Puntarenas Area Highlights
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: Robert Cohen
We were shown the Coast Rica rainforest and rivers just as we remembered. Our guide was personable and engaging. Never felt rushed. Loved revisiting the handing bridges. Our crocodile tour guide was an entertaining highlight. Our van stopped along the roads when there was a special site to see.
Reviewer: Patrice Ryan
Croc river boat tour was excellent..loaded with animals & birds with a great show with the guides. Short walk thru the jungle over hanging bridges was perfect!..just long enough to give a good sense of the beauty & lushness of the area. Guide was good & had much pride in his country. Rest stop resort was lovely & welcoming. We all wanted an overnite!! Would enjoy this tour again!
Reviewer: Patrick Doyle
My wife and I took this tour on October 11, 2019. It was broke up into a tour of the rain forests and boat ride on the river to see wildlife and crocs in the wild. It was a wonderful tour and our guide was outstanding and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend it to anyone. You have to be able to walk on uneven ground through the rainforests.
Reviewer: R. Shneidman
Great excursion, with lots of impressive birds and other wildlife, such as the crocodiles and howler monkeys. Have done this trip before, and undoubtedly will do it again!
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.