Central Pacific

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

Quepos, Costa Rica

From USD 135.71

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 4 days in advance.
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup point

  • Costanera Sur
    Costanera Sur, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, Costa Rica

What To Expect

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.

Carara National Park

Tarolces River Boat

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Tarcoles Bridge (Pass By)

Tarcoles Bridge

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by Top Private Tours

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 4 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
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Saw some wonderful wild life...
Daniel_G, 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.
Our contact was at the dock when we...
Steve D, 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 the Dierkers