santa Maria Huatulco, a small, pretty, and very clean town surrounded by the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur. Next to the market place you will have an opportunity to try the local chocolate and coffee. Your next stop is Santa Maria Huatulco where you will visit its beautiful church that was built in the 17th century and then move nearby, to visit the local blacksmith´s artisanal shop over a century old. Here you will admire a forge of the 18th century and working tools of today made with recycled materials. Then you will continue to a Rustic Mezcal Factory, just 10 minutes away. The elaborate process of distillation of this traditional Oaxaca beverage (as famous as Tequila) will be shown as well as the different uses of the “Maguey” plant. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl and means "oven-cooked agave." Tequila is made from blue agave only while Mezcal is made from any variety of the agave plant. You can also try mole, which is basically a variety of "sauces" from the region of Oaxaca. There are as many recipes as the day is long and it is usually served with meat, mostly poultry, either chicken or turkey. Some mole recipes have 20+ ingredients in them! Everyone has their own way of making it.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes, and bring bug spray and extra money (USD or MXN).


price $125
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5 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

outdoors

boating

dining

essentials
Huatulco, Crocodile & Turtle Eco-Adventure
You will meet 7 of the 8 marine turtle species that exist worldwide, as well as 6 sweet water species and 2 land types, at an exclusive center, located at Mazunte, dedicated to the breeding, study, and preservation of turtles. See the different growing stages and learn what the Mexican government is doing to protect these very special creatures. Some of the marine turtles swim to the local shores to lay their eggs every year.  Afterwards you will move to Ventanilla Lagoon and the little community dedicated to maintaining and preserving a crocodile farm. A canoe ride on the lagoon is an unforgettable experience and you’ll be able to observe several animal species in their natural habitat such as birds, like the kingfisher, wild ducks, carpenter birds, and iguanas, crustaceans and reptiles. The boat ride will take you to an island where tree nurseries help to reforest affected areas. Your local guides will prepare a light lunch of fresh quesadillas on an open-air oven and offer information on the natural world that surrounds you. You will also see several examples of the animals that populate the island. After your exploration of the island, you will travel back to the mainland in your canoe and return to Huatulco and your ship’s pier.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes, and bring bug spray and extra money (USD or MXN). This excursion is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties.


price $139
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

dining

culture

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Huatulco, Mexican Traditions & Cooking Class
Begin the tour in the small town named Piedra de Moros, where you will visit the medicinal plants and herbs walkway and receive a brief explanation of their names and which diseases they cure.  You will have the opportunity to taste a refreshing drink made with the lemongrass herb and get to see the traditional way of making “tortillas” and bread. Uses of “Nopal” (cactus) will be explained as well, and samples of all these traditional Mexican products will be offered. Among the products of the region renowned for their international recognition, you will find chocolate, coffee, grasshoppers, traditional Oaxaca´s mole, and Mezcal (an alcoholic drink originated in Oaxaca).  On your return to Huatulco you will visit downtown where you will have the opportunity to taste and learn about the ingredients for your cooking lesson before you buy the products of your choice.  Then you will head to the Lu Iba Restaurant to participate in a cooking lesson to prepare your Tlayuda with typical regional ingredients. Of course, the right beverage must not be left out. Let the master show you how to prepare a typical oaxaqueña Margarita and enjoy it together with your Tlayuda.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes, and bring bug spray and extra money (USD or MXN). This excursion is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties.


price $129
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4.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

sightseeing

outdoors

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Huatulco, Paradise Garden
Discover the natural beauty of the Oaxaca region and the Sierra Madre Mountains. On this tour you will be able to truly experience contact with Mother Nature and all her strange and beautiful manifestations in this area. You’ll travel north by air-conditioned transportation through one of the most exuberant regions of Oaxaca, the southern Sierra Madre Mountains. This region is one of the true marvels of nature and you will explore it on your scenic drive through small isolated villages, mountain streams, fruit plantations, and the lovely native vegetation and flowers of the region. After a 40-minute drive, you will arrive at Paradise Gardens. This eco-agricultural project encompasses 130 hectares at 853 feet (260 meters) above sea level. Your guide will lead you along the paths to see the different phases of cultivation of fruits, trees and vegetables. In Paradise Gardens you will find more than 400 plant species, with almost 100 varieties originating from Southeast Asia and Central and South America, making a striking combination of vegetation. During your walk you will discover a great variety of exotic flora as well as local species of animals, birds, and more.  Paradise Garden’s production philosophy is based on organic principles that harmonize its production with the natural world and whose most important objective is to maintain and preserve the gifts of nature.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes, and bring bug spray and extra money (USD or MXN). This excursion is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties.


price $139
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

dining

culture

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Huatulco, Pluma Hidalgo Coffee
To begin you will have the opportunity to know the history and legends of Hualtuco, visiting Santa Maria Huatulco. In this wonderful village you will visit the church, the old market, the square, the Municipal Palace and the main streets of the community to know a little of the traditions that live on there every day. Afterwards you will continue to Pluma Hidalgo towards the mountains and on the way you will observe the changes of temperature and vegetation due to the fact that you are 4,357 feet (1328 meters) above sea level.  In the village you will visit the church and get to know the area. Between mountains and mists in Pluma Hidalgo, visit a coffee farm where you will learn about the process of producing coffee from the cultivation of the coffee plant to the preparation to the coffee roasting and tasting.  You will continue with a rich Oaxacan lunch where you will enjoy one of the typical dishes of the region and then return to the port of Huatulco.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes, and bring bug spray and extra money (USD or MXN). This excursion is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or for guests with back or neck problems due to bumpy roads. There is lots of walking involved on uneven surfaces.


price $145
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2.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

watersports

essentials
Huatulco, Pre-Hispanic Steam
The ancient peoples of Mexico used to take steam baths enriched with medicinal and aromatic herbs and plants. There are mural paints in the Mayan ruins of Bonampak describing the ritual of the steam baths. This tour will offer you the opportunity to experience this healthy and mystical tradition in an exclusive Pre-Hispanic Spa built following the traditions of the ancient cultures, decorated with replicas of the murals of Bonampak painted on the walls of the “Temazcalli” (Steam Bath House). Experience an old ritual to heal the body, the mind and the spirit with a chaman (traditional medicine man). After the steam and herbs bath is over, take a relaxing Jacuzzi session and enjoy the Pre-Hispanic rhythms of ancient Mexican instruments.

Please note:  This tour is only recommended for guests in good medical and physical condition. Bring your swimsuit, sandals, and extra money (USD or MXN).


price $175
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Puerto Chiapas, Mexico



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

walking

culture

essentials
Puerto Chiapas, Chiapas Through the Ages
Experience Mexico’s past and present as you explore the ancient Mayan archaeological site of Izapa, visit the Planetarium and learn about Mayan Cosmology, watch Mayan Dancers perform and then wander Tapachula’s town square on a sightseeing adventure that will both educate and delight you.  From the pier, you’ll journey aboard an air-conditioned bus to the ancient ruins of Izapa. From its beginnings as a small village sometime around 1,500 B.C., Izapa grew into the region’s most influential cultural and commercial center with a population of possibly up to 10,000 people at the height of its influence sometime between 60 B.C. and 100 A.D. Once foremost in the region to produce highly valued cacao, Izapa brought together many of Mesoamerica’s ancient cultures and many believe it may be the site of origin of the sacred Mayan Calendar, although much study remains to be done in order to unlock these secrets. From here, you’ll travel by bus to the culturally diverse city of Tapachula whose history and heritage has been influenced not only by the Mayans, Mestizos and Spanish but by German, Chinese, Japanese, and French immigrants as well. From here, your tour guide will introduce you to some the city’s highlights on a short walking tour around the town square. You’ll have free time for shopping in local artisan shops for leather goods, ceramics and more. Then it is time to travel by bus to Tapachula Planetarium where you will watch a presentation inside the dome about Maya Astronomy and Cosmology and then watch Mayan Dancers perform before returning by bus to your ship’s pier.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes and bring extra money (USD or MXN). Not recommended for people with walking difficulties. Snack included.


price $169
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5.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

walking

refreshments

sightseeing

essentials
Puerto Chiapas, Coffee Tasting & Botanical Garden
Journey into the Sierra Madre Mountains of Chiapas and discover the world’s finest coffees at Argovia Plantation.  You’ll travel by air-conditioned van approximately 90 minutes through the lush forests and breathtaking scenery of the Sierra Madres to the Argovia Estate.  Founded in 1880, Argovia is one of the oldest coffee producers in the region and a one-of-a-kind, family owned agricultural estate. Your professional guides will provide in-depth information about the history of the area, the people of Chiapas and the steps involved in creating the perfect cup of coffee. Take a short tour of the grounds and learn about the Plantation’s history as well as the history of coffee in Chiapas and how it came to be known as the 2nd finest coffee producing region in the world. Then take a delicious journey to discover all the flavors that distinguish Chiapas coffee. You’ll practice observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee, learn the art of coffee tasting - and why it's OK to slurp! Argovia has diversified its production and now also specializes in growing over 125 different ornamental flowers. You’ll tour the flower plantation and see these extraordinary specimens of nature’s gifts. Get to know all the diversity of foliage, tropical and exotic flowers, in one small and spectacular botanic garden that exist in Argovia. Afterwards you’ll have time to browse the gift shop and purchase Argovia’s famous coffee to take home with you.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes and bring extra money (USD or MXN). Not recommended for people with walking difficulties.


price $199
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

concierge
Puerto Chiapas, Concierge Collection: Chocolate Discovery & Mayan Dances
Visit Casa Maya, and discover the process of making 100% artisan Chocolate. They will explain the plant, the fruit, the extraction of the seed, the importance of the product from our pre-Hispanic cultures, and you will taste the fermented cocoa, cocoa drink, and chocolate prepared with milk.  You will also taste an exquisite tamal typical of the region stuffed with chocolate. You will live the experience of the chocolate in the middle of a mystical place with Mayan decorative murals, and watch Mayan Dance performances before returning by bus to your ship’s pier.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes and bring extra money (USD or MXN). Not recommended for people with walking difficulties. 


price $199
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Puerto Chiapas, Half Day Private Van Tour
Not interested in one of the offered excursions? Or you just want to be flexible and do your own thing? Get your private vehicle with your own driver-guide and explore Puerto Chiapas beauty according to your own rhythm. Find nice beaches for relaxing, great shopping areas, and incredible landscapes.

Please note: Highly recommended for those with mobility issues.


price $845
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7 HRS

Moderate

hiking

dining

sightseeing

essentials
Puerto Chiapas, Hiking the Tacana Volkan Trail
From your ship’s pier you will travel to the small village of Talquian, the last town before getting to the Tacana hiking route. Here you will have a delicious meal to gain strength before getting active. The Tacana volcano the highest peak in Central America  13,320 feet (4060 m), lies right on the border between Mexico and Guatemala, and was a sacred place for the Mayans, who believed the gods gave the gift of corn to humankind right in this place. Your guide will lead you through the path uphill while showing you the local flora and fauna of this rainforest and perhaps meet some of the locals on their way from Guatemala to Mexico since this is still a trading route for the local villages. After about an hour and 15 minutes hiking, you will head back to the bottom of the hill where your transportation is waiting for you to take you back to your ship.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes and bring extra money (USD or MXN). Not recommended for people with walking difficulties.


price $169
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6.5 HRS

Moderate

hiking

dining

sightseeing

culture

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Puerto Chiapas, Izapa & Pico del Loro
From the pier you will travel to the Pico de Loro (Parrot`s beak), a very peculiar rock formation, located at the bottom of the Tacana Volcano. After a short 15-minute hike, you will get to the massive rock and then will have the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and forest. Then you continue to Izapa, where you will enjoy a typical Mexican lunch. Afterwards discover the Archaeological Site, one of the most important Mayan sites of the region because of its history and strategic location right where it used to be the jade and cacao trade Mayan route. Your guide will show you the still existing ball park and the rest of the remaining buildings of this Mayan Center while explaining the history of this unique civilization. After a day’s adventure it’s time to go back to your ship.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes and bring bug spray and extra money (USD or MXN). Not recommended for people with walking difficulties. Tour includes umbrellas and refreshing face towels.


price $149
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3 HRS

Moderately
easy

boating

wildlife

sightseeing

essentials
Puerto Chiapas, Mangroves & Nature Exploration
Immerse yourself in the magic of Chiapas’s natural environments as you head off the beaten path in a 6-person boat and explore beautiful mangrove streams and lagoons populated by wildlife and birds. After a short bus ride from the pier, you’ll arrive at the water’s edge where you’ll meet your captain and board your boat. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular views that surround you as your boat is navigated through the waterways by a professional captain and guide. Experience nature and all her glory as wildlife, and especially the region’s diverse array of birds, appear along the way. Your guide will share information about the area’s eco-system and point out various species of flora and fauna. You may see pelicans, herons, ospreys, cormorants, hummingbirds, egrets, spoonbills, storks, turtles, and much more. This nature reserve also provides a way of life to the local fishermen who use the same tried and true methods of catching shrimp, crab and more that their fathers did before them. Have your questions ready when you meet one of the fishermen in person and grab the opportunity to learn about their daily work and personal life before heading back to your cruise ship.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes and bring bug spray and extra money (USD or MXN). Not recommended for people with walking difficulties.


price $175
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3.25 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

walking

culture

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Puerto Chiapas, Tapachula City Tour
Experience Tapachula City Downtown as you explore the main churches and squares, and have time to do shopping for Mexican handcrafts, chocolates, and coffee that make this region of Mexico famous. From the pier, you’ll journey approximately 45 minutes aboard an air-conditioned bus to the main Cathedral, located in the Bicentennial Square, recently remodeled. After visiting and learning about the Cathedral you will have time to shop directly from the local vendors. From here, you’ll travel by bus to the Main Square of Tapachula whose history and heritage have been influenced not only by the Mayans, Mestizos, and Spanish but by German, Chinese, Japanese, and French immigrants as well.  From here, your tour guide will introduce you to some the city’s highlights on a short walking tour around the town square. You’ll have free time for shopping in local artisan shops for leather goods, ceramics, and more. Then it is time to travel by bus to your ship’s pier.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes and bring extra money (USD or MXN). Not recommended for people with walking difficulties.


price $149
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica



3.5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

essentials
Playas Del Coco, Canopy Zip Line
You’ll have a 30-minute drive to the Congo Trail Private Reserve where your adventure will begin. A platform located at ground level will mark the beginning of your experience. Industry-approved, ultra-safe harness equipment and a network of steel cables that connect eight trees in the forest will be your road to excitement while you learn the secrets of the dry forest. Gliding from tree to tree, you will have a birds-eye-view of the forest. The fauna is especially abundant here. Hundreds of different species of birds have been sighted, along with the howler monkey, many different snakes, coatis, and other mammals. At the end of the last cable, you will head back to earth and your ride back to your ship. 

Please note: This is a very active tour only recommended for guests who are in good physical condition. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Wet landing required. 


price $105
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4 HRS

Moderate

snorkeling

refreshments

beach

boating
Playas Del Coco, Catamaran & Snorkel Tour
The Gulf of Papagayo is located in the northwestern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and is known for its beautiful beaches, its amazing year-round good weather, the abundant wildlife that lives in its waters and the wide variety of activities that visitors can be a part of while visiting this beautiful country. During this tour, you will sail aboard a beautiful catamaran through the waters of the Gulf of Papagayo, and discover its enchanting marine world: beautiful reefs, colorful and pristine beaches, dolphins, flying fish and other marine species that are only part of the spectacle you might witness during this adventure. You can even relax on the boat and sip delicious refreshing tropical drinks and snacks that are served by the crew as you simply enjoy and delight yourself with the amazing views of the ocean, the surrounding beaches and feel the marine breeze on your face.  On arrival at Playa Heuvos there will be time to swim, snorkel or explore in the tranquil warm ocean.

Please note:  The catamaran is not wheelchair accessible. Bring your bathing suit and a towel. 


price $145
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5 HRS

Easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Playas Del Coco, Liberia City Tour, Shopping & Folklore
Liberia is the capital city of the province of Guanacaste, and one of the most important cities in Costa Rica’s northwest.  It was originated during the middle of the 18th century and is a beautiful place to visit. You will board your bus for the 50-minute ride to Liberia. Also known as the White City due to the color of the land it was built on, you will see colorful adobe houses that will certainly take you back in time, while the beauty of La Agonia Church, built in 1769 is a clear example of this region’s architectural and cultural heritage. During your tour the guide will enlighten you with some of the most interesting facts about this city and show you some local stores where you will be able to purchase delicious coffee to take back home, enjoy traditional dances and the beautiful sounds of regional music, taste traditional dishes and admire the work of local artisans who transform pottery into real works of art.

Please note: This tour is a good choice for guests with limited mobility as long as they travel with a companion who can assist with the steps in and out of the bus. Wet landing required.


price $89
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7 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

refreshments

dining

boating
Playas Del Coco, River Cruise, Sabanero Traditions & Lunch
This is an unforgettable experience that will take you into the roots of Guanacaste and its culture. Your adventure will begin with a 75-minute drive to board a river boat that will allow you to see the beauty of the Tempisque River, bordering the spectacular Palo Verde National Park and flowing into the Gulf of Nicoya.  Along the route of your 80-minute boat tour you will be able to observe the most amazing varieties of birds, plus crocodiles, iguanas, monkeys and a beautiful ecosystem that is filled with extensive marshes that serve as home to many migratory birds coming from North and South America.  Following your river tour you will delight your palate with a delicious homemade Costa Rican-style lunch, while immersing yourself into the authentic lifestyle of Guanacaste’s  “Sabaneros” and experiencing the ambiance  of the beautiful Hacienda House, built in the 19th century and recently restored.  You will see lovely views from the ample corridors as the savannahs and sugar cane fields extend before your eyes.

Please note:  All animals in this national park are wild animals. Please do not feed them. Wear light clothing, comfortable shoes, insect repellent, sunblock, and bring a hat. You will be given a life jacket on the river boat. Wet landing required.


price $169
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7 HRS

Easy

dining

sightseeing

essentials
Playas Del Coco, Rivers of Joy, Hotsprings & Lunch
You arrive through a meandering country road, surrounded by a volcanic mountain range and a dwarf-forest, a rare habitat within the Costa Rican tropical dry forest. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a refreshing beverage. Your visit will start with a scenic guided walk on one of the main trails, including a hanging bridge. As part of the walk you will have the opportunity to enjoy the waters of this crystal-clear river. Once within the 500+ acre private reserve, you will be led into a canyon where a thermo-mineral river flows strong and trees grow 10 times taller than those on the parched earth above. The visit to Rivers of Joy Hot Springs and Spa, will not only give you the opportunity of enjoying the generous hot springs of "Rio Perdido" but the convergence with the "Rio Blanco" where you can enjoy the different pools temperatures that range from 90 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit, the spectacular views of the "Rincon de La Vieja Volcano" and the SPA for those who want to pamper their souls. There are thermal pools just next to the building where you can also enjoy the thermal waters. An authentic “Guanacaste” culinary experience will be served for lunch at the main restaurant. SPA treatments available on reservation only and are not included in tour price. The treatments must be paid directly at the property.

Please note: Bring bathing suite, sandals, changing cloths, walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen. Wet landing required.


price $149
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6.5 HRS

Strenuous

watersports

horseback

boating

dining

beach
Playas Del Coco, Saddles & Paddles
This great adventure will allow you to experience Guanacaste in a way no other adventure can.  At Cañon de La Vieja you will be able to horseback ride across some of Guanacaste’s most beautiful surroundings; savannahs, hills and some breathtaking views of the volcano while being assisted by an experienced ‘sabanero’ (cowboy).  Board your bus for the 75-minute ride to Cañon de La Vieja where you will get a safety lesson before your horseback ride along the river.  Then  you will take part in an exciting rafting tour that will take you through approximately 2 miles of one of the most beautiful rivers in the area, that include Class II and III rapids that vary depending on the weather conditions existing in the higher lands.  For approximately 60 minutes you will enjoy yourself riding these beautiful waters, observing the vegetation and fauna of the area, while wearing safety equipment of the highest standards and being guided by very experienced guides. At the conclusion of these activities relax at the pool and before heading back to Coco enjoy a traditional Costa Rican-styled lunch.

Please note:  The river rafting includes a couple of very strenuous canyons requiring participants to be in excellent physical condition.  Saddles, life jackets, helmets and paddles will all be provided.   Lunch is included on this tour. Bring your bathing suit, extra dry clothes, towel, sunscreen and rubber-soled shoes.  Wet landing required.


price $219
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Bahia Herradura, Costa Rica



5 HRS

Easy

wildlife

refreshments

culture

sightseeing

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Bahia Herradura, Andalusian Horse Show & Countryside

This show combines the magnificent Andalusian horses with masterful riders. Learn about the equestrian world from a local English-speaking expert with vast knowledge in this field. You will board your comfortable air conditioned motor coach for the 75-minute ride to Rancho San Miguel, passing a variety of landscapes including mango and watermelon farmlands, lush forests and mountain views to the highlands of Alajuela Province where the hacienda is located. Rancho San Miguel is a school of high equestrian arts they have been exhibiting at horse fiestas for over 30 years.It is now famous throughout the Americas for their pure breed of Andalusian horses. You will be greeted by a local expert who will introduce you the equine world of mares and stallions. The 60-minute show will combine dressage training of the magnificent Andalusian horses with the impressive ability of the riders, a group of talented young ladies in acts that require many months of hard team-work training and discipline including a synchronized choreography of the mares. Every act will be presented and explained by the expert while you also enjoy the sounds of Spanish flamenco music in a spectacular amphitheater. You will then have a 45-minute drive to El Jardin souvenir market in Orotina where you will have plenty of time to browse around the shop, sample their delicious fruits or taste a Costa Rican cup of coffee.

Please note:  Wear light clothing, comfortable shoes, a hat or visor, sunscreen, insect repellent, and bring water, cash/credit cards and your camera.


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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

culture

walking
Bahia Herradura, Carara National Park & Pura Vida Gardens
Departing from Herradura, you will have a 15-minute drive to Carara National Park, which covers a low mountainous area that is relatively clear of undergrowth making it easy to observe the abundant wildlife. Because of its particular location, the park has one of the largest remaining wild populations of Scarlet Macaws.  Also, the Rio Grande de Tarcoles crosses the park and is home to a great variety of animals and birds catching the attention of many birdwatchers, who consider Carara one of the best spots to watch tropical birds in the country. You will have about a 90-minute walk in this area of exceptional beauty before the short drive to Pura Vida Gardens, one of the most spectacular private gardens in Costa Rica. Boasting beautifully manicured gardens, you will notice that they are also bordered by one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. Pura Vida is home to many flowering plants, including heliconias, gingers, and orchids. Look for butterflies, parrots, parakeets, toucans, kingfishers, and waterfowl. Before your walking  tour, enjoy a well-deserved traditional lunch served in the garden restaurant,  then browse the gift shop for souvenirs before heading back to port.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat.

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4.45 HRS

Easy

wildlife

refreshments

boating
Bahia Herradura, Eco Jungle Cruise & Crocodile Safari
This adventure takes place along the estuary of Guacalillo and the Tarcoles River, near Carara National Park. You will board your jungle cruise ship for your tour up the estuary noted for its mangrove forests. In fact, four different species of mangroves are found in this area: tea, black, red and white mangrove. The mangroves are a group of unrelated woody plants that grow in protected tropical coasts. The mangroves also provide a great habitat for many endemic birds like swallows, hummingbirds, flycatchers and many ibis and woodpeckers.You will cruise up the Tarcoles River that’s shores house one of the largest colonies of crocodiles. Some of these reptiles are easily 9 feet long. Iguanas, Jesus Christ lizards, as well as many birds like herons, egrets, and ducks are easily seen looking for food along the riverbanks. This journey will help you learn about the importance of mangroves and why they must be preserved as a way of conservation to save all living species on Earth. Enjoy tropical fresh fruits and iced cold drinks before, during or after your cruise.

Please note: Bring your camera, sunscreen, insect repellent and wear comfortable clothing.


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3 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

refreshments
Bahia Herradura, Los Suenos Canopy Tour
If walking through a tropical forest is exciting, then imagine the experience of traveling on cables on top of it. The tropical forest is one the most complex ecosystems on Earth, more species of flora and fauna inhabit this type of forest than in any other on the planet.  The richest part of the forest is the canopy, as most plants, including orchids and ferns, climb on the trees to receive more sunlight. Here is your chance for an adrenaline-filled encounter with the rainforest, at 100 feet above the ground! You will fly over exotic trees and flora while experiencing spectaculars views of Herradura Bay, the Pacific Coast, as well as the Nicoya Gulf. You will cross an exuberant primary forest on 12 cables and 14 platforms suspended on the treetops discovering the unique comparison of two different ecosystems, the Tropical and the Dry Tropical eco-systems, two different climates and many singular species of birds and animals not seen anywhere else. At the end of your adventure enjoy a delicious buffet of tropical fruits
 
Please note:  This tour is only recommended for those who are able to participate in moderately strenuous activities and high adventure programs. Guests who suffer vertigo should not participate on this tour. Comfortable light clothing is recommended. Weight limit is approximately 235 pounds. You will be required to sign a waiver.


price $135
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4 HRS

Strenuous

horseback

outdoors

wildlife

refreshments

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Bahia Herradura, Tropical Forest Horseback Riding & Waterfalls
Your tour will start a short 15-minute drive. This is perhaps one of the best ways to discover the wonders of the rainforest. You will be equipped with a medium-sized Criollo horse and riding gear and then depart on your journey to the waterfalls. Along the way you will see farms, and get a closer look at nature, as you start ascending through the rainforest. You may be able to spot some great wildlife such as: toucans, macaws and sometimes even monkeys. Upon arrival at the swimming pool area, your bilingual guide will set you up with some fresh fruit and water and you will have some time to relax and enjoy the waterfalls and natural slide before you return to base.Vista Los Suenos has some of the best kept horses and views in the area. You will discover nature at its best in a private, exclusive 80-acre property, where you will also enjoy your own waterfall. 

Please note:  Horseback riding is not a suitable activity for guests with limited mobility.

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Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica



5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing
Puerto Caldera: Espiratu Santo Coffee Tour & Oxcart Factory & Transfer to Airport
This tour represents the most remarkable and pure coffee and oxcart tradition and history in Costa Rica. The tradition of the oxcarts is linked to the coffee production and harvest in the early years of the country. Despite modern means of production and transit, oxcarts are still symbols of prosperity and wealth.  You will travel by bus to Espiritu Santo Coffee plantation. The property is surrounded by 640 acres of a prime coffee plantation, where the secrets of a real good cup of coffee are carefully held. From the plantation entrance, your tour guide will explain how organic coffee is grown, harvested, and processed to produce some of the world’s finest coffee beans.  You will learn about Costa Rican history and have the opportunity to taste a freshly roasted cup of coffee.  After this visit you will travel to the town of Sarchi, known as the Cradle of Costa Rican Artisans because of its fine workshops. Here you will have time to observe the work of the local artisans as they create their famous oxcarts. You will be able to shop for souvenirs to take home, as well as enjoy a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch. Then you will be transferred to the airport.

Please note:  Travel will be along winding roads. Earliest flight departure should be 3 p.m. to allow for the 3-hour check-in required for international flights.


price $149
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5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing

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Puerto Caldera: Espiratu Santo Coffee Tour & Oxcart Factory & Transfer to Windstar Hotel
This tour represents the most remarkable and pure coffee and oxcart tradition and history in Costa Rica. The tradition of the oxcarts is linked to the coffee production and harvest in the early years of the country. Despite modern means of production and transit, oxcarts are still symbols of prosperity and wealth.  You will travel by bus to Espiritu Santo Coffee plantation. The property is surrounded by 640 acres of a prime coffee plantation, where the secrets of a real good cup of coffee are carefully held. From the plantation entrance, your tour guide will explain how organic coffee is grown, harvested, and processed to produce some of the world’s finest coffee beans.  You will learn about Costa Rican history and have the opportunity to taste a freshly roasted cup of coffee.  After this visit you will travel to the town of Sarchi, known as the Cradle of Costa Rican Artisans because of its fine workshops. Here you will have time to observe the work of the local artisans as they create their famous oxcarts. You will be able to shop for souvenirs to take home, as well as enjoy a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch. Then you will be transferred to your Windstar Hotel.

Please note:  There may be a stop to drop off Windstar guests at the airport before the final stop at the Windstar Hotel.


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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Puerto Caldera: San Jose City Tour with Transfer to Airport
Arriving to San Jose, the capital and largest city in Costa Rica, San Jose has a lot to offer its visitors that hail from around the world. It is a contrasted city with exhilarating expressions of history, traditions, art and architecture. The tour will begin with an initial orientation and drive through the beautiful Sabana Park. Next, you will take a walking tour through the historic National Theater. Completed in 1897, the theater is a masterpiece in art and architecture. Afterwards, you will visit one of the many unique museums of Costa Rica, The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum which has an extraordinary collection of gold objects that reflect the world view, social structure, and gold-working techniques of the Pre-Columbian peoples of Costa Rica. The exhibition showcases the use and function of the pieces, the technology of their fabrication, and their relationship to the natural world and the daily life of these societies. The collection consists of 1,600 pieces of Pre-Columbian gold work that date from 500 A.D. to 1500 A.D. After this extraordinary museum tour, you will continue heading to the National Museum, Atlantic Ferrocarril Station. Rail transport in Costa Rica is under the ownership of Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (INCOFER). The Estación al Atlántico (Atlantic Station) today serves as the San José hub for the commuter train to Heredia and Cartago provinces. 

Please note:  Travel will be along winding roads. Earliest flight time is 3 p.m. to allow for 3-hour check-in required for international flights.


price $139
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

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Puerto Caldera: San Jose City Tour with Transfer to Windstar Hotel
Arriving to San Jose, the capital and largest city in Costa Rica, San Jose has a lot to offer its visitors that hail from around the world. It is a contrasted city with exhilarating expressions of history, traditions, art and architecture. The tour will begin with an initial orientation and drive through the beautiful Sabana Park. Next, you will take a walking tour through the historic National Theater. Completed in 1897, the theater is a masterpiece in art and architecture. Afterwards, you will visit one of the many unique museums of Costa Rica, The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum which has an extraordinary collection of gold objects that reflect the world view, social structure, and gold-working techniques of the Pre-Columbian peoples of Costa Rica. The exhibition showcases the use and function of the pieces, the technology of their fabrication, and their relationship to the natural world and the daily life of these societies. The collection consists of 1,600 pieces of Pre-Columbian gold work that date from 500 A.D. to 1500 A.D. After this extraordinary museum tour, you will continue heading to the National Museum, Atlantic Ferrocarril Station. Rail transport in Costa Rica is under the ownership of Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (INCOFER). The Estación al Atlántico (Atlantic Station) today serves as the San José hub for the commuter train to Heredia and Cartago provinces. You will be transferred to your Windstar Hotel.

Please note:  Travel will be along winding roads. There may be a stop to drop off Windstar guests at the airport before the final stop at the Windstar Hotel.


price $139
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