San Jose Combo Tour: Horseback Riding and Sarapiquí River Boat Ride

San Jose, Costa Rica

From $99.00 USD

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9 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


Spend a full day discovering the beauty of Costa Rica’s rain forest on this guided combo tour to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí. Cruise down the Sarapiquí River on a riverboat, and then delve deeper into the jungle on a horseback ride while learning about native plants and wildlife from your knowledgeable guide. Round-trip hotel transport from San Jose and an authentic Costa Rican lunch are included.
  • Full-day combo tour of a horseback ride and a boat cruise down the Sarapiquí River
  • Navigate along the Sarapiquí River and see wildlife like crocodiles and sloths
  • Take a laid-back horseback ride in a private rainforest reserve and spot iguanas, monkeys and birds
  • Enjoy a beautiful drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Learn about the unique vegetation and wildlife you see from an informative guide
  • Lunch and round-trip air-conditioned minivan transport from most San Jose hotels included

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • All necessary equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Gratuities
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Departs from San Jose hotels

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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What To Expect

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.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear long pants, comfortable shoes and bring a hat and a camera
  • Horseback riding portion of the tour is suitable for all levels of experience
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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Dennis D
, Sep 2017

The guide mauricio was excellent a very knowledgeable guide from the moment we got picked up he told us everything about Costa Rica etc....on the boat trip he pointed out some good points animals etc a very very good the horse riding it states suitable for all levels!!!!!! I have never been on a horse we arrived got given a helmet then on the horses.....not much to see in the rain forest as was concentrating on where the horse was going....then the horse decides to throw me off!!!!!! Luckily landed in mud!!! The guide at the front stopped came back and simply gave me he's horse and off we went again...didn't really seemed concerned that I came off the horse it may not of been serious to him but for all he could of know I could of seriously hurt myself just bruises..also some of the horses looked very thin...the tour was good but horse riding.....mmmmmm seriously think about it

Tahirah R
, Aug 2017

Amazing tour! We saw so many animals in their natural habitat! Great way to spend my birthday.

, Apr 2017

very well organized. Log ride to get to the river , but worth the wait

, Jan 2017

River boat ride was good. The horseback is not to be recommended.

Heather B
, Dec 2016

Our guide was great, as was the boat ride portion. Got to see lots of wildlife. The horseback riding was very disappointing however, as there were at least 2 other riders who had no control of their horses and allowed them to wander aimlessly. The riding guide spoke zero English, even though an English option was offered when booking, and there was no riding instruction at all we were not even asked if we'd be on a horse before. This contributed highly to the riding portion being short and boring.

Marcelina D
, Sep 2016

I thought this tour was unorganized. It also felt like a rip off. I don't believe we rode horses for an hour. The trail was just a lil path through the woods which had barbwire which my hourse leaned towards and put a hole in my pants. The river boat road was not good. They were more interested in showing us iguanas which I've seen a million times. We saw some monkeys up in the trees and 1 bird and that was it. While I know they have no control over what we saw our guide was so busy chatting with the boat driver that he mised opportunities to tell us more about the river and maybe wildlife. The lunch that was provided was mediocre at best. My sister's chicken had hair in it. Needless to say we didn't eat much. We also finished the tour before the other in our group and had to sit around and wait about 20 min doing nothing before someone asked if we wanted to see the butterfly garden. Overall it was unorganized. And a long day and our guide smelled of alcohol.

Tiffany A. B
, Aug 2016

Well worth the money. Very Fun. Jorge, Carlos the van driver, and Chino tyne river boat captain were very professional and knowledgeable.

, Jul 2016
Colleen D
, Feb 2016

The tour and the Guides were amazing, my only concern was how thin the horses looked

Lynda R
, Nov 2015

I like the boat ride down the river, seeing the monkeys in the trees, a river turtle, a crocodile, birds and lizards. I also enjoyed the horse back ride thru the forest where we got to see frogs. The tour guide shared very interesting information thru out the whole tour. The food was great as well.

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