Wow. This one blew us away. We really did not expect all that much. The area is not all in a protected zone. The forest is biologically impoverished secondary growth. And then...we see Sloths, We see spider monkeys, We see toucans. We see Trogons, Aracari various lizards. A great tour.
Other than the road being a bit washed out due to recent rains, and us forging the streams on the road, I have to say this was an amazing trip. Our driver and guide were excellent. Our guide as a naturalist was really well versed in the habits of the species we encountered. We were curious if we would see any wildlife with the rain fall, but we saw everything: capuchin, spider, and howler monkeys; a crocodile; bats; various birds, including a toucan. The lunch following was traditional Costa Rican cuisine but was one of the best we had on our vacation. It was a phenomenal day!
The guide and boat captain were excellent at finding wildlife. The lunch was very delicious.
Loved this tour as well! We were worried about the size at first but our tour mates quickly became tour friends and our guides were amazing! Pretty sure my wife is now friends with them on Facebook!
We had a nice experience in this tour. Knowledgeable guide and very good boat driver that spotted many animals that we would like to see. Comfortable ride also to and from the hotel.
Tour operator was excellent and very knowledgeable. Definitely recommend this tour...
Boat ride was great fun. Our guide highlighted the wildlife during the trip on the river. After the boat ride we had a very nice lunch.
AMAZING experience. The guide took us off the boat to rare species, and the whole trip was both easy and extremely productive.
Guides were great
This river tour and the guide was so informative. We loved it
Elena was knowledgable, funny, engaging, entertaining, professional, prompt and an excellent team member with her fellow crew. The food was delicious and ran out. Could provide more, especially fruits besides pineapples.
very nice. in retrospect this place is probably awesome after lots of rain.
The only reason this tour is not a 10 overall is because it was a long ride to and from the river. However, thanks to our guides, especially Pierre, the ride was very informative. They were unbelievably knowledgeable and informative and really made the tour great.
Our guide was amazing!
Our guide was outstanding. Very knowledgeable & able to answer questions over a broad range of topics...plants, animals, regional economic issues, agriculture, the culture, & Costa Rican history. He was also a great photographer, & provided us with fabulous post-trip photos via WhatsApp. We have recommended this guide & your company to a number of fellow travelers.
Excellent guide and driver. Extremely knowledgeable and ready to help at any time.
Can I give more than 10 points? This is an absolutely magnificent tour!!! Pierre is one of the most nature knowledgeable people I have ever met. His passion for his country and nature was infectious. Food was delicious. We saw so many wild animals...it was like being in a live National Geographic show. Highly highly recommended.
Elena our guide was AWESOME. she gave us tons of Costa Rica facts and knowledge on the drive to the river which made it go by quickly. Took some great photos through binoculars for us and overall was a super engaging, friendly guide. The drivers of the boat and bus were both very safe and conservative drivers. And the food for lunch was delicious.
Pickup from the hotel was on time, and the van was very comfortable. Our guide, Elena, was great! She provided excellent information throughout the trip, both about Costa Rica and about the wildlife. We also stopped to see a sloth on the tree by the road! The river safari was an amazing experience! We saw a lot of different bird species, three types of monkeys, caymans, and a beautiful nature. This was comparable to wildlife safari in South Africa or Tanzania!
Possibly my favorite part of the whole trip. Although almost everything was my favorite! The 2 hour drive there flew by as the guide gave fascinating information about various plantations we drove by.
Too long of a drive for what we saw and experienced.
Loved this excursion. We got so close to the animal life, watching howler monkeys very close up, as well as multiple iquanas, etc. Can definitely recommend this tour.
Pierre, the tour guide, was very, very knowledgeable and friendly and we all enjoyed talking with him.
the drive was a little longer then we expected but Joeden was an excellent tour guide and made the travel time seem much less...he was so informative and personable
the guide was very professional, prepared and cuold understand the group needs. very good service.
The guide and boat captain were very helpful and considerate. We were able to view many different types of wildlife along the river, and take many pictures. The meal provided at the end of the tour was excellent.
Very good trip. Saw lots of iguanas, monkeys, birds and the guide Elena are a special effort to show us a rare orange monkey and at a special request showed us a sloth which was quite close. Excellent guide.
Highly recommend this tour. The guide was excellent
This was a very relaxing and enjoyable tour. Our tour guides (Fauricio and Brian) and driver (Norman) were great and so nice! We saw monkeys, birds, crocodile, iguanas, and turtles. We got a delicious vegan casado after our tour. :-)
Great tour - Elena was excellent.
Pierre was exceptional.
This tour was amazing!! It is hard to believe we would be able to see so many species of animals/birds and even reptiles and bats within 10 miles or so of river. The guide stopped on the way when the driver got word that there was a sloth in the tree, we talked about all the birds on the way to the river as well as the agriculture of Costa Rica and our guide answered all of our questions in a very professional manner. I am so glad I took this tour!! It takes more than an hour from La Fortuna, but this strip of river is AMAZING!! Three species of monkeys (white faced with babies), caiman, bats, birds, emerald "Jesus lizard, " as well as several sloths made a heavenly few hours for all of us. The guide took photos and sent them to those of us who requested him to send them and did it free of charge!
Pedro was great. He had such enthusiasm and we could tell he loves his country and wanted to share it with us. The boat was fun and we saw a lot of animals. Lunch was good but not great.
Great tour! Saw lots of monkeys. Our guide was great and so much fun! Lunch was also great.
We loved this tour. We are still awaiting some photos the guide (JoeDan) promised to send us from the trip but did hear from him that he will do so in time. We saw 3 different types of monkeys, iguanas, caimens, sloths and birds.
brilliant trip and excellent guide.Oh and the wildlife we saw.....WOW !!
Pierre was a awesome guide. Learned a lot (about nature but also about Costa Rica in general)
My family enjoyed this activity, the weather was perfect. We saw a lot of animal. The guide was very knowledgeable and funny.
The ride was very long to Cano Negro. The guides did their best to find wildlife for us but I thought there would be more. Would like more time for lunch
The guide was exceptionally good at responding to questions on the drive. His English was very understandable, and his knowledge of the country and its economic issues was enlightening. The lunch at the end of the tour was also very good.
Best tour we went on during the whole trip. Pierre brillant tour guide and shared superb photos taken on his camera via WhatsApp
Took longer than expected, but great guides and lunch!
Read reviews from before and yes its true there is a hit or a miss but we hit it all.... the tour was perfect and all the creatures we saw right in front of our face along with crocs on the boat and monkeys on our heads and crabs we were holding. I can go on but there is just too many stories to tell.
The guides were very informative and nice and the lunch was good but the River cruise was a bit dull after hiking in the rainforest and zip lining. It was however relaxing and we saw a cayman, monkeys, iguanas and birds.
This was wonderful. The guide along with the car driver and the boat driver all were so knowledegable. We saw so many animals - this was a highlight for the entire trip. The guide was also good at giving information without being overwhelming. The lunch was good too!
Great tour guide, Helena was AWESOME. It was more of a bird watching tour than anything. The monkeys at the end saved the trip. I think we had different expectations.
Excellent Tour, we saw Sloth, Moneky's chasing Iguana, lots of bitds, Squireel monkeys, White faced Monkeys, Iguanas, Humming birds and much more. Guide (Joel) was very thorough and explained in details about Arenal and lot more ....
Elena was a wonderful guide. She was so knowledgeable on Costa Rica and it's wildlife. The scenery from the boat is amazing. What a cool thing to be riding in a boat through the jungles of Costa Rica. We saw howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, caimen and more birds than I can count. Was a super cool trip. It does take a while to get out there from Los Lagos, but the trip was fun due to Elena and her knowledge. The lunch that was provided was delicious!
Pierre was an excellent guide. He was extremely knowledgeable on the farming, history, and wild life of Costa Rica. He was fluent in English, French and Spanish and easily transitioned between each language for the tour participants. He also took some wonderful photos with his long lens camera and provided them to us. This was very much appreciated. We very much recommend this tour.
Fabulous experience. The guides were awesome. The lunch they served at the end of the tour was basic, excellent quality, Costa Rican food. Loved it.
I would recommend this excursion
Tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable. Lunch was not suitable for our dietary restrictions.
Seen a lot of wildlife, Helena was a great guide and the captain of the boat was very accomodating.
A great tour to finish. Again great guides - I learned a lot about Costa Rica from the guide on the initial and returning bus journey. The safari was excellent also.
Guide Joudan, driver - Milton, boat driver - David - all excellent!
No fault of the guides, but we were hoping to see more wild life. It was a little to sedate for our liking.
IN the dry season there is not as much wildlife. The drive from and to the resort was long.
This was the best tour of the trip, excellent guide and a lot of wildlife sightings.
Great trip with Jorge! Hope your back is feeling better!
Very informative, attemptive and polite staff.
This was a nice relaxing way to enjoy the floor hot and all the animals and birds. The guide was very knowledgeable. I liked the fact that it was a small amount of people and we were able to stop whenever we wanted to to take a closer look at things.
Our guide Pierre Leandre was outstanding. He gave us so much interesting information on the drive to Cano Negro that we felt we already got our moneys worth before we got on the boat.
Again, fantastic guide - very knowledgeable and entertaining
Very informed and pleasant guide.
Pierre was an outstanding guide!
Great tour - best of the vacation. Elena and Jorge were excellent, knowledgeable guides.
This was a great trip. We got to see howler monkeys (even an orange one!), spider monkeys, and Capucin monkeys. And a sloth and her baby too! Pedro was an excellent guide. After the tour we were fed another amazing lunch by a fantastic staff.
Good guide. Saw lots of caymans and monkeys. See Dennis' comments
We saw a lot of birds, lizard, Caymans but we could see howler monkey from far. It's not the guide's fault but that's why the experience is not what I expected
Fun and personable guides shared a wealth of knowledge about the many animals we saw along the river. We received information along our route to the river about the history, culture, and nature of Costa Rica. Lunch was enjoyable as well.
Any tour to see wild animals is you are lucky or not. I expected more but there were no much. However, we saw Orange color monkey.
By far my least enjoyed trip. I was part of a group of 25 people on the bus and I completely missed an opportunity to photograph many birds in the fields along the drive to Cano Negro. Then we joined another group on the boat for a total of 30 people! This again limited the opportunities to view and photograph the wildlife along the way. Though the guide asked people to stay quiet to not disturb the birds, with a crowd that large, there were many people who got excited at each sighting and were very loud. I was very disappointed with the experience and was underwhelmed,
This was an amazing day made better by George. What an amazing guide
Fauricio and Helena were very knowledgeable and wonderful guides!
Fantastic tour guide. Great food and drink. For me, the experience was a bit watered down by the farms and cattle on the sides of the river. I pictured a wilderness area.
tour and guide were great
did have 80.00 taken from my backpack while away from boat
Wonderful experience. Only comment is that the vehicle driving us there wasn't that comfortable - otherwise, excellent!
Worth the long trip of the beauty of this place.
Amazing tour, saw so much more than I thought I would and the guide was amazing (Pierre) The lunch was very good!
All of the birds seen on the drive to the river were almost as fun as the animals we saw by boat.
Everything was wonderful!
2 hour drive from the hotel. What a waste of the day. Very disappointing!
This was probably my most favorite excursion!
We don't know much about birds so guide was informative but we probably wouldn't do this excursion again.
Our third time on this safari--unique and educational and enjoyable each time
Tour guide and drive were awesome. Being able to see wild animals was a dream come true. And the lunch provided was so good!
Very informative and knowledgeable tour guide. Excellent!!
Excellent, inc. the guides, snacks, and lunch buffet.
The tour guide, Pierre, was outstanding. Very knowledgable and informative, answering all of our questions. The boat driver made sure to slow/stop for us to view monkeys, birds, iguanas and caiman. We saw Howler, Capuchin and Spider monkeys all in action! This is a must do if you are in this area.
Fabulous tour great guide. She was so excited to show us all the wildlife. The food was wonderful too!!!
This tour was very good. our guide for the day spoke a lot about her life and experiences in Costa Rica which was interesting and enjoyable. The only negative was that we didn't know it was a three hour ride to the river. It ended up being fine because the ride was interesting, too, but we may not have booked it we knew it was so far away.
So great! The guide (Pedro) was AMAZING! I was so impressed with his sense of humour and knowledge. The tour was really great, the lunch was really good and the transport was perfect. A+
Guide was really fun & informative with good humor! Saysa was good at spotting wildlife & helping us see it too, so gave her a good evaluation there too. Helped us take memorable photos of selves along with giving us time to take our own.
Too far away and it was not as intimate as I expected.
Pierre was an excellent guide
Very enjoyable, guide was very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend it
I just thought we would see more animals. Other than that the trip was great. Great guide, transportation, food and overall experience.
definitely worth the trip. very knowledgeable guides and wonderful commentary on the ride
While nice, I don't think I'd recommend it. I was the first picked up and we spent an HOUR picking up other people before we began the long drive to the river. The river was nice, but we were kind of far away from the animals
A two hour drive for a very short boat ride that really didn't go anywhere. Questionable value. Preferred Rio Celeste. Boat had trouble and spent a lot of time stuck in mud. Too much time spent on birds that are seen throughout North America as opposed to wildlife specific to CR.
The tour guide provided a very informative commentary during the transportation to the Cano Negro and during the boat tour. The actual safari was not as"wild" as expected given the extensive agricultural development in the area. The use of the term "safari" is a bit of a stretch. Perhaps there is a more natural safari tour available and clients would benefit from this recommendation by PTW.
Tour guide was awesome, gave us great history of Costa Rica.
The bus to and from Cano Negro was a little cramped
Another wonderful trip, with excellent guides and efficient arrangements
Wonderful trip. Saw more wildlife here than anywhere else
We enjoyed this tour as a relaxing follow-up to the previous days hike. The guides were very knowledgeable about wild life we saw. Enjoyed the local lunch!!
Amazing guide on the bus. She was so informative and knowledgeable. The guides on the boats were also just amazingly excellent. Nice food after the boat trip h
Really nice guides
A lot of driving for a small result.
The drive was a bit long, but the guides were very nice and knowledgeable. There were many monkeys for us to view as well as a variety of other wildlife. They provide a nice lunch as well. Great experience and a fun relaxing part of our trip.
The guides worked really hard to point out things and were very knowledgeably.
Our guide is very knowledgeable and patient. We got to see variety of animals as well as the boat ride. Lunch was good too.
This was awesome, but it would have been helpful to know how long the excursion was.
This was a long trip but enjoyable throughout.
A very nice boat safari! Our guides made sure we saw every animal!
We saw so many fascinating birds and animals, including a Potoo! I am very impressed that the boat captain had scouted this out, which let us see a nocturnal bird sleeping in the daytime.
Long ride on rough roads and not many animals to see. My least favorite of the tours.
The guide on this tour was SO knowledgeable! Very impressed!!!!
For our family, it was a little low on the action part. I think we probably should have stuck with something more interactive.
It was great the on the tour we saw some birds monkeys and Sloths
The guide was very nice but when we took this tour previously the guide seemed more knowledgable.
Too much time was spent looking at turtles so people can take a picture. The boat trip was not what was expected and rather boring.
Riverboat safari was very fun! Saw animals like sloths, monkeys, caimans, among others.
Saw lots of animals despite the rainy weather. Guide was knowledgable and would also pull out a book if he needed more information (which shows he is still interested in growing.)
Few animals long boring ride.
The tour guide was the best part. He was extremely knowledgable and entertaining.
We were surprised by how many different types of animals we saw. This was a fun relaxing day.
had the same tour guide, love her. we were able to see monkey's sloths and camans.(sp) lots of birds and lunch was awesome. loved the rice pudding
Amazing tour Pierre was incredibly knowledgable. We saw many different animals well worth the drive to get there.
Excellent tour. The guides split the group into two boats so we would have more room. The guides tried hard to show us as much as possible, sharing sightings via phone so both boats could see everything.
It was lessen enjoyment for me because of plenty of birds which I hate them (phobia of birds). Very hot on that day and VERY LONG day on the road and frequent stops.
Best chance to see wildlife and the guides are awesome.
Guide and driver and boat operator and lunch service were OUTSTANDING! River was low because it was at the end of the dry season. Bumpy road was very unpleasant.
Wonderful adventure and cross cultural experience!
A very easy way to see the wildlife and learn about the area. Too bad there was a group of rude children aboard who made so much noise we were unable to quietly view as much wildlife as might have been possible. Not the guide's fault! Several times he tried to calm the children, but they returned to their noisy level soon after the guide's suggestions that more quiet would result in more views of animals. Loved the monkeys!!
Getting into and out of the boat was a challenge due to tidal influences and the lack of a boat dock. It was most interesting an we enjoyed the information and were pleased with the knowledge level of our guide.
This was a long drive from our hotel. The safari tour itself was great. Plenty of wildlife. The provided lunch was excellent. The tour could have been a little shorter.
Could have had a little less Costa Rican massage on the ride but rest of trip was good. Pierre our guides passion made it worth while! Loved the hot lunch again.
A long drive, but the guides and variety of animal and bird sightings was worth it!
Best tour. Amazing wildlife . Great guides. Nice food . Loved it all
Guides were great and we did get to see a good deal of animals and all three types of Monkeys. The drive was a little long and I guess we were expecting it to be in more of a jungle setting. However still a good trip.
Loved the tour. Our guide Seyris was great, and so was our boat driver, and the rest of the staff. Food was so good. Loved that they provided bottled water during the boat ride.
Great Driver, Great guides.
It's a bit of a drive but the guide made it interesting. We saw quite a bit of wildlife from the comforts of a slow-moving boat.
Fantastic tour guides. Lots of wildlife and the guide on bus to Safari made it interesting. We were picked up at the hotel on time and driven to the main tour office. Very efficient. However the return as anything but. For some reason we all had to be taken to our various hotels by the one van. To our dismay it was an hour from the time we arrived back in town to us actually getting back to our hotel. The other drop offs were very far away. I would recommend that a separate arrangement be made for those staying at the Lost Iguana on return just as for the departure.
Amazing experience, my favorite part of the whole trip
Guides very good at pointing out "wildlife" but this was just birds and Alligator type reptiles with a few monkeys.
Great bus drive to the Cano Negro Reserve. The tour guide was engaging and funny. The boat ride was fabulous and we saw a lot of wildlife. Loved it!!! The food was also excellent. This was one of my favorite days in Costa Rica.
We saw so much wildlife! The boat driver was great ...maneuvering the boat toi help us get good views and photos of wildlife. A very favorite part of our trip!
This was an interesting trip. The guides were great. The river part was very slow for us.
The ride to Cano Negro was very long. The "bus" had no leg room on the seats over the rear wheels. This was very uncomfortable.
I loved this tour. The guide was very informative and explained everything. The travel time to the riverboat was much longer than stated. Otherwise it was awesome.
A highlight of my trip! Guide was fabulous!
The riverboat tour staff was also very good and the native food at lunch was yummy but it just wasn't my favorite part of the trip. I think we should have opted for a more active experience - but that was our choice, not PTW's.
The tour guide was very knowlegable and personable. We very much enjoyed our time with her.
The guides were very good, giving much information on wildlife and life in general inCosta Rica. Tour was done in English and Spanish.
Guides we awesome
A little too 'bird watcher' oriented.
Great trip.. Guides were excellent.
Saw lots of animals and birds. Guide was the best.
Excellent food was provided at our stop and the safari trip was excellent!!
Sayrese was a very good and experienced guide.
Sitting in the back of the boat didn't afford me the opportunity to hear the guide at all. I feel that the boat the stayed way too long in the same spot. Though,
were able to see a lot of birds and monkeys though
This was one of our favorite experiences in Costa Rica. The tour guides were hospitable, humorous, and extremely knowledgeable. We saw an abundance of wildlife thanks to our guides and enjoyed a delicious lunch as well.
Overall just ok - should be called "Bird Watching" trip. Too much time (4 hrs+) on the road for 2 hr safari. The lunch was not very appealing either. Would not recommend.
A bit of a ride out tot he boat, but other than that good. The boat trip was OK, river banks were flooded and that may have limited the number of sightings we had!
Saw more wild life along river than expected. Drive to river from hotel was longer than expected, but driver was very good.
It was a long drive to Cano Negro especially after the travel the day before. I think if i were do do it over i would have no activities on the first day just to get situated. But the tour was enjoyable.
Very long for the really overall short tour on the actual wildlife area, nice people, we were glad we did it.
Very good experience. Guides were great in helping get good pictures.
The guide and her driver were great. They maintained professionalism when we had a tire blow out in the pouring rain. They kept us safe. The meal we had after our tour was terrific. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and very fun to learn from.
Terrific! Exceptional guide!
I would have liked to know beforehand that the drive to the river was 2 hours; I would not have picked this tour due to the travel time.
Lot's of animals.
For a more laid back day the river boat safari introduced us to many new animals. It was definitely a laid back day and the food was fantastic!
Thought we would see more wildlife. But, still a good tour.
Wonderful tour. Guides were extremely knowledgeable, funny, and could spot a lot of wildlife. The scenery was incredible.
This was very good tour, wish we had more time on the water we saw a lot of birds and animals
It was a long ride, but the bus was comfortable and the guides made the ride informative and fun. The tour was cool and the lunch was great. We saw lots of different animals and birds and got great pictures. A relaxing and easy trip.
the drive to and from where longer than i hoped. the lunch served was good but not great. the guide did a good job of spotting the animals.
Tour and lunch very enjoyable. Did not realize it would be quite so much of a drive. But saw some great country.
A great tour once we got there. It was a very long drive, though.
Fantastic tour. Very knowledgeable guide and everything was perfect!
Again this was a nature tour not a specific bird watching tour. Very interesting trip
Not as much wildlife as we expected
This was the best tour of all because we were able to see all sorts of things. Loved it.
On the back of the boat it was difficult to hear the guides
Very interesting safari - seen 3 different types of monkeys - the guide was very knowledgeable
Saw many animals, the guide really knows his birds. Lunch was good.
Most enjoyable and interesting
The food was excellent. We had the same guide as at the hanging bridges, and on this trip he was very good and loud enough to be heard on the entire boat.
Wonderful tour! The guide was terrific. Very knowledgeable and fun. They showed us a wonderful variety of wildlife. This was a great experience.
Our driver and guide stopped and pointed out many animals and plants along the way. The boat trip itself was unforgettable.
Many miles of horrible roads
Beautiful country, beautiful animals.
Fabulous adventure. Seeing the monkeys swinging through the trees was a wonderful experience.
Guide was amazing..
Saw a lot of wonderful animals and had a nice lunch
Awesome tour! The guides were wonderful! Loved the history and narrated tour of the country side on our bus ride to the river. The safari was also great! And lunch was delicious! Would highly recommend this to other travelers!