Alajuela Province
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Our most recommended Alajuela Province Cruises & Boat Tours

La Fortuna: Guided Twilight Wildlife Safari

1. La Fortuna: Guided Twilight Wildlife Safari

You will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel in La Fortuna, and after 25 minutes of driving you will arrive to the Peñas Blancas River. Before you begin your tour, your guide will provide you with an orientation talk about how to conduct yourself while you are seating in the boat. Following this, your tour will begin. You will ride in your raft at dusk, as the sun is just starting to fall, and enjoy the mystical way the light disappears from the sky, leaving you in the peaceful darkness of the jungle. Your bilingual river guide who are trained as naturalists will do the rowing, while you relax and enjoy the abundant nocturnal wildlife of the Peñas Blancas River. With the boat's specially designed lighting system, you will then embark on a magical journey, discovering that most mammals are in fact nocturnal. Upon exiting the river you'll visit the "Hidalgo Family Home”, where you will have the opportunity to experience and appreciate a piece of Costa Rican culture, and get a taste of a traditional Costa Rican snack.

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San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

2. San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in San Jose, Heredia, or Alajuela at 6:00 AM. On your way to breakfast, drive past rolling coffee plantations and admire the mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park. At around 7:15 AM, stop for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast to set you up for the day's adventure. Enjoy fresh fruit juice, coffee, eggs, and the popular gallo pinto (a typical Central American rice and bean dish.) After breakfast visit a local banana plantation and learn about the process of growing and exporting fruit. At around 10:00 AM, leave the bus behind and hop onboard a boat as you cruise into the jungle of Tortuguero National Park. Surrounded by tropical rainforest, which covers over 29,000 hectares, soak up the magic of this luscious green landscape. As you sail along the jungle canals, see native green sea turtles, as well as other endangered animals such as sloths, monkeys, and manatees. There’s also countless colorful butterflies, toucans, herons, crocodiles, and more. Learn about each of the animals and their habitat in the jungle, as well as about local conservation efforts to protect them. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a hearty buffet lunch. After lunch, take a relaxing stroll through Tortuguero Village where you’ll discover local life and learn about the history of the town and its residents. At the end of an unforgettable day, get back on the bus at around 3:30 PM and begin the return journey back to San Jose.

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From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

3. From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

Explore the protected Tortuguero National Park in the Limón Province, reachable only by airplane or boat. Take in the wealth of biodiversity in its eleven different habitats, including rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. Trip itinerary: Day 1: After an early morning hotel pickup, admire the biodiversity of a primary forest through the window as you drive past Braulio Carrillo National Park. Sample a delicious Costa Rican breakfast during the drive. Mid-morning, board a comfortable boat and travel along the Tortuguero Canals. Be enchanted by the surrounding paradise and its varied flora and fauna. Then, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch at the hotel. After lunch, tour the canals and take incredible photos for the rest of the afternoon. Arrive at Pachira Lodge (or similar) for a delightful dinner and a restful night's sleep. Day 2: Discover the flavors of Costa Rica with breakfast at the Lodge. Then, hike along the Lodge's private trail and work up an appetite for lunch. After lunch at the Lodge, visit the Sea Turtle Museum, the beach, and the picturesque village of Tortuguero. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the Lodge again. Day 3: After breakfast at the Lodge, head back to San José, stopping for lunch at El Ceibo in Guápiles on the way. Arrive back in San José in the afternoon.

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Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

4. Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

See amazing wildlife and enjoy plenty of whitewater fun on this half-day rafting adventure, right near the base of the Arenal Volcano! Perfect for families and first-timers! Challenge yourself as you paddle through fun and safe rolling rapids with names like "Congo Loco" and "Rock around the Croc", plus the challenging “Las Dragas” section. Then play around in tranquil river pools in an isolated rainforest river canyon. Your professional, experienced bilingual guides will give you a safety talk and paddling instruction, lifejackets and helmets before you begin. You'll spot wildlife including monkeys, sloths and tropical birds such as ospreys, Oropendolas and toucans. This unique river trip is the perfect combination of adventure and nature. We call this our “Whitewater & Wildlife” tour. Enjoyable for kids and adults alike! After nearly 30, fun, easy-rolling rapids, you’ll have some delicious fresh fruit and end at our private take-out to change into your dry clothes in our dressing rooms. We then take you to have a delicious, home-cooked, traditional Costa Rican meal, which is guaranteed to please!

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La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

5. La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

Turn your day of travel into an action-packed adventure with the Safari Float Adventure Connection! Come see the abundance of nature and wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer! This Costa Rica Safari Float is a smooth, two-hour paddle down the quiet, lower section of the Sarapiqui River. Your bilingual nature guide will paddle and steer your boat as you float down the river and point out all of the exotic wildlife such as birds, frogs, insects, and monkeys in the Costa Rican rainforest! You'll be picked up at your hotel in La Fortuna's Area and travel to a beautiful waterfall on the Pozo Azul River of Sarapiqui. Here you and your family can enjoy nature and the cool crystal clear water that the waterfall offers you. Then, head towards the Red Eye Frog restaurant located in El Roble of Sarapiqui while getting yourself ready to fall deeply in love with the 2-hour Jungle Safari float. Your eagle-eyed guide will show off Costa Rica's amazing wildlife as he points out a wide array of plant and animal species. You’ll float next to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (San Juan La Selva Biological Corridor) where there is a good possibility of seeing sloths, howler monkeys, lizards, and even black river otters. This area is also famous for the incredible amount of tropical birds such as ospreys, boat-billed herons, parrots, kingfishers and the great green macaw which is on the endangered species list. For those who want to be even closer to nature, you will have the chance to get out of the raft and into the river and refresh yourself. The Jungle Safari Float is great for nature lovers of all ages! To finish your day, return to the Red Eye Frog Restaurant to have a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch called a “Casado” along with some amazing Costa Rican gourmet coffee. Following this, drive to your next vacation destination in a comfortable air-conditioned van with free WiFi.

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San Jose: Sarapiqui River & La Paz Gardens Tour with Lunch

6. San Jose: Sarapiqui River & La Paz Gardens Tour with Lunch

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in San Jose and heads to the stunning La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This private nature reserve has been designed to educate visitors and provide sanctuary for rescued wildlife through a variety of gardens and exhibits. Enjoy a stroll through the park's luscious green landscapes and see rescued jaguars, colorful butterflies, exotic birds, and unique plants. Theres's also plenty of tropical cascades to admire and snap photos of for your vacation album. Later, discover the wonders of the Sarapiqui River on a relaxing boat cruise. Soak up the tranquility of the river and surrounding rainforest as you listen to the sound of bird’s chirping and trickling water. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, be dropped off back to your accommodation.

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From La Fortuna: Stand-Up Paddle Boarding on Lake Arenal

7. From La Fortuna: Stand-Up Paddle Boarding on Lake Arenal

Experience the best way to explore beautiful Lake Arenal — go stand-up paddling and get amazing views of the colossal Arenal Volcano. You'll feel like you're walking on water as you cross the lake from one side to the next. This activity is perfect for all adventure enthusiasts, including beginning paddlers. Venture to Costa Rica's largest lake and hop on board a private boat. Meet your friendly captain while your adventurous guide provides you with all the necessary gear. As you embark on your journey out to the middle of Lake Arenal, you’ll be blown away by the natural beauty of Arenal Volcano. When you reach the middle of the lake, your guide will give you plenty of safety instructions and plunk your board into the water. Paddle out on your knees, and when you are ready, stand up, find your balance, and begin crossing the calm waters. About halfway through the tour, make a short stop on an island for amazing scenic views.  After 2.5 hours of paddling, finish your day at the new Pedal and Paddle Adventure store located in the small town of El Foforo on the other side of the lake. Change into dry clothes and fuel up with a refreshing and well-deserved snack before heading back to your hotel.

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La Fortuna: Half-Day Wildlife Safari Float

8. La Fortuna: Half-Day Wildlife Safari Float

This safari float on the Peñas Blancas River offers a relaxing way to enjoy the abundant wildlife surrounding the banks of this lush paradise. Use your hands to take pictures of the rainforest canopy teeming with monkeys or take a closer look of a tropical bird with your binoculars while you float in this oar boat where your expert naturalist will paddle and you will relax like the iguanas nearby sunning themselves on the branches. The trip begins with a twenty minute drive from Fortuna to the river. You will float down the river for the duration of approximately 2-hours during which you will have an opportunity to see much of Costa Rica's famous wildlife and have an interactive conversation with your expert guide. At the end of the river portion of this trip, you will arrive at a local working farm where the owner is a well-known Costa Rican horse breeder and trainer. His wife also makes delicious typical homemade snacks and serves these treats with a world-renowned coffee made the old fashioned way in a special “sock”. If you prefer juice over coffee, then there will be something for everyone's desires. By the way, everything you eat at this farm comes directly from the land to you.

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La Fortuna: Arenal Lake Airboat Combo Tours

9. La Fortuna: Arenal Lake Airboat Combo Tours

Feel the adrenaline pumping as you embark on an airboat tour across Lake Arenal. Spot the birds and other wildlife that inhabit the area and see the incredible Arenal Volcano from a unique viewpoint. Listen to the history and interesting facts about the lake from your expert guide. Hear the story of the original town of Arenal, which now lies abandoned at the bottom of the lake after it was expanded in 1979. Create your own ideal tour by adding a local activity from the list below: 2-hour Airboat Tour: Enjoy an airboat tour across Lake Arenal 4-hour Airboat and Biking Tour: after the airboat ride, take a 90-minute bike ride through the zone of “El Castillo”. Follow paths close to the lake admire the local nature. 9-hour Airboat, Horse Riding, Trekking, Local Farm, and Lunch Tour: after the airboat ride, go horseriding through the mountains to a traditional house. There you will enjoy a traditional lunch. After lunch, trek through the jungle to 2 beautiful waterfalls and stop to go swimming. Finally, visit a local farm and see animals such as cows. 9-hour Airboat, Trekking, Local Farm and Lunch Tour: after the airboat ride, go horseriding through the mountains to a traditional house. There you will enjoy a traditional lunch. Now that you’re energized, visit a local farm and go trekking through the jungle. Visit 2 beautiful waterfalls and stop to go swimming.

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La Fortuna: Sarapiqui River Jungle Safari Float

10. La Fortuna: Sarapiqui River Jungle Safari Float

Experience the abundance of nature and wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer. This Costa Rica safari float is a smooth 2-hour paddle down the quiet, lower section of the Sarapiqui River. Your bilingual nature guide will paddle and steer your boat as you float down the river, whilst pointing out all of the exotic wildlife such as birds, frogs, insects, and monkeys in the Costa Rica rainforest. You will begin going down the river from the Red Eye Frog restaurant, which is located in El Roble de Sarapiqui. Your eagle-eyed guide will begin to show off Costa Rica's amazing wildlife, as they point out a wide array of plant and animal species. You’ll float next to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (San Juan La Selva Biological Corridor) where there is a good possibility of seeing sloths, howler monkeys, lizards, and even black-river otters. This area is also famous for its incredible amount of tropical birds such as ospreys, boat-billed herons, parrots, kingfishers, and the great green macaw, which is on the endangered species list. For those who want to be even closer to nature, you will have the chance to get out of the raft and into the river to refresh yourself along the way. To finish your day you will return to the Red Eye Frog Restaurant to enjoy a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch called a “Casado”, along with some amazing gourmet Costa Rican coffee.

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What people are saying about Alajuela Province

The guide, Álvar, very attentive, entertained the trip with explanations and stops. The experience was great and the day was well spent. Perhaps half an hour more in Tortuguero to visit with more pause. I recommend it.

Jorge and Randy were very professional and patient with our group of all first timers. Highly recommend this tour with them. If I had more time I would have requested them for class 3/4.

Super fun experience. We left at the end of the afternoon, saw lots of birds, sloth and monkeys. As soon as it gets dark it is crawling with sounds.

Fantastic experience on the water seeing all the wildlife with a knowledgeable guide. Highlight of the trip

Great experience. Mauricio was a great guide! And there was a delicious snack after the trip.