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Pure Nature Rio Frio Safari Float – Peaceful Wildlife Watching from Arenal

May 16, 2018 By Sammi 45 Comments

The Rio Frio safari float was by far, the most enchanting and peaceful boat rides I’ve ever done in Costa Rica. This 2 hour pure nature safari ride quickly climbed to the top of my list of things to do in La Fortuna and Arenal after I had an incredible day floating down a gorgeous river surrounded by nothing but nature.

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Rio Frio Safari Float (Cold River)

The Rio Frio is a slow moving river in the Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve, stretching from the hills of Los Chiles near the Nicaraguan border in Alajuela to Guatuso, about an hour drive from La Fortuna . The Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve is considered to be one of the most bio-diverse areas in Costa Rica. This is an unspoiled area in the country that only few people get a chance to visit!

If you’re looking for an unique wildlife watching experience out of Arenal or La Fortuna, put this one high on your list!

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We arrived in Guatuso for the start of the rafting trip in the backyard of a local’s home, which sits on the bank of Rio Frio. I went with a family of four so our group was small. It was just the five of us plus our guide so we had the best attention.

The first time I did a morning tour in November, the second time we did an afternoon in May. We had wonderful weather both times (cloudy but no rain). The afternoon tour was a bit noisier (there are some houses along the river) but we saw lots of wildlife both times. I would recommend the morning over the afternoon though, we saw more animals in the morning.

Start of the Safari Tour

This nature safari isn’t like others, it’s on a raft instead of a boat with an engine and we were the only ones on the river . Our guide did the majority of the paddling, navigating the calm waters to get us as close as possible to the wildlife. With engines, animals scare easily and you can’t get into the tight corners as you would with a small raft.

Pure Nature rio frio safari float - juvenile sloth

So there we were, the 6 of us on a raft, floating down this small but peaceful river when no more than 2 minutes after we pushed off, our guide pointed to the trees for our first wildlife encounter.

This juvenile three toed sloth was climbing down a tree right above our heads! Our guide got us into the right position so we could see him in full view as he clambered down.

As sloths only touch ground to go potty once a week, we caught him right in the act. We watched him climb down until he disappeared out of view into the bushes.

We hadn’t even been on the river for more than 5 minutes and we already saw one of my favorite animals in Costa Rica! From that point and on, I couldn’t wait to see what other exciting wildlife encounters we’d have.

We floated down the river, quietly admiring its natural beauty and wondering what other animals called these waters home. And we found out soon enough.

Wildlife on the River

We saw adult, baby and juvenile Jesus Christ lizards scampering on the water, male green iguanas in orange breeding colorations, a huge troop of white face and howler monkeys flying from tree to tree, an otter slyly slinking into the water, a caiman sunbathing and tons of birds including kingfishers, trogons and anhingas.

No matter how boat rides I’ve done before, Costa Rica still awes and impresses me!

Rio Frio Safari Float

Great Tour for Families

The little girls on the boat were having a blast and by the end, they were even pointing out monkeys and iguanas! Although we had to be as quiet as possible on the river as not to disturb the animals, I could tell they were having trouble keeping their excitement inside.

It made me happy to see the younger generation having a wonderful time learning about nature and being outside. They kept asking what everything was and would listen intently to our guide as he explained to them about each animal and their special characteristics. By the end of the boat ride, they kept chattering about that awesome monkey next to them and the ginormous iguana in the tree and it continued on all the way back.

At the end of the safari float, they took us to a local’s house not too far away to give us fruit juice and snacks, a nice way to end the day before we headed back to La Fortuna.

La Fortuna safari float video

You can watch a video of the pure nature safari float we did in May 2018 below.

What to know about the La Fortuna safari float

  • You can bring a small backpack on the raft, preferably waterproof in the rainy season
  • Bring a good zoom lens for your camera!
  • It is really hot in this area so bring sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen.
  • I wore long hiking pants to ward off mosquitoes and KEEN sandals , but definitely bring mosquito repellent if you’re wearing shorts.
  • The tour company provides water on the bus.
  • They run two tours, one in the morning (8 AM) and one in the afternoon (1 PM).
  • You won’t get wet in the raft so no need to bring a change of clothes.
  • Snacks and drinks are provided after the rafting.

Tour Company and Discount

Our tour operator partner in La Fortuna is the only company that operates the safari float on this specific section of the river. They actually  operate this tour in 3 different sections of the Rio Frio with 1 boat per section.

We have a partnership with our partner to give our readers 7% off this tour. Note that this tour is called Pure Nature Safari Float. Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Los Chiles boat tour is another tour on the same river but on a covered motor boat and from a different “put in” spot. The safari float is on a raft with no motors.

If you’re in Manuel Antonio and would like to do a similar boat tour, check out the Damas Island Mangrove . You can go on a boat or kayak through the mangroves to see wildlife.

Read about other things to do in La Fortuna below!

La Fortuna waterfall :  Beautiful waterfall in the rainforest. Easily accessible though requires over 400 steps to get to the bottom.

Horseback riding La Fortuna :  Ride through valleys and rainforests for beautiful views.

Arenal Combo tour : 4 in 1 combination tour. Includes hanging bridges, La Fortuna waterfall, volcano hike and hot springs.

Balsa River rafting :  Easy Class 2 and 3 white water rafting, only 30 minutes from Fortuna.

Penas Blancas safari float (similar to this one but closer to La Fortuna)

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This tour is for nature lovers who want to explore further away from the main Arenal tourist areas. You will transfer by ground approximately 1 ½ hours by ground to the Frío River, an important area for much of Costa Rica’s wildlife. Float down the river peacefully as you try to spot monkeys, sloths, iguanas, turtles, caimans, and birds in this special eco-environment. After, enjoy homemade snacks at a Costa Rican family farm and practice your Spanish skills with the owners before heading back to Arenal.

  • Minimum Age: 5 years
  • Passenger Minimum: 2
  • Duration: 3/4 day, departs in the morning, and returns in time for a later lunch
  • Difficulty: easy/moderate
  • Includes: transfers, guide, equipment, snack
  • What to Bring: secure shoes, comfortable clothing, sunscreen, hat or bandana, light jacket or sweater
  • Tour Type: nature, active

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
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  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language: English
  • Departure Time : 7:30 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
  • Return Details : We recommend bring ponchos or rain jacket during rainy season.
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This river protects a good portion of the forest on its banks, connected through its tributaries with dozens of small patches of forest, creating a highway for several species of animals. They use the ground, water, and branches to move daily through the river in search of food and other needs. It is easy to observe monkeys, sloths, iguanas, turtles, caiman, and numerous species of birds, as well as dense vegetation of coastal trees that support the soil and prevent erosion and floods.A quiet tour to enjoy the peace and sounds of the forest. We will use our senses of sight, hearing, and smell to locate animals. The boat captain is also an experienced naturalist guide with great knowledge to interpret the ecosystem and provide interesting information about it. At the end, we will share an unforgettable experience, visiting a Costa Rican family on their farm, and enjoying homemade snacks.

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Specialized infant seats are available

Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Please send an email to () with the age of children under 12 years old, in order to organize the special seats for kids.

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Extremely relaxing and scenic, with plenty of birds and wildlife. Gustavo was an excellent guide - highly knowledgeable and friendly. We stocked stopped for snacks after the rafting and it was delicious. Highly recommend this activity if you are in La Fortuna.

We started with an incredible fresh homemade lunch of fresh fish and gallo pinto from Tia Wwndy, then to the river with her husband and our guide from Jacamar, Jose. We sat under the trees and watched the monkeys play! Our guide knew how to call them and they would respond! We were the only ones on the river and also saw iguanas, Caymens, rare birds and bats!

Great tour guide with knowledge and passion. The entire trip was well planned out and we all had a great time, from the grandparents to the kids. Saw tons of animals and ate great, local food as well.

The whole experience was amazing, we can't recommend it enough! We had an appointment with the driver, Roberto, who was fantastic. He explained to us the stops of the tour and he told us so many things about the places we passed by. And driving felt very safe! The guide of the tour was a young boy, Eddi, who was so enthusiastic with every animal and bird we saw (and we saw a lot!), cappuccino and howler monkeys, different birds, caimans, he informed us about the history of the places around the river. After the tour, we had a small rest and brunch at this fantastic lady' s place that gives a small experience of traditional food and coffee. Finally, Roberto took us back and he was there for any tips we needed for the rest of the day. highly recommended experience and the sweetest people!

Diego with Jacamar tours was an amazing guide. We were picked up at Downtown Inn La Fortuna (Jacamar office is next door) by Diego and his driver. My husband & I were the only ones so we enjoyed a private tour. The van was new and AC worked well. The raft was on top. It took about an hour to get to river. They offered us cold bottled water for the drive. There was a bathroom to use just before we entered the river. Everything in the raft stays dry, don’t worry about phone or camera. Your shoes may get muddy. Bring sunscreen and a camera. The float lasted 2 hours and Diego paddled us up close (no motor, just quiet floating) to every animal and held there until we got great photos. We saw only one other person fishing on this area of Rio Frio. Diego was super knowledgeable and got the howler monkeys all riled up, it was amazingly loud. We saw more animals on this tour than anywhere else during our week. In addition, he stopped a couple times on the return trip for more animal sightings. We stopped for lunch provided by an amazing cook Wendy on our return. It is a 1.5 hour return drive and the first 30 minutes is VERY slow and bumpy. We were picked up at 8am and returned to hotel at 230pm. Worth every minute! Highly recommended.

What an amazing day!!! Ronald (our guide) and Roberto (our driver) went out of their way to make this an extraordinary experience. Just cruising down the river alone is a perfect way to spend a day bit add to that … bonus! Ronald was so knowledgeable of the flora and fauna of the area and shared so much with us (and Roberto too). The wildlife did not disappoint us either. So grateful! Highly recommend this particular event as well as this tour company. Most pics on my brothers camera that I have not yet downloaded but here are a few. Just book it!!! A day on the water is enough on its own🙏

Ronaldo our guide and Roberto our driver were superb! The moment we were picked up at the office in La Fortuna we felt welcomed. The level of knowledge Ronaldo has along with his “Eagle eye” is impressive. We left the tour with hope we can be better stewards of the land.

Loved it! Our group ranged from 21-72 year olds and everyone had a great time. Carlos, Reyder, and Miguel were fantastic. They provided information regarding Costa Rica and its culture on the drive there, then worked well as a team while out on the river to spot the wildlife. We had great weather and saw iguanas, monkeys, the Jesus Christ lizard, caimans, sloths, bats, and several types of birds. After the trip down the river, they drive you to Wendy's house, a local who shows you how to make tortillas and provides a light lunch with tortillas, buffalo cheese, beans, plantain chips, dessert, and coffee. If we hadn't already booked the rafting trip with them for the next day, this would have convinced us to do so. 10/10 recommend Tips - bring binoculars. Not necessary but can be helpful - wear shoes that can get wet. You are in rafts with mesh slits on the bottom (since the rafts are also used for white water rafting) - it was a very leisurely trip so no need to worry about having to paddle or getting wet

Okay so I want to be clear that the safari float was amazing and the tour guide was great. We saw a ton of wildlife, above and beyond our expectations. The stop for food after was great as well. Great value for money. HOWEVER, there was a very, very awkward incident as we began the tour. As we were backing up, a chihuahua walked behind our van. I noticed, told the driver, who acknowledged by laughing. He didn't stop the car. I said "STOP THE CAR" because the chihuahua wasn't moving. He again didn't stop the car. Instead, he just drove over the dog. He didn't RUN OVER the dog, because it was so small. However, he could have killed it had the dog ran any direction. We were so lucky the dog just stayed still, so then it popped out in front of us. It was NOT a great way to start the trip and could have ruined the entire day tbh. I ask the tour operator to please please please be more considerate....especially on a tour all about animals. My only other complaint was that we returned much later than anticipated, which would have been fine except we had made plans. We were told we'd return around 6:30, so I made a reservation for 8. We didn't return to 8.

This was by far the best tour we took. We got to it from mytanfeet blog (which I highly recommend reading before booking anything in Costa Rica. They have discounts to many tours and amazing service). Our guide was simply amazing and spotted so much wild life that we were shocked. We saw many sloths, monkeys, caimans, iguanas, birds and eve one owl. Don't miss

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Last Updated: April 29, 2024

A unique way to see some of Costa Rica’s best wildlife is on a river float tour. Many animals are attracted to water sources. Gently coasting down the river lets you sneak up on them in their natural habitat. In this post, we’ll tell you all about a fun safari river float trip we took in La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano. It goes down a long section of the Penas Blancas River. We’ll also share how you can plan an excursion like this for yourself.

Scenery, River Float Tour Arenal

We did this tour while staying near downtown La Fortuna in Costa Rica’s Northern Highlands. This area is famous for the cone-shaped Arenal Volcano, but also has many other activities like hiking, hanging bridges , adventure tours, and even cultural tours.

La Fortuna is about 2.5 hours from both of Costa Rica’s international airports, SJO near San Jose and LIR in Liberia.

For the river float tour, we headed east from La Fortuna. It was just a short drive (about 30 minutes) to a river called the Penas Blancas.

This river flows north, merging with the Fortuna River, and its waters eventually flow into Nicaragua.

The safari float tour travels along 5.6 miles (9 km) of the Penas Blancas River and just a half mile (about one km) of the Fortuna River.

Setting Off

On the ride to the river put in, we passed large agricultural fields of pineapple, papaya, and yucca. Our guide, Fauricio, told us some cool facts about each crop.

After a little time to use the restroom and get on our life jackets, it was time to push off the rocks and head down the river.

Pushing off, river float tour La Fortuna

With a short safety talk from Fauricio, we felt at ease about our responsibilities. We would be on a large inflatable raft, with the guide leading the way. We would be asked to paddle occasionally, but mostly we could enjoy the ride along the calm, yet swift, river. 

Our raft and paddles were the same type used in more extreme whitewater rafting tours. Although we wouldn’t be getting jolted around on this river, we still put some of our belongings in the company’s dry bags, just in case.

Tip: There are definitely some things you’ll want to bring on this tour to make yourself more comfortable. See our list at the end of this post.

The Beautiful Penas Blancas River

Setting off from the bank, the first thing you’ll notice during the safari float are the beautiful surrounds.

The Penas Blancas River has many lofty trees hanging over the water. The thick canopy filters the sunlight and creates almost a tunnel of jungle around you. There are birds calling in the trees, and smaller streams trickling into the larger river.

Tall trees and thick rainforest, river float tour

The size of the river varies, but overall is about 40-60 feet (12-18 meters) wide. Our guide, Fauricio, also told us that it can be anywhere from five to 25 feet (1.5-7.6 meters) deep, depending on water levels. With more rain, the river runs faster, but is still not very rough. This makes is a great spot for a gentle float tour.

What You’ll See

As we floated down the water, Fauricio pointed out different things. Many were easy to spot like ducks, kingfishers, and iguanas. But he had a great eye for some harder to spot things as well.

At one point, he asked us to paddle backwards and slow the boat to a stop. Then he said, “Look right above you.”

We had to squint to understand what we were looking at. But sure enough, on the underside of a branch, was a family of small bats. They were very camouflaged, blending into the brown background almost perfectly. Fauricio explained that these were long-nosed bats and that they are important for the ecosystem because they eat a lot of mosquitoes!

Long nosed bats river float tour La Fortuna

In addition to wildlife, we learned about the surrounding environment. Fauricio told us about many of the tree species along the river, including the balsa and rubber. We also learned about some interesting plants like the broad-leafed tabacon and various types of banana.

Wildlife Highlights

Although it was really interesting to learn about the plants, local weather patterns, and indigenous groups of Costa Rica, most people take the safari float trip for the wildlife viewing. And for this, it did not disappoint.

Sloth seen on river float tour

Some highlights were seeing several families of howler monkeys, a mother sloth and her baby really close up (picture above), and crocodiles on four different occasions.

Howler monkey on Penas Blancas River

One crocodile was at least eight feet (2.4 meters) long, while the rest were smaller. Our son (five-years old at the time) was very happy to see these and even happier that they were shy and scared of us.

Crocodile river float tour Penas Blancas River

Interesting birds we saw included the Anhinga, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Whistling Ducks, Buff-rumped Warbler, and many Mangrove Swallows.   

Agricultural Demonstrations

After a couple of hours on the Penas Blancas River, we drifted into the Fortuna River. At this point, the river was wider and had less of a canopy, but was still very similar.

Shortly after, we came to the spot where we’d get off the boat.

Here, we climbed a set of steps to find a small farm and outdoor dining room. Once Faurico and the driver hauled up the raft, he joined us again to teach us about some traditional crops.

The first thing we learned was how to juice raw sugar cane using an old-fashioned hand-crank press.

Our son had a great time turning the handle as we all watched the sugary water pour out. We then got to taste it. The adults in the group tried it along with some guaro, a local spirit made from sugar cane.

Fauricio taught us a traditional drinking chant, in Spanish, as a way to say cheers!

Next, we were shown some cacao plants growing in the yard. Fauricio took one of the strange looking pods off the small tree and briefly explained how chocolate is made from the seeds.

We then got to grind some of the dried cacao and mix it into a traditional drink. This drink was reserved for only the most important indigenous leaders at one time.

Grinding Chocolate by Hand

Traditional Snack

Finally, we got to sit down for a traditional snack of handmade tortillas, cheese, and roasted plantains. These tasted great after building up an appetite on the river. We also enjoyed some local coffee and fruit juice.

Traditional Foods river float tour La Fortuna

One of the highlights of the snack was the fact that the chickens, ducks, and turkeys in the yard apparently love the plantain skins. Our son Sam had the time of his life flinging scraps to them on the other side of the fence.

Booking a Safari Float Tour in La Fortuna

Several tour operators in La Fortuna offer river float trips to see wildlife. You can usually go in the morning or later in the afternoon when it starts to cool off. Both times are great for wildlife viewing because that is when animals are most active.

Below are all the tour details. If you’d like to book a tour through the company we used and often send clients to, please use the booking links below. You won’t pay until the reservation is confirmed, and we’ll email you as part of the process. Booking through us costs the same and helps support our website! 

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Safari Float on Penas Blancas River (Group Tour) – From La Fortuna

Safari float on penas blancas river by raft (private tour) – from la fortuna, times offered.

7:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.

Tour Length

Approximately 4-5 hours (including driving time)

Price ( 2024)

Group Tour: $64 per person adults, $38 per person children (ages 3-11). Rates plus 13% tax.

Private Tour (only your family/group): $105 per person adults, $53 per person children (ages 3-11). Rates plus 13% tax.

What’s Included

Round-trip transportation from La Fortuna-area hotels and vacation rental homes, bilingual naturalist guide, all equipment, water, and a stop for snacks, juice, and coffee.

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Minimum Age

Children need to be at least 3-years old.

If you have children younger than 3, we recommend the Cano Negro boat tour . This is on a larger, sturdy pontoon boat.

What to Bring

It can be sunny along the river. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera, sandals or sneakers, and quick-dry clothing. Binoculars also would be handy to see high up in the canopy, especially if you’re interesting in bird watching.

You don’t need a bathing suit since you won’t be swimming.

Our biggest question was if it was okay to bring our large (expensive) SLR camera. It turns out it was completely fine; we just made sure to keep it strapped around our neck the whole time. We also used our cell phone to take pictures and videos.

We have been to La Fortuna many times during our years living in Costa Rica, and the safari float tour along the Penas Blancas River was one of our family’s all-time favorite activities. Not only is it a great way to see some amazing wildlife, but the boat ride along the river is fun and not stressful at all. If you are planning activities in La Fortuna, we would highly recommend it.

Have a question about the safari float tour in La Fortuna? Post a comment below.

Looking for more information to plan your trip check out these posts:.

La Fortuna: What to Expect from Costa Rica’s Most Popular Destination – There is a reason why most travelers pass through La Fortuna/Arenal. Check out this post for an overview of the town, hotel and restaurant picks, and much more.

Driving in Costa Rica – Worried about driving during your upcoming trip? Most people tell us it wasn’t nearly as scary as they thought it would be. This article will get you prepared and teach you the rules of the road.

Mirador El Silencio Trail – There are lots of options for hikes to do around Arenal Volcano. This is one of our favorites. The jungle is beautiful and it’s usually less busy.

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Pure Nature Safari Float

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to silently glide through the heart of a tropical paradise, surrounded by untouched nature?

The ‘Pure Nature Safari Float’ offers a unique opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural habitat, but there’s more to this adventure than meets the eye.

Discover the secrets hidden along the tranquil waters of the Frio River, as you learn about a world where every turn promises a new encounter with Costa Rica’s enchanting biodiversity.

Pure Nature Safari Float - Key Points

  • Encounter diverse wildlife and scenic beauty on the Frio River.
  • Enjoy locally sourced snacks and culture .
  • Seamless logistics and convenient pickup options.
  • Book easily for an immersive wildlife adventure.

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Tour Highlights

Explore the Pure Nature Safari Float’s tour highlights for an unforgettable wildlife adventure on the Frio River.

The tour offers a unique experience of river exploration , allowing visitors to enjoy the diverse wildlife and stunning scenic beauty of the area.

As you glide along the tranquil waters, you’ll encounter a rich variety of animals, including monkeys , iguanas , sloths , and an array of bird species.

Plus, the tour includes a stop at San Rafael de Guatuso for a dose of culture . Snacks provided by a local family add a touch of authenticity to the journey.

This two-hour excursion promises an engaging and educational experience in the heart of nature, perfect for nature enthusiasts seeking a close encounter with Costa Rica’s wildlife.

Wildlife Encounters

Pure Nature Safari Float - Wildlife Encounters

Set out on an exciting journey along the Frio River and witness firsthand the fascinating wildlife that calls this pristine natural setting home. As you float gently downstream, keep an eye out for monkeys swinging through the trees with playful antics, offering a glimpse into their curious behavior.

Bird watching enthusiasts will delight in spotting vibrant feathered creatures fluttering about, adding melodies to the serene ambiance. The knowledgeable guide will provide insights into the various species you encounter, enhancing your wildlife viewing experience.

Whether you’re captivated by the acrobatics of monkeys or the graceful flight of birds, each moment promises a unique and memorable wildlife encounter. Get ready to learn about the wonders of nature on this captivating safari float adventure.

Local Snack Experience

Pure Nature Safari Float - Local Snack Experience

Indulge in the delightful flavors of locally sourced snacks during the Pure Nature Safari Float, adding a tasty touch to your wildlife adventure. As you float along the Frio River, take a moment to savor the authentic local cuisine provided by a welcoming family.

This snack experience not only satisfies your taste buds but also offers a unique opportunity for culture. Enjoy traditional bites that reflect the region’s culinary heritage, enhancing your overall journey through San Rafael de Guatuso.

Enjoy the flavors of the area as you spot monkeys, iguanas , sloths , and various bird species. This snack break isn’t just a culinary delight but a chance to connect with the destination on a deeper level, making your safari float even more memorable.

Convenient Logistics

Navigating your journey with ease, the Pure Nature Safari Float offers convenient logistics to ensure a seamless wildlife excursion along the Frio River.

Convenience options and pickup flexibility make planning your adventure hassle-free:

  • Various Pickup Locations: Choose from multiple pickup points including Arenal Lodge, Arenal Observatory , Chachagua Rainforest , and more.
  • Specific Pickup Details: Receive clear instructions on where to meet for a smooth start to your tour.
  • Meeting Point Selection: Select a meeting spot that suits you best for added convenience.
  • Return to Starting Location: After the tour, you’ll be brought back to the initial meeting point, simplifying your journey back.

With these logistics in place, your focus can stay on enjoying the incredible wildlife experience.

Booking and Rates

For a seamless transition from planning to experiencing the Pure Nature Safari Float, let’s now explore the convenient booking process and rates for this captivating wildlife tour along the Frio River.

Booking this adventure is simple and straightforward, with availability for a minimum of 2 people per reservation. The rates for the tour are competitive, offering great value for the immersive experience you’ll receive. It’s important to note that child rates apply when accompanied by 2 paying adults, making it a family-friendly excursion.

Ensure to secure your spot in advance to guarantee availability for your desired date. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to witness monkeys, iguanas, sloths, and various bird species while floating down the scenic Frio River.

Cancellation Policy

To ensure a hassle-free experience, the cancellation policy for the Pure Nature Safari Float requires cancellations to be made at least 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund. The following information will help you understand the cancellation policy better:

Refund Policy :

  • Full refund available if canceled 24 hours before the scheduled tour.
  • No refund will be provided if canceled within 24 hours of the tour.

Weather Conditions :

  • The activity is weather-dependent.
  • Refund or reschedule options are available in case of poor weather conditions.

Cancellation Changes :

  • Changes to bookings aren’t accepted within 24 hours of the scheduled tour.

Advance Notice :

  • Providing advance notice ensures smoother cancellations and refund processes.

Safety and Accessibility

Pure Nature Safari Float - Safety and Accessibility

When considering the Pure Nature Safari Float, visitors are encouraged to note the safety measures in place and the accessibility aspects for participants.

Safety measures on the safari float include life jackets provided for all participants, experienced guides trained in first aid, and thorough safety briefings before the excursion begins.

Plus, the safari float is designed to be accessible to most participants, with options available for individuals with mobility concerns. The tour operators can provide assistance for those needing help boarding the safari float, ensuring that everyone can comfortably enjoy the experience.

Engaging Nature Experience

Enjoy the vibrant sights and sounds of the lush rainforest on the Pure Nature Safari Float, where every moment is a captivating exploration of Costa Rica’s natural wonders.

Glide down the peaceful river , surrounded by the symphony of tropical birds and the gentle rustling of the jungle foliage.

Encounter a diverse array of tropical wildlife , from playful monkeys swinging through the trees to majestic sloths lounging in the canopy.

Listen to your knowledgeable guide share fascinating insights about the animals you spot along the way, enhancing your understanding and appreciation of the ecosystem.

Feel the tranquility of being immersed in nature, away from the bustle of everyday life, as you soak in the beauty and serenity of this pristine environment.

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Common questions

Can i bring my own snacks or food on the tour.

Yes, visitors can bring snacks on the tour to accommodate dietary restrictions . However, it’s advised to confirm with the tour operator in advance. Being prepared ensures a comfortable experience without any dietary concerns during the excursion.

Are There Restrooms Available Along the Route of the Wildlife Tour?

Restroom availability is ensured during the 2-hour wildlife tour. Tour participants can find facilities along the route for their convenience. Enjoy the journey without worrying about bathroom breaks, allowing for a seamless and enjoyable exploration of nature.

Is There a Minimum Age Requirement for Participants on the Pure Nature Safari Float?

For participants’ safety, an age requirement may apply to the tour. Safety precautions ensure an enjoyable experience. Contact the tour provider for specific details on the minimum age requirement and any related guidelines.

Are There Opportunities for Swimming or Water Activities During the Tour?

Swimming opportunities and water activities are not available during the tour. The focus is on wildlife sightings and guided commentary, providing a memorable experience. Participants can enjoy nature without water-based activities on this tour.

Is There a Souvenir Shop or Gift Store at the Meeting Point for the Tour?

At the meeting point for the tour, visitors can browse through a selection of local crafts and tourist trinkets at the souvenir shop. This offers a chance to take home unique mementos that capture the essence of the experience.

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Experience the wonders of Costa Rica’s wildlife on the ‘Pure Nature Safari Float’ tour.

With knowledgeable guides, diverse wildlife sightings , and local snacks to enjoy, this adventure is both educational and exciting.

Don’t miss out on this immersive experience that takes you deep into the heart of nature.

Book your spot today and get ready for an unforgettable journey along the picturesque Frio River.

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