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Macaw Sanctuary &
Crocodile River Safari

See these vividly colorful tropical birds up close at a macaw sanctuary dedicated to repopulating their species. You’ll also have a chance to see many other animals, both at the reserve and in the wild while exploring a famous river. Don’t miss this chance to admire the many wild treasures of Costa Rica!

 

Encounter exotic wildlife up close and personal! Your day begins when you are greeted by our friendly staff who will meet you at the dock. From there, you’ll be escorted to a comfortable, large, air-conditioned passenger van by one of our certified, English speaking guides.

 

On our 7-8 hour day excursion you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Macaw Sanctuary to learn about these fantastic creatures, see incredible crocodiles on a boat ride on the famous Tarcoles River, ascend to a gorgeous overlook of the countryside, enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch, and more! The tour price includes all ticket entry fees and lunch costs. Payment is collected when we drop you off at the dock.

 

The Macaw Sanctuary at El Manantial is a wildlife conservation project working to save and protect macaws that are native to Costa Rica. The Scarlet Macaw and Great Green Macaw, which once were abundant in many parts of Costa Rica, are bred strictly for the purpose of releasing them in pairs back into the wild. Here the birds enjoy expansive enclosures where they can fly, climb and interact with other macaws. Many released scarlet macaws have returned to the area and can be seen enjoying their freedom in nearby trees. You’ll learn many interesting facts about these intelligent, beautiful birds along with other rescued animals at the refuge including spider monkeys, jaguars and other bird species.

 

As our day continues we will venture along the central Pacific coastline with a stop to look for the White Faced Capuchin Monkeys. These adorable creatures are a non-threatened species found throughout Central America. They are very curious and often come close to check us out.

 

Our next stop is in the Tarcoles region, where we’ll spend the rest of our day. At a fresh fruit market you’ll see and learn about various exotic fruits like lychee, tamarind, sour sop and more and can order a fresh tropical smoothie if you like. You can also take a stroll out to the Tarcoles River bridge to peer down on several members of its famously prolific crocodile population basking on the banks.

 

Next we’ll travel through the traditional fishing village of Tarcoles where our river tour awaits us, but before the tour you’ll enjoy a delicious and hearty traditional meal at a Wi-Fi equipped restaurant. After lunch on the river tour expect to see egrets, herons, storks and many other migratory birds “on vacation” here in Costa Rica, but the main sightings will be the crocodiles, some reaching lengths of nearly 20 feet!

 

Before leaving this beautiful area, we’ll take you for a scenic drive, climbing nearly 1,000 feet above sea-level to a majestic lookout point overlooking the Tarcoles River, Carara National Forest, and the Puntarenas Coastline, complete with a view of your ship in the far distance.

 

At our last stop before returning to Puntarenas, be sure to admire the many artisanal handicrafts as you shop for souvenirs, or, if you’re not much of a shopper, you can relax in the handmade rocking chairs and enjoy complimentary Costa Rican coffee. Upon request we can also stop at a local supermarket for you to buy coffee and other goods at local prices. On arrival in Puntarenas, we’ll take you on a loop through town past points of interest like the church, soccer stadium, lighthouse and ferry station, then it’s back to your ship.

 

If you want to skip the long hikes and still see lots of wildlife, then this is the tour to take! With so many opportunities to comfortably see and photograph animals up close and without heavy exertion, this tour is a favorite among photographers, nature lovers and families with small children and seniors.