If you are a bird lover, (macaws) you will love, love this tour. Even if you are not a bird lover I am sure you will enjoy the beautiful color of the macaws flying around you.
About 3 kilometers south of the Jaguar Rescue Center(JRC). (see information below for JRC location)
There will be a sign on the right side next to the road, pointing the way.
Cahuita National Park
How about a walk through the Cahuita National Park. If you like to stroll along the beach while searching the trees and ground for wildlife, this is the place. There are raccoons, crabs, howler monkeys, kingfishers, night herons, white-nosed coatis, frogs, toads and snakes. I did notice that the locals and some tours where taking their lunch and have lunch on the beach. The path is like 20 feet from the beach.
Cost is a donation of about $5.00 – you can give more.
Yes, there are tours click here for more info.
Jaguar Rescue Center
If you are still into seeing animals try the Jaguar Rescue Center. They take care of not only Jaguar but 24 different species of mammals, plus birds and reptiles.
Depending on your location (Rescue Center is on hwy 256 South-East of Puerto Viejo) you can reach the Sanctuary with the following travel times:
From Limon: 60 mins (going South-East) – From Cahuita: 30 mins (going South-East) From Puerto Viejo: 10 mins (going South-East) – JRC Public Tour cost
A wonderful educational place to visit is the Sloth Sanctuary on the Caribbean side of the country. Depending on your location (sanctuary is on hwy 36) you can reach the Sanctuary with the following travel times:
From Limon: 35 mins (going South-East) – From Cahuita: 15 mins (going North-West) From Puerto Viejo: 30 mins (going North-West) – check prices on their site.
Caribeans Coffee and Chocolate
Now that you have worked up an appetite, maybe a little chocolate?
Caribeans is a very nice place south of Puerto Viejo. (Leave Limon heading south on hwy 36, pass Cahuita, then look for Hone Creek, in Hone Creek take hwy 256 south. Hwy 36 makes a 90 degree turn to the right at Hone Creek. ) Puerto Viejo is on hwy 256 which is straight ahead. (keep your eyes pilled for signs) You will find a chocolate plantation, about one kilometer south of Puerto Viejo. The name of this one is Caribeans. It is located at the north end of Cocles beach. It will be on the right side of the road as you travel south.
After eating chocolate and/or doing the tour you might like a little beach time. Walk across the road to Cocles beach. Best surfing on the Caribbean side of the country.
Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
You could go South-East about 12 kilometers to Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. You take hwy 256 the main road south from Caribeans (or if you are in Puerto Viejo head South-East) to the town of Manzanillo. When you reach Manzanillo you are in the Wildlife Refuge. Okay almost. But if you want to get away from the people, go to the left of the main building at the end of the paved road. (see the couple on bicycles, they are going to the left). Just follow the shore line and you will see the entrance to the park. Yes, there are tours by Destination Services and others.
Terraventuras Travel & Expeditions
Now when you get a little tired of walking around seeing all the beautiful parks and animals, you might like to see some of it from the sky. Ziplining with Terraventuras Travel & Expeditions 100 meters South-East of Mepe bus station in Puerto Viejo. $58 dollars per person.
These guys did get the “Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor.
They do have other activities you might like to check out. Click the link above.
Turtles, Turtles, Turtles…
Way up north of Limon (about 3 hour drive from Limon) is another national park, Tortuguero National Park. Right on the northeast Caribbean coast. The stunning National Park protects one of the largest remaining areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. It is one of the best places in the world to see Giant Green Sea Turtles lay their eggs and then watch as the baby turtles hatch and make their way to the sea. (See also Turtle info page)
For a guide about $10 to $20