Floating Down the Penas Blancas River
Arenal, Costa Rica
- The river: Fed by the crystal-clear waters of several private forest preserves, this gentle stretch of the Penas Blancas converges with Rio San Carlos just east of Arenal Volcano.
- The raft: It's light, sturdy, and powered only by your guide's paddle, allowing quiet coasting and easy maneuvering for up-close looks at the sights of the river and rainforest.
- The wildlife: As your guide provides insight into the delicate river ecosystem, residents could pop by at any moment – howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas, caimans, and many species of birds, including toucans.
About This Arenal Tour
Slow day? You bet.
That's what this floating nature safari is all about: slowing down to experience the sights and sounds of one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. There's no noisy motor, no crowds – just a paddle wafting you through the water, your guide pointing out amazing plants and animals (bring your binoculars), and the refrain of chirps and squawks from the riverbanks, the sky, and deep in the rainforest.
That's also why this experience is ideal for families. Back home, there's work and school, schedules and phones. Here, parents and kids can just slow down, and pay attention – to the wonders of nature, and each other.
It's calm, and quiet. Yet you'll learn how much is actually going on here. How each living thing, seen and unseen, plays a role in this delicately balanced ecosystem.
Considering the hectic pace of everyday life, this quiet stretch of river could be the balance you need.
No thanks, I ate last month
Costa Rica is home to two sloth species, and taking things slow is what they do best. With their eyes hidden in a smudge of black fur and their jawline set in a permanent grin, these gentle herbivores seem permanently chill, lazing in the trees and sleeping 16 hours a day. They get a bad rap – their name is one of the seven deadly sins – but it's not their fault. They have to conserve energy because their digestive systems can take four weeks to digest one leaf.
Please meet in the lobby or reception area of your hotel. Our representative will be holding a sign with your name or the tour's name on it. You must confirm the name of your hotel at checkout, so we know where to pick you up.
Take extra precautions to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Even on cloudy days, the UV is stronger than you may think.
Most shops are closed from 1-3 pm and all day on Sundays. Viva la siesta.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over gravel, rocks and natural, dirt paths and up/down slopes. The inclined nature of the terrain makes it unsuited to travelers with limited mobility and those who use a wheelchair.
Adventure, Wilderness/Wildlife, Walking Tour
22-seat Air-conditioned Minibus
Lunch - Local Favorites
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 48 Hours of requested services.
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