San José, Costa Rica
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San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

1. San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in San Jose, Heredia, or Alajuela at 6:00 AM. On your way to breakfast, drive past rolling coffee plantations and admire the mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park. At around 7:15 AM, stop for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast to set you up for the day's adventure. Enjoy fresh fruit juice, coffee, eggs, and the popular gallo pinto (a typical Central American rice and bean dish.) After breakfast visit a local banana plantation and learn about the process of growing and exporting fruit. At around 10:00 AM, leave the bus behind and hop onboard a boat as you cruise into the jungle of Tortuguero National Park. Surrounded by tropical rainforest, which covers over 29,000 hectares, soak up the magic of this luscious green landscape. As you sail along the jungle canals, see native green sea turtles, as well as other endangered animals such as sloths, monkeys, and manatees. There’s also countless colorful butterflies, toucans, herons, crocodiles, and more. Learn about each of the animals and their habitat in the jungle, as well as about local conservation efforts to protect them. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a hearty buffet lunch. After lunch, take a relaxing stroll through Tortuguero Village where you’ll discover local life and learn about the history of the town and its residents. At the end of an unforgettable day, get back on the bus at around 3:30 PM and begin the return journey back to San Jose.

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La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

2. La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

Turn your day of travel into an action-packed adventure with the Safari Float Adventure Connection! Come see the abundance of nature and wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer! This Costa Rica Safari Float is a smooth, two-hour paddle down the quiet, lower section of the Sarapiqui River. Your bilingual nature guide will paddle and steer your boat as you float down the river and point out all of the exotic wildlife such as birds, frogs, insects, and monkeys in the Costa Rican rainforest! You'll be picked up at your hotel in La Fortuna's Area and travel to a beautiful waterfall on the Pozo Azul River of Sarapiqui. Here you and your family can enjoy nature and the cool crystal clear water that the waterfall offers you. Then, head towards the Red Eye Frog restaurant located in El Roble of Sarapiqui while getting yourself ready to fall deeply in love with the 2-hour Jungle Safari float. Your eagle-eyed guide will show off Costa Rica's amazing wildlife as he points out a wide array of plant and animal species. You’ll float next to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (San Juan La Selva Biological Corridor) where there is a good possibility of seeing sloths, howler monkeys, lizards, and even black river otters. This area is also famous for the incredible amount of tropical birds such as ospreys, boat-billed herons, parrots, kingfishers and the great green macaw which is on the endangered species list. For those who want to be even closer to nature, you will have the chance to get out of the raft and into the river and refresh yourself. The Jungle Safari Float is great for nature lovers of all ages! To finish your day, return to the Red Eye Frog Restaurant to have a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch called a “Casado” along with some amazing Costa Rican gourmet coffee. Following this, drive to your next vacation destination in a comfortable air-conditioned van with free WiFi.

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From San José: Sarapiquí Boat Ride & Tirimbina Reserve Tour

3. From San José: Sarapiquí Boat Ride & Tirimbina Reserve Tour

Travel to the Sarapiquí region of Costa Rica on a day tour that’s perfect for thrill-seekers and nature lovers. Embark on an exciting river cruise down the Sarapiquí River. Check out the different flora and fauna around you at the Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Navigate a unique suspension bridge. Begin your adventure early at your hotel where your naturalist tour guide will meet you. Hop on a luxury air-conditioned vehicle for a relaxing drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside. On the way, experience the beauty of the second-largest national park in Costa Rica, the Braulio Carrillo. The highway divides the park into 2 big sections, so you can enjoy breathtaking views of the pristine rainforest. Once on the Caribbean slope, learn about the local culture, the unique architecture of the Caribbean, the most important crops including bananas, cassavas, pineapples, heart of palm, cashews, sugarcane, and more. Nestled in the tropical rainforest is the Sarapiquí River. Visit this iconic tourist attraction. In the Upper Part, the river is perfect for whitewater rafting. The Lower Part supports boat tours, transfers, and fishing. Ride a comfortable boat down the Sarapiquí River and enjoy the rich wildlife. Get a close look at howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, sloths, toucans, crocodiles, giant iguanas, river turtles, otters, many aquatic birds, and more. After the 2-hour river safari, taste the local flavors with a delicious lunch. Continue your journey to Tirimbina Biological Reserve, where a nature walk into the rainforest will complete your experience. Look out from the hanging bridge and admire the grandeur of the Sarapiquí River and the rainforest.

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San Jose: Crocodile Safari Expedition and Nature Walk

4. San Jose: Crocodile Safari Expedition and Nature Walk

Head out into the river on an exclusive and unique boat tour in the river with a naturalist guide. Get up close to American crocodiles and observe a variety of exotic birds. Take a walk in the Carara National Park, see the rich wildlife, and learn more about biodiversity in this fascinating region of the Central Pacific Coast. Your breathtaking adventure begins with a relaxing 90-minute private drive from San Jose, through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside with air-conditioned transportation. Arrive at Tarcoles River, home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild. Get up-close with American crocodiles of all sizes, and observe an abundance of beautiful exotic birds on a 90-minute boat tour. Enjoy spectacular rainforest scenery and cruise through dense mangrove forest canals. Spot jungle wildlife such as iguanas, lizards, and monkeys. Tuck into a delicious lunch and explore the souvenir store, before continuing to the Carara National Park. Go deep inside the rainforest in this rich and unique ecosystem, where many beautiful wildlife species are common to see such as the Scarlet macaw, monkeys, snakes, armadillos, and over 1,400 species of plants. After this great safari, return to your hotel in San Jose.

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From San José: Carara National Park and Tárcoles River Tour

5. From San José: Carara National Park and Tárcoles River Tour

Begin your journey by being picked up from your hotel, and going on a scenic 1.5-hour drive along Route 27, making your way to your first stop at Carara National Park. Head straight out onto some flat walking trails suitable for all fitness levels and wheelchair users, and admire the biological reserve's abundant jungle life in person. Look up to the 40-meter high canopy, and keep an eye out for bright scarlet macaws, agouti rodents, stunning poison dart frogs, spider monkeys, dozens of birds, fantastic fungi, and huge wild cashew trees. Next, enjoy lunch like a local and eat at a traditional soda diner, where you have the option of eating fresh fish or seafood. Re-energized, lower your gears and enjoy a relaxing optional boat ride for some birdwatching on the Tárcoles River. Admire the river's mangroves, which are some of the most unique and scarce ecosystems of the world, and considered to be biodiversity hotspots. Keep a lookout for the 6-meter-long American crocodiles — the largest of the continent. Finally, dig your toes into the white sand of a peaceful beach at your last stop, where you will taste some delicious seasonal fruits and relax with the sound of the waves before heading back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about San José, Costa Rica

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 36 reviews

The guide, Álvar, very attentive, entertained the trip with explanations and stops. The experience was great and the day was well spent. Perhaps half an hour more in Tortuguero to visit with more pause. I recommend it.

- very varied trip (agricultural land, walk on the river and walk in the jungle) with a guide who explained to us all about the vegetation in the jungle. - delicious lunch at noon - Very comfortable car

I would have loved to see turtles, but the passion and experience of the guide was good, we saw several species.