We did an independent tour while stopping on a cruise in Puntarenas. Our tour guide was Chris. He was great and we couldn't recommend him more. Gio Tours did the entire tour for us even though there were only 4 who signed up. This made for a very personal touch. Chris was aiting for us on the pier at the appointed time (7:30 a.m.)
The transportation was a ride in a very comfortable and air conditioned van. We did the 12-line zipline in the Costa Rican forest canopy. This was fantastic! The guides there were super. Following this, we drove to a small boat cruise on the Tarcoles River where there were numerous opportunities to see hige crocodiles and exotic birds. Afterwards, we were treated by Gio Tours to a traditional Costa Rican lunch at a restaurant. Water was provided throughout the day. We drove back to the ship. Chris and the driver were very careful about getting us back in time and we got back to the pier at approximately 4:00 p.m.
Chris and his driver were very competent. Chris spoke English well, was knowledgable about the country and its resources, and extremely friendly. He went out of his way to make a stop to allow us to buy coffee since he knew we wanted to take some home. The owner of the tour company spoke to us by phone at the end of the tour to make sure were were happy with our outing. We feel like we got much more for our money than those who did a ship-sponsored tour at double the price for half the time.
Please consider Gio Tours (and Chris) for your time in Puntarenas.
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