Tamarindo Tours
Wildlife river boat safari & Cultural experience.

Wildlife river boat safari & Cultural experience.

By Showtime Tamarindo
per adult
Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 3-75
Duration: 8h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English

  • Costarican lunch, guaranteed to be the best one you can have.
  • Private transportation
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Bottled water

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 213404P2

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Most travelers can participate
        • 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
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 213404P2

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        • Showtime Tamarindo
          Tamarindo, Costa Rica
        • Companion44049120618
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Highly recommend this tour! Jeremy and Randall took extremely good care of us the entire trip! Don’t hesitate, just book
          Highly recommend this tour! Jeremy and Randall took extremely good care of us the entire trip! Don’t hesitate, just book!
          Written March 23, 2024
        • debbiemE2825DN
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Awesome experience!
          We were extremely happy with Marvin and Jeremy! They were so accommodating and took us all around Coco to see amazing sights. They took us to La Fortuna and picked us up from Monteverde. Truly can’t say enough about their kindness, promptness and knowledge. They made our time Costa Rica incredible. Use Showtime Tamarindo you will love your experience.
          Written March 7, 2024
        • 670blainew
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Best guide ever Juan Carlos
          Juan Carlos and Jose were excellent guides and ambassadors of Costa Rica and its rainforests. Juan Carlos was more excited to see the animals and plants then any other guide I have used in the past. Truly infectious attitude.
          Written March 1, 2024
        • tavidar2017
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great Experience
          The tour was very nice. Marvin and the driver were extremely nice, courteous and considerate. When the areas weren't safe he worked with us to reschedule while we were still in town. All of the site tour guides were also very nice and welcoming. The hikes to the 1st location were an 8/10 difficulty level. Mostly because it had been raining every day and we jad to swim thru parts of the river. The other hikes 2 were 3/10 and short. We had 3 people in our group who don't workout at all and they did the longer hike, they were just sore the next few days. I also appreciated someone was always with the locked van, incase you had to keep your personal items in it. They kept us safe. Note: you will be wet for the first several hours, bring large towels and a dry set of clothes to change into. Marvin had several places available for us to change if needed. I also recommend canceling or rescheduling if it's raining. Marvin has other tours to choose from. My group and I really enjoyed this tour. If we go back I plan to book another with Marvin.
          Written November 14, 2023
        • Terri S
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Incredible Tour!
          We booked a private tour through Showtime and were lucky enough to have Sosa as our tour guide. He was a friendly and wonderful companion to our group of four adults and four children (ages 7,7,8, and 9). He made sure we were comfortable and stopped whenever necessary to accommodate the needs of our group. He also made suggestions along the way (like stopping at a bakery - yum!). We started our day with a short hike to a beautiful waterfall. Next, we proceeded to a rainforest tour where Sosa set us up with a very knowledgeable guide who helped us spot sloths, frogs, and birds. As the day progressed, it became rainy in the area we were in. Sosa advised us that our original plans probably weren't the best options with the current weather, and he advised us on alternative excursions. While we were touring the rainforest, Sosa went out of his way making phone calls and other arrangements for us so that when we were finished, we could seamlessly move on to the next activity. He was able to get us to another area where we were able to river tube (MY FAVORITE THING THAT WE DID IN COSTA RICA) and checkout hot springs. Despite spending many hours with us, he was still willing to take us to a souvenir shop on the way home. One of the perks of booking a private tour is that you have more flexibility for your group, but Sosa went out of his way to make sure that we had THE perfect day. Thank you Sosa for our favorite tour in Costa Rica!!!
          Written August 6, 2023
        • Deanna K
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Best adventure with the most exciting tour guides!
          The guide who took us through the first waterfall jungle adventure was extremely kind and knowledgeable about the Costa Rica terrain. From the moment we got out of the shuttle, we were lead onto a truck and the adventure began! This is not your grandmas waterfall tour- this is the real deal!
          Written July 24, 2023
        • rlacy2501
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A MUST TOUR
          This was such an amazing day I got to spend with my friends. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and we had the best tour guide Estevan! If there’s one thing you should do in Costa Rica its this tour! Loved we got picked up and dropped off at the hotel and had the entire van to ourselves. The lunch was fantastic. A couple of tips: bring towels, extra pair of shoes and clothes ( best time to change is at the last stop as you’ll be done swimming). Don’t forget BUG SPRAY! Prepare for a decent workout on the hike it’s about a 2.5 mile hike and LOTS of stairs when going back up. Worth it but it can be challenging for people. Lastly bring water! Our tour guide was so fantastic he stopped 2 times for us to stock up on water and snacks (you do spend a good chuck driving) but he also had an ice chest of water for us. Overall this tour is great and worth the price ! Thank You Estevan for such an amazing day!!!!
          Written June 30, 2023
        • meaganm768
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          This tour made for the best day of our vacation!!
          This tour is absolutely AMAZING!!! Our guide, Estabon, was so informative and accommodating for my family and I the whole trip. Best day of our vacation by far. 10/10 recommend!
          Written May 21, 2023
        • leslieaC587DJ
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Family trip to Costa Rica
          Absolutely AWESOME!!! Greatly exceeded our expectations! Our Guide, Estaban(I called him Enrique😂and he kindly went along with it) was perfect - Engaging, informative, fun, patient and kind - he really went above and beyond ( made sure we were prepared and took extra time to buy us fresh mangoes and take us to the pharmacy as well) Breathtaking waterfalls, some to view and some we got to jump off cliff into! We saw a baby sloth up close - so amazing! Saw spectacular frogs, birds, snakes, hummingbirds, butterflies, cicadas, cacao and coffee trees, papaya, mangoe, lime, and banana trees. Trip of a lifetime....highly recommend 👍🌴😎
          Written March 28, 2023
        • Amdecrist
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Sosa is the best tour guide
          Highly recommend. My family and I recently went on a tour with Sosa. You could say I went to Costa Rica primarily for the sloths. I was crying when Sosa found one I could barely see far up in a tree with the use of binoculars and a strategic squinting technique. Sosa didn’t give up, he found another more visible in a tree that wasn’t as high. He stood me in front of the tree with my back to it so id search for nothing and I’d be surprised when I turned around. No binoculars or squinting needed- surprised indeed. I saw my sloth. Of course I kept crying. Best experience.
          Written March 20, 2023
        • Kim D
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Trip of a lifetime
          Our guide, Sosa was amazing from the start! Got to quickly know our family & what our expectations were for the trip. He stopped along the way to give us the opportunity to photograph monkeys & birds native to the area. He gave my daughters the experience of a life time in spotting many sloths hidden in the trees and even one crossing the highway! He was patient & kind, answering all of our questions! Highly recommend this trip.
          Written March 11, 2023
        • Larpy2018
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          You don't need to use TripAdvisor!
          We made a reservation for a private van to pick us at the Liberia airport, drinks included. When we arrived, no such vehicle was there. However, there were dozens of other transportation services waiting outside the airport to pick up other arriving passengers, so we asked around and finally found someone who knew the company we thought we had hired. He called them for us, and when we got them on the phone they informed us that they had no record of our reservation. They asked us how we made the reservation. When we told them it was through TripAdvisor, they told us that was the problem, specifically that TripAdvisor frequently fails to convey reservations to the local service provider. Fortunately, they found us other transportation to Tamarindo, but it sure as heck wasn't the fancy private van with free drinks and and an experienced guide that we had paid for. Instead, we were hustled across a sandy parking lot, dragging our bags behind us, and crammed into the back seat of a small sedan with no a/c, driven by a local who couldn't speak a word of English. We were relieved to get to our hotel in one piece, but it certainly wasn't in the style we expected, nor worthy of the price that we paid in advance. The moral of this cautionary tale is that you don't need to use TripAdvisor. There are numerous transportation and tour guide options available online or through your hotel without the need of going through a third-party!
          Written March 1, 2023
        • shanegrigg
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Thank you Showtime Tamarindo
          Our day consisted of zip lines, water rafting, horseback riding, waterfalls, and hot springs. Highly recommend the tour. Lunch is included and the food was good. We also had a pick up and drop off from the airport which made our day very easy. They pick you up right in front of the terminal. Marvin also had a romantic dinner planned for my wife’s 30th birthday with transportation. Marvin makes it easy for you so you can enjoy your vacation. Our tour guide was Esteban and he really made our tours enjoyable. He is very knowledgeable of the area. We had great conversation the whole time. He is also an awesome car DJ. Pura Vida Esteban!!!
          Written February 8, 2023
        • AlexMW19
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great day with lots of wildlife sightings!
          We had a very nice time on our tour with Alex! Before we even arrived at our destination he pulled the van over several times to show us monkeys and sloths while we were on our drive. We had a really nice day and saw so many animals!
          Written January 20, 2023
        • Greg E
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing Sloth and waterfall adventure
          Our guide Souza was awesome and the waterfalls and wildlife was amazing. Souza make an effort to make sure we were able to view sloths, colorful frogs, snakes and monkeys
          Written December 31, 2022
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        4.5 of 5 bubbles6 reviews
        Very good

        Kirstin Brainard
        4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2023 • Couples
        Juan Carlos was our guide and entirely made our experience amazing. He was exceptional and made it a memorable trip. He’s an amazing birder and naturalist. We also went to the paleo verde rainforest which was also neat. There was an unfortunate amount of driving to get to these places from tamarindo but I felt it was worth it, although others may not.
        Written January 25, 2023
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        Kimberly M
        Canton, GA23 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sep 2022 • Family
        What a perfect day this was!!!!
        Our tour guide was Harold and he was a perfect match for my family. We had about an hour and a half ride to the river. He was quite knowledgeable about Costa Rica and kept us entertained on the ride. Once on the River we had the best experience seeing many birds, crocodiles and a white faced monkey. The boat driver was so amazing he was able to spot a baby crocodile hidden in low tree branches and a momma bird with her baby high up in a tree nest. After our tour we went to a native Costa Rican ranch and had the best lunch we have yet to have on our trip. They were such a lovely family and spent time talking to us and showing us their ranch. We saw a pottery demonstration and proceeded to purchase some of their beautiful handmade bowls and mugs. It was a win win and definitely money well spent on this excursion. Everyone in our group was 100% satisfied with this experience.
        Written September 13, 2022
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        Thank you very much for your opinion about this activity with us, we are so glad you had a great day!!
        Written September 14, 2022
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Key West, FL2 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2020 • Business
        What an awful time. Friendly enough to get our 18 person trip. $160 per person.
        We were to get a two hour trip in the jungle and a two hour trip along the beaches. Lunch included.
        Wow !! Nothing like that happened.
        1 hour round about going over the same roads zig zagging around. The free included lunch was a restaurant that charges us menu prices. No possible way to tour the beach’s. He wanted to drop us off to swim if we wanted but no beach trip even possible. We had him bring the vans to pick us up from lunch and cut two hours off the trip. Never even brought up a refund of at least half.
        Never ever never ever never ever use this loud mouth liar.
        Written March 1, 2020
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Greetings from Costa Rica!! If you are reading this review and you want to be our future client, please reas the other reviews that we have, I can assure this is an incorrect review. We have never combined the Palo Verde Boat Tour with a Beach Tour, nor We have had a Palo Verde Boat Tour with more than 10 people on the last 6 months. If you want a company that really offers top notch quality service to take care of your stay and your private tours during your next time in Costa Rica, please feel free to contact us at, info@showtimetamarindo.com
        Written July 14, 2020
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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