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Crocodile Safari

Jaco, Costa Rica
Crocodile Safari

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more


Spot crocodiles in the wild on a 3-hour river cruise from Jaco. On board a covered safari boat, you'll float down the Tárcoles River, watching for American crocodiles with help from the captain. Lunch is included after the cruise.
  • 3-hour crocodile cruise from Jaco
  • Look for American crocodiles and native birds as you glide along the Tárcoles River
  • Admire the mangrove ecosystem
  • Lunch and hotel transport included
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Bottled water
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan

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Traveler pickup is offered
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After hotel pickup in the Jaco area, your tour starts as you board the riverboat for your crocodile cruise on the Tárcoles River. Your captain keeps an eye out for the biggest American crocodiles in the water, hopefully providing you with a good look at these reptiles.

Depending on the season, a variety of other wildlife can also be spotted, including birds such as ospreys, cormorants, pelicans, and frigates (October to April). The Tárcoles' mangrove system is home to roughly 55 types of birds and is a refuge for scarlet macaws.

At the end of the cruise, enjoy a lunch of typical Costa Rican cuisine before transport back to your pickup location.
Stop At:  
Tarcoles Bridge
Come observe the Great American Crocodile in our famous river safari on Tárcoles River. Our captain will surely spot the biggest crocodiles in the river for you to enjoy a great up close encounter with these magnificent reptiles. You will be amazed by the wide diversity of birds we find in this area. Your guide will point out different kinds of mammals, birds and reptiles that flourish in this mangrove system. Depending on the season, you will be able to spot different migratory aviary species; from October to April, you can glimpse ospreys, gulls, cormorants, pelicans and frigates. The Tárcoles River is a shelter for approximately 56 types of birds and is a refuge for the famous scarlet macaws as well.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please inform the age of children under 12 years to, in order to send a transport with the required seats.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Jacamar Naturalist Tours

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

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Crocodile Safari?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Crocodile Safari.
What is the policy on sanitization during Crocodile Safari?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Crocodile Safari.
What is the social distancing policy during Crocodile Safari?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Crocodile Safari?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Crocodile Safari.

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