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Jungle Crocodile Safari and Bird Watching Tour
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Jungle Crocodile Safari and Bird Watching Tour

By Jungle Crocodile Safari
Recommended by 95% of travellers
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Duration: 2h
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Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English, Spanish
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  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Bird Guide
What's not included
  • Transportation to/from attractions


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  • Jungle Crocodile Safari & Bird Watching Tour, From the Tarcoles, police station head 2 km north to our entrance to the rigth, Provincia de Puntarenas, Tarcoles, 61102, Costa Rica
    Transportation is an additional service.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 37591P1

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    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

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    • From the Tarcoles, police station head 2 km north to our entrance to the rigth, Provincia de Puntarenas, Tarcoles, 61102, Costa Rica
      Transportation is an additional service.
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      The Jungle Crocodile Safari & Bird Watching Tour departs daily at 8:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Different departure hours can be arranged for private groups. The tour lasts about two hours. As you explore the Tarcoles River with a bilingual (English and Spanish) guide, you will gaze on crocodiles and dozens of bird species. If you're an experienced birder you may see around 100 bird species, including resident and migratory, terrestrial and coastal ones.
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    • Jungle Crocodile Safari
      446
      Tarcoles, Costa Rica
      Joined in August 2013
    • Diane D
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience with great tour guide
      Adrian was our tour guide and did an excellent job. So informative. We learned about the local birds and the boat brought us up close and personal with the crocodiles. Touched “Mike Tyson’s” tale. Highly recommend this tour.
      Written August 1, 2022
    • Passport480436
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lots of crocs
      The tour was great, the guys there were uber nice (they even picked us up in Tarcoles since we had no car and had mistaken the tour place and the office). We saw a lot of birds and of course, crocs, and felt safe every time during the tour. We strongly recommend!
      Written May 28, 2022
    • Cruiser46177
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Professionalism and pride summarizes this wonderful organization!
      Our guide, Juan Carlos, was outstanding! It was obvious he was there to please us as he told our group about the fauna, flora, and ecology of the Tarcoles region. He knew the river well and pointed out numerous crocodiles, both large and small, and his keen eyes spotted many birds and plants that interested us. He was very patient if we wanted to get more quality photos of any particular bird species, and was ready with habitat and life history information on the various species we encountered. The lady at the ticket counter was extremely gracious as we checked in for our tour, and later as we bought some souvenirs. The rest rooms were very clean, and the little restaurant served excellent meals as well. Overall, it was very evident that this facility was well-run by very caring and professional hosts. We were very impressed by the entire organization and cleanly facility!
      Written December 31, 2021
    • ALLSLC
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mind-blowing!
      What a great day on the river. Our boat captain did a wonderful job accommodating an entire photography group who wanted to take a million pictures of everything. Found lots of birds and of course crocodiles. We also saw Jesus Christ lizards. There was a flock of scarlet macaws after we finished. The lunch was outstanding. Super fun day and got tons of life birds for my list
      Written December 19, 2021
    • Brenda B
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      34 Bird Species Seen!
      Very enjoyable place! The tour guide was knowledgeable about the birds on a very pleasant calm boat ride. I also liked the large gift shop with many toilets available. I tried a free sample of delicious Costa Rican coffee while watching dancers perform.
      Written July 24, 2020
    • RKPhoto
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Don’t miss this tour!
      The Tarcoles River is a great place to see lots of wildlife, and the knowledgeable guides at Jungle Crocodile Safari will make sure you see all of it!
      Written March 5, 2020
    • bradalad
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great guide and tour
      The whole family enjoyed this river cruise. Just remember, seeing crocodiles isn't guaranteed. We loved our guide and driver. The gift shop felt a little too over-the-top and some of the items were quite expensive.
      Written February 13, 2020
    • Kevin P
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      For the birds...
      One reviewer said it earlier...lots of birds and a few (small) crocs. It was an enjoyable tour and we saw in interesting species.....just wish we could have photographed some close, large crocs.
      Written February 12, 2020
    • kimp4896
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lots of birds and a few croc's
      Had a great time, very relaxing views of tons of different birds plus a few crocs. Plus short ride up into mangroves. Very beautiful and overall a nice trip!
      Written February 12, 2020
    • Mikki K
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience
      We had a great birding safari! We were lucky to get a private tour, allowing us to focus in our interests. Hanzel our guide was great! Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the wildlife. Would definitely recommend going with Hanzel. A worthwhile tour if you're in the area!
      Written January 28, 2020
    • 603samanthad
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous!
      We stopped here on our journey from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio. Lunch was lovely and then we boarded a boat. There were two crocodiles next to the jetty and we spent a while watching them. Then we went up and down the river looking for more crocs and the most amazing birdlife. Very peaceful. It was Christmas Eve and very quiet!
      Written January 7, 2020
    • Charlie D
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Boat or Birds!
      I've tried multiple boats in Tarcoles and Jungle Crocodile Safari is by far the best for finding and photographing birds! I've been on the river 8 times now and usually photograph 30 or more species of birds!
      Written December 29, 2019
    • anglaisefrancaise
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Surprised how good
      We did a tour in the afternoon and we felt like we had the river to ourselves. We saw plenty of crocodiles both in the river and in the bank. We even saw monkeys which was an added bonus. The real stars of the show though were the birds. Our guide was really knowledgeable and I do mean that. When their knowledge extends not simply to naming birds but telling you about their biology you know you are in good hands! I had seen reports of feeding of crocodiles so I had been worried that this may feel like a zoo experience but that was not at all the case. This was a calm nature tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
      Written December 27, 2019
    • K254CFtimp
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Expensive gift shop.
      It’s a shame that such an enjoyable tour us remembered for an expensive gift shop but it’s a captive audience and they take advantage of it. The tour in the boat was great fun with lots of birds and, as hoped, a couple of crocodiles to make the tour complete. Very knowledgable guide who pointed out the interesting aspects on the nearby river banks and river. Very enjoyable ‘safari’.
      Written December 8, 2019
    • John M
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Friendly guides and gift shop
      We have done this tour many times and keep sending family and friends and joining them when we can. Always fun.
      Written October 9, 2019
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    yodastoke
    44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    If you are in this area this your is an absolute must! Try and book the last tour of the day as you then get to see the most glorious sunset from the mouth of the river. Numerous bird species to be pointed out and identified by experienced and knowledgeable guides as well as the stars of the show - the crocodiles. Several of these are 15ft long or larger and come right up to the boat - just don't be tempted to lean over and give them a pat!
    Written March 11, 2020
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    Jenna A
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    We booked to do a group tour, however there was no one else booked for the tour at the 1:30pm session. Adrian was our tour guide and was very knowledgable and great at explaining everything, as well as the boat driver was great at getting us so close. Touched Mike Tyson the 92 year old crocodile and saw lots and lots of birds! Definitely recommend. Also if you wanted to do it cheaper than $55 we did it for $35 by getting the public bus for 20-30 mins from Jaco and they organised for a taxi to come pick us up and take us to the river.
    Written August 18, 2022
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    Wielluan
    Belgium70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    We had a private boat tour for 2,5hours and we have seen a lot of animals. From the roosting spots of the pelicans, snowy egrets, cormorants to big american crocodiles, caracaras and fregat birds.

    Since it was a private boat the captain made sure we had the perfect position, as close as possible to the animals with the perfect light and background to make good pictures.

    You get a small booklet with all the birds you can see during the trip and the captai mentions every bird by number and can explain more about them. Our 2 kids were vrey interested listening to him.

    The expereince was wonderfull and we would do it again.

    At the end you can visit a large souvenir shop but things are really expensive there.
    Written February 7, 2023
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    laurazjones
    Gordon, TX38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My group of six experienced this adventure as an Holland American Line shore excursion - docked in the commercial port of Puerto Caldera, not the coastal town of Puntarenas. The naturalist was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and was super great at spotting & identifying birds. We saw over 20 species of tropical as well as migratory birds, ten pairs of scarlet macaws, and at least a dozen crocs - including this big ‘un. Such a fun morning enjoying nature.
    Written February 14, 2020
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    So please to hear that! We want that everybody feel like you looking forward to returning.
    Written February 20, 2020
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    Sophy W
    1 contribution
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023 • Couples
    Disturbed the crocodiles for the fun of tourists. They brought the boats so close to the crocodiles that we were literally on top of them then THREW ROCKS AT THEM to get them to move. This ruined the experience for me because there were so many your boats on the river and if all boats did this then the crocodiles would never get 5 minutes of peace to rest or eat or mate.

    The birdwatching was amazing, guide really knowledgeable on birds and made it fun with 'bird bingo'. If they respected the crocodiles space a little more then this would have been a 5/5 tour.
    Written April 1, 2023
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    ReneeLWN
    Chicago, IL39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our experience could not have been more different than the other reviewer. After booking online via Trip Advisor for our group of 6 (4 adults, 2 kids - ages 10 and 9), we were welcomed at the shop and offered complimentary juice, water, coffee or tea. We had a wonderful tour with Hanzel. He was extremely knowledgeable and personable and we learned a lot from him. He enthusiastically answered our questions and helped us take some beautiful photos.
    I would definitely recommend this experience - and Hanzel - to friends visiting Costa Rica and the area.
    Written January 5, 2020
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    We are pleasured that you liked it and thanks a lot for recommending us to your friends. Now you know Ask for Hanzel. We are always trying to satisfy all our visitors.
    Written January 6, 2020
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    jonathanhopwood
    Arlington, VA65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2022
    I have been on a lot of wildlife tours in my life but particularly the last 10 years or so. This was quite simply one of the best tours I have ever been on. The quantity and quality of the bird species we saw was amazing. We got great multiple looks at at least 10 species of large birds (in addition to the crocodiles).

    Our guide Hansel was awesome. He knew how to engage in discussion at the right level about the birds we were seeing and could answer complex questions that we threw at him. I'd go with these guys again and again.

    There are some negative reviews on this site about this company. I have to say that our experience was completely unlike those reviews. We were extremely satisfied with our experience. Money totally well spent.
    Written October 29, 2022
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    Carrie W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022
    Adrian was an awesome guide!!! He spotted birds and other animals we couldn't see without his help. He was full of interesting facts and showed our group so many of Costa Rica's living treasures and how they are important to preserve and why. The boat driver was very skilled and got us right up to many crocs on the shore and in the water with many photo opportunities. Highly recommend it!
    Written May 17, 2022
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    Luv2TravelFarNWide
    Atenas, Costa Rica1,352 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Friends
    Booked a private tour for the 4 of us (only $15 more per person than a group tour) and got to leave early (7:30 am) before other tours started. It was perfect. The birds are out early, the crocodiles were out on the banks in the sun to get warm. Our guide Juan Carlos was super. Great at spotting and great at explaining.

    The boats are covered, so sun is not an issue. Having the whole boat to ourselves meant we could move around in the seats to get better views and photos. A perfect tour!

    And we thoroughly enjoyed the large gift shop when we got back.
    Written February 19, 2024
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    Sarina R
    Brooklyn, NY81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2021
    We had the best experience, saw huge crocs, and amazing birds. Our boat guide was a naturalist and had a wealth of knowledge. We went to the mouth of the river by the Pacific at sunset and it was beautiful.

    Our tour company told us that we would have to get there ourselves. But the hotel said we would never find it and they picked us up for free. Highly recommend
    Written November 13, 2021
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