Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Tarcoles River Boat Tour at the Jungle


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.

Tour info

5 hours
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Why take this tour?

Famous for its large American Crocodiles, the Tárcoles River forms the Northern border of Carara Biological. The reserve is full of crocodiles, scarlet macaws, Jesus Christ lizards, and over 120 species of birds.

What’s included?

  • Professional guide

  • Port pickup and drop-off

  • Private tour

  • Entry/Admission - Carara National Park

  • Gratuities

Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 5h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

Covid Policy

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

We will be operating only with private groups, only your party, and we follow government mandates.

Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

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Top Private Tours (Puntarenas, Costa Rica)

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