Tempisque river monkey safari & guaitil pottery village

From: $10500

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The Tempisque River Monkey Safari is combined with a visit to the Guaitil Cultural Pottery Village. Aboard motorized river canal boats you will cruise the Tempisque and Palo Verde rivers in search of the area’s dense population of monkeys, migratory birds and crocodiles.

Experience nearby Guaitil and see pottery thrown by artisans whose skills have been passed down for generations and eat one of the best typical lunches in Guanacaste with freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee – a great cultural adventure.

What to expect:

After being picked up at your hotel, your scenic drive to the Tempisque river will take you through towns with familiar names – Los Angeles, Filadelfia, Santa Cruz – and past verdant papaya and melon fields.

Quick stop is made for bathroom break and bottled beverages may be purchased to take on the boat with you before you embark on the Tempisque River trip.

An expert naturalist guide will explain all the facets of the park, a great oasis on the Guanacaste plains. The best bird watching for aquatic species if found right here, as the park is favored by migratory birds escaping the cold winters in North and South America. Look closely for the king fishers, tiger heron, snowy egret, blue heron and broad billed heron as they are nocturnal and sleep in the bushes along the river bank. You may even see a few nesting scarlet macaws.

Listen for the howler monkeys and resident white-faced capuchin monkey as the boat captain puts you up close to the action. Crocodiles slide into the water with a splash or duck just below the surface as the boat approaches, and several varieties of bats hug the trunks of massive trees.

After lunch you’ll visit Guaitil Pottery Village where you will learn the rich cultural history of this craft and watch as local artisans show you make pottery employing traditional methods that have been handed down for generations. Be sure to bring some money to purchase some of this beautiful artwork, which you are sure to enjoy for years.  Discounts are given for cash transacations!

Duration:  7-8 hours including transportation to and from activity
Schedule: Departs Daily with a minimum of 2 persons
LEVEL – EASY: No Minimum Age
Adults: $ 105
Child: $ 84 (ages 5 to 12)

  • Transportation to and from selected Guanacaste Hotels
    NOTE: Some locations may have additional pick up fees.
    May stop at multiple hotels before or after your pickup and drop-off times
  • Entrance to the National Park
  • Motorized River Boat Tour with Life-Vests
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Experienced Local Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Clothing to protect against sunburn
  • Adventure sandals or tennis shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Repellent
  • Binoculars, Camera or Video
    NOTE: You are responsible for loss or damage that may result to your personal gear
  • Waterproof bag for transporting your personal items
  • Cash to tip guides
  • Spirit of adventure, sense of humor and a smile