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La Fortuna: *TOP* Wildlife Safari Experience by Kayak

1. La Fortuna: *TOP* Wildlife Safari Experience by Kayak

Dive into the heart of Costa Rica's vibrant wilderness with a thrilling kayaking tour down Peñas Blancas River (previous kayaking experience is required) and paddle the quiet waters of the Peñas Blancas river. Begin your adventure with a convenient hotel pickup in La Fortuna, heading to the tranquil town of La Perla. Whether solo or in pairs, sail at an easy pace, immersing yourself in the native flora and fauna while leaving the crowds behind for a few hours of peace surrounded by nature. Upon arrival in La Perla, receive a quick safety briefing before setting off on the river with certified instructors. Let the gentle current carry you through Peñas Blancas as your guide shares insights about the thriving wildlife inhabiting the forest, including howler and capuchin monkeys, birds, sloths, caimans, iguanas and much more. Stay energized with local beers and fresh fruit at the end of your paddle, taking breaks to capture memorable photos and spot shy animals in the trees. This is more than a rafting excursion; it's a serene exploration of Costa Rica's natural wonders. NOTE: Please keep in mind that for security reasons if the weather, level of the water and currents are not adequate, trip will be done on a raft as the guide can control.

Sail the Rio Peñas Blancas on a quiet River Rafting Safari

2. Sail the Rio Peñas Blancas on a quiet River Rafting Safari

Starting in La Fortuna Town, we drive for 25 minutes to La Perla where we have the put in on the shore of Rio Peñas Blancas. After dressing up with a flotation device and jump in the boat, you will immerse into a rainforest river ecosystem watching a variety of arboreous and aquatic animals. Floating for approximately 2 hours on a raft boat, watching gigantic kapoks, figs, rubber, and shoreline trees which hosts many species of animal such as sloths, monkeys, bats, lizards, birds, Iguanas, caimans, crocodiles, and more. Our expert guides will help us to spot some of these animals as we float down the river. On our tour, we will be sharing delicious fruits from our area, pineapple, watermelon, bananas, mango, and drinks for everyone. This trip offers incredible tranquility but at the same time an adventure over light easy paddling rapids.

Kayak Tour in La Fortuna: Kayak Safari in Rio Peñas Blancas

3. Kayak Tour in La Fortuna: Kayak Safari in Rio Peñas Blancas

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our Penas Blancas River Kayak Tour, located near the enchanting town of La Fortuna. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Costa Rica as you paddle through the pristine waters of the Penas Blancas River, surrounded by lush rainforest and captivating wildlife. This unique 2-hour kayaking experience is designed for both beginners and seasoned kayakers alike. As you navigate the gentle currents of the river, keep your eyes peeled for the incredible biodiversity that thrives in this tropical paradise. Marvel at the sight of elusive sloths hanging lazily from tree branches, playful monkeys swinging through the canopy, and exotic reptiles basking in the warm sunlight. Our knowledgeable guides will accompany you on this journey, sharing fascinating insights into the rich history and vibrant ecosystem of the region. Learn about the diverse bird species that call the area home, with colorful plumage and enchanting melodies filling the air. Capture the essence of Costa Rica's natural wonders as you paddle beneath the lush canopy, discovering the hidden treasures of the Penas Blancas River. For nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike, this kayaking tour promises an intimate encounter with the untamed beauty of the rainforest. Located just 30 minutes from La Fortuna, it's the perfect escape for those seeking a close connection with Costa Rica's diverse wildlife while enjoying the thrill of kayaking in a serene and picturesque setting. Book your Penas Blancas River Kayak Tour today and create lasting memories in the heart of this tropical paradise.

From La Fortuna: Penas Blancas River Float Guided Day Trip

4. From La Fortuna: Penas Blancas River Float Guided Day Trip

Encounter the plants and animals of the rainforest as you embark on a river float guided day trip from La Fortuna. Enjoy pickup from your accommodation, keep your eyes out for animals, and finish your experience with a stop at a riverside farm for refreshments. After pickup from your accommodation in La Fortuna, get onboard the float for a tranquil journey through Costa Rica's wildlife. Admire the rainforest atmosphere of the Peñas Blancas River as you feel all the sensations of the tropical setting. Keep an eye out for sloths, howler and white-faced monkeys, caimans, iguanas, and a wide variety of colorful bird species. Marvel at the lizards, some of which even walk on water. See the crocodiles, who often dive into the water as you pass by. Learn all about the eco-system of the river in the company of your naturalist guide. At the end of your float, stop at an authentic riverside farm for a locally-prepared snack and a cup of coffee before returning to your accommodation..

La Fortuna: *TOP* Wildlife Safari Experience by Raft

5. La Fortuna: *TOP* Wildlife Safari Experience by Raft

Dive into the heart of Costa Rica's vibrant wilderness with a thrilling raft tour down Peñas Blancas River. Begin your adventure with a convenient hotel pickup in La Fortuna, heading to the tranquil town of La Perla. Whether solo or in pairs, sail at an easy pace, immersing yourself in the native flora and fauna while leaving the crowds behind for a few hours of peace surrounded by nature. Upon arrival in La Perla, receive a quick safety briefing before setting off on the river with certified instructors. Let the gentle current carry you through Peñas Blancas as your guide shares insights about the thriving wildlife inhabiting the forest, including howler and capuchin monkeys, birds, sloths, caimans, iguanas and much more. Stay energized with local beers and fresh fruit at the end of your paddle, taking breaks to capture memorable photos and spot shy animals in the trees. This is more than a rafting excursion; it's a serene exploration of Costa Rica's natural wonders.

La Fortuna: Wildlife Safari Float with Lunch

6. La Fortuna: Wildlife Safari Float with Lunch

Enjoy a relaxing float down the Peñas Blancas River and get the opportunity to admire the abundant wildlife of the region from a unique perspective. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the river where you will float for approximately 2 hours. Admire the rainforest canopy teeming with monkeys or take a closer look at the tropical birds with your binoculars while you float in this oar boat. Your expert naturalist will paddle while you relax like the iguanas sunning themselves nearby.  After your float, head to a local working farm and enjoy some delicious snacks and world-renowned coffee freshly prepared by the farmer's wife before heading to La Fortuna waterfall. At the waterfall, spend some time cooling off in the crystal-clear waters before lunch is served. Help yourself to a traditional Casado, made up of rice, beans, salad, mashed potatoes, tortillas, fried plantain, and your choice of fish, chicken, pork, beef or vegetables, all washed down with freshly-squeezed fruit juice. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the day.

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What people are saying about Río Peñas Blancas

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5.0
(3 reviews)

Carlos was very knowleable about the animals. We saw two species of monkey and a small crocodile The monkeys where are siembarke were plentif and very active. Carlos could not have been more mindful for all us. I would definitely recommend him.

Top notch. The guides know exactly where animals can be seen. We saw monkeys, birds, a crocodile and a sloth. The boat trip was a lot of fun and at the end there was food and drink and a chocolate tasting. Highly Recommended.

Great activity! Traveling the river in a kayak is really exceptional, you can stop to observe the animals… Our guide, Miguel, was great, took the time to explain the fauna and flora to us! We recommend !

The guides are fun, knowledgeable and professional, the scenery is beautiful with abundant wildlife to spot. It was a relaxing experience floating down the river. A must do!

The paddle was great! Guide Beth was brilliant. We saw monkeys, bats, an anteater, a river otter (!), snakebirds, tiger herons and more. Really enjoyed the day.