Starting at $59 per night

Overview

The Safari Float by Kayak on the Rio Penas Blancas is a great way to observe wildlife while enjoying a fun outdoor adventure. Imagine kayaking down a river surrounded by jungle and tropical wildlife!

The day starts when you are picked up from your Arenal Volcano area hotel. After all participants have been picked up you will be brought to the Penas Blanca River, about 20 minutes from La Fortuna. Your guide will give you paddling plus safety instructions and help you into your kayak which may be the kind where you sit on top, or inflatable.

While the river gently pushes you downstream, you will use your paddle to steer along the banks viewing the wildlife that is visible on the day of your visit. As you drift down the river your guide will attempt to spot sloths, howler monkeys, toucans, waterfowl, crocodiles, iguanas, turtles, and much more. The river and its banks provide a perfect habitat for numerous critters and tropical wildlife.

At the take out point, you will visit a family-operated traditional Costa Rican farm. Here you will meet the family who will show you the value of growing coffee, chocolate, sugar cane, and fruit trees plus provide you with demonstrations and tasty snacks in La Cocina de Tita Yolanda. This is an authentic working farm and welcoming cultural experience as you connect with a rural Costa Rica family.

Transportation will be provided back to your hotel following the tour. In total, including round trip transfers, the tour is expected to last 4.5 to 5.5 hours, though timing is always subject to change. This laid back river tour includes transportation, equipment, guide, and snacks.

Highlights

  • Kayak on a jungle river
  • Observe tropical wildlife in a natural habitat
  • A traditional farm experience

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Wet/dry Bag
  • Change Of Clothes
  • Sunblock
  • Insect Repellent
  • Binoculars
  • River Shoes Or Enclosed Sandles
  • Rain Gear

Location and Availability

The Safari Float by Kayak on Rio Penas Blancas is available from Arenal, Arenal Zone 2, Arenal Zone 3, Chachagua Rainforest Hotel, and Nuevo Arenal

Tour Times

  • 7:30am
  • 2:00pm

Tour Type

  • Adventure
  • Nature
  • Learning Family

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

5 and up

Location

Latitude: N 10°30'28.74". Longitude: W 85°29'26.44"

Reviews

  • Overall 93.6% (25 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 93.2%
  • Expectations: 91.6%
  • Guides: 95.2%
  • Logistics: 94.4%
  • Value: 92.0%

10/24/2018

Guide was sharp enough to see that we should go in a raft and we agreed. They stopped back at shop and switched to a raft and the main guide went with us down river! We are very grateful we took a raft as the first thing that happened was the other kayak tipped over and dumped the two in the river!

03/19/2018

Great fun. Good guide.

02/11/2017

My guide let me kayak with him. Very pleasurable.

02/01/2017

Wonderful kayak trip, enjoyed seeing the crocs & excellent break at the river farm. So nice to hear the history &Abe a guest there. We were treated like family. Excellent tour.

08/06/2016

Very Fun tour. Really enjoyed the river and got to see lots of wildlife. Our guides were very friendly and fun

03/26/2016

Some guides were a 10+, others were unremarkable (not bad, just not great), so average 8. I felt like the visit to the farm where we were expected to leave a tip for the coffee and snack was something that I wished I had known about up front, just to be prepared with small bills and for that expectation.

03/08/2016

Better experience than the first kayak trip; good equipment.

02/10/2016

Wasn't as rigorous as I thought. Guide was fantastic at pointing out wild life.

01/26/2016

Jorge was amazing!

01/04/2016

This was one of my favorites! We saw so many animals thanks to our guide! and had much fun on the river! The howler monkeys were awesome!

08/25/2015

While very exciting, they should probably stress that you will see many crocodiles along and in the water. Not for first time kayakers.

08/07/2015

Gabriel was awesome! The kayaking was awesome too!