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Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Encounter the best of Costa Rica's wildlife, cuisine, and famous natural beauty on a combo shore excursion from Puntarenas. Watch adorable white-faced monkeys playing in the trees, and spot crocs and birdlife on a pontoon cruise down the Tarcoles River. Learn the history of the bustling Puntarenas port, and indulge your taste buds with locally grown fruit fresh from the farm, a typical lunch at a local restaurant, and a chance to buy authentic Costa Rican coffee.
  • Full-day combo shore excursion from Puntarenas
  • Get to know Pacific Costa Rica's cuisine, wildlife, and culture
  • Visit plantations to taste fresh tropical fruit
  • Look for wild crocodiles on a pontoon cruise down the Tarcoles River
  • Enjoy Costa Rican cuisine at a local restaurant
  • Shop for coffee and other Costa Rican products
  • Includes convenient port pickup and drop-off
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Food tasting
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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8:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time, and re-boarding time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY GioTours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion?
A: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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion?
A: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
See all safety measures taken by Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion.
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What is the social distancing policy during Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion?
A: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
See all safety measures taken by Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion.

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star-5
Very nice tour, would do again
Deanna_T
, May 2022
Guide (Pablo) and driver (Carlos) were friendly, cheerful, patient, and very informative. Our guide was terrific at spotting wildlife and then getting us close enough to take good pictures. It was a rainy day, so the tour route had to be changed because of road conditions, but it was a comfortable van, fun boat ride, and we were just a couple of feet away from the crocodiles!
star-4
Viator Punta Reynas Excursion
Elliot_E
, May 2022
Sing crocodiles on the river. Searching for and finding white faced monkeys. A good lunch of local food
star-5
Loved our tour! Saw crocs...
DianeBurnett
, Feb 2022
Loved our tour! Saw crocs and macaws and monkeys. Our guide made a special effort to find these animals. Well done
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear DianeBurnett, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad you were able to enjoy this tour as much as we did! We are happy that you were able to see so many animals and that our tour guide did a good job. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email!
star-5
Great intro to Costa Rica
Kris_H
, Jan 2022
Pablo our guide and Mauricio our driver were fantastic and did their best to help us see as many sites and animals as possible. The river cruise and lunch were the highlights of the day. Unfortunately we did not see any monkeys or toucans but it wasn’t from a lack of effort. Overall, a great day and a wonderful introduction to Costa Rica.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Kris_H, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad you were able to enjoy this tour as much as we did! We are happy that you had a good time and that our reps were also great.. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email!
star-5
Puntarenas Shore Tour
William_D
, Oct 2021
Jesús is a fantastic guide. He and the driver Gio made our stay in Puntarenas memorable and exciting. We saw crocodiles, birds, lizards, and Bhrama bulls. Both tour guides spoke great English. Highly recommended! William
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear William D, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad you were able to enjoy this tour as much as we did! We are happy that you were able to see so many animals and that our tour guide did a good job. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion
william_s
, Nov 2019
Overall I was pleased with the tour. The visit with the monkeys was disappointing. It was in a residences back yard cluttered with junk and the one toilet would not flush. The rest of the tour was excellent. Lunch was a full buffet with very tasty and filling selections. The tour guide was fluent in english and very knowledgable
star-5
Wildlife in Costa Rico
nanjm26
, Nov 2019
We booked this trip because none of the shore excursions through our ship seemed to include the many things that this one offered. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history, animals and culture of Costa Rico. We visited the adorable capuchin monkeys at the monkey farm. We saw crocodiles in the wild, some as old at 60+ years. Lunch was a yummy Costa Rican buffet. We tasted fresh fruit and learned how sugar cane is pressed. It was a delightful day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome
Tuckersmimi
, Oct 2019
My husband and I enjoyed this excursion very much. The guide (Jesus) was excellent. We would definitely do it over again.
star-5
Great time in Costa Rica!
cadkod
, Apr 2019
This tour was everything that was advertised. Saw monkeys, crocodiles and parrots. Lunch was very good. No complaints, just had a great time!
star-5
Bad weather cancelled ship being able to get to Puntarenas
BeverlyR_H
, Oct 2018
Unfortunately, we were unable to get to Puntarenas due to bad weather and worry about the tenders. Viator was fabulous in terms of crediting us with money paid for a tour we couldn't take. Disappointing, as the tour sounded GREAT!
star-5
Had a wonderful time getting close...
Florence_C
, Aug 2018
Had a wonderful time getting close to the animals especially the monkeys. Tour guide and driver are very professional, friendly and helpful.
star-5
Highlight of our trip
Robert G
, Jul 2018
Our Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion was the best of our Cruise. Our pickup was just off the ship and our tour guide (Jesus) was extremely knowledgeable about the country, the wildlife, the local people and history. The trip started with a stop to a local
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
This was an excellent tour! They...
David_S
, May 2018
This was an excellent tour! They have two brand new buses that are very comfortable. Our guide was Pablo and he was excellent. We visited some monkeys, stopped at a fruit stand and had some fruit, along with a taste of sugar cane and rum. Then on to the River Tour. Our ship was late getting into port so we did not get to eat at the top of the hill. Instead it was a buffet style place by the river. But very good none the less. It was our overall favorite tour during our Panama Canal cruise. Highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Absolutely FABULOUS TRIP! Cannot...
Derek M
, Apr 2018
Absolutely FABULOUS TRIP! Cannot recommend this highly enough. Our guide, Jesus was a delight, SO ENTHUSIASTIC and knowledgeable about everything, particularly the myriad wildlife we were lucky to see. The monkey experience was so enjoyable and we were given plenty of info on how to interact with them safely to get the most out of it. Lunch was delicious and plentiful. The very best part of the day was of course the boat trip on the Tarcoles river. I couldn't even begin to list all the wonderful creatures we saw. Our guide for this was the wonderful Allen. A mine of information and he didn't miss a trick when spotting wildlife for us to view and photograph. One of the best sightings was an American Pygmy Kingfisher. Tiny, perfect and wonderfully colourful. There was no hesitation in slowing or stopping the boat when something of interest was seen, there was no rush and we were given plenty of time to admire the animals and birds. A fantastic day.
star-4
Charlie took us on an excellent tour...
Barb M
, Apr 2018
Charlie took us on an excellent tour of the area. It was a little challenging finding the meeting spot at a local hotel but the tour of the neighbouring towns, the lakes and the river were excellent. A great day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Pablo our guide was wonderful. He...
Carol P
, Mar 2018
Pablo our guide was wonderful. He met us right at the ship and drove us off the pier in his van. For most other tours, you had to meet the vans outside the port pier. He took us to a private area to view the white faced monkeys and other wildlife which were roaming freely. Then he took us to a fruit stand where he gave us different fruits to taste. Then he took us to a wonderful viewpoint high in the mountains. We had a good lunch at a local restaurant. Next we went on the river cruise where he pointed out crocodiles and many kinds of birds. All the van rides between sites he explained much information about Costa Rica government. military, economics,family life, education. He also had many actual examples to show us such nuts, different coffee beans, candies, flowers that they use for perfumes which really added to our understanding of Costa Rica and the culture. He really put a lot of extra effort into helping us learn about his country
star-5
Some much to explore. The tour...
Feliberto_M
, Feb 2018
Some much to explore. The tour guide did an excellent job. It was very informative. I would highly recommend the tour. My only regret is I not fully certain of the guide's name. I believe it was either Julian or Jose... sorry..
star-4
The river boat ride and seeing so...
James R
, Jan 2018
The river boat ride and seeing so many Crocs was a great experience. The tour guides were extremely courteous and helpful. Unfortunately, two cruise ships docked within a hour of each other and all passengers were delayed for safety reasons for 2 hours. This delayed the tour and at the end the darkness prevented us from seeing the monkeys except by flashlight and the town. We did get a very nice lunch at 3:00 PM.
star-5
Do not hesitate in any way to book...
Breanne F
, Dec 2017
Do not hesitate in any way to book this trip. It was wonderful and completely perfect. The lunch was brilliant, the monkeys were super fun and easy. The boat ride showcased so many flowers, animals, and sights. The guide and driver were just wonderful, well informed, and fun. The van was clean and comfy. Don't overspend on the excursions from the ship. Book this one!
star-5
Wonderful insight into Costa Rican...
eamoncanney
, Nov 2017
Wonderful insight into Costa Rican ecology and wildlife - mangroves, crocodiles, iguanas, capuchin monkeys, Jesus Christ lizards, hawks,macaws etc etc. The boat tour guide was so knowledgeable and seemed to be at one with the environment. The guide on the bus gave us a comprehensive overview of the social, economic and cultural life in Costa Rica

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