Experience the Costa Rican rainforest by boat! On this full-day tour in Arenal, observe Costa Rican wildlife in its natural habitat as you cruise down the Peñas Blancas River with an expert guide. If you're up for adventure, this is the perfect tour for you!
- River safari tour on Peñas Blancas River in Arenal, Costa Rica
- Expert local guide will take you through the rainforest by boat
- See Costa Rican wildlife like sloths, monkeys, crocodiles and birds in their natural habitats
- Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off
What You Can Expect
After pickup from your Arenal-area hotel, hop in a river raft with your knowledgeable guide and spend a day on the waters of Costa Rica! Explore the Costa Rican rainforest that surrounds Arenal while boating down the Peñas Blancas River. Discover the rainforest up close, and learn about the exotic native wildlife from your expert guide.
As you make your way down the river, your guide will tell you about the plants and animals you’ll see on the tour. Keep an eye out for monkeys swinging in the trees, tortoises roaming the river banks and birds flying overhead. After a fun-filled day on the river, enjoy the drive back to your hotel with some refreshing drinks and Costa Rican snacks.
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This tour was so nice, it's definitely a great, relaxing start to the day . The guide, Oscar, and driver, Juan Carlos, were both super nice and helpful. We spotted iguanas, birds, monkey and bats. Oscars knowledge of the plants and animals was great and he explained it all really well. His English was really good too so everyone could understand him.
We were slowly drifting down the river for probably about 1.5 to 2 hours. But it's really nice. Oscar really took his time, stopped at several places to observe animals and did a great job.
Upon arrival Juan Carlos had cut up pineapples and watermellons for us, juice and cookies were also waiting for us to enjoy while the two of them took care of the boat.
The 4.5 hours in the tour description can be misleading a bit, for me it was exactly 4 hours from hotel pick up to drop off, so don't expect to be on the river for 4 hours but it was great nonetheless. Definitely worth every penny. Those two guide also deserve a raise!
We took this tour with our nine year old. Our guide was Alfredo, he was amazing. We saw a lot of wildlife, we had time for pictures along the very mellow floating trip, the tour was just about 2hours with snacks at the load out point. We paddled the raft, but it was by no means onerous and make sure to have a waterproof bag for cameras. We had a tremendous time, saw amazing animals. This is the way to see the local flora and fauna - so much better in their natural habitat. Take only pictures, leave only footprints
It was a lovely, peaceful trip with beautiful scenrey, We saw lots of birds, monkeys, a sloth and sleeping bats! Our guide was pleasant, well informed and very helpful. The driver was equally friendly and helpful. All is all, a trip we will remember!
We had the BEST guide he was very friendly and actually got out of the boat to stop us so he could show us while life. We got to see all kinds of animals and two dozen monkeys. This is a great trip to take.
The tour was great. The guides were knowledgeable and tried very hard to make nature cooperate with the tour. Our guide was funny, spoke English very well. However, the information on the website is incorrect as to the length of the tour. It would be help if at the end of the tour, the guides told us that if we enjoyed the trip, tips were accepted. We did not know this and our guide was a bit surly as we were leaving.