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Chocolate Tour in Rainforest with Sarapiqui River Wildlife motorboat tour.

Only we offer this fantastic combination tour!

A Combination of 2 Tours in ONE DAY!  
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Discounts for children, families and groups. 



 ·       Monkeys, Crocodiles, Iguanas, Tropical Birds, Sloths on a 2 hr. calm
     jungle river motorboat trip.
Closed shoes only please, no sandals for Chocolate Tour.

 ·      SCENIC DRIVE from/back to San José through a RAINFOREST NATIONAL PARK.
 ·       INCLUDES DELICIOUS LUNCH in a typical Costa Rican restaurant.
·       REFRESHMENTS from sodas, bottled water, fruit & BEER provided at no extra cost.
 FREE PICK-UP & DROP-OFF in comfortable, 5-9 pass 4x4 SUVs with A/C
       or larger vans or buses.

 ·      American Owned & operated by Master of Science with Costa Rican
       background & citizenship and over 35 yrs in Costa Rica, 23 operating tours.


SCENIC DRIVE TO SARAPIQUI RIVER WILDLIFE MOTORBOAT CRUISE: After a 7:30 am pick-up from your hotel and only a ½ hour from San jose we’ll travel some 20 scenic miles through the Braullio Carrillo National Park rainforest and another 30 miles through farmland to the town of Puerto Viejo on the Sarapiquí River to take a 2 hour cruise in a covered motorboat down the calm flowing waters of the shaded jungle lined banks of the Sarapiquí River, and if we go up stream we will explore the forest lined banks of the tributary river of Puerto Viejo where the world renowned Research Station of the Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS) is located. This is a pleasant and relaxing way to see MONKEYS, colorful TROPICAL BIRDS, IGUANAS, CROCODILES OR CAIMANS, SLOTHS and other tropical animals that your knowledgeable guide will help find and point out to you in addition to interesting facts about these animals. You’ll also see what life on a tropical jungle river is like, with children swimming, people fishing in the river, farmland, banana plantations and the occasional home on the banks.  We carry a full compliment of refreshments, from cold beer to sodas & bottled water on our boat trip, as we do in our vehicle, available all day long at no extra cost.  Immediately after the boat trip we’ll drive a couple of short blocks to a souvenir shop to make use of their restrooms where you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase beautiful art, woodcrafts and souvenirs at economical prices.
Lunch at a nearby restaurant follows the riverboat trip.

Sarapiquí River wildlife


Sarapiquí River Motorboat

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CHOCOLATE HISTORY TOUR in the RAINFOREST: Following lunch, around 1:30 p.m. we'll arrive at a private Rainforest Preserve which borders both sides of the Sarapiquí River.  To start the 2 hour Chocolate Tour you'll be led by a trained guide across a 160 meter or 500 ft long cable suspension pedestrian bridge high above and across the white water rapids of the scenic jungle-lined Sarapiquí River onto a ½ hour trail walk into the rainforest to a former cocoa-growing plot and shelter. There you will enjoy a presentation of how chocolate was first made by the Indians of Central and South America by way of an artisan processes that transforms the cacao or cocoa fruit into chocolate from harvest, fermentation, sun drying, and grinding etc. While the story of pre- and post-colonial chocolate is told along with the history of it's cultivation by the Spanish and how it progressed into becoming popular in Europe, you'll be able to taste and see how fresh made chocolate in its pure form is made and in different stages of its fabrication through its history while learning about the difference to modern chocolate. After the chocolate tour presentation you'll walk back the ½ hour scenic trail through the rainforest along the banks of the Sarapiquí River to the hammock pedestrian bridge across the river to the reception area where you'll have the opportunity to buy hand-made organic chocolate made by Amazilia del Caribe Women’s Association. Closed shoes only please, no sandals during the chocolate tour. Restrooms are available at the reception. We carry a full compliment of refreshments, from cold beer to sodas & bottled water in our vehicles, available all day long at no extra cost.
Around 3:45 pm
e then start our return to San Jose and after a 2 hour drive back the way we came, part of which is through the Braullio Carrillo National Park rainforest, we arrive at your hotel.
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Tasting fresh organic chocolate

 Cocoa/Cacao Fruit on tree

Cocoa Beans fermentation & drying stages

 Sun dried Cocoa Beans


Cable suspension bridge over the Sarapiquí River

Price from: $130/person.  All inclusive; river motorboat fees, lunch, Chocolate Tour, refreshments, hotel pick-up & drop-off is all included. Family & group discounts.
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But if you prefer or with short notice call us in Costa Rica via our
U.S. Telephone #s: 1-352-505-4001
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We'll do our best to arrange same day tours with calls in the early morning,
 but best to call (and also
email) us, at least the day before if not much sooner to increase your chances of us being able to help you.

If you are in Costa Rica or need a tour with short notice it's
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Of course from U.S. or Canada try our US Tel. #s above first.
We'll do our best to arrange same day tours with calls in the early morning,
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