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Sarapiqui River (Rio Sarapiquí) Tours

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Sarapiqui River (Rio Sarapiquí)
In 1856 this iconic Costa Rican river transported weapons, soldiers and food during the war against the filibusters. Today, Sarapiqui River (Rio Sarapiquí) has been named a national monument and is one of the country’s top destinations. Adventurous travelers can navigate the raging rapids of level III and IV white waters, while laid back visitors and families searching for fun can opt for a relaxing day tour or rive safari. 

The surrounding mountains, as well as the La Selva Biological Reserve are home to scenic landscapes and plenty of wildlife. During a river safari, keep eyes peeled for turtles, sloths, monkeys and iguanas, as well as colorful tropical birds found only here! And travelers who prefer to keep their feet on land can still catch their share of rugged beauty on hikes on the reserve’s epic trails.

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The river serves as the eastern border of Sarapiqui Canton and is a key hub for local fishermen and tourism. It runs from the Central Mountain Range north of San Jose to the San Marcos River. The river often floods during heavy rains, so proceed with caution in wetter months.
Address: Central Valley, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
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Irazu Volcano, Cartago Ruins and Sarapiqui River Tour from San Jose

Irazu Volcano, Cartago Ruins and Sarapiqui River Tour from San Jose

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Discover Costa Rica's famous natural beauty, historical treasures, and fresh flavors on this full-day tour from San Jose. Visit the ruins of a 16th-century church in Cartago, soak up an awe-inspiring views into the crater of Irazú Volcano, and spot native wildlife such as sloths, crocodiles, and monkeys on a cruise down the Sarapiquí River. Savor a traditional lunch at a private farm and drive through the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park to round out a memorable day.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$142.00
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US$142.00
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Safari on Sarapiqui River From San Jose

Safari on Sarapiqui River From San Jose

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Escape the city for a day in the wild on this full-day tour from the San Jose area, including a cruise down the Sarapiqui River, visits to various animal sanctuaries at the Black Madero private wildlife reserve, and a typical buffet lunch. Make it easy to see Costa Rica’s famous wildlife on this inclusive tour featuring a sample of popular rain forest and river activities in and around Braulio Carrillo National Forest.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$106.00
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US$106.00
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Costa Rica Sarapiqui Rafting - Class II-III Enjoy the river!

Costa Rica Sarapiqui Rafting - Class II-III Enjoy the river!

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Appease your appetite for adventure during an exhilarating 3-hour rafting session on the Sarapiqui River from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui . With an experienced guide, conquer the Class II and III rapids on the river’s most intense section and feel your adrenaline levels surge. During calmer periods, marvel at the abundance of exotic wildlife on the banks of the Sarapiqui River and listen to fascinating commentary from your guide. All rafting equipment and round-trip transportation from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui is included on this tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$69.54
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Rafting in The Sarapiqui River Class III - IV

Rafting in The Sarapiqui River Class III - IV

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Prepare to get wet and wild as you tackle the class III and IV rapids of the Sarapiqui River on this half- or full-day white-water rafting adventure from La Virgen. Marvel over the dramatic scenery and lush rainforest of the Sarapiqui canyon as you hurtle downstream, then re-fuel with lunch (full-day tour only) or refreshments by the waterfront. Best of all: the rapids are suitable for all abilities, including complete beginners, and anyone over 14 can give it a go!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$80.00
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US$80.00
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White Water Rafting Sarapiqui River | Class II - III

White Water Rafting Sarapiqui River | Class II - III

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Explore the Sarapiquí River on a guided white-water adventure from Puerto Viejo. After a convenient hotel pickup, embark on your journey to La Virgen de Sarapiquí. Plow through class-II rapids that are ideal for both a beginner and an experienced paddler. Enjoy incredible jungle scenery and wildlife on your 10-mile (16-kilometer) trip downriver. 
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$85.20
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Full-day Cartago Ruins, Irazú Volcano and Sarapiquí River Cruise From San Jose

Full-day Cartago Ruins, Irazú Volcano and Sarapiquí River Cruise From San Jose

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Discover Costa Rica’s historic sites, natural wonders, and native wildlife on this full-day tour from San Jose. Learn more about Costa Rica’s former capital at the Cartago ruins, admire views of Irazú Volcano, spot crocodiles as you cruise down the Sarapiquí River, and take in the highlights of the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and all activities.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$152.00
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San Jose Combo Tour: Horseback Riding and Sarapiquí River Boat Ride

San Jose Combo Tour: Horseback Riding and Sarapiquí River Boat Ride

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Spend a full day discovering the beauty of Costa Rica’s rain forest on this guided combo tour to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí. Cruise down the Sarapiquí River on a riverboat, and then delve deeper into the jungle on a horseback ride while learning about native plants and wildlife from your knowledgeable guide. Round-trip hotel transport from San Jose and an authentic Costa Rican lunch are included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$110.00
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US$110.00
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Semi Private La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui River from San Jose

Semi Private La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui River from San Jose

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See Costa Rica’s iconic La Paz waterfall during this full-day guided, tour with animal sanctuary visit and an eco-boat ride down the famous Sarapiqui River. Get up close and personal with toucans and monkeys and learn about the five waterfalls, flowers, and rainforest within the sanctuary. Afterward, absorb the biodiversity on a relaxing boat trip down the Sarapiqui river ecosystem surrounded by wildlife in the water and on land.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$225.00
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US$225.00
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Day Trip from San Jose to La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui River

Day Trip from San Jose to La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui River

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Experience the bio diversity and natural majesty of Costa Rica’s most-visited nature reserve on this full-day, guided tour to La Paz Waterfall gardens with safari boat tour on the Sarapiqui River included. Learn about and see exotic animals and insects living in the animal sanctuary. Relax during a boat cruise as your guide points out monkeys, birds, sloth, ocelots, jaguar and more along the shore line.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$160.00
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Irazu Volcano & Boat on Sarapiqui River From San Jose

Irazu Volcano & Boat on Sarapiqui River From San Jose

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See some of Costa Rica’s most famous cultural and natural attractions in a single day on this guided tour from San Jose. Travel quickly and hassle-free with a guide who takes you to must-see spots such as the Cartago ruins, the Irazú Volcano, and the Sarapiqui River for an animal-watching boat ride.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$143.00
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Chocolate Tour in the Rainforest & Hanging Bridge. Private Tour

Chocolate Tour in the Rainforest & Hanging Bridge. Private Tour

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Learn about the chocolate industry in Costa Rica on this private 7-hour tour from San Jose. You'll visit Tirimbina, a private biological reserve in the rain forest and take a guided hike across a suspension bridge to a cacao plantation. Get an intimate look at the chocolate-making process, from fruit to chocolate bar. Lunch is included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$235.00
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Safari Float in The Sarapiqui River

Safari Float in The Sarapiqui River

Soak up the scenery of the Sarapiqui River without facing the fury of the white-water rapids with a relaxing safari float. Wind your way downstream along the gentlest part of the river and soak up the scenery of the Sarapiqui canyon along the way. The leisurely pace is ideal for wildlife spotting so keep a look out for howler monkeys, iguanas, sloths and hummingbirds as you drift through the rainforest. Best of all: this rafting tour is suitable for all abilities, including complete beginners, and anyone over 4 years old can take part!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$69.54
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Safari Float Sarapiqui River From San Jose

Safari Float Sarapiqui River From San Jose

Experience the scenic beauty and wildlife of Costa Rica’s Sarapiqui River on this half-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, get outfitted with all the necessary equipment and begin paddling through lush rainforest. Learn about the region’s biodiversity from a knowledgeable local guide while searching for amphibians, birds, otters, sloths, and other native animals. Enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch before returning to your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$79.50
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US$79.50
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Kayak Jungle Tour - Sarapiqui River - Costa Rica

Kayak Jungle Tour - Sarapiqui River - Costa Rica

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Beginner kayakers are at ease on this Sarapiqui River kayaking tour. Roll over mild class I and II rapids on your way to wildlife watching zones along the river, which runs through a biodiverse section of the jungle. You might see tropical birds, wild orchids, and more as you follow your guide along the course.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$69.54
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Coast to Coast Expedition 10D/9N Vacation Package

Coast to Coast Expedition 10D/9N Vacation Package

Enjoy with us some of the best Costa Rica destinations, tours and experiences with this unique vacation package specially designed for nature lovers and adventurous people looking for an unforgettable experience in Costa Rica This vacation package includes 10 days and 9 nights in high quality hotels, exclusive tours, meals listed in itinerary, professional naturalist tour guides, deluxe transportation service and the visit the beautiful following Costa Rican destinations: San Jose, Tortuguero National Park, Sarapiqui, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs and Manuel Antonio National Park.
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  • 10 days
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US$2,725.00
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Costa Rica Explorer 10D/9N Vacation Package

Costa Rica Explorer 10D/9N Vacation Package

Enjoy with us some of the best Costa Rica destinations, tours and experiences with this unique vacation package specially designed for nature lovers and adventurous people looking for an unforgettable experience in Costa Rica This vacation package includes 10 days and 9 nights in high quality hotels, exclusive tours, meals listed in itinerary, professional naturalist tour guides, all entrance fees, deluxe transportation service and the visit the beautiful following Costa Rican destinations: San José, Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfalls Gardens, Sarapiqui, Arenal Volcano Hot Springs and Playa Herradura in Papagayo Gulf.
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  • 10 days
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US$3,100.00
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Between Oceans 14D/13N Vacation Package

Between Oceans 14D/13N Vacation Package

Enjoy with us some of the best Costa Rica destinations, tours and experiences with this unique vacation package specially designed for nature lovers and adventurous people looking for an unforgettable experience in Costa Rica This vacation package includes 14 days and 13 nights in high quality hotels, exclusive tours, meals listed in itinerary, professional naturalist tour guides, all entrance fees, deluxe transportation service and the visit the beautiful following Costa Rican destinations: San José, Tortuguero National. Park, Sarapiqui, Arenal Hot Springs, Manuel Antonio National Park and Quepos Town.
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  • 14 days
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US$3,195.00
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Zip Line Canopy Tour & Whitewater Rafting Combo. Private Tour from San Jose

Zip Line Canopy Tour & Whitewater Rafting Combo. Private Tour from San Jose

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Get your adrenaline pumping double time with this private tour from San Jose combining two of Costa Rica's most popular outdoor adventures. Drive through gorgeous Braulio Carrillo National Park to a tropical secondary forest, where you’ll fly through the treetops on a thrilling 9-cable zipline tour. Then, tackle the class II and III rapids of the Sarapiqui River on a wet and wild whitewater rafting voyage led by an expert guide. Includes round-trip transport from your San Jose hotel in the comfort of a private vehicle.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$295.00
Price varies by group size
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Whitewater Rafting and Horseback Riding Combo. Private Tour

Whitewater Rafting and Horseback Riding Combo. Private Tour

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Enjoy two outdoor activities in one day on this 8-hour private combo tour from San Jose. With a naturalist guide, visit the Sarapiqui region of Costa Rica for both adventures — whitewater rafting and horseback riding. Lunch and private transportation are included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$295.00
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Sarapiqui River Cruise & Rain forest Hanging Bridge Walk. Private Tour

Sarapiqui River Cruise & Rain forest Hanging Bridge Walk. Private Tour

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The driving distance from San Jose to Sarapiqui will take about 90 minutes. Along the way, enjoy the beauty of the second largest National Park in Costa Rica: The Braulio Carrillo. Sarapiqui is the name of the river and it is the most important tourist attraction in the region. In the Upper part, the river is perfect for the practice of the Whitewater Rafting. In the Lower Part, boat tours, transfers and fishing are important economic activities. During this 2-hour river safari, you will ride a comfortable boat down the Sarapiqui River and enjoy the very rich wildlife of this region. In there, it is easy to see Howler Monkeys, White-Faced Capuchin Monkeys, Sloths, Toucans, Crocodiles. Giant Iguanas, River Turtles, Otters, many aquatic birds and more. After the boat safari, taste the local flavours with a delicious lunch, before continuing our journey to Tirimbina Reserve, where a nature walk into the rainforest will complement this amazing ecological experience.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$260.00
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Zip Line Canopy Tour & Horseback Riding Combo. Private Tour from San Jose

Zip Line Canopy Tour & Horseback Riding Combo. Private Tour from San Jose

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This is a private tour from San Jose City. Our professional naturalist tour guide will take you to Sarapiqui Region, at 90 minutes from the capital city. In there, upon arrival to Hacienda pozo Azul, enjoy 2 adventure tours in one day; the zipline canopy tour and the horseback riding by the rain forest. After all this, taste a delicious lunch before to return to your hotel in San Jose
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$295.00
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Sarapiqui River Rafting & Horseback Riding Combo. Private Tour

Sarapiqui River Rafting & Horseback Riding Combo. Private Tour

Sarapiqui is the name of the river and it is the most important tourist attraction in the region. In the Upper part, the river is perfect for the practice of the Whitewater Rafting. Costa Rica offers different kinds of whitewater rafting where the adrenaline shoots to the limit and fascinating Horseback Riding tours can be experienced in lovely rain forest sceneries. Now you can enjoy both activities combined in a single tour. Discover the natural wonders of Sarapiqui, a large territory located in the northern part of the country, with crystalline rivers, abundant scenic beauty and towns full of hard-working and friendly people. The Horseback Riding tour lasts one and a half hour. Rafting on the Sarapiqui River on class II or III which allows a vibrant scenery for those who wish to enjoy this exciting activity. A group of unexpected rapids is combined with slow relaxing stretches along 8-miles which will make this an unforgettable experience for birdwatchers and nature lovers.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$295.00
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3 in 1 Eco Tour Rain Forest Aerial Tram, River Cruise & Nature Walk Private Tour

3 in 1 Eco Tour Rain Forest Aerial Tram, River Cruise & Nature Walk Private Tour

You will be heading to the Caribbean Slope, crossing the beautiful Braulio Carrillo National Park until arrives to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui Region. On arrival you will board a boat for a relaxing ride on the Sarapiqui River where you will feel in close contact with nature and admire the inspiring surroundings. After the boat ride you will continue with a rain forest nature walk and Hanging Bridge at Tirimbina Reserve private trails which are a heaven for nature enthusiasts, hikers, bird and wildlife watchers. Following lunch and on route to San Jose, a visit to the famous Rain forest Aerial Tram is included, for a ride on a gondola through the tree canopy in company of a naturalist guide that will talk to you about the wonderful rain forest. The Rain Forest Aerial Tram – Atlantic is a 475-hectares (1,200-acre) private reserve that shares a 10 km border with Braulio Carrillo National Park, constituting a buffer zone between the park and farming lands.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$315.00
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US$315.00
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Jungle Safari Float - from San Jose

Jungle Safari Float - from San Jose

We'll pick you up from your hotel in the greater metropolitan area of San Jose. Upon leaving the big city, we then drive through rural country roads 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 monkeysin the Costa Rica rainforest! 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. Plus, this area is 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 and float down the river.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$125.00
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US$125.00
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