Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Tarcoles River Excursion Reviews

Take a trip down the Tarcoles River for a fun and relaxing day of immersion in the Costa Rican wilderness.
Long bus ride was not too bad.
Sail Date: December 2015
Long bus ride was not too bad. Informative group leader. Interesting river ride.
Long bus ride was not too bad. Informative group leader. Interesting river ride. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very exciting tour.
Sail Date: April 2015
Very exciting tour. We just booked with Jimmy at the port. I really think I recognized him as one we went with another time in Costa Rica. We were scheduled to arrive at Puerto Caldera which is a "nothing" port. Industrial ... Read More
Very exciting tour. We just booked with Jimmy at the port. I really think I recognized him as one we went with another time in Costa Rica. We were scheduled to arrive at Puerto Caldera which is a "nothing" port. Industrial cargo, etc. which requires a taxi ride to Puntarenas just to get any tourist activity at all. But due to heavy surf, we had to dock in Puntarenas after all, eliminating the need to transport from Caldera. The tour to Tarcoles River was awesome! On the way, we stopped to feed the white face monkeys. They were really cute and friendly. They came and took banana pieces right out of our hands. Then we got to the river and boarded a boat that reminded me of the Jungle Ride at Disneyland. We saw all kinds of animal life from colorful birds, to various tropical reptiles and the crocodiles. There were many and most were huge. Our guide actually got out in the water about knee deep and slapped fish on the water to get the croc's attention. Then the croc would come up and snatch the fish right out of his hand. My heart about stopped. It was very memorable. They also stopped at roadside fruit stands so we could sample the tropical fruits and see the cashew nut fruit. Best tour on the whole trip. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Exceptional trip with good guides, fun river trip and saw lots of birds and crocs.
Sail Date: April 2015
Exceptional trip with good guides, fun river trip and saw lots of birds and crocs. Good guides good value. The boat was safe and the tip was of value
Exceptional trip with good guides, fun river trip and saw lots of birds and crocs. Good guides good value. The boat was safe and the tip was of value Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Along the way to the river we saw capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys and macaws.
Sail Date: February 2015
Along the way to the river we saw capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys and macaws. On the Tarcoles River we rode a boat and saw crocodiles and birds. Our tour was the Crocodile Man and the boat driver got out at several points to feed the ... Read More
Along the way to the river we saw capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys and macaws. On the Tarcoles River we rode a boat and saw crocodiles and birds. Our tour was the Crocodile Man and the boat driver got out at several points to feed the crocs and bring them up out of the water so we could see them. After that we went to a nice restaurant close by and had lunch. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Again a two part tour, the first being the train ride through farming country, with a stop when ...
Sail Date: February 2015
Again a two part tour, the first being the train ride through farming country, with a stop when howler monkeys were spotted. The mangroves of the Tarcoles River were somewhat disappointing due to lack of wildlife but it was extremely hot ... Read More
Again a two part tour, the first being the train ride through farming country, with a stop when howler monkeys were spotted. The mangroves of the Tarcoles River were somewhat disappointing due to lack of wildlife but it was extremely hot so they probably showed better sense than us and had found shady spots. Again the guides were excellent! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
One of the best parts of the tour.
Sail Date: December 2014
One of the best parts of the tour. The narration was excellent and we saw lots of wildlife
One of the best parts of the tour. The narration was excellent and we saw lots of wildlife Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Costa Rica's Favorites.
Sail Date: November 2014
Costa Rica's Favorites. Started with a Pacific Rain Forest aerial tram ride : beautiful, lush, waterfalls, quiet view of the rain forest. Amazing. Most amazing part of excursion was the boat ride in the Tarcoles River with a ... Read More
Costa Rica's Favorites. Started with a Pacific Rain Forest aerial tram ride : beautiful, lush, waterfalls, quiet view of the rain forest. Amazing. Most amazing part of excursion was the boat ride in the Tarcoles River with a naturalist/ecologist and a boat driver who could make birds sounds and sounds of howler monkeys to attract the animals and he maneuvered us up close. We saw 32 species of birds, crocs, and a family of howler monkeys. This is a protected reserve area and so quiet and peaceful you could hear the birds before you saw them. Just amazing and HIGHLY recommended. Bring mosquito repellant and sunscreen. Just fabulous! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We went on a crocodile river safari on the Tarcoles River.The best thing about this tour was seeing ...
Sail Date: April 2014
We went on a crocodile river safari on the Tarcoles River.The best thing about this tour was seeing many exotic birds. The fruit at the end of the tour was excellent. There was shopping at the site too. You could save money and join a ... Read More
We went on a crocodile river safari on the Tarcoles River.The best thing about this tour was seeing many exotic birds. The fruit at the end of the tour was excellent. There was shopping at the site too. You could save money and join a guide right at the port. We enjoyed the tour very much but if you want to save money this is an option. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Open sided boats take around 30 passengers slowly along the river, stopping alongside basking ...
Sail Date: February 2013
Open sided boats take around 30 passengers slowly along the river, stopping alongside basking crocodiles, allowing for clear, close photos. Many types of wading birds were also seen. The boat trip lasts two hours and is fascinating. Fruit ... Read More
Open sided boats take around 30 passengers slowly along the river, stopping alongside basking crocodiles, allowing for clear, close photos. Many types of wading birds were also seen. The boat trip lasts two hours and is fascinating. Fruit and soft drinks were given out at the end. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Puntarenas...Free shuttle on the dock.
Sail Date: October 2012
Puntarenas...Free shuttle on the dock. Park at end of the dock not so great...watch for sand carvers on the beach and surfers. Information & wi-fi/coffee cafe at end of the dock. TARCOLES RIVER CRUISE ADVENTURE...5 hours. This was ... Read More
Puntarenas...Free shuttle on the dock. Park at end of the dock not so great...watch for sand carvers on the beach and surfers. Information & wi-fi/coffee cafe at end of the dock. TARCOLES RIVER CRUISE ADVENTURE...5 hours. This was an EXCELLENT tour. Travel by bus for about 1 hour to the river. You will do your tour on open air boats to see crocs, crabs and birds (they give you a colored pamphlet of the birds you might see -- birdlovers...take a pen so you can mark them off...we added 10 new birds to our list thanx to our tour guide). The boat driver gets out of the boat and onto the bank to feed the huge crocs. Amazing! Fruit, coffee and drinks afterwards. Great garden & butterflies. Some nice souvenirs available here and they take credit cards. Bus back to the ship. Bus stopped for us to see White-faced Cappucine monkeys along the road. Suggest morning tour...no bugs. Rained but not that hard. "Tent" shops all along the beach area...many have the same exact items as their neighbor and they are all ready to make you a great deal. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We saw LOTS of crocks up close and personal!
Sail Date: October 2012
We saw LOTS of crocks up close and personal! One was 18ft next to boat. Idiot pilot got out and fed four of them on the shore. Lots of great shore birds to see. NOT a place to swim! Bring water and binoculars hat sunscreen camera! Had bug ... Read More
We saw LOTS of crocks up close and personal! One was 18ft next to boat. Idiot pilot got out and fed four of them on the shore. Lots of great shore birds to see. NOT a place to swim! Bring water and binoculars hat sunscreen camera! Had bug spray and didn't need it..don't count on that! Guides were terrific! Do not try to touch crocs!!!(even when they are touching your boat!) Lunch was great! I think it was a family affair, as boat guide later helped his mom serve us at nearby resturant. People very nice! Went into mangroves. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Aerial Tram was very good; naturalist very knowledgeable.
Sail Date: September 2012
Aerial Tram was very good; naturalist very knowledgeable. Recommend seeing the Rain Forest from this level. River ride was somewhat boring and long. Lunch was so-so. One has to like this kind of food.
Aerial Tram was very good; naturalist very knowledgeable. Recommend seeing the Rain Forest from this level. River ride was somewhat boring and long. Lunch was so-so. One has to like this kind of food. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Tour Guide was a self-satisfying blowhard.
Sail Date: September 2012
Tour Guide was a self-satisfying blowhard. Seat belts broken in vehicle. Tour Guide would not take us to a beach we wanted to stop at, even though the tour wad supposed to be flexible. Instead, he took us to a crappy tourist trap ... Read More
Tour Guide was a self-satisfying blowhard. Seat belts broken in vehicle. Tour Guide would not take us to a beach we wanted to stop at, even though the tour wad supposed to be flexible. Instead, he took us to a crappy tourist trap "restaurant" and I am sure he got a commission in return. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Wonderful!
Sail Date: April 2012
Wonderful! Great cruise with two informed guides. We saw lots of wildlife, including crocodiles, different types of birds and reptiles.
Wonderful! Great cruise with two informed guides. We saw lots of wildlife, including crocodiles, different types of birds and reptiles. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Enjoyed the mangrove swamp tour.
Sail Date: March 2012
Enjoyed the mangrove swamp tour. Our tou guide made it lots of fun. Nice treat with the fruit and beverage snack.
Enjoyed the mangrove swamp tour. Our tou guide made it lots of fun. Nice treat with the fruit and beverage snack. Read Less
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