4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

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  • Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)

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What could be better than a chocolate tour and wildlife encounter in a Costa Rican tropical rainforest! Meet the monkeys, parrots and other tropical birds that call La Selva Biological Reserve home. Hear about the reserves status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve from your guide before visiting Tirimbina Rainforest Center, where you'll learn more about cacao and enjoy a chocolate tasting.

Highlights

  • Tropical rainforest walk and chocolate tasting from San Jose
  • Spot rare tropical birds at La Virgen del Socorro
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
  • Take a guided hike through La Selva Biological Reserve, home to 400 species of birds
  • Learn about how La Selva and the Braulio Carrillo National Park are part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at the La Selva Organization for Tropical Studies
  • Visit Tirimbina Rainforest Center and learn about cacao and enjoy a chocolate tasting
  • Get a closer look at the home of leafcutter ants

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What You Can Expect

San Jose Tropical Rainforest Adventure including Chocolate Tasting

San Jose Tropical Rainforest and Chocolate Adventure

Join your tour in central San Jose, then relax on the drive to La Virgen del Socorro, a private reserve with wonderful birdlife, including rare hawks, kites and hummingbirds.

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the Braulio Carrillo National Park in Costa Rica’s Sarapiqui lowlands region. Stop to take a walk across the mighty Tirimbina Suspension Bridge over the Sarapiqui River, then join your expert naturalist guide on a walk through tropical rainforest in La Selva Biological Reserve, one of the country's best spots for wildlife and birdwatching.

There's the chance to spot 400 bird species on your guided highlands walk, which takes you to La Selva Organization for Tropical Studies. Learn about the reserve's status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, hear about the groundbreaking research, conservation and ecotourism being carried out here, and enjoy more birdwatching and photography at La Selva.

After your encounter with nature in the tropical rainforest, learn the secrets behind the history and art of chocolate-making on a visit to Tirimbna Rainforest Center. Learn how the cacao tree originated in Mesoamerica, see forest and wild species of the plant, and hear how chocolate is produced.

At the end of your visit, enjoy a tasting of organic chocolate and other cacao products made by the local Association of Women Amazilia del Caribe before visiting a leafcutter ant farm and learn all about these intriguing insects. Then, enjoy a relaxing drive back to San Jose.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I loved it! I wanted to be in the middle of a rainforest, and that is where I found myself. I could easily do the hike, which was good because I had bruises on my left leg from another activity done elsewhere, so I couldn't have done a strenuous hike, and even managed to cross the suspension bridge despite a fear of heights! Manuel was a great guide and very knowledgeable, and my only regret is that we never did finish our last conversation because suddenly we were back in San Jose and the tour was done. The rainforest was quiet that day but I did see a sloth and three iguanas and many insects and a huge ceiba tree and lianas and walking palms...honestly just being there in the middle of the rainforest was wonderful! I also enjoyed the chocolate explanation and demonstration. Next time I'm in Costa Rica I will definitely use Viator when looking at tours - do you do anything else in the Caribbean region?

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was great! I would highly recommend it to anyone. I was picked up at my hotel and realized that since I was the only one to book it that day, it would be a private tour. We had an exciting drive through a beautiful rainforest, through pouring rain with many waterfalls falling off the hill sides, dodging landslides. It was a bit crazy, but I never fled unsafe. My guide was very knowledgable about the rainforest preserve, showing me frogs, millipedes, a snake, toucans, and a troop of howler monkeys. He obviously loves the rainforest and wants to share its beauty with others. The chocolate demonstration was very interesting and well done, and of course delicious. After a great lunch of typical Costa Rican food and a neat roadside restaurant, we had a much calmer drive back to the city with the rain gone. It was a day well spent!

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