This tours is done on the "Grande de Tárcoles" River which is the northern border of Carará National park. This river is the most populated river with crocodiles in the world; 25 crocodile per square meter, something simply amazing. On this boat ride you would see the Mangrove forests of Guacalillo; which is a shelter of more than 50 species of birds and a great variety of animals. The journey takes about 2 hours which guarantees the client to end up simply astonished of an adventure impossible to forget.
Includes: transportation to and from Manuel Antonio or Quepos, boat ride, and professional bilingual guide.
Times: 8:00 am, 10:00 am and 12 md, 2: 00 p.m, 4:00 pm
What to Bring: binoculars, sun block, rain jacket, camera.
Price: 90$ per person, minimum of two pax.
Tarcoles River, is located at 20 kilometers north of Jaco is form by the waters of the Cordillera and Valle Central. Its watershed covers an area of over 2000 square kilometers.
This river is the habitat of a large number of crocodiles, which reach lengths of up to 6 meters. You can observe these huge reptiles from the bridge that crosses this river or also on a boat ride.
The river is the most contaminated river in Costa Rica, carrying much of the sewage from the central towns and cities. It was also hit by a leak of 400 thousand liters of diesel fuel by the state owned Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery in 2000 which further damaged the ecology of the river and its immediate surrounds.
The river forms the northern border of the Carara Biological Reserve, and is well known for its American Crocodiles; while at its mouth the marshes are have many waterfowl and wading birds.
The many herons and egrets include the Boatbill and Bare-throated Tiger Heron, and other birds found here include Double-striped Thick-knee, Mangrove Warbler and American Pygmy Kingfisher.