San Jose, Costa Rica
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This tour combines the Costa Rican delights of chocolate tasting and wildlife encounters all in a single, fun-filled day! Visit La Selva Biological Reserve, which claims UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status and provides great opportunities to observe animals and birds in their natural habitat. Get your chocolate fix at a tasting of locally made cacao products while learning about the fascinating history and cultivation of the cacao bean in Central America.
  • 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
Discover the wild and flavorful treasures of Costa Rica's rain forest on a full-day combo tour. Meet up with your tour guide in downtown San Jose for the approximately 2-hour drive north. Your first stop is the private reserve at La Virgen del Socorro, where you can birdwatch for hummingbirds and hawks.

Enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch before journeying on to the beautiful Sarapiquí region and Braulio Carrillo National Park. Walk across the gentle Sarapiquí River on a suspension bridge, and then continue to your next stop — the renowned La Selva Biological Reserve. This popular ecotourism destination is distinguished as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is the site of important conservation work to preserve Costa Rica’s natural bounty. Take a guided nature walk through the rain forest and keep an eye out for some of the 400 bird species found in the area.

Next, stop at the Tirimbina Rain forest Center to discover the ancient history of cacao in Central America. Learn how the beans are grown and harvested before being turned into a variety of delicious chocolate products. Enjoy a selection of tasty cacao-based treats
locally made by the Association of Women Amazilia del Caribe.

Wrap up the afternoon with a visit to a leafcutter ant farm, where you can watch these amazing insects hard at work within their complex colonies. After a full day of adventure, sit back and relax on the scenic return drive to San Jose.


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, Jan 2018

We felt that the chocolate tour was the most complete tour we ever took. We tasted the all stages of coco bean. Our guide and meal were terrific. Guide at the chocolate preserve was very enjoyable and was very knowledgeable. The trails were most interesting and even though the rainforest was in the dry season easy to walk in the extreme wet. All guides were easy to hear, spoke excellent English and clearly enjoyed their work.

, Oct 2017

This tour was amazing!

, Sep 2017

Great guide, unique experiences, and amazing landscapes cloud forest, very educational, learned more in a few hours than in year in school

, Jul 2017

Eric is a great guide - easygoing, inclusive, and entertaining, he aims to make sure everyone is having a great time. It's easy to see his passion for his culture and his country he's an ecologist, so you learn about the rainforest biology and ecosystem during an exciting hike. He knows yummy, off-the-beaten-path eateries and is quick to spot wildlife you might never notice otherwise score!. As for the chocolate tasting...can I please have seconds?

, Jan 2017

NOT WORTH for that money since I had different great tours for less money.
I waited 35 minutes at the main gate of stadium as per the instructions I received. No one came. Then I started to walk around then I saw a van quarter mile away. I walked there but driver did not show any interest to get me to the vehicle. Then I showed the voucher and had to explain more and more the tour I booked. Then he said yes. Oh gosh.
Tour guide was nice but mostly she wanted to gather info from where we came instead giving more info about costa rica. It is completely opposite to my other tours I got. She is entertaining but nothing much about costa rica from her.

, Nov 2016

My guide was amazing. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to taste delicious chocolate!

, Jul 2016

Awesome Rainforest. Awesome Guide. Learnt a lot about Costa Rica.

, Jul 2016

I love it, especially the chocolate making and lunch. The rainforest was an amazing experience.

, Feb 2016

My guide Randall was pleasant and it was a nice outing. The chocolate lecture,
demonstration, and tasting was informative. We had a tasty lunch at a local
restaurant. All in all, it was a fun day. The only thing I had hoped for was to

, Jan 2016

Great tour guide and great way to spend my first day of travelling alone. Couldn't recommend this tour highly enough.

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