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Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise

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From USD 99.00

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover Costa Rica's enchanting Pacific rain forest from the air and water on this combo shore excursion from Puntarenas. Walk through the treetops on a series of hanging bridges at a private biological reserve, and then cruise down the Tarcoles River, home to a famous community of crocodiles. In between the eco adventures, enjoy time to shop and snack at a quaint replica of a Spanish colonial settlement.
  • Combo eco shore excursion from Puntarenas
  • Walk through the rain forest canopy on a suspended trail and hanging bridges
  • Observe native wildlife like monkeys and exotic birds
  • Make a shopping stop in the charming village of Santa Lucia
  • Cruise through a biological reserve on the Tarcoles River
  • Includes port pickup and drop-off and a fresh fruit snack
  • This tour is exclusive for cruise ship passengers. If you are not arriving by cruise ship please do not book this tour

What's Included

  • Professional naturalist tour guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Rainforest Nature walk & hanging bridges
  • Tarcoles River Boat Tour for enjoy its rich wildlife
  • Tropical Fruits snack
  • Visit to souvenirs store

    Meeting And Pickup

    You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

    Meeting point

    • Muellero Park
      Parque de Los Cañones, P.º de los Turistas, Provincia de Puntarenas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

      Pick up is at the main entrance of the pier. Please walk to main gate

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    Start time

    08:00 am

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    Pickup details

    This tour is exclusive for cruise ship passengers. If you are not arriving by cruise ship please do not book this tour. Tour operate only when we have cruise ships in port. From Puntarenas Cruise Ship Pier: Pick up is at the main gate entrance of the pier. It is a very short walking distance from the cruise ship. From Caldera Cruise Ship Pier: Pick Up is at the entrance of the pier. You should proceed to the main entrance. There is a shuttle bus service you can take. it is complementary. Once at the entrance of the pier, you will see a Greenway Tours Guide holding a sign with your name. SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT PICKUP TIME All our pickup times are set to 8:00 AM by default. HOWEVER: If your ship arrives after 8:00 AM, the Pickup will be 9:00 AM or 30 minutes after ship arrival. You can book your tour and we will adjust the time accordingly with your ship arrival. If you ship is late, our staff will wait for you till the ship dock and allow you disembark. We operate all our tours accordingly with the ship´s arrival.

    What To Expect

    When your cruise ship docks at Puntarenas in the morning, meet a waiting driver and guide at the port and hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan for a scenic drive to the Villa Lapas private biological reserve. Here, be surrounded by the majesty of Costa Rica's unspoiled tropical and dry rain forest on the 1.5-mile (2.5-km) SkyWay walking trail. Cross three suspended bridges perched at 180 feet (56 meters) above the forest floor and each stretching an incredible 300 feet (91 meters) in length.

    The bridges are built with the highest safety standards, and experienced guides will accompany you to ensure your safety and point out highlights of the enchanting jungle. As you trek, take in spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and keep an eye out for native wildlife like monkeys, anteaters, poison dart frogs, and hundreds of bird species.

    After completing the SkyWay trail, take a break to relax and shop for unique souvenirs in the nearby village of Santa Lucia, a replica of a Spanish colonial settlement. Enjoy a snack of tropical fruit and iced tea here before transferring to the Tarcoles River, which snakes along the northern border of the Carara Biological Reserve. Take a river cruise along the biodiverse waterway, where you can watch one of the world’s largest wild crocodile populations basking in the sun.

    Your tour concludes with drop-off back at the cruise terminal, where you can return to your waiting ship or spend some time strolling along the nearby boulevards of Puntarenas.

    Carara National Park

    Situated in the breathtaking Puntarenas Province of Costa Rica, Villa Lapas Jungle Village is the perfect gateway to exhilarating attractions and things to do. Located on the Tárcoles River at the edge of Carara National Park, and with 500-acre rainforest preserve offers the chance to experience two unique ecosystems: the Tropical and the Dry Pacific. Over 400 species of birds await birdwatching connoisseurs, as well as other exotic wildlife like white-face capuchin monkeys, peccaries, anteaters, poison-arrow frogs and the crocodiles of the Tárcoles River. Villa Lapas Reserve offer the amazing eco tour SKyWalk. An unique system of suspended bridges over the rain forest where you will enjoy the perfect ecosystem of this amazing region with the narration of our naturalist tour guide.

    2 hours Admission Ticket Included


    Enjoy a pleasant boat tour with a professional naturalist tour guide and enjoy its rich and abundant wildlife. It is a habitat for American crocodiles, while the marshes located at the river's mouth have many waterfowl and wading birds. Among the many herons and egrets are the boatbill and bare-throated tiger heron, and other birds found here include double-striped thick-knee, mangrove warbler and American pygmy kingfisher. The total list known of birds well exceeds 320 species including the little known Guacalillo Canals. The avian biodiversity is substantial including rare birds such as Agami Heron, Rufous-necked Woodrail, Jabiru, Yellow-billed Cotinga and recently found an Orinoco Goose. It's also home of Howler and White-faced Capuchin Monkeys. Less commonly seen are Silky Anteater, Sloths, Grinson, Jaguarundi, River Otter and Northern Tamandua

    1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • 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
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • This tour is exclusive for cruise ship passengers. If you are not arriving by cruise ship please do not book this tour
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travellers

    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

    Q:What is the policy on sanitisation during Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise?

    A:The policies on sanitisation are:
    • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
    • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

    Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise?

    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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    37 reviews
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    Rainforest, crocodile
    Judy_S, Nov 2022
    Loved the boat crocodile adventure. Rainforest was beautiful but very strenuous walking down hill on deep steps.
    Response from Host, Nov 2022
    Thank you for your review. The walking is listed as middle in the tour description and advise the steeps ups and down. Good you were able to finish it and enjoy the rain forest
    Lotsa Crocs
    Crystal_K, Nov 2022
    Our crazy boat driver, Carlos, feeding the crocs chicken--thought he might lose an arm!! We saw lots of birds on the boat, also. Did not see many animals or birds in the Skywalk, but it was a beautiful, lush trail. Loved the swinging bridges.
    Response from Host, Nov 2022
    Thank you for your review. Appreciate it
    Do it! It’s worth it!!!
    janet_P, Oct 2022
    Our guide ,Albert was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. The tour was outstanding. Very courteous and professional. Highly recommend this tour
    Response from Host, Oct 2022
    Hi Thank you very much for your positive review. Appreciate it.
    Great experience
    Pamela_M, Oct 2022
    My group and I really enjoyed this tour! We saw wild crocodiles, parrots, toucans, and a poisonous frog to name a few of the local animals.
    Response from Host, Oct 2022
    Thank you very much for your positive review.
    A perfect way to see Costa Rica in a day
    Keith_S, Oct 2022
    The hike through the rain forest is exceptional- it’s beautiful, well maintained, and a great adventure. The Tarcoles River tour features close up encounters with crocodiles.
    Response from Host, Oct 2022
    Hello Keith. We really appreciate your great review. Lovely. Thank you
    Amazing trip
    Shaoyin_W, July 2022
    The sky rain forest walk is so so. But the tour guide is good. He explained the country and city’s information during the bus ride and made the trip very interested. The best part of the is the river cruise. Lots of crocodiles and we even had chance to touch the big ones and hold the baby. It’s just a amazing experience.
    Response from Host, July 2022
    Hi Thank you for your review. We really appreciate it!
    Excellent tour in Costa Rica
    Kris_K, May 2022
    This tour was great! I have cruised many times but this is the first time I ever booked an independent shore excursion. This company and tour did not disappoint. The instructions said not to exit the pier and we would be picked up right outside the gangway. Didn’t see anyone so we walked to the port exit and the tour guide was waiting holding a board with my name in it. We loaded the van with only a group of 12. Drive was about 30 minutes. Stopped for the restroom before going to skywalk. After the skywalk, stopped for a fruit and juice snack before heading to the Tarcoles River. Loaded a boat and off to see the crocodiles. We were able to see lots of them. Another bathroom stop, and then because we had extra time, we stopped for lunch (so good…not included in price of tour) and then a place to do some shopping. Had us back to the ship in plenty of time. Better than any cruise ship shore excursion that I have ever taken.
    A great day!
    Leslie, Mar 2020
    My husband and I booked this tour before leaving on a cruise. Details of how and when to get to the pick-up point were provided by email. We had a small tour bus of about 15 people, and our guide was knowledgeable, entertaining, and accommodating. As well, the price was reasonable. The Skywalk is mostly downhill and not a hard walk but is over uneven terrain so might be a challenge for someone with mobility issues. Birds and crocodiles were observed on the river. Bottled water was provided, but it is good to bring your own as well as snacks though we did stop for a fruit break. As well, we had an opportunity to shop for souvenirs and coffee. Although we had been a bit worried about doing a non-cruise affiliated tour, we were very glad we did. Overall, a great tour and day.
    Response from Host, Mar 2020
    Hello Leslie Thank you for your great review. We appreciate it
    Nice experience
    David_H, Mar 2020
    this combination tour gave a nice variety to exploring the land of Costa Rica. The bridges were a novel way of experiencing the rain forest. While we heard toucans, no birds or wildlife were seen. We saw several large crocodiles on the river. The guides knew exactly where to find them and even hand fed one. We were also able to see the crocs next to our boat.
    Response from Host, Mar 2020
    Thank you for your positive review about our service and tour.
    jbhorton86, Feb 2020
    Commentator was excellent who was with Genius. Enjoyed the scenery and the bridge walk. Feeding the alligator
    Response from Host, Feb 2020
    Thank you for your review, we appreciate it
    Good Tour, But ...
    broker121, Feb 2020
    Rainforest and River Cruise were great. Then they took us on the city tour which consisted of driving up and down several streets and the guide pointing out restaurants and the gas station. We were not allowed to get off the bus and we never did see the cathedral. Next we went to a souvenir store where we spent about an hour. They made you get off the bus and locked it so you needed to go inside to avoid the heat. Tour would be much better if they just did the rainforest and the river and skipped the city tour and the shopping.
    Response from Host, Feb 2020
    Thank you for your positive review. We will take action of your recommendations. regards
    interesting and exciting
    MARTIN_A, Jan 2020
    It showed us a glimpse of Costa Rica - the driver Eugenio and the guide Luis were superb compared to many of the guides we experienced in Central America, Luis was very knowledgeable, informative and clear in his explanations
    Response from Host, Jan 2020
    Hello Thank you very much for your great review about our driver Eugenio and tour guide Luis. WE agree with you about their high quality and knowledgeable.
    Rain in the Rainforest
    Beth_J, Dec 2019
    We had bad weather unfortunately. But our tour guide, Miguel, did find umbrellas and most of us continued the skywalk in the rain. We were VERY wet. The river tour was less wet. It seemed very staged, but we did get to see the crocodiles up close. We did enjoy the tour overall. The pick up and drop off at the port was a long wait.
    Response from Host, Dec 2019
    hello Thank you for your positive review, even the day was rainy. It is a situation out of our control but I´m glad our guide Miguel and the group have a nice aptitude and enjoy the day.
    Excellent service provided by the guide. Got a chance to see crocodiles in the wild.
    Chun Sing C, Apr 2019
    The captain of the boat knows where to find the crocodiles and had no problem bringing us very close to see them. He even attracted the crocodile to open its mouth by hitting the water with a piece of chicken leg. Well worth the money.
    Response from Host, May 2020
    Hello We really appreciate your positive review about our services and tour. We hope to serve you again in the near future. Regards
    This was a great mix of walking...
    Jim G, Apr 2018
    This was a great mix of walking through the rainforest and a ride on the river. Even time for a little shopping at the end. It is important that anyone considering this tour be capable of walking a mile on some uneven and loose trail. Our group had a couple that really struggled and slowed up the group. Our guide, Miguel, was excellent and made this a very enjoyable experience. I really recommend this as an option to the cruise excursions offered by the cruiselines. Group was small - about 14 people. I highly recommend Greenway Tours.
    Guide entered in water to feed...
    Jayantilal_P, Apr 2018
    Guide entered in water to feed crocodile, so we can see crocodile out of water. This was amazing. Good trip. Enjoyed throughly.
    We chose this tour instead of the...
    AndreaE_M, Mar 2018
    We chose this tour instead of the cruise ship offerings and were certainly not disappointed. We started with an interesting ride in our van through the Costa Rica countryside to the Tarcoles River. We transferred to a flat bottomed river boat where the local guides took over, searching out the prolific bird life as well as the American Crocodiles basking in the sun. We stopped to see one huge guy, about 18 feet long, which was an amazing sight but who is well fed by the guides so hes waiting for the encounter. From the river, we headed into the hills, stopping at a hotel the see what was supposed to look like a colonial village and to have a cold drink before setting out onto the skywalk through the forest. It was a very hot day so nothing was moving in the trees but crossing the hanging bridges was interesting especially since we had group members afraid of heights!. We hiked for about an hour before gratefully getting back on the air conditioned van. Our last unnecessary stop was to a highly over-priced and tourist trap for half an hour. Throughout, our guide kept up a running commentary that was very informative and interesting. He ranged from sights to hisory to current events. He was knowledgeable and friendly and definitely was an asset. Although there were a few blips during the day, I would definitely recommend this tour.
    Response from Host, May 2020
    Hello We really appreciate your positive review about our services and tour. We hope to serve you again in the near future. Regards
    Forgot my tour guide's name. But...
    Deborah G, Mar 2018
    Forgot my tour guide's name. But! He was super. He made the flora and fauna interesting. Saw monkeys on the road to the rainforest. It was a fun roadside pause. The rainforest hike was delightful, the walking in the trees is just crossing 2 very long suspension bridges across and through the forest. Quite pleasant, actually. Did not see many birds or mammals. But it was a very enjoyable walk. Info about the insects, flowers and trees was fascinating. Tarcoles River was at low tide so we missed some of the chance to go farther and perhaps see more. However, there were several small crocodiles and lots of birds that we did enjoy. Our guide was loaded with info about the gators and birds. We stopped at a very classy souvenir shop...probably could have spent hours there, good thing our time was limited! When your stop in Costa Rica is short, this was a wonderful experience.
    Oh wow! The most exceptional tour...
    Michelle P, Feb 2018
    Oh wow! The most exceptional tour ever!! Highly recommended!! In fact, this tour was the biggest highlight for our 11 year old son. It was hands-on, up-close, incredibly informative, and wonderful in every way. We couldn't have asked for a better tour guide. Hopefully some of our many pictures will help you see how awesome we thought it was. Can't wait to go on more of your tours! Thank you Viator!!!!! 3
    Response from Host, May 2020
    Hello We really appreciate your positive review about our services and tour. We hope to serve you again in the near future. Regards
    The tour company, Greenway Travels...
    David_G, Feb 2018
    The tour company, Greenway Travels were great. Met on time, a very interesting tour, led by Alberto. Very enthusiastic and went out of way to ensure we saw wildlife. He went out of his way to ensure everyone had a great day. Recommend! Tour was meant to be 5hrs but in fact was nearer to 7hrs, ensuring that we saw everything his country could offer in the time.
    Response from Host, May 2020
    Hello We really appreciate your positive review about our services and tour. We hope to serve you again in the near future. Regards