Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Tarcoles River Excursion Reviews

Take a trip down the Tarcoles River for a fun and relaxing day of immersion in the Costa Rican wilderness.
Saw many new species of birds, and lots of crocodiles on this excursion.
Sail Date: April 2019
Saw many new species of birds, and lots of crocodiles on this excursion. our tour guide was much more knowledgeable about the flora and fauna that the previous two.
Saw many new species of birds, and lots of crocodiles on this excursion. our tour guide was much more knowledgeable about the flora and fauna that the previous two. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great boat ride after a fairly tedious bus ride.
Sail Date: April 2019
Great boat ride after a fairly tedious bus ride. We had some really good looks at birds I have never seen before, and, of course, the crocodiles were amazing. Sadly, there was a lot of trash in the estuary - not at all what I expected ... Read More
Great boat ride after a fairly tedious bus ride. We had some really good looks at birds I have never seen before, and, of course, the crocodiles were amazing. Sadly, there was a lot of trash in the estuary - not at all what I expected from Costa Rica - but the end of the dry season may have had something to do with it. The fruit snack at the end was wonderful. The fruit didn't taste anything like what we get in Oregon. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
With Dimas great tour guide, Croc and birds, wildlife!
Sail Date: March 2019
With Dimas great tour guide, Croc and birds, wildlife!
With Dimas great tour guide, Croc and birds, wildlife! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
River trip was the best part; train was rather hokey.
Sail Date: January 2019
River trip was the best part; train was rather hokey. We saw a good number of birds and of course a lot of crocodiles. Our river crew 'played' with the crocodiles - teasing them with bait and also grabbing one's tail and ... Read More
River trip was the best part; train was rather hokey. We saw a good number of birds and of course a lot of crocodiles. Our river crew 'played' with the crocodiles - teasing them with bait and also grabbing one's tail and articulating it. Don't do this at home. These guys know what they are doing - I hope. A good show. Very enjoyable tour. Leader did a good job of sharing about the country and economy when we were on the bus. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
very nice time river cruise and small town dancers
Sail Date: January 2019
very nice time river cruise and small town dancers
very nice time river cruise and small town dancers Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Love what Costa Rica has done for ecotourism and wish other countries in the world could follow ...
Sail Date: January 2019
Love what Costa Rica has done for ecotourism and wish other countries in the world could follow suit. The "Level 3" Rainforest skywalk was very easy - not sure why it was rated Level 3. If you are afraid of heights, it would be ... Read More
Love what Costa Rica has done for ecotourism and wish other countries in the world could follow suit. The "Level 3" Rainforest skywalk was very easy - not sure why it was rated Level 3. If you are afraid of heights, it would be difficult. It was the dry season and very nice, lovely. We saw many birds (toucans, hummingbirds, even flying scarlet macaws) in the rainforest and later, two separate pairs near the crocodile Tarcoles eco tour. Crocodiles there, too, of course. And many birds. Very nice, but too short. Also too long of a wait for a "snack" as this is a full-day tour. Bring something to eat. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Our tour guide, Natasha was very knowledgeable and personable!
Sail Date: January 2019
Our tour guide, Natasha was very knowledgeable and personable! Our trip at the mouth of the river was the second part of our excursion. We drove along the river in a boat, but the alligators and birds were quite far away - we did see quite ... Read More
Our tour guide, Natasha was very knowledgeable and personable! Our trip at the mouth of the river was the second part of our excursion. We drove along the river in a boat, but the alligators and birds were quite far away - we did see quite a few though. On our way back to the ship, Natasha stopped and treated us to fresh cut mango. Both the crunchy green and the fully ripened varieties were delicious!! Afterward, once we were delivered back to the ship, we had time for a late lunch onshore and a dip at the beach. It was a beautiful day! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very few crocodile sitings.
Sail Date: January 2019
Very few crocodile sitings.
Very few crocodile sitings. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We had a guide, who spoke excellent English.
Sail Date: November 2018
We had a guide, who spoke excellent English. We took the boat ride and he was able to point out various birds and crocodiles. It was very enjoyable.
We had a guide, who spoke excellent English. We took the boat ride and he was able to point out various birds and crocodiles. It was very enjoyable. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Part of the skyway walk tour.
Sail Date: November 2018
Part of the skyway walk tour. Poured rain so only saw 2 crocodiles under water.
Part of the skyway walk tour. Poured rain so only saw 2 crocodiles under water. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent tour guide explained the terrain from the bus and ecology from the river boat.
Sail Date: April 2018
Excellent tour guide explained the terrain from the bus and ecology from the river boat. We even experienced a tropical rain storm. Boat and pathways well covered. Nice souvenir shop, but not enough time to buy! Otherwise, excellent.
Excellent tour guide explained the terrain from the bus and ecology from the river boat. We even experienced a tropical rain storm. Boat and pathways well covered. Nice souvenir shop, but not enough time to buy! Otherwise, excellent. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Interesting, Saw a few crocs and a lot of bird varieties.
Sail Date: April 2018
Interesting, Saw a few crocs and a lot of bird varieties. Tour guide was great. Got rained on in the rain forest, guess we could expect that.
Interesting, Saw a few crocs and a lot of bird varieties. Tour guide was great. Got rained on in the rain forest, guess we could expect that. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Nice boat ride experienced, but disorganized.
Sail Date: April 2018
Nice boat ride experienced, but disorganized. Waited an hour for a boat.
Nice boat ride experienced, but disorganized. Waited an hour for a boat. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
The tour and guide was good.
Sail Date: February 2018
The tour and guide was good. The river boat was very good with animals. The snack, drinks and shipping was good.
The tour and guide was good. The river boat was very good with animals. The snack, drinks and shipping was good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We've been to Costa Rica a number of times and always book our excursions and transport with Manuel ...
Sail Date: February 2018
We've been to Costa Rica a number of times and always book our excursions and transport with Manuel Duarte at Guanacaste Viajes. Opted for a 6-hour trip including the river cruise and local lunch with a private driver for my, husband, ... Read More
We've been to Costa Rica a number of times and always book our excursions and transport with Manuel Duarte at Guanacaste Viajes. Opted for a 6-hour trip including the river cruise and local lunch with a private driver for my, husband, mom, and sister. Price was actually less expensive than going with the ship excursion, and we were able to spread out and enjoy the comfort of a van versus a bus. Our driver, Marco, was one we had had before so it was fun to be together again. There ended up being only 6 of us on the boat trip during which we saw numerous crocodiles, 27 different bird species, numerous reptiles, and a sleeping sloth. Our lunch stop was delicious and Marco even stopped for my sister to see a howler monkey, a highlight of the trip for her! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great variety of wild life - crocs and birds.
Sail Date: January 2018
Great variety of wild life - crocs and birds. Relaxing and informative.
Great variety of wild life - crocs and birds. Relaxing and informative. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Jesus was wonderful!
Sail Date: October 2017
Jesus was wonderful! Highly recommend Gio Tours. We went on the river, saw monkeys, went to a super market (more interesting than we thought, drove around, saw wildlife. Just a great tour.
Jesus was wonderful! Highly recommend Gio Tours. We went on the river, saw monkeys, went to a super market (more interesting than we thought, drove around, saw wildlife. Just a great tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We did the “CR25: Pacific Train, Boat and Bus Adventure” and saw some interesting scenery, but ...
Sail Date: October 2017
We did the “CR25: Pacific Train, Boat and Bus Adventure” and saw some interesting scenery, but also some desperately poor areas.
We did the “CR25: Pacific Train, Boat and Bus Adventure” and saw some interesting scenery, but also some desperately poor areas. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We took a bus tour, then a train ride and finally a boat tour on the Tarcoles river.
Sail Date: May 2017
We took a bus tour, then a train ride and finally a boat tour on the Tarcoles river. All parts were great. The guide spoke good english and was very knowledgeable about the culture, animals and history.
We took a bus tour, then a train ride and finally a boat tour on the Tarcoles river. All parts were great. The guide spoke good english and was very knowledgeable about the culture, animals and history. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Excellent ride on river.
Sail Date: January 2017
Excellent ride on river. Saw Crocks and lots of birds
Excellent ride on river. Saw Crocks and lots of birds Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Saw some huge crocodiles, beautiful birds and lizards.
Sail Date: November 2016
Saw some huge crocodiles, beautiful birds and lizards.
Saw some huge crocodiles, beautiful birds and lizards. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
WE saw some Monkeys, Macaws, Crocodiles and had a river cruise, lunch included.
Sail Date: November 2016
WE saw some Monkeys, Macaws, Crocodiles and had a river cruise, lunch included. Quite good.
WE saw some Monkeys, Macaws, Crocodiles and had a river cruise, lunch included. Quite good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Amazing trip on a river filled with crocodile and wonderful birds.
Sail Date: April 2016
Amazing trip on a river filled with crocodile and wonderful birds.
Amazing trip on a river filled with crocodile and wonderful birds. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our excursion included a train ride and river cruise.
Sail Date: April 2016
Our excursion included a train ride and river cruise. The guide was excellent and we saw much wildlife. A wonderful visit in Costa Rica.
Our excursion included a train ride and river cruise. The guide was excellent and we saw much wildlife. A wonderful visit in Costa Rica. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our guide was great at spotting animals and pointing them out to us.
Sail Date: March 2016
Our guide was great at spotting animals and pointing them out to us. Saw crocs, scarlet Macaws, crabs, and more.
Our guide was great at spotting animals and pointing them out to us. Saw crocs, scarlet Macaws, crabs, and more. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line