Carara, Costa Rica
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Glide through one of Costa Rica's most famous birdwatching and croc-spotting destinations on this half-day jungle boat shore excursion from Puntarenas. Cruise with a naturalist guide along the forests and mangroves of the Tárcoles River, which borders Carara National Park and is home to a vast array of wildlife including crocodiles and more than 120 bird species.
  • Half-day river boat shore excursion from Puntarenas
  • Cruise along the Tárcoles River on the border of Carara National Park
  • Explore the jungles and mangrove forests of the river basin
  • Spot native wildlife like crocodiles and scarlet macaws
  • Boat tour led by a naturalist guide
  • Great way to learn about Costa Rica's amazing biodiversity
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
When your cruise ship docks at Puntarenas, meet your waiting driver at the port and travel inland across Costa Rica’s Central Valley to the launch point on the Tárcoles River. This serene waterway forms the northern border of Carara National Park, an important biological reserve and popular habitat for migratory birds.
Climb aboard a river boat with a naturalist guide, who will introduce you to the river’s distinctive ecosystems and wild residents. Explore the verdant basin at the mouth of the river, and then venture further up to a mature mangrove forest, characterized by a complex root system that grows straight out of the water.
Along the way, catch sight of native Costa Rican wildlife including Jesus Christ lizards and a famous community of American crocodiles that are often seen along the river banks. The area is also home to the country's largest population of scarlet macaws and more than 120 species of other birds. Upstream, you’ll also visit the transitional habitat of a native botanic garden to learn about the park’s exceptional diversity of plant life.
After returning to solid ground, relax on the return drive to the port, where the 5-hour tour concludes back at your waiting cruise ship.


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, Feb 2017

Saw some wonderful wild life. Alligator experience could be a bit better. The gator teeth are impressive, but they too well fed by all of the tour boats guides to be anything but lethargic.

, Jan 2017

Our contact was at the dock when we arrived. The guide showed is the areas we wanted to see and very attentive to our needs. Would definitely used this guide again
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