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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

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

Enjoy a boat ride down Sarapiqui River

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.

Customer Reviews

latra2020

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Had fun

Tiffany A. B

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

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

Colleen D

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

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

Lynda R

4 star rating: Recommended November 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.

Marcelina D

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 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.

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