Combo San José Tour: Horse and Boat Rides on the Sarapiquí River

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Explore the rainforests of Costa Rica's Sarapiquí region at a leisurely pace on this full-day guided combo tour. The scenic route departs from San José and takes you through the lush Braulio Carrillo National Park. Board a boat in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí and take a stroll on the river whose bank is populated by crocodiles, sloths and herons. Take a horseback ride through the jungle and listen for monkeys and tanagers. This enjoyable excursion includes a delicious Costa Rican lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off.

Benefit from mid-morning pickup from your San Jose hotel and set off with your guide for the approximately XNUMX-hour journey north in a comfortable minivan, past coffee plantations and farmland. The route takes you through Braulio Carrillo National Park, a marvelous pristine landscape of waterfalls, volcanoes and dense rainforest.

You arrive in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí (which the locals simply call “Puerto Viejo”), located in the northeast of Costa Rica, at the intersection of the Puerto Viejo and Sarapiquí rivers. Board a boat for a cruise on the Sarapiquí River, which flows from the Central Cordillera north of San José to the San Marcos River.

During the XNUMX-hour boat ride, admire the rainforest plains and spot crocodiles, toucans, sloths, and monkeys. You will learn more about the fauna and flora that you see on the way.

Next, travel to Madero Negro, a private reserve in the Sarapiquí region, for an easy, guided 1-hour horseback ride through the rain forest jungle. Watch for furtive movements of monkeys and iguanas in the lush vegetation. Admire a wide variety of birds, including herons and tanagers.

Back at the reserve, enjoy a hearty Costa Rican lunch, then stroll through a butterfly garden and sanctuary for frogs and snakes. When it's time to depart, hop back in your minivan and travel swiftly back to San Jose along the same scenic route.

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