San Jose, Costa Rica
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clock-o7 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Escape the city for a day in the wild on this 7-hour tour from the San Jose area, including a 90-minute 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.
  • 7-hour tour of the rain forest from San Jose area
  • 90-minute cruise down the Sarapiqui River in Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Free time to explore wildlife attractions at a private nature reserve
  • Typical buffet lunch included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from San Jose area included
Meet your guide at your hotel at the listed pickup time between 10 and 11:15 a.m., depending on your hotel’s location. Drive along the road leading to Braulio Carrillo National Park, observing the greenery and flora along the way.
Your first stop is at the Sarapiqui River. Hop onboard a boat for a 90-minute river cruise through the rain forest, with the opportunity to observe a wide diversity of birds, animals, and plants. The river is also known for its population of crocodiles; your guide will help you spot them and provide commentary throughout the ride.
At the end of your ride, enjoy a typical buffet lunch like rice, beans, plantains, and meat on a private wildlife reserve. Spend free time enjoying the attractions on the reserve, including a frog pond, butterfly garden, serpentarium, and botanical garden.
End your day with a hot cup of coffee before returning to your hotel.
Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.


Viator Traveller's Reviews

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, Mar 2018

Mauricio was a great tour guide who grew up in the area and had a ton of knowledge to share. The boat ride and horseback riding is worth the money but make sure to book an activity as this is the only thing to do after the boat portion and they offer lockers.

, Jan 2018

Amazing experience. The guide was passionate about the area and was born/raised in the region. The boat ride down the river was interesting. We saw monkeys, birds, crocodiles, slath, and many plants. The stop in the rain forest restaurant was an experience in itself. He showed native plants to the rain forest and detailed what they were and several interesting facts. In the natural greenhouse we were able to see the dart frog and green spotted frogs. I would highly recommend this tour. The time frame was perfect and the guide was incredible.

, Dec 2017

This was mainly a river cruise. I feel that the the part about the private animal reserve was definitely overrated. It is a backyard with tropical plants, and one structure with a few tiny frogs. The other annoying part of this excursion was having to wait while others went on canopy adventure then having to wait for them to eat the meal, and there is nothing to do while waiting. I do not think this excursion was worth the price.

, Nov 2017

Excellent experience. Guide was the best I have encountered. Also, he was an excellent photographer.

, Nov 2017

The tour and guide were both good, but we felt it didn't really meet expectations based on the description. The 300 letter limit prevents fair elaboration, but in summary: No activities, no serpentarium or butterfly garden, only one animal sanctuary, didn't enter the national park, mainly in Spanish

, Nov 2017

Mauricio was an excellent tour guide. On the river cruise he and Pedro the boat operator found all sorts of wildlife. We even saw a baby monkey fall in the water and we turned the boat around. Mauricio reached in, grabbed it by the tail and saved it. We went up to the area where all the monkeys were and returned it to the tree. If
Once we started to leave, we saw Mama go get her baby. An experience we won't soon forget.

, Aug 2017

Crocodiles and toucans and big butterflies and lots and lots of monkeys. The river was fantastic, as was the flora and the fauna. The tour would have been better if it had started and ended an hour earlier, so that we were not coming back to San Jose after nightfall.

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