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Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Glide through one of Costa Rica's most famous birdwatching and croc-spotting destinations on this half-day jungle boat shore excursion from Puntarenas. Cruise with a naturalist guide along the forests and mangroves of the Tárcoles River, which borders Carara National Park and is home to a vast array of wildlife including crocodiles and more than 120 bird species.
  • Half-day river boat shore excursion from Puntarenas
  • Cruise along the Tárcoles River on the border of Carara National Park
  • Explore the jungles and mangrove forests of the river basin
  • Spot native wildlife like crocodiles and scarlet macaws
  • Boat tour led by a naturalist guide
  • Great way to learn about Costa Rica's amazing biodiversity
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
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Port pickup and drop-off
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Gratuities

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Ports

  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Costanera Sur 128, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, Costa Rica


When your cruise ship docks at Puntarenas, meet your waiting driver at the port and travel inland across Costa Rica’s Central Valley to the launch point on the Tárcoles River. This serene waterway forms the northern border of Carara National Park, an important biological reserve and popular habitat for migratory birds.

Climb aboard a river boat with a naturalist guide, who will introduce you to the river’s distinctive ecosystems and wild residents. Explore the verdant basin at the mouth of the river, and then venture further up to a mature mangrove forest, characterized by a complex root system that grows straight out of the water.

Along the way, catch sight of native Costa Rican wildlife including Jesus Christ lizards and a famous community of American crocodiles that are often seen along the river banks. The area is also home to the country's largest population of scarlet macaws and more than 120 species of other birds. Upstream, you’ll also visit the transitional habitat of a native botanic garden to learn about the park’s exceptional diversity of plant life.

After returning to solid ground, relax on the return drive to the port, where the 5-hour tour concludes back at your waiting cruise ship.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Carara National Park
Tarolces River Boat
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Tarcoles Bridge
Tarcoles Bridge
Stop At:  
Tarcoles
Tarcoles River
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Top Private Tours

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle.

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Saw some wonderful wild life...
Billie R
, Feb 2017
Saw some wonderful wild life. Alligator experience could be a bit better. The gator teeth are impressive, but they too well fed by all of the tour boats guides to be anything but lethargic.
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Our contact was at the dock when we...
Steve D
, Jan 2017
Our contact was at the dock when we arrived. The guide showed is the areas we wanted to see and very attentive to our needs. Would definitely used this guide again the Dierkers
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