Puntarenas Area Tour
Immerse yourself in Punta Arena's vast beauty on this unique Costa Rica Experience. You and your small group will join an expert guide on an adventure through the area, where you'll encounter incredible wildlife and other great sights. Reserve your spot today on this fun Punta Arenas combo tour!
The first portion of this Punta Arenas sightseeing tour takes you through the countryside with up to 19 other passengers. You'll travel in comfort onboard an air-conditioned vehicle as you pass by farms, fruit stands, and other points of interest en route to Villa Lapas. About one hour later, you'll arrive at the private reserve where you can explore your surroundings before a scenic nature walk.
As you make your way around the property, expect to see a number of colorful creatures including monkeys, anteaters, lizards, birds, and many more, as well as fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean. During your rainforest nature walk your guide will teach you all about the local wildlife and flora from as you make your way on carefully built bridges and walkways.
After your rainforest walk experience you will get the chance to roam around the beautiful village of St. Lucia, which is settled beside a scenic river. Guests here will get the chance to shop from a large array of gifts from Costa Rican culture.
Enjoy complementary fresh tropical fruits and iced tea in one of the dining rooms before you continue your journey to Tarcoles River, where you will embark on a one hour boat ride. Famous for its large American crocodiles, the Tarcoles River forms the northern border of the Carara Biological Reserve on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The Tarcoles River is home to one of the world's largest crocodile populations in the wild and they are very easy to admire during our one hour boat ride. Some visitors have spotted up to 40 of them during one visit! Finishing up at the Tarcoles River, the tour will continue on to the El Juardin Souvenir Store and Restaraunt. Here you will get free time to browse the art gallery, shop, and enjoy lunch on your own.
Before you head back to the cruise pier, there's one more place to visit: Puntarenas City, the largest city in the Central Pacific. There's plenty to see and do in this beautiful Central Pacific city located in the Gulf Nicoya. Home to gorgeous beaches, fresh seafood and charming architecture, Puntarenas has something for every traveler. This Puntarenas tour is recommended for the whole family.
Please Note: This tour includes a walk along a trail through the rainforest and the mountains, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility. Rainy weather may affect the conditions of the trail. There is slippery and uneven terrain, and several steps. Guests must be able to walk at least a mile over gravel, concrete, packed dirt, and grass terrain, some of which is at an incline.
Reviewer: Guenter Bruckmann
Cindy was our guide and Olman the driver. Cindy has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the flora and fauna of Costa Rica and an infectious enthusiasm for her country. She noticed interesting details on the hike and pointed them out. During the hike she suddenly stopped me and said:"Don't step on the ants!" Sure enough, there was a trail of leaf cutter ants crossing the path that I would not have seen. The 3 suspension bridges on the hike are best taken by walking right down the middle to keep them from swaying too much. Our boat captain on the Tarcoles river actually got out of the boat and lured a crocodile onto the river bank in front of him by dangling some chicken in front of him! Another group reported that their captain got into the water with the croc! Have your cameras ready.
Reviewer: Guenter Bruckmann
Cindy of Greenway Tours was our guide, Olman our driver. Cindy has a superb knowledge of and deep appreciation for the area and its ecology. She enthusiastically and effectively communicates with her clients. If you have hiking poles, bring them on the walk. Be prepared to see crocodiles up close, especially at low tide when they are out on the muddy river banks. Don't be surprised if you boat captain gets up close and personal with a crocodile. Have your cameras ready!
Reviewer: Michael Imming
Very educational. Our guide was like having our own nature professor with us, he knew the name of every plant,tree and animal we encounterd.