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The tour begins with a one-hour drive along scenic roads, passing quaint villages on your way to Villa Lapas and Santa Lucia Village.
Experience the raw power of the rainforest through our SkyWay walking tour. Of 1.5 miles (2.5 km) in length, this all-ages tour lets you observe a wide array of exotic flora and wildlife firsthand. Make yourself one with the jungle! Five suspended bridges at more than 180 feet above the ground!. Each of these bridges is an astonishing 300 feet in length, crossing through the very heart of the tropical rainforest. Experience the unique sensation of getting surrounded by the magic of virgin, unspoiled nature.
Villa Lapas's privileged location, along the border between the Tropical and Dry Pacific eco-systems, gives us the benefit of gathering hundreds of species of birds as well as exotic animals (poison dart frog, monkeys, raccoons, lizards, anteaters and many more), plus astonishing views of the Pacific Ocean! It would be hard to get to see this many species and vistas anywhere else! The SkyWay tour walkway and bridges have been built with the concern of your safety in mind. All our tours are guided and the path's structures comply with industry-standard guidelines and security regulations.
Having experienced the tropical forest, time is allowed for guests to relax and stroll around in the beautiful shopping Village of Santa Lucia, a quaint replica of a Spanish settlement during the Colony. At this complex, located just besides a crystal water river and rainforest, our passengers will be able to purchase that special gift from a big array of items, including local gourmet coffee and small oxcarts, a symbol of the Costa Rican culture.
After your shopping time and explore the surroundings, enjoy complementary tropical fresh fruits and Ice Tea in one of the dining rooms before to continue our journey to Tarcoles River. Famous for its large American Crocodiles, the Tarcoles River forms the Northern border of Carara Biological Reserve on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The Tarcoles River is home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild and they are very easy to admire from the bridge. At this point, our naturalist tour guide will invite you to walk along the bridge to the best place where you can admire these huge creatures in their natural habitat.
Continuing our scenic drive, you will return to Puntarenas City for a short sightseeing tour. Puntarenas is the largest city in the Central Pacific. Some 120 kilometers west of the capital San Jose, Puntarenas means ‘sandy point’ in Spanish, and used to be one of the country’s principal seaports. Situated in the Gulf of Nicoya, Puntarenas has played a huge role in the history of Costa Rica. For years this city was a major sea port. However, now it is mostly used as a stopover port for many cruise ships that sail the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Still used as an important commercial fishing port, Puntarenas offers visitors and locals alike, a variety of tantalizing fresh sea foods such as shrimp, lobsters, fish, etc. A lively and attractive city, perhaps one of Puntarenas’s most interesting features is the Paseo de los Turistas. This is a tree-lined promenade adjacent to the beach. This area turns into a colorful street on weekends, as people from all over flock the popular restaurants, discos, cafes, bars and hotels that are found here. While the beach here is not safe for swimming because the water tends to be pretty murky, it is still a great place to hang out and relax with the local Ticos. It is definitely worth exploring this city, as there are many beautiful old unusual buildings found all over the place, as well as several fabulous restaurants and hotels. Puntarenas also has a lovely old church, which is a must see as well.
After the tour, you can decide to stay in the city or make your way back directly to the ship. For all those interested in walking along the boulevards, the pier is located right at the city at a very short distance from your ship. So, no worries for an easy return.
Please note: Must be in good physical condition to make the 1.5 mile walk.
Choose Child / Adult Pricing
Cost Per Person (Adult)
Tour Cost: $78.00
Tax/Other Fees: $3.00
Total Cost: $81.00
Cost Per Person (Child)
Tour Cost: $66.00
Tax/Other Fees: $3.00
Total Cost: $69.00
Remember to bring your camera. Please note: Must be in good physical condition to make the 1.5 mile walk.
The specific meeting location at the pier will be listed in your confirmation email and voucher for this shore excursion. See the 'Redemption and Voucher Details' section below.