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Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion

Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more


Encounter the best of Costa Rica's wildlife, cuisine, and famous natural beauty on a combo shore excursion from Puntarenas. Watch adorable white-faced monkeys playing in the trees, and spot crocs and birdlife on a pontoon cruise down the Tarcoles River. Learn the history of the bustling Puntarenas port, and indulge your taste buds with locally grown fruit fresh from the farm, a typical lunch at a local restaurant, and a chance to buy authentic Costa Rican coffee.
  • Full-day combo shore excursion from Puntarenas
  • Get to know Pacific Costa Rica's cuisine, wildlife, and culture
  • Visit plantations to taste fresh tropical fruit
  • Look for wild crocodiles on a pontoon cruise down the Tarcoles River
  • Enjoy Costa Rican cuisine at a local restaurant
  • Shop for coffee and other Costa Rican products
  • Includes convenient port pickup and drop-off
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Food tasting
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • Muelle De Puntarenas, X6J2+HJF, Barrio La Angostura, Puntarenas Province, Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
  • Muelle de Cruceros, Paseo de los Turistas, Puntarenas, Av. 4, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Caldera Puntarenas, W7RC+8H3, Caldera, Provincia de Puntarenas, Espíritu Santo, Costa Rica

Departure Time

8:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY GioTours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion.
What is the policy on sanitization during Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion?
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 Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion.
What is the social distancing policy during Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion?
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 Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion?
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 Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion.

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Puntarenas Shore Tour
, Oct 2021
Jesús is a fantastic guide. He and the driver Gio made our stay in Puntarenas memorable and exciting. We saw crocodiles, birds, lizards, and Bhrama bulls. Both tour guides spoke great English. Highly recommended! William
Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion
, Nov 2019
Overall I was pleased with the tour. The visit with the monkeys was disappointing. It was in a residences back yard cluttered with junk and the one toilet would not flush. The rest of the tour was excellent. Lunch was a full buffet with very tasty and filling selections. The tour guide was fluent in english and very knowledgable
Wildlife in Costa Rico
, Nov 2019
We booked this trip because none of the shore excursions through our ship seemed to include the many things that this one offered. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history, animals and culture of Costa Rico. We visited the adorable capuchin monkeys at the monkey farm. We saw crocodiles in the wild, some as old at 60+ years. Lunch was a yummy Costa Rican buffet. We tasted fresh fruit and learned how sugar cane is pressed. It was a delightful day.
, Oct 2019
My husband and I enjoyed this excursion very much. The guide (Jesus) was excellent. We would definitely do it over again.
Great time in Costa Rica!
, Apr 2019
This tour was everything that was advertised. Saw monkeys, crocodiles and parrots. Lunch was very good. No complaints, just had a great time!
Bad weather cancelled ship being able to get to Puntarenas
, Oct 2018
Unfortunately, we were unable to get to Puntarenas due to bad weather and worry about the tenders. Viator was fabulous in terms of crediting us with money paid for a tour we couldn't take. Disappointing, as the tour sounded GREAT!
Had a wonderful time getting close...
, Aug 2018
Had a wonderful time getting close to the animals especially the monkeys. Tour guide and driver are very professional, friendly and helpful.
Highlight of our trip
Robert G
, Jul 2018
Our Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion was the best of our Cruise. Our pickup was just off the ship and our tour guide (Jesus) was extremely knowledgeable about the country, the wildlife, the local people and history. The trip started with a stop to a local
1 traveler found this review helpful
This was an excellent tour! They...
, May 2018
This was an excellent tour! They have two brand new buses that are very comfortable. Our guide was Pablo and he was excellent. We visited some monkeys, stopped at a fruit stand and had some fruit, along with a taste of sugar cane and rum. Then on to the River Tour. Our ship was late getting into port so we did not get to eat at the top of the hill. Instead it was a buffet style place by the river. But very good none the less. It was our overall favorite tour during our Panama Canal cruise. Highly recommend.
Absolutely FABULOUS TRIP! Cannot...
Derek M
, Apr 2018
Absolutely FABULOUS TRIP! Cannot recommend this highly enough. Our guide, Jesus was a delight, SO ENTHUSIASTIC and knowledgeable about everything, particularly the myriad wildlife we were lucky to see. The monkey experience was so enjoyable and we were given plenty of info on how to interact with them safely to get the most out of it. Lunch was delicious and plentiful. The very best part of the day was of course the boat trip on the Tarcoles river. I couldn't even begin to list all the wonderful creatures we saw. Our guide for this was the wonderful Allen. A mine of information and he didn't miss a trick when spotting wildlife for us to view and photograph. One of the best sightings was an American Pygmy Kingfisher. Tiny, perfect and wonderfully colourful. There was no hesitation in slowing or stopping the boat when something of interest was seen, there was no rush and we were given plenty of time to admire the animals and birds. A fantastic day.

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