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Peñas Blancas River Safari Float from La Fortuna provided by Jacamar Naturalist Tours

Peñas Blancas River Safari Float from La Fortuna

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 12/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 12/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
  • You'll start at
    Jacamar Naturalist Tours
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    Stop: 8 hours - Admission included
    Get to know the tropical river ecosystem, experience the tranquility of the forest while floating slowly down the Peñas Blancas River with the opportunity to observe many species of arboreal and aquatic animals such as: monkeys, sloths, iguanas, turtles, alligators and different types of birds such as herons, cormorants, American darters, and passerines, along with the possibility of observing a reptile species called the basilisk lizard, which is capable of walking on water. The interesting vegetation includes dense branches of ficus, luehea, and kapok trees full of lianas and epiphytic plants, which intersect from both sides of the river forming tunnels full of various shapes and exuberant green colors where very little sunlight gets through. This tour is perfect for those who do not want much walking, but plenty of opportunities to observe and photograph the natural beauty and wildlife. The raft makes for a quiet and peaceful trip, where you will only occasionally need to lightly paddle to avoid an obstacle. Its material allows it to be light, highly buoyant, and stable without affecting the river floor as it passes nor disturbing the animals that inhabit it. The boat captain is also an experienced naturalist guide with great knowledge to interpret the ecosystem and provide interesting information about it. His experience has also given him a unique ability to locate species in the dense vegetation, even those with camouflage and mimicry adaptations.
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  • You'll end at
    Jacamar Naturalist Tours
    Costado Sur de la Iglesia Católica de La Fortuna, Apartado Posta 40-4417, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
    Lava Rocks Cafe, Jacamar Main Office
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Important Information
Departure Point
Jacamar Naturalist Tours, Costado Sur de la Iglesia Católica de La Fortuna, Apartado Posta 40-4417, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entry/Admission - Corobici
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Melissa M wrote a review Dec 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We enjoyed our trip so much, the river was beautiful and peaceful ...we saw lots of wildlife (sloth pictured) and our guide Stefan was incredibly knowledgeable and interesting.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Costa Rican traveler wrote a review Nov 2019
3 contributions
We really enjoyed our float trip on the Pena Blancas River. The highlight was seeing white-faced monkeys very close to shore trying to scare us away. I will say that the description of the trip was incorrect in that it was about 3 and a half hours long and not 8 and was on a
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Date of experience: November 2019
RubySlippers wrote a review Sep 2019
Maryland24 contributions4 helpful votes
Our family of 3 (two adults and 12 year old son) took a morning float down the Penas Blanacs River in mid August with Jacamar Tours. It was extremely enjoyable. We were lucky to have no rain during our Float! Our guide Dionis and driver Johnny were the best. As a special bonus
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Date of experience: August 2019
Pat Sprankle wrote a review Aug 2019
Frederick, Maryland10 contributions1 helpful vote
Our family of 11 decided at the last minute to take a guided rafting trip while we were vacationing in Arenal. This was one of the best decisions we made during our Costa Rica vacations. Our guide Jaito was amazing, pointing out the wildlife and giving us an interesting talk
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Date of experience: July 2019
WendyJWeeks wrote a review Jun 2019
Olathe, Kansas33 contributions3 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our 2 our float down the river. We saw a sloth, lizards of all kinds, bats, toucans, other birds, howler monkeys, and Capuchin monkeys. Very peaceful and our guide was knowledgeable of the environment and animals. I would suggest a really good water proof
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Date of experience: May 2019
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Jacamar Naturalist Tours
Adam C
The Combo Tour Is an Excellent Experience!
The combo tour was fantastic. The guide, Jose, was extremely knowledgeable about wildlife, plants, birds, Costan Ri
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Was so amazing!!
We had such a wonderful time ziplining and horseback riding. Adrian accompanied us with the horseback riding and wa
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Day Tour w/ Mistico, La Fortuna and Lunch
We had a great day with Jacamar Naturalist Tours. They were a bit late picking us up at our hotel in the morning
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Refusing to give me a Refund
I ended up not using their service as I found a more affordable option. Was promised a refund and didn't hear anyth
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Beautiful Costa Rican nature experience, excellent beaches and animal experience
We had a private driver take us to Manuel Antonio National Park. Aside from the extreme heat that day it was a love
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Excellent White Water Rafting Tour
Went on this rafting tour on March 10, 2020. Our rafting guide was Allison, who is one of only three female rafting
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Neither my wife nor I had zip lined before this. What a great first experience! Marvin picked us up at the La Fort
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Canon Negro by boat Jacamer
Fabulous nature tour on Rio Frio by Jose into lagoon full of beautiful and rare birds...excellent information on sp
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Great experience! Highly recommend
We did a tour of the hanging bridges with Erica and it was incredible! While you can go to see the bridges without
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Wow...fantastic experience!
What a wonderful experience that was guided by a very knowledgeable and personable guide named Jason. His passion,
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Tour with Elvis - He was the King
Took this tour on March 6, 2020 with our tour guide named Elvis. He was really knowledgeable and personable. His br
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Victoria S
Good Value Canopy Tour
My family did the canopy tour on 3/4/2020. Our family consists of my husband and I (mid-30s) and a 7 year old and
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Jacamar is an excellent choice for private Transfer!
We used Jacamar throughout our trip to get around Costa Rica. From San Jose to La Fortuna, Monteverde to Manuel Ant
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Excellent Tour
My wife and I really enjoyed this tour. Diego was incredibly knowledgeable and had an unbelievable ability to spot
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Great peaceful introduction to Costa Rican wildlife
The good: Great guides, close up to nature, lovely family with snack at end. Saw bats, many birds (including some r
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Key Details
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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