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From Guanacaste: Tempisque River Cruise with Fruit Platter

1. From Guanacaste: Tempisque River Cruise with Fruit Platter

Enjoy a leisurely riverboat ride along the largest river in Guanacaste, the Tempisque River. Spot native wildlife, sample local tropical fruits, and explore lesser-known trails in the Palo Verde National Park. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the courtyard of La Casona Hotel for a platter of local tropical fruits. Then, follow the forest road through hidden trails and tranquil rivers to reach the starting point for your cruise. Hop onboard the canopy-covered boat that will take you through the Palo Verde National Park. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as the roseate spoonbill and the mythical jabiru stork. You can also observe crocodiles and white capuchin monkeys before returning to your hotel at the end of the cruise.

From La Fortuna/Arenal: Sarapiqui Rafting Trip with Volcano

2. From La Fortuna/Arenal: Sarapiqui Rafting Trip with Volcano

Discover the rushing whitewater of the Sarapiqui River with a full-day rafting trip, including transportation from Arenal or La Fortuna. Along with your guide, maneuver your way through the rapids, watch for toucans and crocodiles, taste-test fresh jungle fruit, and relax with a traditional lunch. Your tour begins with a bus ride from the city center and into the surrounding Alajuela countryside dotted with papaya, pineapple, and yucca plantations. Watch as the majestic Arenal Volcano appears in the distance, towering 1.6 meters above you, as well as nearby hot springs and ice-cold lakes. Upon arrival at the Sarapiqui River, learn safety protocol, paddling techniques, and directional commands. Then it's time to get into the rafts and paddle the fierce rapids. During breaks, look into the jungle and along he banks to see monkeys, toucans, and butterflies, crocodiles and turtles. At the halfway point, take a break and snack on fruit from the jungle. Then return to your raft and tour further down the rapids for more heart-pounding action. At the end of the river, savor a traditional Costa Rican lunch with your fellow rafters before being driven back into town.

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