Travel to the beautiful Sarapiquí region of Costa Rica for a full day of natural beauty and adventure. A driver will pick you up at your San Jose hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle for the approximately 2-hour drive north. Ride through Braulio Carrillo National Park and a scenic landscape of volcanic mountain ranges and rolling countryside.
At the town of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, you’ll board a motorized boat for a cruise down the glassy waters of the Sarapiquí River. Along the way, your naturalist guide will point out interesting native plant species and help you spot local wildlife, including crocodiles, monkeys, sloths and colorful birds.
After about 1.5 hours on the river, you’ll disembark at the Madero Negro nature reserve and meet the horse that will take you on the next phase of your adventure. Climb aboard your trusty steed for a leisurely, 1-hour horseback ride into the verdant rain forest, where you’ll get an up-close look at this amazing ecosystem.
Enjoy some free time to explore the reserve’s butterfly garden and reptile sanctuary. Sate your appetite with a delicious Costa Rican lunch, and then sit back and relax on the return drive to San Jose.