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: John Ragan
The neat thing about this trip was the guide, we had him on an excursion 5 years ago on the other side of Costa Rica. He was very knowledgeable and took time to help with photos and made sure to explain everything. We plan to return to Costa Rica soon and this tour company is number one on our list of future contacts.
Reviewer: Gary Barta
A great experience! Our guide was very informative in leading us thru the rainforest. On the trip down the river we saw a number of crocodiles. Overall a very enjoyable excursion
Reviewer: Valerie Loewen
We really enjoyed seeing some of the highlights of Costa Rica. The tour guide was very informative and pointed out things along the bus ride. We started off with the alligators on a river boat. The water was very low. We saw several smaller ones. As they attempted to take us further up the river the boat got high centered..... so we turned around. Then we saw a big one 50 yards from where we were docking. The canopy walk was very beautiful and the suspension bridges were amazing. Great pictures and view of the jungle below.
Reviewer: Joan McBain
The trail through the rainforest was very interesting. It really gave you the chance to see a rainforest first hand. I have always wanted to see what a rainforest looked like. I am glad I had a walking stick as the trail was a challenge at times. I worried about the swinging bridges, but they were very secure and you got a good view of the forest.
Reviewer: Debbie Gillmore
Greenway Nature Tours escorted us on a 5 hour exploration of the rainforest of Costa Rica near Puntarenas. Our first stop was a 1.5 mile hiking trail in the fragrant jungle, crossing 3 swinging bridges 180 feet above the ground. Our guide showed us vanilla orchids, exotic flowers, and even a Poison Dart Frog. Views of the ocean coast were spectacular! Then we took a boat down the Tárcoles River, famous for having the greatest number of crocodiles per river mile. Besides crocodiles up to 18 feet in length, we saw iguanas and many tropical birds during the river cruise. Before the end of our tour, we also stopped in the picturesque towns of Villa Lapas and Santa Lucia Village.Our guide was very knowledgeable and the air conditioned motorcoach was comfortable. Definitely a tour worth taking!