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Corcovado National Park Mangrove Tours Sport Fishing
Horseback Riding Hiking River Rafting
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling ATV Tours Surfing
Kayaking Ultra light Tours Swimming
Dolphin and Whale Watching Canopy & Rainforest Tours Birding & Wildlife Tours

Corcovado National Park Tour (Back to Top)
Explore Costa Rica's natural treasure, Corcovado National Park, described by National Geographic as one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth. You'll depart from the Lookout early in the morning in a comfortable air conditioned tour van for the riverside town of Sierpe where you will stop for a typical Costa Rican breakfast (not included in tour price). After breakfast, your guide will accompany you onboard a covered boat for your tour down the Sierpe River through the greatest concentration of mangrove swamps in Central America. Keep your eyes pealed for the local bird and wildlife along the river's shores. Once in the open waters, you will cruise about 90 minutes to the Osa Peninsula where you'll often see Dolphins and Humpback and Pilot Whales. You will arrive at San Pedrillo Ranger Station in Corcovado National Park where a bi-lingual naturalist guide will lead you through trails and the wonders of the park's flora and fauna. A delicious picnic lunch set in a uniquely lush and tropical environment will be awaiting your return.

Dolphin and Whale Watching (Back to Top)
This tour starts as above. Once in the open waters of the Pacific, you will begin the search for some of the 5 species of dolphin and/or whales found in these waters. Your tour guide will share interesting facts about these fascinating mammals and their natural history. You will also have spectacular views of places such as Drakes Bay, Caño and Violines Islands. Be on the lookout for sea turtles as they often show up for us during this scenic tour. Lunch will be served on a pristine beach where you can soak up the sun or play in the surf. This is a truly relaxing yet exciting tour.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling (Back to Top)
We have two outstanding dive shops in our area that offer professionally guided scuba diving and snorkeling excursions in Costa Rica for all levels and interests. All dives take place at either The Caño Island National Reserve or Ballena Marine National Park. The Caño Island National Reserve protects an important marine environment (2700 marine hectares) that is inhabited by a large number of plants, corals and animals. The clear waters are home to many species of fish, invertebrate animals, algae and mammals like dolphins and whales. Caño Island is just a one-hour boat ride where divers can observe various underwater environments from coral reefs to the rocky coast. You can dive at three different sites around the island. Ballena Marine National Park provides a perfect habitat for all kinds of marine animals and plants. Within its borders you'll find rock formations, small islands like "Isla Ballena" and the three sisters (Las Tres Hermanas) and coral reefs. Dolphins are often spotted and migrating whales can be seen in February and March. Tons of microorganisms from the Terraba River flow into the sea supplying food for many species of fish and their predators.

Caño Island Excursion Tours
You'll depart from Ojochal to board your dive boat and head out to Caño Island. You can choose from 2 or 3 tank dive tours or just snorkel at your leisure. Tour includes tanks, weights, boat, snack and guide. Box lunches are available from The Lookout restaurant.

Ballena Marine National Park Excursion Tours
Explore the underwater wonders of Ballena Marine National Park just minutes from the Lookout. You can choose from morning or afternoon departures. Your dive tour includes tanks, equipment and guide. Snorkeling includes equipment and guide.

PADI Certification Courses
  • Scuba Review Course
  • Open Water Referral
  • Open Water - 4 dives at Ballena Nat'l Park
  • Open Water - 2 dives Ballena/2 dives Caño
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Medic First Aid Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
Non-Certification Courses

Classes include all equipment and training
  • 1 tank discover scuba diving (training in pool)
  • 2 tank discover scuba diving
  • 2 tank discover scuba diving (training in Caño Island)
Surfing & Swimming (Back to Top)
Just 35 km away, surfers have been flocking to Dominical beaches for years to catch some of Costa Rica's best waves. Come surf, body surf and swim at our beautiful local beaches - Playa Tortuga, Playa Pinuelas, and Playa Ventanas. PURA VIDA at its best!

Birding & Wildlife Tours (Back to Top)
Hacienda Baru
This privately owned wildlife refuge offers a variety of daily bird watching tours. As of January 2006, more than 350 species of birds have been identified at the refuge. This is mostly due to the wide diversity of habitats found on the 330 hectare (815 acre) reserve.

Crocodile Night Safari
Looking for a little night life? Our professional tour guide will take you through the Mangrove swamps after dark to discover Costa Rica's "real" night life in action. This tour will highlight some of the inhabitants of this complex environment such as bats, opossum, sloths, owls, snakes, raccoons, frogs and of course the main and most fascinating one- the American Crocodile.

Parque Reptilandia
Snakes and lizards and frogs, oh my! Just 30 minutes from the Lookout, Parque Reptilandia is an impressive reptile house with more than 150 specimens of snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles, and other creatures in terrariums and large enclosures. You can even catch a glimpse of Central America's only Komodo dragon. There’s even a maternity ward showcasing newborn snakes. More mature snakes live under a retractable roof that lets in sun and rain. They become much more active when it rains, so this is a great rainy- day-at-the-beach alternative activity. Night tours can also be arranged to watch nocturnal animals at work. If you're not squeamish, feeding day is Friday. Even if you don't love those creepy crawly things, you'll love this local attraction.

Mangrove Tour (Back to Top)
River, Mangrove, and Beach Tour by boat
Explore the longest river in Costa Rica by Ponga. You'll glide through the mangroves to reach the 17 mile long Garza Island where you will disembark to enjoy an hour or two of exploration time. If you prefer, you can play and swim on Garza Beach before returning to your launch point.

Mangrove Kayaking Tour
Spend a couple of hours gliding through the largest mangrove system in Central America. You'll weave your way through the mangrove trees spotting exotic birds, monkeys and many other creatures. Our local guide is an expert at spotting the elusive birds and wildlife in the mangroves, including boa constrictors, roseate spoonbills, reddish egrets, white ibis, boat-billed herons, kingfishers, white face monkeys, crocodiles and crab eating raccoons.

Kayaking (Back to Top)
At The Lookout, we offer a number of kayaking tours for all experience levels. You may choose to spend a couple of hours gliding through the largest mangrove system in Central America, spotting exotic birds, monkeys and other creatures. Or, explore the wild Pacific coastline on a guided sea kayaking and snorkeling tour. For the adventurous set, try our "Waves and Caves" tour exploring the amazing coastline of Ballena Marine Park or kayak the Grande Terraba River, Costa Rica's longest, where you'll traverse Class I, II, and III rapids.

Hiking (Back to Top)
The Ojochal/Playa Tortuga area is a hiker's paradise. You can explore Costa Rica's amazing real estate including many roads and trails, streams, and beaches around the hotel at your own pace. Of special interest is the waterfall just 4 km from the coastal highway, through the center of Ojochal. Other great places to hike are Hacienda Baru Nature Reserve and the Nauyaca Falls close to Dominical. The Nauyaca falls are formed by two beautiful cascades on the Baru River that tower 150 ft. and 65 ft. above a sparkling, 20 ft. deep pool with 3000 sq. ft. surface area. The falls are the centerpiece of the Nauyaca Tourist Center, which features an extensive network of trails through a 45 acre wooded area of reforested land and 50 acres of tropical rainforest. Hacienda Baru offers self-guided tours of its lush jungle and beach. Just pick up a map in the reception room and head out to discover the beauty of this nature reserve.

Canopy & Rainforest Tours (Back to Top)
At Hacienda Baru a privately owned national wildlife refuge, you can choose from a number of tours and hikes.
  • Flight of the Toucan- Zipline Canopy Tour
You'll fly like a toucan from ridge-top cables especially designed to show you the delights of tropical nature. There are eight cables with spans from 20 meters to 91 meters. You will reach speeds of up to 35 kph between the 15 different take off and landing platforms, some on the ground and some in the trees. There is some light hiking involved and you will experience an abundance of wildlife along the way. This is a great tour for all ages and a must for anyone vacationing in Costa Rica.

Other tours include:

  • Canopy Observation Platform tour where you ascend over 105 ft to a platform suspended in the canopy of a magnificent tree.
  • Tree climbing for the more adventurous, including basic climbing instruction and safety techniques.
  • Hiking and birding tours where you can explore the amazing flora and fauna of the primary and secondary rain forest.
  • Free Butterfly Garden where you'll view a few of the over 550 species of butterflies in Costa Rica-more than the entire continent of Africa. See the fascinating life cycle of these tropical butterflies in the Hacienda Baru Butterfly Garden.

Sportfishing (Back to Top)
Costa Rica is known for its world-class Sport fishing and you need to go no further than the Lookout to plan your fishing excursions.

Offshore Sportfishing
Take to the open seas in a 21 or 30 Mako with twin Hondas and Penn International tackle. A full day of fishing includes bait, lunch and drinks You can expect to catch sailfish, marlin, tuna, and dorado depending on the season. Fishing trips depart from Dominical and can be arranged at the hotel.

Inshore Sportfishing
You can choose a half or full day trip on the 21 or 30 Mako. Drinks are included.

Horseback Riding (Back to Top)
Can't wait to jump on the back of your horse and gallop off into the sunset? We've got a number of horseback riding tours to satisfy the equestrian in you. You can take a tour to Playa Tortuga or Playa Ventanas and run your horse on the beach just like in the movies! Or, take the 1/2 day tour through our charming village of Ojochal up to our local waterfall (La Cascada) and take a plunge in the refreshing pool before heading back to the Lookout. One of our trips takes you up the mountains for spectacular views of the Pacific and Ballena Marine Park. And, for anyone who has ever dreamed of being a Cowboy for a day, we've got the experience just for you. You'll learn how to saddle your own horse, rope a cow and at the end of the day will understand the workings of a real-life cattle ranch. Yippeekayae!

River Rafting (Back to Top)
The river "El General" is world famous for its scenery and its white waters. El General offers approximately 68 miles and 140 rapids of class III, IV and V. While navigating the rapids, you'll pass by cascading waterfalls, magnificent flora, and local wildlife. The tour lasts a complete day.

Ultralight Rides (Back to Top)
Enjoy the perfect blend of free spirited adventure and awe-inspiring discovery aboard a Challenger II ultralight airplane. Trips depart from Punta Uvita airstrip and take you above Ballena Marine National Park and other local sights. Exhilarating!

Adventure Motorsports ATV Tours (Back to Top)
Join us as we ride off the tourist map and into a part of Costa Rica rarely explored. This ATV tour takes you up into the Uvita Mountains to waterfalls, swimming holes and great ocean views for amazing photo opportunities. Extensive selection of fun trails and scenic destinations are available to choose from. Whether you are a first timer or a long time enthusiast, you are sure to love these tours.

Tours are 3-4 hours and custom tours can be designed just for you.

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