Go whale watching early in the morning, dare to do zip-lining (canopy tour) in the afternoon, and re-energize with a night massage. Be amazed by the nearly flawless pre-Columbian stone spheres. Experience the adrenaline of white water rafting. Immerse yourself in the mysteries of the mangroves. Prepare your body and your soul: the South Pacific wants to test your spirit and your fortitude.
Here are some of the options available for the adventure aficionados, stunning natural landscapes included:
- - Snorkeling or scuba-diving at Caño's Island Biological Reserve
- - Canyoning and rappelling in six different waterfalls 15 to 75 feet high
- - Canopy Tours at Hacienda Barú Wildlife Refuge (34 km from Ojochal) and in Quepos, near Manuel Antonio National Park (75 min drive north of Ojochal)
- - Ocean Kayaking tours
- - White Water Rafting for beginners and experts
- - ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) Tours leaving from Uvita
- - Nauyaca Waterfalls by foot, horse-back riding or 4x4
- - Sport Fishing in the sea and in the Térraba River
- - Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) tours in Uvita.
- - Surfing Lessons at Dominical Surf School (34 km from Ojochal).
- - Horseback Riding at Wildlife Refuge Rancho La Merced (15 km from Ojochal)
If you prefer activities of less physical and more contemplative effort, you may choose among some of these tours:
- - Animal-watching tours in the region including: humpback whales, dolphins, sea turtles and marine birds (Uvita).
- - Hiking and wildlife-watching at Corcovado National Park
- - Boat Tour along the Térraba lagoons and mangroves (Sierpe).
- - Bird-watching tours at Hacienda Barú Wildlife Refuge (Dominical), Rancho La Merced Wildlife Refuge and Oro Verde Biological Reserve (Uvita).
- - Hiking and swimming at Manuel Antonio National Park (Quepos).
- - Tour to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, a center for animal rescue and rehabilitation (Dominical).
A close encounter with the cultural, artistic and archeological diversity of the South Pacific could become the highlight of your stay. For this, the menu abounds with options:
- Late December, beginning of January / Late January, beginning of February
- - Aboriginal culture tour with the occasion of ‘Fiesta de los Diablitos’ (The Little Devils Festival). This is celebrated in the community of Boruca (end of December, beginning of January) and Rey Curré (end of January, beginning of February).
- - Festival Envisión, Uvita
- - Festival de las Esferas (Spheres Festival), Palmar Sur
- - Festival de Ballenas y Delfines (Whales and Dolphins Festival), Uvita
- - El Sabor de Ojochal (The Taste of Ojochal), a festival that includes different gastronomic activities throughout the year
- - Tours of the pre-Columbian Stone Spheres Park, in Finca 6, Palmar Sur
Collaborating with the community of Ojochal and the neighbouring towns is another pastime you may want to consider during your holidays. Volunteer work is possible in the following places/organizations:
- - Reserva Playa Tortuga, turtle and cocodrile population research
- - Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de Ojochal, protection and cleaning of beaches, planting of trees, communal vegetable garden, among other activities.