A fantastic way to enjoy and admire nature at its best is being on a river, we know that everything that lives, all animals, birds, plants, trees, and us need water, water is life! Hence a ride down the river seems to be the perfect activity to spot as much wildlife as possible while not having to do much effort, isnâ€™t it perfect?
You will start with a short drive from your hotel to the riverâ€™s entrance, your guide will provide you with a helmet and life jacket, the security talk, but donâ€™t worry, is a super safe tour, the river is calm, doesnâ€™t have any rapids, you will just need to sit on the raft, let go down the river with the flowing current, no paddling will be requited and your guide will be with you on the raft at all times, anyone can do it!
The guide will take care of taking the raft through the right direction while teaching you how to experience a true rainforest activity, close your eyes, listen to the sounds of the forests, the living things that are in it, then open your eyes and try to search for the animals you hear, you can find monkeys, birds of all sizes, sounds and colors, sloths, iguanas, toucans and so much more!
Continue down the river and be amazed by all the beautiful nature you will encounter. Once this fantastic activity has reached the end some delicious, fresh, home made snacks will be provided, later you will drive for a few minutes to reach the perfect organic chocolate plantation and once again learn and have fun without much physical activity required.
Learn why chocolate or cacao was so important and part of our culture, how chocolate is growth, make some chocolate on your own and of course, the tasting part in incredible! After this lovely activity you will enjoy of a traditional lunch, with delicious dishes that you have never had before with a friendly local family, and again enjoy the views of the forests and the little animals that will get closer, wait for a magical dessert and rest on a refreshing hammock.
Itâ€™s been a lovely day but even the good times have to end, we will take you back to your hotel and hope you have enjoyed as much as we did, you will take home some fantastic memories and maybe a chocolate snack or twoâ€¦ Enjoy the rest of your day!
Adults10 years old & older
Children5 to 9 years old
Infants4 years old & younger
We will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel to start this great expedition. The exact pick up time will be confirmed on your itinerary once the reservation is confirmed.
The guide is going to provide all necessary equipment for the boat trip, life jackets and paddles on, as well as clear instructions to navigate down the river.
Your guide will take you down the river spotting flora and fauna to show you, a great chance to see monkeys, lizards, birds, sloths, and a beautiful calm scenery while navigating on flat water.
After a couple hours on the river, you will leave the boat and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican snack on a local family farm, tropical fruits, plantain and cheese, and a delicious coffee are part of the menu. A highlight of the day comes next, after a 30 minutes scenic drive!!
The Arenal chocolate tour is a unique opportunity to experience one of the most important Costa Rican traditions. The Arenal chocolate tour begins in the sugar cane fields where you will be able to taste delicious sugar cane juice. Next you will enter the cacao plantation, this is where the cacao beans that become chocolate are grown and also you will be able to observe the chocolate process and taste it.
A fresh and tasty typical lunch is going to be waiting for you at an outdoor private farm in the country side, allowing for a real contact of Costa Rica cuisine and our popular "casado" which translates to English as "married", it is the basis of our typical lunch and consist of rice, beans, salad, picadillo, meat of your preference (chicken, beef, fish, or pork), and fried sweet plantain. Vegetarian option is always available.
This extraordinary half day is accomplished, leaving a very good taste of what this beautiful area has to offer and allowing for some relaxation time for the rest of the day. We will drop you off back at your hotel.
Our guide Carlos Bonilla was very informative about the safari tour. He was able to spot several sloths and other animals. The tour is very relaxing, you sit in a tube and float down the river while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. We also did the Chocolate tour. The olivio family- Minor(owner), his son Otto and wife Yessenia gave a tour of their beautiful property. We had fresh coconut water from the tree on their farm. They squeezed sugarcane juice in front of us-my 11 year old daughter helped squeeze the sugarcane through the machine. Otto showed the chocolate making process in great detail. Yessenia gave a lot of history about cocoa farm, walked us through the farm and at the same time explaining about the farming . It was one of a kind experience and I would highly recommend this to enthusiastic learners!
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We have had several tours this week with rainforest explorers and each one of the guides was knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. All of the arrangements and meals were outstanding. We received everything we expected and so much more.
Everybody had a great time
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