Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Mangrove River Tour Excursion Reviews

Take a ride down the beautiful Mangrove River for a pleasant afternoon immersed in local wildlife.
A one hour bus ride on an unpaved road to take a 30 minute ride on a fairly rickety boat....not ...
Sail Date: March 2019
A one hour bus ride on an unpaved road to take a 30 minute ride on a fairly rickety boat....not worth it.
A one hour bus ride on an unpaved road to take a 30 minute ride on a fairly rickety boat....not worth it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Saw crocodiles and lots of birds as well as a lot of the countryside.
Sail Date: March 2019
Saw crocodiles and lots of birds as well as a lot of the countryside.
Saw crocodiles and lots of birds as well as a lot of the countryside. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Enjoyed the trip on the river.
Sail Date: January 2019
Enjoyed the trip on the river. Would have liked to see more of the bird life to go with the crocodiles.
Enjoyed the trip on the river. Would have liked to see more of the bird life to go with the crocodiles. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The crocs and different birds were the attraction.
Sail Date: January 2019
The crocs and different birds were the attraction. This was more a river tour than mangrove tour.
The crocs and different birds were the attraction. This was more a river tour than mangrove tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The train ride was really nothing to be excited over however the crocodile tour was very ...
Sail Date: November 2018
The train ride was really nothing to be excited over however the crocodile tour was very entertaining
The train ride was really nothing to be excited over however the crocodile tour was very entertaining Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Over 1 1/2 hours on a bus, partly on gravel and dirt roads, to get to the boat venue.
Sail Date: April 2018
Over 1 1/2 hours on a bus, partly on gravel and dirt roads, to get to the boat venue. Boats are fairly new, hard molded plastic seats were very uncomfortable, especially for larger guests. Did not see much in the way of wildlife, other ... Read More
Over 1 1/2 hours on a bus, partly on gravel and dirt roads, to get to the boat venue. Boats are fairly new, hard molded plastic seats were very uncomfortable, especially for larger guests. Did not see much in the way of wildlife, other than birds. Bus got lost going back, had to back up on a single lane dirt road to get back to the right road. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Spent more time on bus than seeing things.
Sail Date: April 2018
Spent more time on bus than seeing things. Julio, the tour guide, was great and tried to make the tour interesting despite going to the souvenir shop. Saw cultural show with 2 dances by local girls.
Spent more time on bus than seeing things. Julio, the tour guide, was great and tried to make the tour interesting despite going to the souvenir shop. Saw cultural show with 2 dances by local girls. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The tour was too short to really see much.
Sail Date: March 2018
The tour was too short to really see much.
The tour was too short to really see much. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Mangrove tour was at low tide so fewer animals on view.
Sail Date: February 2018
Mangrove tour was at low tide so fewer animals on view.
Mangrove tour was at low tide so fewer animals on view. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Great 7 in 1 tour.
Sail Date: January 2018
Great 7 in 1 tour. The Mangrove tour was great. By taking the private tour we went a lot further into the jungle on river than people who took the Ship tour.
Great 7 in 1 tour. The Mangrove tour was great. By taking the private tour we went a lot further into the jungle on river than people who took the Ship tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
What a wonderful tour.
Sail Date: January 2018
What a wonderful tour. In a boat on the river with lots of birds, lizards, and crocs. The crocodile man was wonderful. Feeding the crocs so we could see them close up.
What a wonderful tour. In a boat on the river with lots of birds, lizards, and crocs. The crocodile man was wonderful. Feeding the crocs so we could see them close up. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent guide with a great overview of the country.
Sail Date: April 2017
Excellent guide with a great overview of the country. Interesting river tour and the crocodiles with a light refreshing lunch.
Excellent guide with a great overview of the country. Interesting river tour and the crocodiles with a light refreshing lunch. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
No crocodiles in the afternoon too hot.
Sail Date: February 2017
No crocodiles in the afternoon too hot. Wildlife sanctuary excellent but a longish ride.
No crocodiles in the afternoon too hot. Wildlife sanctuary excellent but a longish ride. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Took the "Ten in One" tour and enjoyed every bit of it.
Sail Date: February 2017
Took the "Ten in One" tour and enjoyed every bit of it. Great tour guide - very informative. We felt we did so much in such a short period of time. The bit of the country we saw and the people were wonderful. A very different ... Read More
Took the "Ten in One" tour and enjoyed every bit of it. Great tour guide - very informative. We felt we did so much in such a short period of time. The bit of the country we saw and the people were wonderful. A very different feel and experience compared to Cartegena. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was a great day!
Sail Date: February 2017
This was a great day! Started out sketchy, as we booked a small group private tour and ended up on a bus with three tours combined but it ended up being the best off ship day of all. We went to a monkey reserve to see and interact with ... Read More
This was a great day! Started out sketchy, as we booked a small group private tour and ended up on a bus with three tours combined but it ended up being the best off ship day of all. We went to a monkey reserve to see and interact with wild monkeys, then a river cruise where the crazy boat driver fed chicken to 13' wild crocodiles, we had a great lunch, and did a little bit of shopping. We could have stopped at a rum factory too, but most decided they had enough so we went back to the ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Knowledgeable, friendly staff, who pointed out birds and crocodiles.
Sail Date: December 2016
Knowledgeable, friendly staff, who pointed out birds and crocodiles. Long bus ride to get there.
Knowledgeable, friendly staff, who pointed out birds and crocodiles. Long bus ride to get there. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Enjoyed the cruise on the river.
Sail Date: November 2016
Enjoyed the cruise on the river.
Enjoyed the cruise on the river. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We saw hundreds of alligators and beautiful birds.
Sail Date: April 2016
We saw hundreds of alligators and beautiful birds. The tour operators have this tour running beautifully. The boats are very comfortable and capita ins of the boats know exactly where the wildlife are. Highly recommend this if you do no ... Read More
We saw hundreds of alligators and beautiful birds. The tour operators have this tour running beautifully. The boats are very comfortable and capita ins of the boats know exactly where the wildlife are. Highly recommend this if you do no other tours, this one is a must. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Tour was interesting but the boat seats were so uncomfortable that I couldn't enjoy the experience.
Sail Date: April 2016
Tour was interesting but the boat seats were so uncomfortable that I couldn't enjoy the experience.
Tour was interesting but the boat seats were so uncomfortable that I couldn't enjoy the experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
The guide and river boat driver were very good at pointing out the crocodiles and other animals.
Sail Date: April 2016
The guide and river boat driver were very good at pointing out the crocodiles and other animals.
The guide and river boat driver were very good at pointing out the crocodiles and other animals. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Good guide.
Sail Date: April 2016
Good guide. Too much time spent looking for monkeys in the trees.
Good guide. Too much time spent looking for monkeys in the trees. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
lots of "bus" time; didn't get to see the Mangrove forest because the "tide" was wrong; pleasant ...
Sail Date: March 2016
lots of "bus" time; didn't get to see the Mangrove forest because the "tide" was wrong; pleasant boat ride; saw some small crocodiles
lots of "bus" time; didn't get to see the Mangrove forest because the "tide" was wrong; pleasant boat ride; saw some small crocodiles Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The river tour was interesting as I am a bird watcher.
Sail Date: March 2015
The river tour was interesting as I am a bird watcher. I saw several birds that were new to me. This tour was well done. The Jungle Crocodile Safari live dup to its name as we saw several Crocodiles.
The river tour was interesting as I am a bird watcher. I saw several birds that were new to me. This tour was well done. The Jungle Crocodile Safari live dup to its name as we saw several Crocodiles. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Unless you're expecting lush countryside (March is dry season) and a tropical rain forest teeming ...
Sail Date: March 2015
Unless you're expecting lush countryside (March is dry season) and a tropical rain forest teeming with animals, this excursion should fit the bill. If you've already cruised the fascinating River Wallace in Belize, this will ... Read More
Unless you're expecting lush countryside (March is dry season) and a tropical rain forest teeming with animals, this excursion should fit the bill. If you've already cruised the fascinating River Wallace in Belize, this will probably offer less wildlife--fewer crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas, and, since this is a mangrove, less varied vegetation. We did see a lot of neat birds including macaws, herons, egrets, ibises, large kingfishers, hawks, and ospreys, but other than darting mangrove swallows, smaller birds may be hard to spot. We were told what we saw was typical for a tour as birds are more active very early in the morning or at dusk. Our guide (Alejandra) was very friendly and knew a lot about flora, fauna, and the history of Costa Rica. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
At the commercial shipping dock we boarded our "Swiss Travel Costa Rica " motor coach and head to ...
Sail Date: November 2013
At the commercial shipping dock we boarded our "Swiss Travel Costa Rica " motor coach and head to the Tarcoles River in hopes of seeing mangroves teeming with exotic birds, crocodiles and iguanas.We stop along the way to see ... Read More
At the commercial shipping dock we boarded our "Swiss Travel Costa Rica " motor coach and head to the Tarcoles River in hopes of seeing mangroves teeming with exotic birds, crocodiles and iguanas.We stop along the way to see cattle, birds, flowers, plants and homes for sell. Twenty years ago these lots were sold as ocean side homes from an office down on the beach. The ocean can be seen from the lots if you use binoculars and cut down some trees. The owners have become disheartened and want to sell cheap. Upon our arrival at Tarcoles River we are given watermelon, fresh cut pineapple, ice tea and beer. The wives are shopping and the beer is included in the price. Some of the men are drinking extra beer because it is free and tastes better while discussing the intelligent things their wives have to say. The winner is the wife that wants to go home now because her brain is full. On to the boat so we may see crocodiles, birds, iguanas, crabs and butterflies. For me sitting in the middle was best so I could take pictures out either side with equal ease. However, watching us old people trying to see the birds and crocodiles was often more entertaining than the wildlife. We were told several times how lucky we were to see so many different species in a single day. Read Less
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