Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more


Encounter the best of Costa Rica's wildlife, cuisine, and famous natural beauty on a combo shore excursion from Puntarenas. Watch adorable white-faced monkeys playing in the trees, and spot crocs and birdlife on a pontoon cruise down the Tarcoles River. Learn the history of the bustling Puntarenas port, and indulge your taste buds with locally grown fruit fresh from the farm, a typical lunch at a local restaurant, and a chance to buy authentic Costa Rican coffee.
  • Full-day combo shore excursion from Puntarenas
  • Get to know Pacific Costa Rica's cuisine, wildlife, and culture
  • Visit plantations to taste fresh tropical fruit
  • Look for wild crocodiles on a pontoon cruise down the Tarcoles River
  • Enjoy Costa Rican cuisine at a local restaurant
  • Shop for coffee and other Costa Rican products
  • Includes convenient port pickup and drop-off


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Aug 2018

Had a wonderful time getting close to the animals especially the monkeys.
Tour guide and driver are very professional, friendly and helpful.

, Jul 2018

Our Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion was the best of our Cruise. Our pickup was just off the ship and our tour guide (Jesus) was extremely knowledgeable about the country, the wildlife, the local people and history. The trip started with a stop to a local

, May 2018

This was an excellent tour! They have two brand new buses that are very comfortable. Our guide was Pablo and he was excellent. We visited some monkeys, stopped at a fruit stand and had some fruit, along with a taste of sugar cane and rum. Then on to the River Tour. Our ship was late getting into port so we did not get to eat at the top of the hill. Instead it was a buffet style place by the river. But very good none the less. It was our overall favorite tour during our Panama Canal cruise. Highly recommend.

, Apr 2018

Absolutely FABULOUS TRIP! Cannot recommend this highly enough. Our guide, Jesus was a delight, SO ENTHUSIASTIC and knowledgeable about everything, particularly the myriad wildlife we were lucky to see. The monkey experience was so enjoyable and we were given plenty of info on how to interact with them safely to get the most out of it. Lunch was delicious and plentiful.
The very best part of the day was of course the boat trip on the Tarcoles river. I couldn't even begin to list all the wonderful creatures we saw. Our guide for this was the wonderful Allen. A mine of information and he didn't miss a trick when spotting wildlife for us to view and photograph. One of the best sightings was an American Pygmy Kingfisher. Tiny, perfect and wonderfully colourful. There was no hesitation in slowing or stopping the boat when something of interest was seen, there was no rush and we were given plenty of time to admire the animals and birds. A fantastic day.

, Apr 2018

Charlie took us on an excellent tour of the area. It was a little challenging finding the meeting spot at a local hotel but the tour of the neighbouring towns, the lakes and the river were excellent. A great day!

, Mar 2018

Pablo our guide was wonderful. He met us right at the ship and drove us off the pier in his van. For most other tours, you had to meet the vans outside the port pier. He took us to a private area to view the white faced monkeys and other wildlife which were roaming freely. Then he took us to a fruit stand where he gave us different fruits to taste. Then he took us to a wonderful viewpoint high in the mountains. We had a good lunch at a local restaurant. Next we went on the river cruise where he pointed out crocodiles and many kinds of birds. All the van rides between sites he explained much information about Costa Rica government. military, economics,family life, education. He also had many actual examples to show us such nuts, different coffee beans, candies, flowers that they use for perfumes which really added to our understanding of Costa Rica and the culture. He really put a lot of extra effort into helping us learn about his country

, Feb 2018

Some much to explore. The tour guide did an excellent job. It was very informative. I would highly recommend the tour. My only regret is I not fully certain of the guide's name. I believe it was either Julian or Jose... sorry..

, Jan 2018

The river boat ride and seeing so many Crocs was a great experience. The tour guides were extremely courteous and helpful. Unfortunately, two cruise ships docked within a hour of each other and all passengers were delayed for safety reasons for 2 hours. This delayed the tour and at the end the darkness prevented us from seeing the monkeys except by flashlight and the town. We did get a very nice lunch at 3:00 PM.

, Dec 2017

Do not hesitate in any way to book this trip. It was wonderful and completely perfect. The lunch was brilliant, the monkeys were super fun and easy. The boat ride showcased so many flowers, animals, and sights. The guide and driver were just wonderful, well informed, and fun. The van was clean and comfy. Don't overspend on the excursions from the ship. Book this one!

, Nov 2017

Wonderful insight into Costa Rican ecology and wildlife - mangroves, crocodiles, iguanas, capuchin monkeys, Jesus Christ lizards, hawks,macaws etc etc. The boat tour guide was so knowledgeable and seemed to be at one with the environment. The guide on the bus gave us a comprehensive overview of the social, economic and cultural life in Costa Rica

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