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Safari on Sarapiqui River From San Jose

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San Jose, Costa Rica
Safari on Sarapiqui River From San Jose

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Escape the city for a day in the wild on this full-day tour from the San Jose area, including a cruise down the Sarapiqui River, visits to various animal sanctuaries at the Black Madero private wildlife reserve, and a typical buffet lunch. Make it easy to see Costa Rica’s famous wildlife on this inclusive tour featuring a sample of popular rain forest and river activities in and around Braulio Carrillo National Forest.
  • Full-day tour of the rain forest from San Jose area
  • Cruise down the Sarapiqui River in Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Free time to explore wildlife attractions at a private nature reserve
  • Typical buffet lunch included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from San Jose area included
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Transportation from Hotels in San José
Tour operate with a minimum of 4 travellers
Alcoholic Beverages
Souvenir photos

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Transportation From Hotels in San Jose

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Meet your guide at your hotel at the designated pickup time. Drive along the road leading to Braulio Carrillo National Park, observing the greenery and flora along the way.

Your first stop is at the Sarapiqui River. Hop on board a boat for a scenic river cruise through the rain forest, with the opportunity to observe a wide diversity of birds, animals, and plants. The river is also known for its population of crocodiles; your guide helps you spot them and provide commentary throughout the ride.

At the end of your ride, enjoy a typical buffet lunch like rice, beans, plantains, and meat on a private, Black Madero wildlife reserve. Spend free time enjoying the attractions on the reserve, including a frog pond, butterfly garden, serpentarium, and botanical garden.

End your day with a hot cup of coffee before returning to your hotel.
Stop At:  
Sarapiqui River
Once in Puerto Viejo, we will arrive to the comforts of our own private pier, where you will enjoy the fresh fruits that our staff will have waiting for us. We will board a boat and experience the richness of the Costa Rican rain forest and its magnificent inhabitants such as toucans, monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, birds, and many other species that call this wonderful river “Home”. After an hour and half we will arrive to our private and exclusive Reserve MADERO NEGRO, where you will enjoy a typical Costa Rican buffet. After lunch you will take a guided tour to our Dart Frog Sanctuary, Butterfly Farm and Snake Collection, following these activities you will have some time to walk around our Botanical Gardens where you will see many different bird species. . Finally, to conclude our journey you will enjoy some of our world renowned Costa Rican coffee and return to San Jose.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Highly suggested to bring a camera, insect repellent, walking shoes, and sunscreen.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Destination Services

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Safari on Sarapiqui River From San Jose?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Safari on Sarapiqui River From San Jose?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Safari on Sarapiqui River From San Jose?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Safari on Sarapiqui River From San Jose?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Safari on Sarapiqui River From San Jose?
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

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Mauricio was a great tour guide who...
Braya M
, Mar 2018
Mauricio was a great tour guide who grew up in the area and had a ton of knowledge to share. The boat ride and horseback riding is worth the money but make sure to book an activity as this is the only thing to do after the boat portion and they offer lockers.
Amazing experience. The guide was...
Gordon W
, Jan 2018
Amazing experience. The guide was passionate about the area and was born/raised in the region. The boat ride down the river was interesting. We saw monkeys, birds, crocodiles, slath, and many plants. The stop in the rain forest restaurant was an experience in itself. He showed native plants to the rain forest and detailed what they were and several interesting facts. In the natural greenhouse we were able to see the dart frog and green spotted frogs. I would highly recommend this tour. The time frame was perfect and the guide was incredible.
This was mainly a river cruise. I...
Cheston R
, Dec 2017
This was mainly a river cruise. I feel that the the part about the private animal reserve was definitely overrated. It is a backyard with tropical plants, and one structure with a few tiny frogs. The other annoying part of this excursion was having to wait while others went on canopy adventure then having to wait for them to eat the meal, and there is nothing to do while waiting. I do not think this excursion was worth the price.
Excellent experience. Guide was the...
marshall p
, Nov 2017
Excellent experience. Guide was the best I have encountered. Also, he was an excellent photographer.
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The tour and guide were both good...
, Nov 2017
The tour and guide were both good, but we felt it didn't really meet expectations based on the description. The 300 letter limit prevents fair elaboration, but in summary: No activities, no serpentarium or butterfly garden, only one animal sanctuary, didn't enter the national park, mainly in Spanish
Mauricio was an excellent tour...
Lynda L
, Nov 2017
Mauricio was an excellent tour guide. On the river cruise he and Pedro the boat operator found all sorts of wildlife. We even saw a baby monkey fall in the water and we turned the boat around. Mauricio reached in, grabbed it by the tail and saved it. We went up to the area where all the monkeys were and returned it to the tree. If Once we started to leave, we saw Mama go get her baby. An experience we won't soon forget.
Crocodiles and toucans and big...
Jane B
, Aug 2017
Crocodiles and toucans and big butterflies and lots and lots of monkeys. The river was fantastic, as was the flora and the fauna. The tour would have been better if it had started and ended an hour earlier, so that we were not coming back to San Jose after nightfall.

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