The Jungle Night Tour at Tapir Valley is an exhilarating experience. You never know what you may see, and you’ll never forget the sights and sensations of nightfall in a pristine, private rainforest. You will meet your passionate naturalist guide at sunset, and start to see and hear the forest around you transform. Nocturnal animals begin to stir and become active for their nightly activities, including hunting, eating and looking for mates. The symphony of frog songs near the wetland are incredible!
Your expert naturalist guide will lead you though open grasslands, a wetland and forest environment. The tour will allow you to hear the night sounds of these ecosystems and experience nature in all of its glory. Your vision will become accustomed to being in the dark and you, too, will start to be able to spot even the smallest creatures in the forest.
You will see many insects, amphibians and mammals which may be difficult to spot during the day. You may see frogs, snakes, spiders, sleeping birds, kinkajous and others animals. And while sightings of the endangered Baird’s tapir are rare, the animal is nocturnal, and finding evidence of presence is especially thrilling at night when you know it’s active in the forest, just as you are.
Are you ready to explore the rainforest at night?
Time: 5.30pm-8pm (be prepared to stay out longer)
Duration: About 2.5 hours (be prepared to say longer). This is a tour for adults only. We offer the 'family nature tour' for those travelling with children.
Refreshments: Light refreshments will be served during the duration of the tour.
Rates: The rate will be separated into the tour fee, the entrance fee to Tapir Valley ($26). The Costa Rican Value Added Tax (VAT/IVA) of 13% is added to the overall rate at the end of the booking process.
Days available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Meeting point: All tours depart from the reception area at Tapir Valley Nature Reserve, unless otherwise specified. Tapir Valley Nature Reserve is on Google Maps. We have a secure carpark where you can leave your car. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your tour. You can contact us on +506 85076334 / +506 84311866
Payments: A deposit of 10% is required to secure your reservation. Please make the balance of your payment directly to your guide in colones or US dollars. We can't process cards or electronic payments at Tapir Valley.
Wet weather policy: Our tours operates rain or shine. We only cancel if there is an extreme weather warning. We receive high amount of rainfall in our unique rainforest microclimate. We have three undercover platforms in the nature reserve where we can shelter from the rain. Our guides carry umbrellas and emergency ponchos.
Recommendations: Be prepared to be outdoors in a forest environment where the weather can change quickly. It is recommended to wear pants and long sleeves (using dark colours) and closed in shoes.-There are many mosquitos here. Please bring a water bottle, repellent, closed shoes, hat, backpack rain jacket, travel umbrella, camera and binoculars (if you have them). We supply flashlights and batteries for the Jungle Night Tour and the Family Nature Tour.
Phone signal:There is no phone signal at Tapir Valley Nature Reserve.
Please ensure that you eat before the tour and carry some snack for your children. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult and it is reminded that no one should wander off the trail at anytime.
Risks: This is a wilderness area. Enter at your own risk. You must follow your guides' instructions at all times. Many animals live here including snakes. Please listen to your guide at all times and follow all instructions. We have emergency evacuation producers and the nearest hospital is 25 minutes away.
Habitats: This is also the habitat of the endangered Bair's Tapir. You may see evidence of the Tapir's presence here during your tour. It is an endangered animal and sightings are extremely rare. We do not sell tours to see the tapir.
Tips: It's culturally appropriate to tip if you liked your tour and the service. It's actually a very nice way to support your guide, their family and our community.
Accomodation: We also are the owners of Casitas Tenorio B&B, one of the best places to stay in the Bijagua area. You can book online www.casitastenorio.com. Guests staying at Casitas Tenorio B&B will receive a promo code for a 20% discount on all tours at Tapir Valley Nature Reserve.