Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica
Veragua Rain Forest Eco-Adventure
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 5½ hours
Enjoy a day of discovery and adventure in the wondrous 3,400-acre Veragua Rainforest mountain reserve, which National Geographic Traveler has dubbed ‘the crème de la crème of the rain forest’. Located less than one hour away from the port, this world-class facility highlights the wonders of biodiversity and treats you to a world of astonishing natural beauty.
Expert naturalist guides teach you about biodiversity and local history along the journey to the Veragua Rainforest. This private reserve protects Costa Rica’s primary and secondary rain forest and is surrounded by the largest National Park in Central America -- La Amistad National Park.
You’ll meet forest creatures in state-of-the-art environments that replicate their natural homes. At the Reptile Habitat you’ll see endemic iguanas, lizards and snakes.
The Frog Habitat is one of the world’s largest diurnal and nocturnal frog exhibits. And the Butterfly Garden swarms with hundreds of the world’s most colorful live butterflies, including the world-famous blue morpho, which exists only in tropical rain forests.
Visit the Foundation for Rainforest Research laboratories and meet the research biologists. Partnering with the University of Costa Rica, they work to unlock nature’s mysteries and expand scientific knowledge of the rain forest’s fragile ecosystem. To date, they have discovered 11 new species of plants and animals. This is why it hosts hundreds of university students and researchers every year.
Glide through the picturesque rain forest treetops on an aerial tram for amazing panoramic views. While admiring 300-year-old trees, watch for toucans and shy sloths, and listen for howler monkeys as you descend the mountain to the riverbank below.
Walk the Trail of the Giants (named for the gigantic trees that frame the path) or hike to the cascading 65-foot Puma Waterfall -- an outdoor enthusiast’s dream in a fascinating educational setting.
Return by tram to the visitor center for a light snack buffet of sandwiches, fresh tropical fruits and juices. Make good use of some free time in the gift shop, stocked with a variety of Costa Rican art and creative mementos of this inspiring corner of Costa Rica.
The tram ride is 10 minutes each way. Suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Maximum weight is 350 lbs.