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Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas Shore excursion

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Punta Arenas, Costa Rica

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Discover Costa Rica's enchanting Pacific rain forest from the air and water on this combo shore excursion from Puntarenas. Walk through the treetops on a series of hanging bridges at a private biological reserve, and then cruise down the Tarcoles River, home to a famous community of crocodiles. In between the eco adventures, enjoy time to shop and snack at a quaint replica of a Spanish colonial settlement.
  • Combo eco shore excursion from Puntarenas
  • Walk through the rain forest canopy on a suspended trail and hanging bridges
  • Observe native wildlife like monkeys and exotic birds
  • Make a shopping stop in the charming village of Santa Lucia
  • Cruise through a biological reserve on the Tarcoles River
  • Includes port pickup and drop-off and a fresh fruit snack
Snacks
Professional guide
Port pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
For Puntarenas Pier we Pick Up place is inside the pier, close to gangway
For Puerto Caldera Pick Up place is main entrance of the pier. Bus shuttle from ship to main gate available

Ports

  • Puntarenas Province, Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
  • Caldera Puntarenas, Caldera, Provincia de Puntarenas, Espíritu Santo, Costa Rica


Departure Time

8:00 AM
When your cruise ship docks at Puntarenas in the morning, meet a waiting driver and guide at the port and hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan for a scenic drive to the Villa Lapas private biological reserve. Here, be surrounded by the majesty of Costa Rica's unspoiled tropical and dry rain forest on the 1.5-mile (2.5-km) SkyWay walking trail. Cross three suspended bridges perched at 180 feet (56 meters) above the forest floor and each stretching an incredible 300 feet (91 meters) in length.

The bridges are built with the highest safety standards, and experienced guides will accompany you to ensure your safety and point out highlights of the enchanting jungle. As you trek, take in spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and keep an eye out for native wildlife like monkeys, anteaters, poison dart frogs, and hundreds of bird species.

After completing the SkyWay trail, take a break to relax and shop for unique souvenirs in the nearby village of Santa Lucia, a replica of a Spanish colonial settlement. Enjoy a snack of tropical fruit and iced tea here before transferring to the Tarcoles River, which snakes along the northern border of the Carara Biological Reserve. Take a river cruise along the biodiverse waterway, where you can watch one of the world’s largest wild crocodile populations basking in the sun.

Your tour concludes with drop-off back at the cruise terminal, where you can return to your waiting ship or spend some time strolling along the nearby boulevards of Puntarenas.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Carara National Park
A National Park in the Pacific coast of Costa Rica with many wildlife species and rainforest
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tarcoles Bridge
Tarcoles River is home of the largest crocodiles in Costa Rica.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Puntarenas
Puntarenas is a port town on Costa Rica’s Gulf of Nicoya. Its Casa de la Cultura is a cultural center with a theater and art gallery. On the main boulevard, Paseo de los Turistas, Parque Marino del Pacífico includes an aquarium and rescue center with seahorses, turtles and crocodiles. The town beach, Playa Puntarenas, is backed by shops and cafes. Southeast of town, Playa Doña Ana is a beach known for strong surf.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Greenway Nature Day Tours

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

  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas 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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas Shore excursion.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas 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 Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas Shore excursion.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas 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 Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas Shore excursion.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas 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 Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas Shore excursion.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas Shore excursion?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas Shore excursion.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It is important that anyone considering this tour be capable of walking a mile on some uneven and loose trail." See review

Reviews

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A great day!
Leslie
, Mar 2020
My husband and I booked this tour before leaving on a cruise. Details of how and when to get to the pick-up point were provided by email. We had a small tour bus of about 15 people, and our guide was knowledgeable, entertaining, and accommodating. As well, the price was reasonable. The Skywalk is mostly downhill and not a hard walk but is over uneven terrain so might be a challenge for someone with mobility issues. Birds and crocodiles were observed on the river. Bottled water was provided, but it is good to bring your own as well as snacks though we did stop for a fruit break. As well, we had an opportunity to shop for souvenirs and coffee. Although we had been a bit worried about doing a non-cruise affiliated tour, we were very glad we did. Overall, a great tour and day.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello Leslie Thank you for your great review. We appreciate it
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Nice experience
David_H
, Mar 2020
this combination tour gave a nice variety to exploring the land of Costa Rica. The bridges were a novel way of experiencing the rain forest. While we heard toucans, no birds or wildlife were seen. We saw several large crocodiles on the river. The guides knew exactly where to find them and even hand fed one. We were also able to see the crocs next to our boat.
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Thank you for your positive review about our service and tour.
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jbhorton86
, Feb 2020
Commentator was excellent who was with Genius. Enjoyed the scenery and the bridge walk. Feeding the alligator
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Thank you for your review, we appreciate it
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Good Tour, But ...
broker121
, Feb 2020
Rainforest and River Cruise were great. Then they took us on the city tour which consisted of driving up and down several streets and the guide pointing out restaurants and the gas station. We were not allowed to get off the bus and we never did see the cathedral. Next we went to a souvenir store where we spent about an hour. They made you get off the bus and locked it so you needed to go inside to avoid the heat. Tour would be much better if they just did the rainforest and the river and skipped the city tour and the shopping.
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Thank you for your positive review. We will take action of your recommendations. regards
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interesting and exciting
mhamdurer
, Jan 2020
It showed us a glimpse of Costa Rica - the driver Eugenio and the guide Luis were superb compared to many of the guides we experienced in Central America, Luis was very knowledgeable, informative and clear in his explanations
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Hello Thank you very much for your great review about our driver Eugenio and tour guide Luis. WE agree with you about their high quality and knowledgeable.
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Rain in the Rainforest
Beth K
, Dec 2019
We had bad weather unfortunately. But our tour guide, Miguel, did find umbrellas and most of us continued the skywalk in the rain. We were VERY wet. The river tour was less wet. It seemed very staged, but we did get to see the crocodiles up close. We did enjoy the tour overall. The pick up and drop off at the port was a long wait.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
hello Thank you for your positive review, even the day was rainy. It is a situation out of our control but I´m glad our guide Miguel and the group have a nice aptitude and enjoy the day.
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Excellent service provided by the guide. Got a chance to see crocodiles in the wild.
Chun Sing C
, Apr 2019
The captain of the boat knows where to find the crocodiles and had no problem bringing us very close to see them. He even attracted the crocodile to open its mouth by hitting the water with a piece of chicken leg. Well worth the money.
icon Response from Host , May 2020
Hello We really appreciate your positive review about our services and tour. We hope to serve you again in the near future. Regards
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This was a great mix of walking...
Jim G
, Apr 2018
This was a great mix of walking through the rainforest and a ride on the river. Even time for a little shopping at the end. It is important that anyone considering this tour be capable of walking a mile on some uneven and loose trail. Our group had a couple that really struggled and slowed up the group. Our guide, Miguel, was excellent and made this a very enjoyable experience. I really recommend this as an option to the cruise excursions offered by the cruiselines. Group was small - about 14 people. I highly recommend Greenway Tours.
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Guide entered in water to feed...
jbpatel
, Apr 2018
Guide entered in water to feed crocodile, so we can see crocodile out of water. This was amazing. Good trip. Enjoyed throughly.
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We chose this tour instead of the...
Andrea E M
, Mar 2018
We chose this tour instead of the cruise ship offerings and were certainly not disappointed. We started with an interesting ride in our van through the Costa Rica countryside to the Tarcoles River. We transferred to a flat bottomed river boat where the local guides took over, searching out the prolific bird life as well as the American Crocodiles basking in the sun. We stopped to see one huge guy, about 18 feet long, which was an amazing sight but who is well fed by the guides so hes waiting for the encounter. From the river, we headed into the hills, stopping at a hotel the see what was supposed to look like a colonial village and to have a cold drink before setting out onto the skywalk through the forest. It was a very hot day so nothing was moving in the trees but crossing the hanging bridges was interesting especially since we had group members afraid of heights!. We hiked for about an hour before gratefully getting back on the air conditioned van. Our last unnecessary stop was to a highly over-priced and tourist trap for half an hour. Throughout, our guide kept up a running commentary that was very informative and interesting. He ranged from sights to hisory to current events. He was knowledgeable and friendly and definitely was an asset. Although there were a few blips during the day, I would definitely recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2020
Hello We really appreciate your positive review about our services and tour. We hope to serve you again in the near future. Regards
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