Guanacaste and Northwest

Jungle River Cruise at Palo Verde National Park

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From USD 108.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


This guided tour to Palo Verde National Park from the Guanacaste area is an easy way to see some of the wildlife that makes Costa Rica famous without going too far out of your way. Take private transit out to the park, and then hop onto a leisurely river cruise for chances to see iguanas, birds, monkeys, and more in the wild. Park fees and transportation are included in tour price for a good value.
  • Palo Verde National Park river cruise from Guanacaste
  • Chances to spot wildlife like crocodiles, monkeys, and more
  • Easy way to travel inland from the beach and back in a day
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Guanacaste area included

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only):Pickup from Hotel Dreams Las Mareas is not available for this tour. If you are staying there, you may head to the Hilton Garden Inn to be picked up.
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

07:00 am

Pickup details

We pick up from hotels in Guanacaste from Papagayo, Coco, Flamingo and Tamarindo areas

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Operated by Central American Tours

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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18 reviews
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Better than Disneys jungle tour, but a little underwhelming.
Elliot_J, Mar 2023
Fun trip. Got to head down a (fast flowing) river that was infested with lots of crocodiles. Saw a couple of monkeys, iguanas, and the usual flora and fauna. Nothing too crazy. The trip ends at a family farm (same guy who owns the boat), where they provide some fresh cut fruit and juice. My only complaint is that no actual real food was provided. We were picked up from the Andaz hotel at 7:30pm, and it took about 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the river. The jungle cruise itself is about 2 hours. Then another hour at the family farm, and then the drive back to the hotel. We were pretty hungry by the time we arrived at the family farm, and saw them cooking a huge pot of chicken and rice that looked and smelled delicious. That food was served to other your groups, but not to us (much to our disappointment). I’m not sure how to get access to that food, since we paid $108 per person for the tour, and there we no “lunch” option when booking the tour. Oh well.
Great trip
Annette_A, May 2022
Knowledge of the guide. Wildlife such as monkeys, birds, crocs etc.. Butterflies and unusual bats. Went after for a snack at a farm.
Great Wildlife Tour
Stacey_D, May 2022
The guide and the boat captain were both very friendly and knowledgeable. They worked diligently to find as many examples of wildlife as they could. I highly recommend this adventure!
Amazing Tour!
Amy_Q, Mar 2022
We had a fantastic day! Henry was so knowlegeable about everything! He knew very interesting facts on the animals we saw. He also knew tons about local vegitation and local history. We also stopped at a local ranch for coffee brewed right at our table and homemade rice pudding. We highly recommond this tour!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you Amy for your review. We are so happy you enjoy your day with is. Rancho Los Coyotes where you had that rice pudding has to be the best place for lunch in the entire province. I will let Henry know about this review. Thank you again for letting us show you the beauty of Costa Rica
Jocelyne_M, Jan 2022
The experience was awesome.. Jose was the best..we got pick up a little later than advised but after that everything was just great.. we were only 2 in the van and it felt like a private tour. Jose was amazing and I felt safe with the driver.. We learned alot about the sugar cane process and fruit fields along the way.. On the boat we saw crocodiles, birds and a few monkeys up close..I definitely recommend..
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Hello Jocelyn. Thank you for your review. The Jungle Cruise Experience is one of my favorite and I loved your review about it. Thank you for choosing CR and our company for your vacation!
Enjoyable and educational
Steven_L, Dec 2021
Wonderful experience. Our guide. Jose, went above and beyond to look for and point out all of the various creatures along the river bank. He was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thank you for choosing Costa Rica and CATours for your Jungle Cruise Tour. We are very glad you had a great time in our country
Lots of monkey's and crocs
Vinnie_T, Apr 2021
A great guided tour on the river. We saw sooooo many monkey's and crocs. Enough to last a lifetime. Our driver and guide Manny and Jose are the best!
Darla_B, Jan 2019
Jose was very good and took us to see a macaw nesting on the way. Also saw cantaloupe fields being harvested along with sugar cane being cut down by both machete and machines. On the cruise we saw many birds, white face monkey, iguanas, and crocodiles.
Response from Host, June 2019
Thank you very much for your review!! It was our pleasure to serve you during your Costa Rica vacation. Our goal is to create unforgettable memories for our clients and we are glad to have accomplished our goal during your visit. CATours Team