San Jose

Safari on Sarapiqui River with Lunch from San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica
Full Day Safari on the Sarapiqui River from San Jose
  • 7 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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

What's Included

  • Fruits
  • Lunch
  • Tour Guide
  • Transportation from Hotels in San José
  • Tour operate with a minimum of 4 travellers
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Souvenir photos
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

09:00 AM

Pickup details

Tour departs from hotels in San Jose. You must indicate the hotel’s name in order to confirm the booking.

What To Expect

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.

Sarapiqui River

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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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Featured review
Gordon W
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.

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Nice float trip poor tour agency practices.
marybzorn, Dec 2023
This Tour agency NEEDS to change the picture that they are using for their tour. This is not a river safari in a boat as is shown but a river safari in a raft like class 1 and 2 river rafting. My older sister almost came with me and she is 79 years old and in no way could have done this trip. There were two of us on this tour not related and both of us believed that we were going to be in a boat like the one pictured in the Tour information. The other lady on my tour had a dress on and was no way prepared for a class 1 and 2 river rafting trip. The rafting trip was wonderful and the river guide was very very good and informative. I had this tour planned for the day before but no one ever showed up. The driver told the tour agencey that he was at my hotel at 7:30. The receptionist at the front desk whi I was sitting righ in front the whole time I was waiting to be picked up finally called the agency and they told her some kind of story that the driver came into reception to pick me up. This was not true because rhe receptionist and I were the only ones in the tiny reception area almost the whole time I was waiting. The tour agency offered to give me the tour the next day but I had to change another tour to their incompetence. I was told I was going to be picked up at 7:45 the next day and the driver did not come until 8:45. He only had to pick up 2 other groups one a single lady and a family of 4. He was late and I believe one time mire it was the drivers fault. When he did finally pick me up he spoke Spanish almost the whole time even when I asked him if he could please tell me and the other English Speaker what he was saying. He was rude and even made a very rude comment about me to the group of 4 that was not very nice. The tour explanation on Viator says the tour is offered in English. The tour has a lot of problems and I who have taken about 750 Viator tours around the world would recommend that you find the other tours offered on this river and take them. I do not need to waste a whole day of my vacation waiting for a tour agency that dies not show up at all one day and comes almost an hour late the next day. This agency is not dependable.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you very much for your feedback! We take note of your comments to improve in the future. We hope soon your return to Costa Rica and provide an excellent experience
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.
The tour and guide were both good...
viator, 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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