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Las Baulas National Park Estuary Tour

Get off the beaten path in Tamarindo on a kayak tour to Las Baulas National Marine Park. Latin America’s largest mangrove forest is only accessible by water, so you are sure to escape the crowds. No kayaking experience is necessary, as your guide shows you the basics and leads you on a peaceful paddle and hike to see native Costa Rican wildlife like howler monkeys, iguanas, and exotic birds. Explore an undeveloped mangrove forest rich with wildlife.

  • Explore an undeveloped mangrove forest rich with wildlife
  • Learn essential kayak skills with a brief lesson before setting off
  • Learn interesting facts about plants and trees utilized by Indigenous people.

Regarding time on the tours, 1:30 hours before high tide, and starting times might be subject to changes upon/after booking even if booked. The tour operator will be in contact with you to confirm the optimal starting time near the tour starting time selected.

  • Single or double kayak with comfortable seat pads, back rests and life jackets
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Protective dry bag to keep your valuables safe from water damage.

  • Protective footwear
  • Sun Screen
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Camera or Smartphone

  • We kayak for 40 minutes then we go hiking for 1 hour
  • We see lots of the Flora and Fauna
  • View old trees up to 500 years old, like pochote which is the iconic tree for the aboriginal people
  • We hike the ancient pyramids about 80 feet tall.
  • Wildlife and aboriginal history information.

3 Hours

Meeting Point – Pangas Beach Club

Start Time – Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

We’ll meet at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo where there is parking, bathroom & shower facilities. Before setting out on a 40-minutes kayak through lush mangroves I will brief you on the correct safety and paddling techniques. On reaching the heart of the Park we’ll leave the kayaks ashore to hike numerous trails, observing as much wildlife as possible; howler monkeys, exotic birds, parrots, herons, cranes, iguanas, squirrels and others. You will see exotic plants, like dragon-fruit cactus, wild hibiscus, mushrooms and big trees such as the national Guanacaste tree. We will visit and climb to the top of an archaeological site, built by the ancient indigenous people using rocks brought from nearby. Here we can see a stunning bird view of the tree canopy. This is a great place to observe the wildlife from above before returning to the kayaks for a refreshing drink and paddling back to Tamarindo. During our adventure I will guide you, explaining the animal behaviours and plant life we see. Due to daily tidal changes it is important we schedule the tour 60 – 90 mins before high tide.

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Great Experience among the Mangroves | 2023-02-25 | By Brian W

Enjoyed paddling deep into the National Park and seeing quite a lot of wildlife along the way. Luis did a fine job.


Magical experience! Best way to spend your money in Tamarindo! | 2022-01-06 | By Fedrica V

Great adventure with Tom full of marvels in the amazing forest!

Highly recommended!
little money for a great experience, kayaking back during the sunset is just magical, something you will never forget !!
Tom is super fun and knows what he talks about.
And you get to try the kayak-limbo 😉 yuhuu


Great tour for natural lovers | 2021-12-28 | By Mei J

Tom is responsive and very responsible. He reached out to us for alternative day in advance as he worried the tide and the wind might be too strong for kayaking on our scheduled day.

He knows all the plants extremely well and he is very patient answering all our questions. We are very impressed by his knowledge and his passion for protecting natural resources. We saw four howler monkeys and many baby bats as well as parrots. We learned a lot about trees, plants and florals. We really appreciated he took time showing us the park. It was a little bit challenging kayaking back but it was totally worth the effort!


Sol eco kayak and hike in national forest with Tom | 2020-04-13 | By Amber

It was a wonderful experience, Tom is extremely knowledgeable and excited about what he does, and the more questions we asked the more apparent it was that he is an expert in the natural world around us. It was an invigorating kayak ride, he’s willing to show you how to improve your stroke, And then we were introduced to many birds, many trees, the monkeys, plant life, And stories about how they came upon the archaeological ruins in the forest there that indicate that there were indigenous folks living here at one time. We enjoyed the time immensely.

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