Starting at $59 per night

Overview

The Safari Float on the Rio Penas Blancas is a great tour for observing wildlife in the Arenal Volcano area. Often referred to as the Monkey Tour, this tour is perfect for anybody that does not want to travel all the way to Cano Negro in search of exotic animals.

The day starts off when you are picked up from your La Fortuna hotel. After all participants are picked up, you will be driven about 20 minutes out of town to the Penas Blancas River. Your guide will provide safety and paddling instructions. Then you'll climb into your inflatable whitewater rafting boat and go for a leisurely paddle downstream in search of wildlife.

This part of the river is rated only Class 1 for easy paddling over light rapids but it flows at a steady speed to push you gently along. The paddles are mostly used for steering to see both sides of the river for a better vantage point to see wildlife.

The Rio Penas Blancas corridor is home to many species of wildlife including howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas, basilisks, turtles, crocodiles, toucans, anhingas, and more. While we cannot guarantee what you see, your guide will point out the wildlife visible on the day of your visit.

You'll take out at a private rustic ranch owned by a Costa Rican family who will welcome you and give you a guided tour of their farm. You'll learn how small farms grow coffee, sugar cane, cacoa, and fruit trees providing valuable exports for the country. You'll also enjoy lots of yummy treats during the demonstrations given in La Cocina de Tita Yolanda, such as homemade cheese, fried plantains, farm to table chocolate, and fresh coffee. This is a real working farm and local family. While here you will swap stories and have an authentic cultural experience.

After the tour you will be returned to your hotel. The tour usually lasts 4.5 – 5.5 hours including round trip transfers, though this is subject to change. The tour includes transportation, equipment, guide, and snacks.

Highlights

  • Paddle through a biological corridor
  • Search for exotic wildlife
  • Meet a local family and tour their traditional farm

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Dry Bag
  • Change Of Clothes
  • Sunblock
  • Insect Repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Enclosed Sandals Or River Shoes
  • Rain Gear

Location and Availability

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

Tour Times

  • 7:30am
  • 2:00pm

Tour Type

  • Adventure
  • Nature
  • Learning Family

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

3 and up

Location

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

Reviews

  • Overall 94.1% (290 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 93.4%
  • Expectations: 93.5%
  • Guides: 95.5%
  • Logistics: 93.9%
  • Value: 95.9%

08/21/2018

Loved this tour as well and the guides were fantastic.

08/14/2018

Exceeded our expectations. The tour ended with a visit with a local family, lunch, and grinding our own hot chocolate, which was an unexpected highlight.

08/08/2018

We had an incredible time.

08/07/2018

Loved the tour guide. We ended up leaving most of the family home because of the rain plus we thought it would be too long for our young kids.

08/06/2018

Great experience! Fauricio was a wonderful guide. We saw a lot of wildlife. Highly recommend.

07/23/2018

No animals to speak of. Not sure I would recomend this activity. I think the sloth tour was much better.

07/16/2018

Andy? was the best. So caring and accommodating when helping my mom. So knowledgeable and fun to be around. This was one of our favourite trips.

07/12/2018

Fun and educational

07/09/2018

Jorge was very good and fun guide and knew lots about history. Best part was vising farm at the end and ate tortilla and my wife and kids had chance to make them. very good. 5 star.

06/25/2018

excellent guides, very kind and courteous to one in our group (not related to my family) who needed special assistance, and was rather rude to the guide.

06/20/2018

This was one of my favorites. Our guide and driver was fantastic! We had lunch at someone's house and they were a very gracious family.

06/19/2018

We saw some interesting wildlife, including monkeys. Another great tour. Rained on us lightly, but guides were great at finding things for us to see.

06/13/2018

We loved the float itself but the visit to the small restaurant area at the end of the float was so unique and fun! This experience as a whole was our favorite part of the vacation.

04/12/2018

Our guides have all been very friendly and knowledgeable. This was a fun day.

04/11/2018

Again - only 10 people on the tour so we had lots of personal attention. Our guide was lovely with a great sense of humour and really knowledgeable of the area etc.

03/23/2018

Fun

03/09/2018

Our son saw crocodiles! Our guide was amazing and the visit to the farm was excellent.

02/20/2018

the guide was excellent and the visit to the farm a lovely experience

02/19/2018

Again this took quite long and we only saw a few animals/birds from afar. The break in the Farm was good as we were all getting a bit tired.

02/13/2018

This was fantastic- brilliant guide and great fun

02/06/2018

This was the best tour of our trip. The guide Jorge was fantastic. We got to see a lot of animals, The float was relaxing. It was nice to stop at the farm, learn more about CR, have something to drink and a bite to eat which was good.

02/05/2018

Great day ! Amazing guide, everything was very nice !

02/02/2018

Excellent tour. A relaxing enjoyable time!

01/26/2018

Guide was fabulous and showed us many animals. We stopped to meet a family which added to the authenticity of the excursion

01/18/2018

Wonderful experience to stop at the people's house and hear their history and have a very nice snack. And the rain stopped for the float!

12/25/2017

The driver was on time. THe guides were great - friendly, knowledgable and lots of fun. OUr guide's knowledge of the area helped make our rafting experience that much more interesting. I really appreciated the rest stop at the farmhouse as a way to see a living example of how many farmers used to live. Plus the coffee and cheese were delicious and we also saw about eight howler monkeys in the trees behind the farmhouse.

12/18/2017

Wonderful

12/12/2017

The farm experience was wonderful. More cultural experiences in some other tours would be good.

12/03/2017

Sleeper tour. I bet a lot of people don't take this tour because it seems less exciting, but we saw so much and the guides, wildlife, and visit to the farm were all top notch.

11/17/2017

Excellent guide

07/13/2017

Great tour. We all had a lovely time!

07/01/2017

It would have been nice to see more wild life

06/19/2017

It was ok

06/17/2017

The guide was extremely knowledgeable and you could tell that he loved what he did. Thoroughly enjoyed the float trip, and the other passengers. Great experience.

04/29/2017

Great tour. High point was visiting a working farm.

04/03/2017

Our guide was amazing! Scenery beautiful. Really nice to visit the local family for coffee and treat.

03/18/2017

The tour went above my expectations because I didn't even know that a light lunch was included. I wished the guides talked more about the development of Costa Rica. I was disappointed that I didn't see any sloths or toucans, but I still had a blast on the safari and felt safe the entire time.

03/15/2017

We loved this great float down the river. Just exciting enough for Max. The visit to the plantation was exceptional.

02/27/2017

Lovely. Really enjoyed visit to Don Pedro Finca

02/02/2017

Jorge was our guide...he was amazing at his job and does it with a passion for people, his country , nature and his guests. He was charming, funny and informative. Not sure how he managed to spot all the wildlife that he did. We got to see monkeys, crocs, snakes, bats, basilik, tons of different birds. I recommend this tour 1 00%.

12/29/2016

Limited wildlife.

12/25/2016

Was hoping for more wildlife. Kinda boring.

12/23/2016

This was the highlight of the trip for me. Great guides, great stop along the way with the best cup of coffee in CR

12/19/2016

our guide was fantastic!

12/06/2016

Mario and the two guides he had along for training we geeatbwe had such a wonderful time seeing all the nature in Costa Rica the family that we visited along the trip was awesome

11/26/2016

I only rated this lower because we had already seen a bunch of the wildlife so it wasn't as "exciting" as if this was done earlier in our trip. Our guides were good, not great.

11/14/2016

One of the best experiences of the trip, and I loved seeing the farmhouse and meeting the family.

07/29/2016

We appreciated the visit to Pedro's Farm.

07/08/2016

I would recommend this to all! A really nice morning on the boat, the guides Stephen and Jorge 1 and 2 were fun and informative and I loved the stop we made at Do Pedro's place. A nice look into culture living history!

07/03/2016

The guides were great they went out of their way to make sure the little ones were involved even making grass woven animals for them at our stop for a break

06/06/2016

This excursion was amazing. Our guide and driver Pablo and Pedro were both great. The guide was so excited about the entire trip and we saw lots of animals, which got him just as excited as we were. He truly enjoyed his job. He stopped at one point and my son did the nintendo 5 with him (swung from a rope into the river) and the stop at the farm was very nice. We enjoyed the farmers stories although Pablo needed to interpret them for us. His family was very kind and their treats were very tasty.

05/02/2016

Again.........Excellent. Farm stop was awesome.

04/24/2016

Pedro was our guide. Best guide on our whole trip. His enthusiasm and good humor was infectious. Just outstanding. He should work for the tourist ministry!

04/10/2016

seating was not comfortible for people in their 60's- limited scenery

04/03/2016

This tour is nice for people who want mellow. It was nice to see the wildlife and float on the river. It seemed about 30 minutes too long but it could have been because of the heat!

03/31/2016

not much wildlife readily seen. lunch at the residence was a fabulous, especially the host.

03/27/2016

loved stop at family farm

03/22/2016

We weren't sure what to expect. It was an enjoyable outing, but we didn't see much for animals. The guides were great though in trying to get them to come out. There was nothing really memorable about this outing, but we did really enjoy the coffee break stop at the farm. That was really neat and I hope it stays a part of the experience:)

03/15/2016

Not a fault of the tour but we were grouped with an annoying family and was a bit long and uncomfortable

02/24/2016

The Guide was great. He was humorous, knowledgeable and a great personality. He made the trip a highlight of our visit to Costa Rica.

02/22/2016

Lovely guide, his English a little hard to understand, but his enthusiasm couldn't be beat. Loved the stop over at the farm. Trip was a little too placid for us (our choice!)

02/20/2016

We saw some interesting wildlife on this trip. The guides were very good and did their best to show us the wildlife. The guide who spoke on the bus was humorous and personable. Stopping at the farm towards the end of the trip was a nice touch.

02/19/2016

didn't see any animals but stopping at the Farm was very special. it was nice that our family was in 1 boat together.

02/18/2016

Very nice, loved the guide and the side trip visiting real folks that live in the area.

02/02/2016

Enjoyed both the float on the river and stopping at a local farm for a snack. Very pleasant tour guide and again very informative.

01/30/2016

We were okay, but some of the people had a bit of a scramble to get up the slopes. Perhaps a prior warning would help. Guides were great and we really liked the short stop at the farm

01/20/2016

so relaxing, highlight is the stop for coffee break at Don Pedro's farm, amazing opportunity

01/18/2016

We all loved this excursion and loved Edson's knowledge and enthusiasm for his job! This float was wonderful!

12/26/2015

awesome tour guide and trip

12/17/2015

Great experience. Our guide Gabrielle, was fantastic. He was knowledgeable, funny, friendly, and very professional. We loved the stop at Peter's Farm. What an all around terrific time.

11/04/2015

This was a fun trip and visiting the farm there was interesting. We didn't see anything that we had not already seen but still enjoyed the float. Our guides were quite good and made it fun.

08/07/2015

Very nice experience. The guide (Gabriel?) was very knowledgeable and available to stop and spot animals along the way. Very interesting the stop by the locals house!

07/30/2015

Pablo our guide was FANTASTIC. we saw so many creatures It was a good time

07/26/2015

we really enjoyed the safari and managed to see a few animals.

07/23/2015

Absolutely fabulous experience, terrific guides (Gabriel and Pablo).

07/14/2015

Tour guide was really good!! Had a nice experience at people the Costa Rican Family we visited.

06/04/2015

Steven's english was the best of the whole trip. He was also very funny and knowledgeable. It was great fun having him get the howler monkeys to howl for us.

04/06/2015

This was fun, but not my favorite.

03/22/2015

Our guide was excellent! Really enjoyed it. Did want to see a bit more wildlife, but the farm tour was a wonderful surprise! Really did enjoy this!

02/22/2015

Fantastic. Wish it had gone on longer.

02/16/2015

The best ever.....

02/12/2015

Lots of fun with great guide.

01/30/2015

A great way to observe nature and have lunch with "locals"! Jorge, our guide, was very knowledgeable and made our morning fun.

01/20/2015

The folks on this tour showed their concern for client safety. The driver and guide were wonderful! When they took us to the designated location on the Rio Penas Blancas and discovered the water level was too high, they offered us an even more expensive tour -- lunch included-- and took us on the Cano Negro. The trip was a bit longer than expected, but we saw lots of wildlife. Please thank everyone for being so wonderful and accommodating to us.

12/23/2014

The guides were especially helpful in spotting animals.