Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge Jungle Hike
The Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is situated in one of the most stunningly beautiful regions of Costa Rica.
Classified as a humid tropical rainforest, Gandoca-Manzanillo is an important ecological region. With a 10 kilometer beach strip, a 740 acre forest, a coral reef and 2 swamps, Gandoca-Manzanillo encompasses several rare habitats and protects some the region’s most endangered flora and fauna.
The primary lowland small Rainforest is the only one of its kind in the region. The area maintains the only natural mangrove oyster beds found along the reefs of the coast. And contains the only intact mangrove swamp in the Atlantic.
It is the nesting area for several species of turtles, manatees, crocodiles, caimans, tarpons and dolphins. Along with a plethora of wildlife such as pacas, tapirs, tarpons, frigate birds, woodpeckers, parakeets, eagles, pelicans, toucans and motmots.
Inhabiting the coral reef, you’ll find brightly colored fish and marine life including the blue parrot fish, angel fish, sea anemones, urchins, Venus sea fans, shrimps, oysters, sea cucumbers, lobsters and sponges.
On this 4.5 hour tour, you’ll be accompanied by your own Private Nature Guide who’ll help you interpret the sights and sounds of the jungle. There will be many opportunities for photos of both beach and jungle scenery.
*The best time to visit this refuge is between March to April and September to October, which are considered drier months.
**The turtle nesting season lasts from March to May.
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