– Campesinos Reserve (full day): Driving toward the mountains of Talamanca, 45 minutes from Quepos-Manuel Antonio, is the town of Londres. After enjoying fresh fruits and coffee at Vicki’s Restaurant, we start our hike to Los Campesinos Private Reserve with your private guide. The hike covers a total of 7 kms starting on an old farm road then passing many creeks and waterfalls inside untouched rainforests. Along this road we have amazing views of this pristine area with great opportunities for wildlife and bird observation. At the end of the road hike, we stop at The Campesinos Reserve, located on a beautiful mountain range between the Naranjo and Savegre rivers watersheds. The Reserve is part of the community of Quebrada Arroyo, and is managed by Asdrubal Chacon and other local ticos that want to share their experience of tico traditions, great food and rainforest knowledge. Once in the Reserve there is time to swim in a great natural pool at the base of a waterfall, see vanilla orquids, as well as other tropical species. A highlight of the Reserve is a suspension bridge over a really deep river gorge. After lunch, 3 more kms of hike takes us to the Savegre River where, with the help of the local guides we use a traditional manual tram or “andarivel” (kind of metal tram suspended by ropes) to get across the River. Here the driver will be waiting for us to go back to the hotel. This activity takes a full day starting at 7:30 am and ending around 4pm.
“A 28 m. (92 ft.) observation tower dedicated to the viewing of canopy birds and other wildlife. Placed in the center of the rainforest, The Nest offers unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities. As you ascend the 146 stairs to the top, keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, toucans, and other wildlife moving through the lower levels of the trees. Once at the top, you will be treated to an incredible 360° panoramic view of Arenal Volcano, Arenal Lake, Cerro Chato, and the Tilarán Mountain Range. This is the perfect spot to scan the canopy for birds and other wildlife amongst the treetops. With a telescope, you may even find some aquatic birds in the areas surrounding the lake Arenal.”