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Bebedero River Boat Tour from Guanacaste

Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Embark on a jungle safari through the wetlands and tropical forests of Palo Verde National Park on this full-day adventure from Guanacaste. Look for abundant birds and other wildlife on a cruise down the Bebedero River, and sun or splash in the idyllic pools of the Llanos del Cortés waterfall. You’ll also have a chance to explore Guanacaste’s urban charm with a shopping and city tour of Liberia and enjoy an authentic Costa Rican lunch.
  • Full-day river safari combo tour from Guanacaste
  • Cruise along the border of Palo Verde National Park on the Bebedero River
  • Spot native wildlife like monkeys, crocodiles, and colorful birds
  • Swim or relax at the pools of a tropical waterfall
  • Explore Guanacaste's capital on a Liberia city tour
  • Includes a lunch of traditional Costa Rican cuisine
  • Great way to experience nature and culture in a single day
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
River boat cruise
Liberia city tour and shopping
The full day of exploration begins with pickup at your coastal Guanacaste hotel and a drive through the Costa Rican countryside past traditional villages, plantations, and savannas to reach Palo Verde National Park. Home to a vast array birds and other wildlife, this nature reserve is made up of diverse ecosystems spanning marshland, mangroves, rivers, and dry forests.

Climb aboard a covered boat at the Bebedero River, which forms one of the park’s borders, and travel upstream on a leisurely cruise through the tropical dry forest that's teeming with life. Keep an eye out for crocodiles sunning on the riverbank, monkeys swinging through the trees, and exotic birds such as blue herons, jabirus, roseate spoonbills, and white ibis.

Later on, relax among the lush oasis of the Llanos del Cortés waterfall, where a curtain cascade drops into pools surrounded by a sandy beach. Cool off with a refreshing swim, or simply soak up the gorgeous tropical atmosphere.

Next, trade the tranquility of Palo Verde for the urban bustle of Liberia, the capital city of Guanacaste province. Spend about an hour here exploring on a city tour, with some free time to browse among local markets and shops. You’ll also treat your taste buds with an included lunch of typical Costa Rican fare featuring your choice of fish, meat, or chicken served with sides of rice, beans, and a salad.
Stop At:  
Palo Verde National Park
During the bus ride, you will travel through a changing countryside of savannas, plantations, and little villages. After boarding the boat, that will takes us up the river, you will be able to admire the natural beauty of this park, including wildlife; such as huge crocodiles resting under the sun, groups of monkeys moving quickly between the branches, while the boat takes you in a floating safari adventure through Tropical Forest. Some birds are resident species plentiful in the area and it is possible to see hundreds of theme like: Anhinga or “Snake Bird”, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Storks, the Jabiru. Also we can see the Olivaceous Cormorant, the White Ibis, Blue Herons and much more.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cataratas Llanos de Cortes
The Llanos del Cortés waterfalls are surrounded by lush vegetation, its waters form a beautiful curtain falls, forming a pond or pool where you can swim or just cool off and enjoy the beautiful surroundings where magic is complemented by the sound of falling water. Furthermore, this oasis offers the particularity of having a beach of clear sands, where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the falling water. Customers will have around one hour approximately at Liberia downtown to enjoying a city tour and do some shopping. The safety of its refreshing waters and the variety of flora and fauna in such a small size make it an ideal place to visit. Customers will enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch, fish, meat or chicken accompanied by rice, beans and salad.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gray Line Costa Rica
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We suggest bringing: light clothing, comfortable shoes, light jacket, hat, sunblock and camera.
  • Minimum of 4 passengers is required for the tour to run and it is subject to availabity ; if the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Tours Costa Rica

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bebedero River Boat Tour from Guanacaste?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Bebedero River Boat Tour from Guanacaste?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Bebedero River Boat Tour from Guanacaste?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bebedero River Boat Tour from Guanacaste?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Fun Tour
, Apr 2021
The river boat tour and waterfall were a lot of fun. Lots of great information. The tour of the city was interesting but honestly could skip the shopping at the end.
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Fun day all the way.
, Mar 2020
Excellent!!!! Javier was very knowledgeable throughout the entire day. Food was delicious and the River boat excursion was exciting.
More than what I expected
, Feb 2020
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. We were traveling with a 4 year old and they were very helpful toward us. Got to see many crocodiles. The lunch was pretty delicious as well.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello! Greetings from Gray Line Costa Rica. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us! We’re so glad you had a good experience.
Great Day
, Feb 2020
It was a great day. Saw lots of critters. Our tour guide Ronny and drivers were great. So knowledgeable and made sure everyone had a great experience. Lunch was delicious. Waterfall was really pretty. Couldn’t have asked for a better day.
, Jan 2020
We enjoyed this 2+hour ride and saw many large crocks, monkeys and birds. Our guide knew the area well and made the tour extremely enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear getdan60, We're happy you had a fantastic time with us!
Highly Recommend
, Jun 2019
We really enjoyed the tour. My father is not able to walk long distance so this tour was perfect. It was just enough walking. The tour guide was phenomenal. He was truly an expert.
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Bebedero River Boat Tour from Guanacaste
, Jul 2018
The excursion to the Bebedero River was amazing. We took a boat down the river seeing howler monkeys, white face monkeys, crocs, iguanas, and other native animals along our way. It was wonderful seeing these animals in their natural habitat. Our tour guide, Froy, was wonderful. He was extremely knowledgeable about all the animals, plants and the area we were seeing on the river. He made the trip extra special. He went above and beyond the call to make our day with him amazing.
Great wildlife sightings
Iliana S
, Jul 2018
Our main goal on our vacation was to see wildlife. Therefore, we booked this tour. Billy, our guide, was very knowledgeable and professional. He answered all our questions and knew plenty about the animals. One complaint was the communication about the actual tour. The online description did not mention going to a waterfall and we did not bring swimsuits. Also, I called the office the day before and there was no mention of this. On a positive note the waterfall was epic. The lifeguard took us on a quick hike up to the top of the waterfall that was amazing. The “Liberia walking tour” was more of a quick drive and stop at a store. Overall, definitely recommend this tour!
The river tour was good and we saw...
, Dec 2017
The river tour was good and we saw many animals. We didn’t go to the waterfall as rains had made entry difficult but we weren’t told this until we got on bus. The city tour was minimal but I didn’t mind that. Overall go on this tour if you want to see wildlife in river
Lots of fun from start to finish...
Richard S
, Sep 2017
Lots of fun from start to finish. Lots of birds, monkeys, and everything in between. Lunch was great and more food than we expected. We have been on lots of tours and had a lot of great tour guides, but this guy went way out of his way to make sure everyone had a great time and we all sure did.

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