Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas), Costa Rica
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Approximately 7½ Hours
Take an air-conditioned ride through the gorgeous Costa Rican countryside to the world-renowned Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram.
Step aboard an open-air eight-passenger gondola and enjoy a peaceful, silent glide through the forest's canopy. Verdant plant life, hanging gardens, and pretty waterfalls are part of the exhilarating aerial views over this 222-acre conservation park. Watch for wildlife and for views of the Pacific Ocean right from your seat.
At the top, set off on an optional guided nature walk to the medicinal plant garden and the Butterfly Garden, where you can glimpse the beautiful blue morpho butterfly.
Savor a delicious Costa Rican-style lunch, typically including a pasta salad, rice, beans, steamed vegetables, beef or chicken, and natural juice.
A drive through the countryside brings you to Turrucares -- a delightfully traditional town on the outskirts of San José. You will have exclusive access here to the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center (Sloth Sanctuary) with an all-access pass to see monkeys, sloths, tamanduas, anteaters, and parrots. The foundation works to restore injured and orphaned animals to good health so they can return to the wild.
Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Shade is limited; to avoid sunburn, wear light, long clothing suitable for use as a cover-up. Bring a hat and sunglasses; wear biodegradable sunscreen. Bring bottled water. Wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes. The walk at the Sloth Sanctuary is on a paved and flat trail and is optional. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed.