Puntarenas

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  • Quepos: Horseback Riding to the Shaman Waterfalls

    1. Quepos: Horseback Riding to the Shaman Waterfalls

    During the 40-minute drive to the town, your guide will share interesting information about the history of Quepos and the area in general. Once you reach Londres, you will set foot on a picturesque property, where you can find restrooms, stables, a corral and an open-air waiting area. You will receive riding instruction, safety tips, and also get some practice time before heading out to explore the Costa Rican rainforest. This tour allows you to learn the exotic secrets that lie within primary rainforests, riding at a maximum altitude of 600 meters (1900 ft). The ride lasts about 2.5-hours (round-trip) and will be highlighted by amazing valley views, verdant vegetation and numerous wildlife species such as birds and reptiles. At the end of the trail there is the beautiful Shaman waterfall where you will be able to rest for about 30 minutes. Lie on the grass or take a swim, or even both!...

  • Puntarenas: Rainforest Skyway and Crocodile Boat Tour

    2. Puntarenas: Rainforest Skyway and Crocodile Boat Tour

    Enjoy a morning exploring the Puntarenas region and discover all it has to offer. Walk above the treetops during an exciting rainforest skywalk with hanging bridges before embarking on a boat tour on the Tarcoles River, home to a substantial crocodile population. Take a tour of the city and learn about the region all through your tour. Get picked up from the Puntarenas cruise terminal and head to Villa Lapas Reserve & Eco Hotel, which is about a 1-hour drive from the pier.  Experience the beauty of the rainforest as you make your way along the 1.5 miles (2.5 km) long skyway walking tour that takes you across five 300-feet long suspended bridges at more than 180 feet above the ground. Keep your eyes open to spot the numerous bird species, mammals, and other varied fauna that call this forest home. The nature walk lasts about 1-hour and it includes some areas with some steeps, uneven ter...

  • Puntarenas: Horseback Riding & Safari Boat Shore Excursion

    3. Puntarenas: Horseback Riding & Safari Boat Shore Excursion

    Experience a unique way to see the incredible natural beauty of Costa Rica with a tour that combines a 2-hour horseback riding trek and a 1-hour boat ride on the Tarcoles River. After being picked up from the cruise pier, enjoy a relaxing in the journey through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside and see from the vehicle many sights of interest including mango, coffee, sugar and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands, and rural farming communities.  Meet your guide for the day, who help to pair you with the perfect horse based on your skill level. After receiving horse-riding instructions, embark on your riding adventure using a western saddle. Ride through lush mangroves, green rainforests, the beach, and across the river, where many wildlife species are easy to see. Continue to Tarcoles River, and go on a boat tour to see the abundant wildlife of the area, including huge crocod...

  • Puntarenas: ATV Adventure and River Boat Shore Excursion

    4. Puntarenas: ATV Adventure and River Boat Shore Excursion

    Experience a unique way to see the incredible natural beauty of Costa Rica with a tour that combines riding thrilling 2-hour ATV bike ride and a 1-hour boat cruise on the Tarcoles River. After being picked up from the cruise pier, enjoy a relaxing in the journey through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside and see from the vehicle many sights of interest including mango, coffee, sugar and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands, and rural farming communities.  Pick up your ATV bikes and receive instructions and take test runs so you can feel comfortable on the bikes. Follow your guide along the jungle trails, teak plantations, 14 river crossings, bumpy dirt rainforest paths, and 2 different beaches.  If weather allowing, take a quick swim at Bochinche Beach, a pristine and almost private beach where the group will have a break. During the tour, your guide will provide bottled water ...

  • Puntarenas: Rainforest Wagon and Safari Boat Shore Excursion

    5. Puntarenas: Rainforest Wagon and Safari Boat Shore Excursion

    Get picked up from the cruise pier. Journey through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside and see from the vehicle many sights of interest including mango, coffee, sugar and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands and rural farming communities.  Begin your journey through the rainforest at the Tarcolitos River canyon, in a 200-hectare private reserve. You will be crossing the river eight times, in a cart drawn by a tractor, so that you can appreciate both the flora and fauna of the region. During the tour, make several stops for birdwatching and to discover the important trees of the area. If weather conditions permit, stop to get off the wagon and swim in a natural pool.  The tour will continue with a short drive to the Tarcoles River, where you will head out on an hour-long boat tour. Experience the abundant wildlife of the area, including crocodiles, multiple aquatic birds, scarle...

  • Puntarenas: Buggy Ride and River Boat Shore Excursion

    6. Puntarenas: Buggy Ride and River Boat Shore Excursion

    Experience a unique way to see the incredible natural beauty of Costa Rica with a tour that combines riding thrilling 2-hour buggy car ride and a 1-hour boat cruise on the Tarcoles River. After being picked up from the cruise pier, enjoy a relaxing in the journey through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside and see from the vehicle many sights of interest including mango, coffee, sugar and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands, and rural farming communities.  Each buggy has capacity for bookings of a maximum of 4 persons and is private per group. So whether you are alone or in pairs, you'll have your own vehicle to enjoy. Get on your buggy and follow your guide along the jungle trails, teak plantations, 14 river crossings, bumpy dirt rainforest paths, and 2 different beaches.  If weather allowing, take a quick swim at Bochinche Beach, a pristine and almost private beach where the...

  • Puntarenas: Zip Line and Eco Boat Tour Shore Excursion

    7. Puntarenas: Zip Line and Eco Boat Tour Shore Excursion

    Combine two amazing and fun experiences on your cruise stop in Puntarenas. Fly around the treetops of the rainforest on zip line canopy tour and embark on a 1-hour boat ride along the Tarcoles River, offering plenty of crocodile spotting opportunities. Get picked up from the cruise pier for your shorex adventure and head to Carara Adventure Park, a privately own reserve with 80 acres of rainforest with stunning views of the Pacific Coast, Carara National Park, and Puntarenas City. First, get a safety and orientation briefing during which the rules and regulations for your safety are explained thoroughly. It is imperative that you follow the instructions and adhere to the rules given throughout your experience. After the safety briefing, transfer to the top of the mountain by a modified open truck where the zip line begins. This zip line includes 12 cables, 15 platforms, and 3 hanging b...

  • Puntarenas: Rainforest Canopy & River Boat Shore Excursion

    8. Puntarenas: Rainforest Canopy & River Boat Shore Excursion

    Join a naturalist tour guide on a guided walk along rainforest trails and hanging bridges above the canopies. Later, explore Tarcoles River on a boat tour and see the rich and diverse wildlife native to these habitats. Meet your guides at the Puntarenas cruise pier and drive over to the begin your 1.5-mile skyway canopy tour. Admire the beauty of the rainforest through as you cross the and five suspended bridges at more than 180 feet (55 m) above the ground.  Each of these bridges is 300 feet (91 m) length, crossing through the very heart of the tropical rainforest. This all-ages tour lets you observe the primary and secondary rainforest vegetation, making yourself one with the jungle.  Keep your eyes open to see the numerous bird species, mammals, and other varied fauna that call this forest home.  Continue with a short drive to Tarcoles River, and go on a 1-hour boat tour to see the...

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