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Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion

Highlights
  • Full-day combo shore excursion from Puntarenas
  • Get to know Pacific Costa Rica's cuisine, wildlife, and culture
  • Visit plantations to taste fresh tropical fruit
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Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion
From USD 80.00
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Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion
From USD 80.00
Overview
Encounter the best of Costa Rica's wildlife, cuisine, and famous natural beauty on a combo shore excursion from Puntarenas. Watch adorable white-faced monkeys playing in the trees, and spot crocs and birdlife on a pontoon cruise down the Tarcoles River. Learn the history of the bustling Puntarenas port, and indulge your taste buds with locally grown fruit fresh from the farm, a typical lunch at a local restaurant, and a chance to buy authentic Costa Rican coffee.
What to Expect
The tour starts by going to a private area where the cute and well known white faced monkeys come to play every day. It is a great chance to see wildlife at its purest state. After being enchanted by these amazing creatures, you will be taken to the “fruit towns”, an area where the sweetest and best tropical fruits are produced.  Try them from the hands of smiling farmers proud to share their crops with the visitors.
Once you try the soft and fresh tastes of the tropics you will be taken to the wild side. Getting on a safe and comfortable pontoon you will be gliding on the Tarcoles River. This well known waterway holds the largest population of American Crocodiles in Central America. But it is not only about these fantastic dinosaur like creatures! It is a great tour for pure naturalists, birdwatchers and photographers. You will enjoy, among several other species of birds, herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills and other wonders like iguanas and basilisks (Named also Jesus Christ lizards for their ability to walk on water).
After all this excitement, it is time for lunch! You will try one of the best local restaurants in the coastal region. With fresh meats, vegetables and fruits your lunch will not only be nourishing but also totally delicious! After lunch, you will get to do some shopping. The products are excellent and the prices are great.  Clean and well distributed, this store is diverse and the prices are affordable.
You will end the shopping experience by going to a real Costa Rican supermarket where you will be able to buy local coffee. To end this great day you will be taken through the city of Puntarenas, the first port Costa Rica ever had in history, you will be taught about its traditions and its particular culture  and this as well is the place where your cruise will be waiting for you.At the end of this fantastic day, you will feel like your visit to Costa Rica was much longer and deeper than one day only… for all you will see and live!
Reviews (34)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Great day with Gio Tours!!

Jesus and Adrian met us on the pier by our cruise ship as promised. Jesus was our wonderful guide and Adrian was a good driver. The first stop was to see the monkeys. They were very entertaining but wild animals so it isn't wise to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank FerndaleGirl
Gian Carlo G, Propietario at Gio Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear FerndaleGirl, Thank you very much for taking your time to write us a review! We are glad to know that this tour performed by Jesus and Adrian was so enjoyable and that at all times your safety was considered, we work very closely to...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Fabulous Day

We booked this tour for our day off a cruise ship. Jesus was our guide. Very knowledgeable and has a great eye for spotting wildlife. It was wonderful being in a van versus the large busses from the cruise ship. I highly recommend this company....More

Thank debiintahoe
Gian Carlo G, Propietario at Gio Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear debiintahoe, Thank you very much for taking your time to write us a review! We are happy to know you enjoyed our tour and were able to see value for quality in our tour, we are glad you were able to travel with Jesus...More

Reviewed 2 December 2018
An informative and fun tour

Jesus and his driver met us off the cruise ship exactly as arranged and took us on a wonderful day's tour exploring the highlights of this part of Costa Rica. The minibus was new with air conditioning which is always a bonus!. During the tour...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank scotcott
Gian Carlo G, Propietario at Gio Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2018

Dear scotcott, Thank you very much for taking your time to write us a review! We are happy you were able to enjoy your day at most with this Highlights tour! All the activities are closely selected to guarantee a great time! If you ever...More

Reviewed 23 October 2018
Excellent small-group tour of Costa Rica highlights

We were met straight off the cruise ship, and were part of an 8 person group. Jesus, our guide, was very fluent in English, and enthusiastic about his country - an excellent guide. The crocodile water boat tour was superb, just the 8 of us...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank margaretavalon
Gian Carlo G, Propietario at Gio Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Dear margaretavalon, Thank you very much for taking your time to write us a review! We are truly glad to know that the experience with us was smooth throughout all the process and having the best part the day of the tour with Jesus and...More

Reviewed 11 June 2018
Possibly the Best Excursion Ever!

We had a wonderful experience! The highlights were the monkey reserve and the river/crocodile watching cruise. Our guide, Jesus, was knowledgeable, affable and personable. His enthusiasm for his country was delightful. Lunch was good. The bus was clean and comfortable. We've been on eight cruises...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank Dick M
Gian Carlo G, Owner at Gio Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2018

Dear RICHARD M, Thank you very much for taking your time to write us a review! We are truly happy to know that the experience you had with GioTours was so outstanding! We work very hard to set everything and have things perfect for our...More

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56charlesw
17 December 2018|
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Response from pattiderenzo | Reviewed this property |
This is a tour company in Costa Rica. Not too much walking involved. Monkeys close to the tour bus. Lunch close by sightseeing from the tour bus and shopping inside an area that is easy to walk. I highlight recommend this... More
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cdmassett
9 October 2018|
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Mary D
20 September 2018|
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Response from pattiderenzo | Reviewed this property |
No this one but they do offer other tours that you can zipline through
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