Puntarenas Area Highlights
Immerse yourself in Puntarenas' 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 Puntarenas combo tour!
The first portion of this Puntarenas sightseeing tour takes you through the countryside with up to 19 other passengers. You'll travel in comfort on-board 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 Restaurant. 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. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on this tour.
Reviewer: Cathy novak
Would have liked doing more swinging bridges in the rainforest. The river tour was excellent the scenery and wildlife was breath taking. It was my favorite part of the tour.
This tour was well organized and not only did we get to see the countryside, we did a small hike (down the mountainside!) and over several rainforest bridges. The second part of the tour included a delightful river tour and we got to see lots of birds and a few crocodiles and the last stop was of course seeing native handiworks. Would recommend this tour very much!
Reviewer: Anita Storhaug
we enjoyed the hike and light snack bus was very comfortable and river boat was comfortable too. I wish that we had seen the Macaws, and rain forest but will do that another time.Our driver was excellent and safe and the tour guide was very knowledgeable about his country and our sights
Reviewer: Pam Boedeker
We give highest marks to the young man who was our guide. He was so knowledgeable and clearly proud of his country. The day was well planned and gave us a nice variety of Costa Rica.
Reviewer: Henry Block
We were transported by a large passenger van, very comfortable, much better than a large 60 passenger bus. Personal attention, went locations where there were no buses and other locations were buses were, so knew we were seeing the highlights and then some.