Get up close and personal in the jungle of the Arenal region as it shifts into nocturnal gear on our gentle Twilight Safari Float on the Peñas Blancas River. Since more than 60% of Costa Rican wildlife is nocturnal, you’ll have ample opportunity to hear (and see!) them preparing for their “day.” This dusk tour on a Class I river features trained naturalist guides explaining the nocturnal wildlife of this area.
If you’re staying in the Arenal/La Fortuna area, this unique float trip offers an exceptional experience of nature, local traditions and food. We embark on our float down the Peñas Blancas at dusk and float for approximately 2 hours–just the right length for the youngsters!
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The trip begins with a 20-minute drive from La Fortuna to the river. Upon arrival, each guest will have the opportunity to fill up their water bottles with bottled water, use the restrooms, and enjoy the gardens of this farm on the river.
You will get on your rafts at dusk as the sun is just starting to fall and enjoy the mystic way the light disappears from the sky, leaving you in the peaceful darkness of the jungle.
Our bilingual river guides, trained as naturalists from the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INbio), will begin by explaining to you that more than 60% of the mammals in Costa Rica are nocturnal. Don’t be alarmed when those red eyes pop out of the banks to stare at you, this is what makes floating on a tropical river at night so magical.
On your float you will have a chance to see (or hear): the common opossum, common gray four-opossum, brown-throated three-toed sloth, Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, long-nosed bat, mantled howler monkey, yellow-crowned night-heron, spectacled owl, and lastly, the American crocodile. You’ll see plenty of baby crocodiles, no longer than a foot. Your guide will focus on the wildlife and plant behavioral transitions from day to night.
After enjoying this float’s intriguing nature, we’ll visit the Hidalgo Family House for a traditional Costa Rican snack and a touch of our culture.
Minimum Age 7.
From 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Extend your trip by a day (or two or three!) and stay at the award-winning Rios Tropicales Lodge on the Pacuare River. Our all-inclusive ecolodge trips include on-site rainforest adventure activities and three lodging options to meet varied tastes and budgets.