• Location: Arenal, Costa Rica
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 60.00 View price calendar

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Embark on a jungle safari with a cruise down the scenic Peñas Blancas River in Costa Rica! Board a river raft for a leisurely float through the rain forest, where you’re likely to spot native wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, iguanas and colorful birds. Learn about the amazing plants and animal species you see from your bilingual guide while soaking up the lush surroundings. A tropical snack and round-trip transport from Arenal are included.


  • 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

Peñas Blancas Safari Boat Tour in Arenal


This tour is a fantastic and relaxing way to experience the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica. Your tour begins with morning pickup at your Arenal hotel, followed by a scenic drive to the launch point on the Peñas Blancas River. Hop aboard a river raft with your local guide and let the gentle currents of the river carry you through the rain forest.

During approximately 2 hours on the river, your guide will point out native wildlife in the passing jungle. Keep an eye on the treetops for sloths and monkeys, and watch the riverbanks for tortoises and iguanas. Up above, you may see colorful birds soaring through the air. Take a turn paddling the raft, or simply relax and enjoy the ride.

Enjoy a snack of fresh tropical fruit and refreshing drinks before the beautiful return drive to your hotel in Arenal.

Note: Click on the 'View additional info' above to ensure the correct pickup and drop-off zone for your hotel.

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Customer Reviews

Ines U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

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

Peter U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

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!

Nicole F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

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.

Rich L

4 star rating: Recommended July 2017

Nice, quiet tour. We saw a couple of howler monkey's in the distance.


4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

Pleasant drift down a lovely river. The guides were very good and informative. The pickup service was responsive to changes to schedule. Would recommend.

Marion Glenn B

4 star rating: Recommended September 2013

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.

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