San Isidro de El General: Farmers Market every Thursday and central market daily.
San Isidro is about 1 hour from Rio Magnolia. It is a prosperous agricultural town, a key farming center in the valley, and is the largest town in this region. Lying just a few minutes away from the Pan-American Highway on the slopes of the Talamanca Mountains, San Isidro is a great stopping point for tourists on the way to Chirripo National Park, Dominical or Panama.(transportation $60 per round trip – truck holds 5 people)
Los Cusingos Bird Sanctuary, near San Isidro de El General- $13 admission, guided tours available (normally about $10/pp for 3 hours) -A 142-hectare (350-acre) bird sanctuary, this reserve is located on the lower slopes of Chirripo near the community of Santa Elena which is 15-km (9 mi) southeast of San Isidro. Run by the Tropical Science Center, this sanctuary was the home of the late Dr. Alexander Skutch who was a co-author of Birds of Costa Rica. (transportation $65 per trip)
Flight of the Toucan - $45/pp http://www.haciendabaru.com/flight-of-the-toucan
This is a very popular tour. You leave Rio Magnolia at 7 am for your canopy tour at 8 am. This tour includes a guided hike up to the canopy and then several zip-lines through the canopy. The tour is finished at 11 am at which time you could spend more time a Hacienda Baru where there is a beautiful beach, butterfly gardens and a restaurant for lunch or go into Dominical for lunch and explore the beach and small shops and beach vendors. (transportation $50 per trip).
Lowland Birding Tour at Hacienda Baru -$45/pp (transportation $50 per trip) http://www.haciendabaru.com/bird-watching/#lbwh
Check out other tours at Hacienda Baru http://www.haciendabaru.com/rainforest-tours/
Nauyaca Fall Horseback Tour - $70/pp http://www.nauyacawaterfallscostarica.com/
This is also a very popular tour. You leave Rio Magnolia about 7:15 for a tour at 8 am. You get on the horses and travel to the family farm and have a typical Costa Rican breakfast. Then you ride to the Nauyaca Waterfalls and swim. Then you return to the farm for lunch and then ride out for pickup at 2 pm. (transportation $50 per trip)
White Water Rafting: $80-$100/pp. http://www.dominicalsurfadventures.com/rafting.html
This trip needs a minimum of 4 people but we can notify them early regarding interest so there will be a better chance in being able to arrange a trip. This tour leaves from Dominical. (transportation $50 per trip
Snorkeling at Marino Ballena-$75 Adults / $35 Children under 9 years old/ Duration: 2.5 hours-NOTE: Tour available only in dry season : from December to April
Dolphin and Whale Watching: $90/pp Children (4-10 years old ) $50 (half day tour) http://www.bahiaaventuras.com/tours/boat/
Humpback whales are seen in two well defined seasons from about December 20 to March from the northern hemisphere, while those from the southern hemisphere start to be seen in the first weeks of July to late October. The most commonly observed whales are the humpbacks. Dolphins are seen all year round.
Manuel Antonio Park, Quepos:
THE PARK IS CLOSED ON MONDAYS FROM JULY TO NOVEMBER!
Opening hours are from 7 am to 4 pm. Admission fee is $16, children under 12 are free of admission. Tickets may be purchased at the park entrance at Coopealianza by cash or Visa. Guided tours are available at $51 for adults and $35 for children. Private tours are available at $71 for adults and $55 for children. (transportation $125 per trip)
Cano Island Snorkelling Tour - $140.00 per person ($85 children under 10 years old)/ DURATION: Full Day http://www.bahiaaventuras.com/tours/cano-island/
Corcovado Park Tour - $140.00 per person ($85 children under 10 years old)/ DURATION: Full Day http://www.bahiaaventuras.com/tours/corcovado/
The Cano Island and Corcovado tours depart from Punta Uvita at 7:00 AM (leave Rio Magnolia at 5:45 am) (transportation $60 per trip)
THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA