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Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion
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Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion

By Gio Tours - Day Tours
Recommended by 94% of travelers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 0-99, max of 40 per group
Duration: 8h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
English, Spanish


  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Food tasting
  • Lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Ports:
  • Muelle De Puntarenas, X6J2+HJF, Barrio La Angostura, Puntarenas Province, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Muelle de Cruceros, X5C9+HMQ, P.º de los Turistas, Provincia de Puntarenas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Caldera Puntarenas, W7RC+8H3, Caldera, Provincia de Puntarenas, Espíritu Santo, Costa Rica
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Infant seats available
  • 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: 42092P1

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time, and re-boarding time
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

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

A note from Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion
  • (COVID-19 Safe Tour) Cars and staff are completely disinfected, before, during, and after the trip- State of the art nonstaining disinfectant cleaners, testing temperatures before, during, and after the trip. All vehicles carry gel and alcohol dispensers. Shoe mat with quaternary disinfectant.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion?
Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion price starts from $80.00. Discover and book Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion on Tripadvisor
What is the Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion cancellation policy?
Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion?
Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion is hosted by Gio Tours - Day Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Gio Tours - Day Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion on Tripadvisor

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: 42092P1

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Gio Tours - Day Tours
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 2
    Tarcoles
    Stop: 90 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

stephen t
stephen t
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Overbooked tour…. That led to a bad experience…
The tour operator overbooked the tour and there wasn’t enough seats, so I was forced to sit in the jump seat away f
161timothyf
161timothyf
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Good
The lagoon boat trip portion was too close to commercial activities, highway, congested sightseeing boats. Tour gui
Artlogancondon
Artlogancondon
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Informative and engaging natural tour
Our guide, Pablo, was very informative, attentive, witty and energetic. We took a tour of the Tortuguero Canal vie
casibk
casibk
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Great tour! If you’re undecided, do it!!!
We took a bus/boat tour with Pablo and Gabriel (our driver). Oh my gosh! Pablo is AMAZING. He is very knowledgeabl
BrentH1968
BrentH1968
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Awesome
I friend of mine set me up with Gio a couple of years ago and we were so happy with his service and friendly attitu
sledladyanne
sledladyanne
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Enjoyable day!
We were on an excursion that also included a boat trip along wiith the canopy adventure. We had a great time and o
James C
James C
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A personal Guided Tour Shore Excursion from Limon
This was an excellent tour from the port for $25.00 a person. It was 3 to 3.5 hours long. We had a driver and a to
587Holly_S_12
587Holly_S_12
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Incredibly interesting
All in all, I am giving GIO Tours a really good review. There were some glitches in our tour, but in all honesty,
Roy S
Roy S
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Top Notch Tour
My wife and I, and my 92 year old mother-in-law took the half day tour of Puerto Limon with Gio Tours and it was ex
Farrel L
Farrel L
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Great Tour - Worth the money!
Our tour guide met us right outside the terminal building, got us to the nearby van, and got us on our way quickly.
LJS1959
LJS1959
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Misleading and overpriced
Arrived to Limon by cruise ship. Instructions were not clear regarding where to meet the tour guide. 4 people no
artnbarb1288
artnbarb1288
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Costa Rica is worth exploring!
Our one day in Costa Rica wasn't enough, but thanks to Pablo and Gio Tours we got to see a variety of landscapes an
carolschmeichel
carolschmeichel
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Boat ride on river and city tour
Boat Driver and guide were both very good. Everything about the excursion was first rate. Saw lots of wildlife whe
Fred Z
Fred Z
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Pablo and Victor gave us their all
We saw everything promised and more. Very friendly tour guide and driver who traveled 4 hours to work and back that
462maryannm
462maryannm
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What a great tour!
This tour was spectacular. Our guide was so knowledge about the birds and the wildlife and he made the day such an
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Satter’s
1 contribution
Jan 2023
Our guide and driver, Juan and Rosco were exceptional. They were highly tuned into spotting moneys and scarlet macaw along the highway. Crocodile tour was interesting and informative. I would highly recommend this tour.
Written January 26, 2023
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Deby S
Punta Gorda, FL96 contributions
Pablo, our guide and Carlos, our driver were charming, professional and highly informative! We couldn’t believe how good they both were at spotting wildlife, flora and fauna and telling us about them along with their environmental and/or health benefits. They both made the tour really fascinating along with our boat cruise pilot who knew where the big crocs were. WOW!

We can’t recommend this tour company and our personal guide/driver enough! It was a fabulous day that we will be talking about for years. We even came back to the cruise ship looking for further information about what they told us…

The best part was the smaller van that made getting around so much easier and faster!
Written February 21, 2022
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GioTours
Dear 127debys, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad you were able to enjoy this tour as much as we did! We are happy that you were able to see so many animals and that our reps did such a good job. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email!
Written March 20, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

jgaard
Seattle, WA6 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Our tour was fantastic, way better than we’d expected. It was a huge plus being picked up in the tour coach. Pablo, our guide, was informative, super friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about the plant and animal life, and the culture and economy of Costa Rica. We learned a ton and ate great food along the way. I highly, highly recommend this tour!
Written June 27, 2022
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GioTours
Dear jgaard, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! Sounds like you had a great time while traveling with us, we are really glad that our representative made this such a great experience. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country!
Written August 7, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Cathy S
White Rock, Canada18 contributions
Dec 2019
We are so glad we booked this tour. It was definitely one of the highlights of our Panama Canal cruise. We saw so many amazing birds, crocodiles and monkeys. I loved it all. Our guide was great! We stopped at an amazing gift shop. I saw so many things I wanted to buy. I strongly recommend this tour to everyone. I have some mobility issues which were not a problem for this tour.
Written January 10, 2020
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GioTours
Dear 850cathys, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad to know that all the activities included in this tour were suited even with your mobility issues and that you were able to see so many animals too! If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email! Owner, Gian Carlo Granados
Written January 12, 2020
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Linda G
Abington, MA36 contributions
Jan 2020
Nature - up close and natural, Wonderful guide who really made the trip fantastic. Jesus was so knowledeable - and we all felt like we'd seen all the possible amazing creatures that were in the area.

Even the shopping stop was great - purchased amazing coffee.

Thank you!
Written February 2, 2020
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Dear Linda G, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are very happy to know that all the activities included as well as our representative did such a great job at spotting animals and showing you everything. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email! Owner, Gian Carlo Granados
Written February 4, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dick M
Columbia Falls, MT10 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
We had a wonderful experience! The highlights were the monkey reserve and the river/crocodile watching cruise. Our guide, Jesus, was knowledgeable, affable and personable. His enthusiasm for his country was delightful. Lunch was good. The bus was clean and comfortable. We've been on eight cruises and dozens of shore excursions. This one was an outstanding experience.
Written June 10, 2018
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Dear RICHARD M, Thank you very much for taking your time to write us a review! We are truly happy to know that the experience you had with GioTours was so outstanding! We work very hard to set everything and have things perfect for our customers and are glad that Jesus was able to do so to! If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email! Owner, Gian Carlo Granados
Written June 16, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Morgus
Venice, FL30 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
The excursion was exactly as promised but we were unpleasantly surprised with the area that we toured - barbwire fences protected most of the homes & businesses - we assumed that Costa Rica was a 1st class tour destination and found out that we were sadly mistaken. The monkeys were cool but we viewed them from a run-down backyard as opposed to their natural habitat. The crocodile excursion was probably worth the price of admission alone - this was followed by a decent (not great) lunch. The Macaws & Toucan birds were few and far between but our guide did his best to locate them for us. Not sure why they include a city tour as it was not worth our while fighting the local traffic on a warm Sunday afternoon.
Written April 24, 2018
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Dear Dave M, We are deeply sorry you didn't like our country as we and millions of people think that is a most magnificent place. But we have a saying in Costa Rica "For taste, colors". Meaning that one person likes red and another one likes blue. Take into consideration that is hard to judge an entire destination for a one day experience while on a cruise. However, we are glad that you think that the tour was what was promised and you are not reviewing our operation but the country itself. When talking about the wildlife seen on the tour, please also realize that even though wildlife sightings are common, the fact is that it is wildlife, sometimes it's closer, sometimes further away, sometimes the place monkeys pick as their favorite might not be the human's favorite, and sometimes toucans and macaws are flying away from the roads or restaurants and into their homes. That is hardly in our control. And it is part of the beauty of free nature. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email! We would like to show you Costa Rica and prove you wrong :) Gian Carlo Owner
Written May 11, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MAP12
New Orleans, LA495 contributions
Nov 2019
As arranged our guide, Pablo and driver, Carlos met us at the ship to start our adventure. We drove through the town of Puntarenas - which USED to be a vibrant fishing village until the fish were gone. Pablo explained how they are trying to make a come back, but it's hard. We did see a bunch of iguana there - just hanging out in a park. From there we drove out into the country, stopped by the side of the road and into the woods to find a group of white-faced capuchin monkeys. Very friendly and cute - Pablo knew how to encourage them to come close enough to touch. Then we drove to the river - where we were met by a boat (just for our group!) It wasn't exactly what I expected because it was a very open river - no canopy of trees. But we saw a LOT of wildlife - a couple crocodile, many birds and lizards. This was followed by a delicious lunch in a open-air restaurant. Next we again headed into the forest to look for birds - and saw macaw and tucan (along with a stellar view of the river and coast). We made a short stop at a fruit stand with an almond bush in the parking lot. Last stop was a HUGE gift shop - with great prices and free coffee samples. Pablo gave us enough time to make our purchases and helped us pick just the right coffee. We were returned to the ship in plenty of time. I just wish all excursions worked out this well!!
Written December 7, 2019
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Dear MAP12, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are truly happy to know that the tour we developed was as enjoyable as you mention we are glad that our representatives made such a great job and that the stops included were good. If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email! Owner, Gian Carlo Granados
Written December 18, 2019
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GNGator
Sarasota, FL154 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
We enjoyed this tour while our cruise ship was in Puntarenas for the day. I love booking the TripAdvisor/Viator tours which are so much better than those offered by the big ships (less people, more sights, less money!) Our guide was waiting for us as we exited the ship. We had a comfortable bus for our day around beautiful Costa Rica. Jesus, our guide, was excellent---full of history, fun stories, and efficient wrangling of the group. We got great photos of the monkeys. Enjoyed fruit and treats at the farm stand. Had an exciting ride down the river, which was full of crocodiles (they stayed in the water) and amazing birds of all colors. The lunch was really good with grilled chicken, fish, steak and an array of veggies and dessert. This tour gives you a full busy day of seeing the highlights of the area, perfect for a port day in Puntarenas or Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica!
Written March 27, 2019
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Dear GNGator, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review! We are truly glad that the combination of activities included on your one day tour made this a wonderful experience! If you ever come back to Costa Rica again don't hesitate in letting us know as it would be our pleasure to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email! Owner, Gian Carlo Granados
Written March 31, 2019
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Mary N
Cincinnati, OH4 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
We booked a private tour for our group of 6 several months before we travelled. All was confirmed and well. 1 week before we left I received an email that there were 4 cruise ships coming into Port that day and would I be willing to go on a bus of 17 people. I respectfully said 'no' we were looking for a more intimate experience. They replied 'no problem'. When we got off our ship, they were right there, they put us in a van with 6 other people and said they would drive us to our private van. 20 minutes driving through some crazy traffic and sketchy streets and we pulled off the side of the road and were told to get out and get in another van. Our guide was polite and had good information. We went to see the monkeys, which was a cool experience but pretty much was in someone's backyard, was not very clean. Then we went to the 'fruit orchards' which was a roadside stand which was mobbed with people and had very unclean restrooms. We bought some bottled water. We then headed up to find the scarlet macaws, basically stopping by the side of the road to see them up in the trees. The 'lookout point' was in a restaurant bar, the restaurant looked nice, but was strange to just have tourists there who weren't customers. We then headed to the Tarcoles river for the Jungle Boat tour. We got on a boat with about 25 others, was neat at first but lasted way too long, 70 minutes, would have been better as a 30 minute tour. We then headed to lunch in a nice outdoor seating area. The food was good, probably the highlight of the trip. We were supposed to go to the supermarket after for shopping but we had seen enough and asked to be taken back to the boat. The town is very run down and not well taken care of. The traffic was very bad as well. We were let off right at the port and headed back to our ship. The driver and tour guide were very nice and raised the level of my review, however the experience did not live up to what was promised on the website.
Written April 23, 2018
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Dear Mary N, We are deeply sorry about this experience. They day of your cruise, there were four other ships in the same area, and the whole region was very crazy. Transports and guides were hard to find, and some of them even canceled at the very last minute. The wildlife sightings in general in Costa Rica are very spontaneous and sometimes the places they choose as their favorite are not what humans would pick as their favorite. But then, again, it is wildlife. We deeply apologize for not filling your expectations, but there were many situations that, because of this very specific day and situation, were out of our control. If you ever want to see more of the country on a regular vacation, and for a longer period we would be more than happy to show you every detail of this beautiful country! Just access our website for information or write us directly to our email! Gian Carlo G Owner
Written May 11, 2018
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