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River Safaris Destinations

Tarcoles

Jungle Crocodile Safari offers a tour specially designed for adventurers and bird watchers, yet safe for the whole family. The adventure takes place on the Tárcoles River, one of four rivers flowing out into the Nicoya Peninsula, and home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild with individuals up to fifteen feet long. In addition to the crocodiles, over fifty different kinds of birds can be seen on site, including the very rare scarlet macaw and a great variety of resident and migrant waterfowl. Iguanas and Jesus Cristo lizards are very common as well. On the way downstream, the boat heads along the Estero Guacalillo, a most awesome mangrove ecosystem that features four different species of mangrove trees. In addition to sightseeing, photography and videotaping are permitted.

Peñas Blancas

Experience the peacefulness of the forest while traveling on Penas Blancas River, and getting the chance to observe different animals such as monkeys, sloths, iguanas, tortoises, crocodiles, and several types of birds. Because our boat does not use a motor, you can enjoy the journey quietly rowing and taking pictures without disturbing the animals. In this tour, you will be accompanied by the experienced nature guide, who will explain many fascinating details about trees, plants, birds, and other animals.

Caño Negro

Caño Negro is an area of lowlands that are seasonnally flooded forming lakes, marshes and holillo groves, which provide shelter for very varied fauna, especially birds. Life revolves around Lake Caño Negro, fed by the River Frío, which flows down from the mountains to the north of the Arenal Lake basin. With the arrival of the dry season, from the beginning of February to April, the area is reduced to little lagoons, channels, ditches and strips of beach inhabited by cattle egrets, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, white ibis, American anhingas, black bellied tree ducks and Neopropic cormorants and is also the only region with permanent colonies of Nicaraguan grackle, an endemic bird of Lake Nicaragua. The forests, graslands and marshes provide shelter for cougars, tapirs, jaguars and ocelots - all endangered species - as well as tayras, two toed sloths, otters and howler, white face capuchin and spider monkeys. The rivers abound with tortoises, caymans and some 30 species of freshwater fish, including the gar which is considered to be a living fossil. Caño Negro extends over 10,000 hectares of very hot and humid terrain on the Guatusos plain, north of Alajuela Province.

Tortuguero

Explore Tortuguero, land of incredible biological diversity; where at night, from July to September, impressive Green Sea Turtles nest on the beach. A tropical sanctuary for more than 300 different species of birds and natural habitat for an amazing array of wildlife; such as monkeys, crocodiles and iguanas, among many others. Discover the lush vegetation that abounds in the midst of the Rainforest. Tortuguero, is a navigable network of lake and canals that cross the National Park from Southeast to Northwest and accessible only by land, boat or air. The are no roads to get here! The Tortuguero National Park is the most important green sea turtle nesting grounds in the Western Caribbean. Heavy annual rainfall make for an abundance of extremely rich flora and fauna in the park, which is made up of a unique system of natural and man-made canals used for transportation and exploration. Admire exceptional flora and fauna including orchids, birds, monkeys, crocodiles, toucans, among others, in their natural habitat. Marine turtles such as the Chelonia Midas (green turtle) emerge from the ocean to lay their eggs in the humid tropical forest from July through September. Located in the Northeast area of the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica, Tortuguero is often compared to as the "Amazon of Costa Rica" for it's rich vegetation, fauna and the navigable network of lagoons and canals that cross the National Park from Southeast to the Northwest. The park is only accessible by land/boat or by air. By land it is a 3 hour drive from San José towards the embarkation point followed by a 2 to 2 ½ river boat trip along the Canals of Tortuguero. By air, it takes 30 minutes from San José to the Tortuguero Airstrip. The beach at Tortuguero is the most important site in the occidental half of the Caribbean for the nesting of the Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia Mydas) that occurs between July and September. The area is part of the ecosystem known as "very humid Tropical Rain forest", where rainfall averages 197 inches (5.000 mm) per year, but it can go up to 236 inches (6.000 mm) in some parts. Elevation goes from sea level to 1.020 fee (311 meters) in the Tortuguero Hill (Sierpe Hill). Climate is warm and humid, average annual temperature is 80oF (36oC).

Terraba

The Great Terraba River is the longest river and carries the largest volume of water in the country. Also, the river mouth has the largest area of mangroves in the country. In the middle section of this river there remains the two most ancient tribes of this area, the Terrabas and the Borucas. This trip will expose you to some of the inhabitants of this complex environment: Bats, Opossums, Sloths, Owls, Snakes, Raccoons, Frogs and of course the most fascinating one, the American Crocodile. The night tour will give you a entirely different perspective on this amazing area. We’ll board the boat and ride through the mangroves swamps. , The mangroves also border the Marino Ballena National Marine Park. We'll spend the next 2 hours in search of the wide variety of wildlife that there is to be seen in the area. Meanwhile, your tour guide will enhance this interesting expedition by teaching you all about the animals, birds, reptiles, plants and trees in this interesting environment.

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