CANOPY SAN LUIS ADVENTURE TOUR

Set into the placid cloud forests of Costa Rica’s Central Valley region, the San Luis canopy tour will take you on an exhilarating and safe adventure through lush, green canopy and across the majestic Rio Cataratitas. Carried securely by a system of zip lines, you will soar weightlessly through the expanse of virgin forest that grounds the tour, and find yourself in intimacy with the habitats of Costa Rica’s distinct cloud forest wildlife. The San Luis canopy tour also presents the “Elevator”, a thrilling feature that securely lifts visitors high above the forest canopy, granting a paramount view of the surrounding area.
Though customer enjoyment is a central objective, San Luis canopy tour designates safety above all as a keystone principle: all personnel and facilities under their name carry up-to-date certification from the Costa Rica Institute of Tourism. San Luis canopy tour takes pride in their credentials and by them guarantees with confidence that this tour is among the most professional, informative, and enjoyable in Costa Rica.

Canopy with 12 different zip lines and 18 platforms.

Tarzan swing trails and fly like superman.

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Responsible Travel

We are committed to promoting the principles of ecotourism and responsible travel, with the goal of uniting conservation, communities and sustainable travel.  By exploring alternative travel choices, you can have a unique trip and avoid leaving negative marks on cultures, economies, and the environment.

  • At the hotel: Ask about environmental policies and practices. Talk with staff about working conditions. Does the hotel support community projects?
  • Language: Learn a few words in the local language and use them.
  • Dress: Read up on local conventions and dress appropriately. In many countries, modest dress is important.
  • Behavior: Be respectful of local citizens’ privacy. Ask permission before entering sacred places, homes, or private land.
  • Photos: Be sensitive to when and where you take photos/video of people. Always ask first.
  • Environment: Respect the natural environment. Never touch or harass animals. Always follow designated trails. Support conservation by paying entrance fees to parks and protected sites.

  • Animal products: Never buy crafts or products made from protected or endangered animals.
  • Pay the fair price: Don’t engage in overly aggressive bargaining for souvenirs. Don’t short-change or pay too much on tips for services.
  • Buy local: Choose locally-owned tour companies, lodges, hotels, and B&Bs. Use local buses, car rental agencies, and airlines. Eat in local restaurants, shop in local markets, and attend local festivals/events.
  • Hire local guides: Enrich your experience and support the local economy. Ask guides if they are licensed and live locally. Are they recommended by tour operators?
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COSTA RICA NATIONAL MUSEUM – REVIEW

The National Museum saw the light by the end of the XIX century, encouraged by the liberal project of “order and progress” that reorganized national culture by means of changes in education and the development of institutions with cultural and scientific purposes, such as, precisely, the National Museum.

On May 4, 1887, with Mr. Bernardo Soto as President of the Republic, the National Museum was created with the intention to provide the country with a public establishment to deposit, classify, and study natural and artistic products.

Since the very first years, the Museum focused on scientific investigation, education, exhibition, and defense of the cultural and natural heritage. Figures such as Anastasio Alfaro, Enrique Pittier, Pablo Biolley, Jose Castulo Zeledon, Adolfo Tonduz, Maria Fernandez de Tinoco, and Jose Fidel Tristan were crucial in the beginnings of the institution.

With over one hundred years of existence, it has dwelled in four different buildings. The first three of them are already demolished.

  • From 1887 to 1896 it was settled in the building of the Universidad de Santo Tomas.
  • From 1896 to 1903 it took the gardens of the Labrynth to the south of San Jose.
  • From 1903 to 1949 it used the former building of the Liceo de Costa Rica, currently housing the Caja
  • Costarricense del Seguro Social (National social security institution).
  • Since 1950 until today, the National Museum ‘s home are the facilities of the former Bellavista
  • Headquarters.

MUSEUM RECOMMENDED EXHIBITS

PRE-COLUMBIAN

On your visit by the Pre-Columbian Room, you will discover the lifestyle of ancient cultures starting 12,000 years B.C. up to the arrival of the Spaniards, 1,500 years A.D

A series of economic, social, political, and religious changes that occurred in the societies that inhabited our national territory determined the following historic periods which are displayed in the exhibition:

  1. Lifestyle of Hunters – Collectors (12,000 B.C. – 2,000 B.C.)
  2. Lifestyle of the Egalitarian Villager (2,000 B.C. – 500 B.C.)
  3. Lifestyle of the Cacique-ruled Villager (500 B.C. – 1,550 A.D.)

Ceramic, stone, jade, and bone objects will show you how creatively the ancient inhabitants of these lands took advantage of all resources available in nature to satisfy their own physical and religious needs.

You will also find arrow points, bowls, metates, burials, necklaces, pendants, earrings, and some other objects used for personal ornament and in rituals.

PRE-COLUMBIAN GOLDThis exhibition enhances our indigenous people’s view on gold.  Its goal is to make people aware of the fact that, opposed to the current idea that gold is a valuable material due to its price (which has encouraged most tomb-looting), to them, gold had a spiritual value instead of a materialistic one.

This Room tour displays animal representations such as frogs, alligators, and birds.  Other objects were used for body decoration and rank distinction, so is the case of medallions called patenas (large golden discs hanging on the chest), necklaces, nose plugs, ear plugs, bracelets, and bells.  You will also see miniature figurines of shamans.
MOTHERLAND
This room features a synthesis of the development Costa Rica has undergone throughout history since the arrival of the Spaniards until today.

In this area, you will get to know the time periods that have framed the building of our nation in its cultural diversity:  the Colony, the changes resulting from Independence, the coffee and banana plantations, the railroad and their contributions to society and economy, among other issues.

The exhibition displays photographs, drawings and representative objects from each time.  The latter were used in everyday life or remind of important political events.  Some of them are even symbols of ideals and traditions.  Others are samples of artistic creativity that captured time in wood and canvas.
COLONIAL HOMEThis room is a recreation of the typical atmosphere in a colonial home.  The walls, roof, floors, windows, and doors are original from the time and belonged to a house located in the province of Guanacaste.  It was dissembled and brought right into the museum for the purpose of this exhibition.

The dining room and bedroom reflect the distinguishing austerity of colonial houses in Costa Rica, with few pieces of furniture and accessories.

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MANUEL ANTONIO TOUR ACTIVITIES

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Adventure Sportfishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, sea kayaking, river rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding to pristine waterfalls, relaxing on white-sand beaches…

If that’s not enough to keep you a busy in the Quepos and Manuel Antonio area, then how about hiking through the jungle, bird watching, photographing monkeys, sloths and other wildlife, swimming and exploring mangrove forests and rocky islands?

Boredom is simply not a word in the Quepos dictionary. The question here may not be what to do, but what to leave out. After all, there’s only 24 hours in a day…

Not to be missed is Manuel Antonio National Park, arguably the country’s most beautiful and popular protected coastal area. The national park contains pristine white-sand beaches, hidden coves ideal for snorkeling, trails through tropical forest filled with wildlife and the landmark Punta Catedral, towering high above the deep blue Pacific Ocean.

Featured Adventure Tours:

* Titi Canopy
* ATV Tours
* Mangrove Tours
* Sportfishing
* Mountain Bike
* Rivers rafting
* Horse back riding in the rainforest
* Bird Watching
* Rainmaker
* Surfing
* Diving Tours
* Sunset Sails Tours
* Nature Farm
* Golf Tour
* Canyoning Tour
* Caves of Damas
* Jet Ski Tours
* Spices Tour
* Turtle Tour Adventure
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MANUEL ANTONIO BEACHES

Because this national park has a series of small beaches and bays surrounded by luscious rainforest: North Espadilla Beach, South Espadilla Beach, Manuel Antonio Beach, Puerto Escondido Beach & Playitas Beach, all of them safe for swimming and great for diving and exploring coral reefs or surfing.

Espadilla Beach

The Manuel Antonio National Park entrance fee is US$6 per person. Children under 12 free. Hours: 7am. to 4pm. Closed on Monday.

Quepos/Manuel Antonio, the little slice of paradise for all interests and pocket-books.

First beach on the Park

Ocean view from National Park hilltop

Manuel Antonio Beach

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MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK!

With the establishment of ManuelAntonio National Park in 1972, the people of Costa Rica decided to preserve, for future generations, one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse areas in the world. Although it is the country’s smallest national park, the stunning beauty and diversity of wildlife in its 683 hectares is unequaled.

Manuel Antonio contains a charming combination of rain forest, beaches and coral reefs. This beaches are the most beautiful in the country, lined with lush forest, and the snorkeling is excellent too. The forest is home for sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys and millions of colorful little crabs. And the trail that winds around Punta Catedral affords some spectacular views. The park is easy to reach, south of the town of Quepos, and is near a good selection of hotels and restaurants.

Visiting the park, one is treated to an abundant diversity of wildlife. Cathedral Point, with its forest topped cliffs was once an island, but is now connected to the coast by a thin strip of island. This land bridge now forms the spine separating the parks two most popular beaches, Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio.
The southern facing beach, Playa Manuel Antonio, is a picturesque half mile long, white sand crescent bisecting deep green foliage to one side and a private, secluded cove to the other.

Standing with your feet dug into the sand and watching the wave crash against the rocks on either side of the lagoon, it is easy to believe that you are a thousand miles from anywhere.



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Costa Rica: What to bring

Here’s a list of what to brings, just in case you are not a experienced tropical traveler.

I built this list through out the years of working in the Costa Rican [more specifically Manuel Antonio] tourism industry. I sincerely hope that it was not a waist of time, and that some visitors may really need it. Thinking that you are going to stay an average of 10 days in Costa Rica, and 4 in Manuel Antonio, these are items that I suggest you to bring along.
Of course, any suggestions are welcome; also it must be said that 100 % of any item listed here below, can be easily purchased – with no pain – in Costa Rica, and Manuel Antonio.

 

SHOES

1 – Amphibian hikers.

1 – Hiking or walking shoes.

1 – Beach sandals, or flip-flops.

1 – Dressy sandals or light-weight dress shoes. {These are not really necessary}

CLOTHES

10 – T-shirts.

2 – Long sleeved T-shirts, if you go hiking to protect you from sunburn, or if you go fishing.

2 dress shirts or blouses.

5 pairs of shorts. Hopefully cotton shorts or tropical weight/length skirts.

2 swimsuits and a sarong or other casual beach cover-up.

2 pairs of long pants. Something dressy and something for the bush. If it’s your style, zip-off legs pants can serve as shorts and long pants.

10 pairs of underwear.

10 pairs of socks.

1 Light weight Jacket or raincoat (poncho style will do) – you may need something to keep you warm at higher elevations, or on the open ocean.

1 Bandana.

1 Baseball cap.

1 Mesh bag for wet clothes.

TOILETRIES

Razor.

Toothbrush with cover, and toothpaste.

Shampoo and conditioner.

Brush or comb.

Antiperspirant.

Beach towel .

Tampons (if you have any kind of allergy, or if you are actually traveling in your period time).

Cosmetics.

BOOKS & MAPS

A good map and guidebook.

Spanish/English Phrase book.

Bird book, if you like birds.

Whatever you are currently reading.

 

DOCUMENTS

Money belt or passport pendant-somewhere to carry your documents.

Passport (also fotocopies).

Drivers license (also fotocopies).

Money, credit/debit card.

Insurance card and contact information.

HEALTH

Personal prescriptions should be filled before you leave home.

Sunglasses.

Contact lenses and cleaning solutions.

If you wear prescription glasses, pack a spare pair.

FIRST AID KIT (BASIC)

Band aids®, and butterfly closures to close deep cuts.

Eye drops – artificial tears.

Dramamine® or other motion sickness prevention.

Neosporin® (over the counter) to prevent infection of small cuts, scrapes, and insect bites.

Insect repellent for mosquitoes.

Pain relievers/fever reducers (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, and/or just simple Aspirins)

Sun screen – at least SPF 20, waterproof.

Micro led flashlight. If emergency happens during night time, it might come useful.

$ US 20 bill as per emergency cash carry. $ US 100 are not accepted in some places.

Vitamins- what ever you normally take.

Whistle.

MISCELLANEOUS

Plastic bags.

A photo of your home, and family.

Your Internet logon information .

Address book.

Flashlight.

Binoculars.

Croakies® or other glasses retainer system for your prescription or sunglasses.

Pocket knife.

GPS.

Mp3 player.

Laptop, or tablet.

Eyeglass screws, with little screwdriver.

100 lb. test braided nylon line

Spare contacts

Emergency contact information (names, addresses and phone numbers – in case of unconsciousness – of your parents, and physicians in your country of origin).

UNPACKING LIST

There is no point in carrying all of your keys.

Wallet contents- If you’re going to carry your wallet, you can probably remove ½ or more of its contents.

Copies of your documents. Minimally a Xerox of your passport, drivers license, credit cards, airline tickets, and any reservations that you’ve prepaid. You need to leave a set at home in case of emergency.

If you’re visiting from the U.S. or Canada you can leave the electric converters and plug adapters at home. The current and plugs are the same and your appliances should work just fine.

Courtesy of tripadvisor.com

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