Guided Tours

River and Mangrove Tour by Kayak

Our most popular for the best reasons! Kayaks are towed up the river by our boat just before high tide and released for your return with the outgoing tide and the natural river current. Easy paddling for all ages. We are able to traverse deep into the mangrove channels that contain the largest Red Mangroves in the world and explore the eco system that provides the nutrients for the beginning of the food chain for all fish.

 

It is a hatchery for small fish and a haven for marine birds, reptiles and animals. Often seen are Osprey, Boat-Billed Heron, Green Heron, Ibis, Whimbrel, Willet and Ringed Kingfisher. And on a special day the endangered mangrove hummingbird or the yellow billed cotinga. A quiet and relaxing way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the river, explore deeper into the mangrove estuary and its various coves and tunnels. 

Duration: 2 - 2 1/2 hours (Tide dependent)

Price: For a single person the tour costs $80. For two or more people the tour costs only $40 per person. For families with their children, the tour costs $40 per adult and $20 per child. 

Snorkeling at Puma Beach

Snorkeling at low tide on a beautiful and vibrant coral reef at Puma Beach just 5 minutes south of Saladero by boat. Seargent majors, angelfish, moray eels, blue tang, mackerel, triggerfish, parrotfish and small rays are abundant. We take you there by boat, show you where the corals are and pick you up after 1 1/2 hours. 

You can also reach Puma Beach by kayak in about 25 minutes or 650 strokes of rowing in a two-person kayak. 

 

Duration: 1 - 1/2 hours (Tide dependent)

Price: For a single person the tour costs 20$. For two people or more, the tour costs only $10 per person. For families with their children, the tour costs $10 per adult and $5 per child. 

 

Guided Primary Rainforest Tour
(depending on whether we have a qualified guide on site)

Welcome to Piedras Blancas National Park! Rainforests are the Earth's oldest ecosystems. These incredible forests cover only 6 % of the Earth's surface yet they contain more than 1/2 of the world's plant and animal species! Huge hardwood trees with massive buttress root support structures entwined with vines. Learn about the different layers of primary rainforest and why the rainforest is so important to our survival. Look for animals, insects and birds. Emphasis is on the importance of the primary rainforest, diversity, symbiotic relationships between plants and animals, mini-ecosystems within the rainforest and medicinal plants. 

Duration: 2 - 2 1/2 hours

Price: For a single person the tour costs $50. For two or more people the tour costs only $25 per person. For families with their children, the tour costs $25 per adult and $10 per child. 

Dolphin and Sea Turtle Watching

The Golfo Dulce is one of the deepest tropical fjords in the world and has gained worldwide attention as an important breeding ground for humpback whales and large populations of spinner, pacific bottlenose and pantropical spotted dolphins. There is also a good chance of spotting sea turtles in open water. 

Duration: 45 min

Price: For a single person the tour costs $40. For two or more people the tour costs only $20 per person. For families with their children, the tour costs $20 per adult and $10 per child. 

Night Walk
(depending on whether we have a qualified guide on site)

Explore our gardens and trails for those nocturnal creatures that become active at night around 7:00 p.m. Frogs, bats, tarantulas, reptiles and moths. Look for the fresh water shrimp in the creeks or find the clink frog by its sound.

 

Duration: 1 1/2 hours

Price: For a single person the tour costs $30. For two or more people the tour costs only $15 per person. For families with their children, the tour costs $15 per adult and $10 per child. 

 

Guided River and Gulf Fishing Excursion

From the beach, in the river or offshore, fishing opportunities abound at Saladero. You can use our kayaks and fish anytime you like. Excursions in the Rio Esquinas or Golfo Dulce are available and off shore trips arranged upon request. 19’ boat with fiberglass roof, all rods, lures and fishing equipment is included. We have caught bonita, spanish mackerel, barracuda, golden travelly and grouper in the gulf while the river is known for red snapper and snook populations.

 

Duration: 2 - 2 1/2 hours (Tide dependent)

Price:

Off shore fishing by boat: For a single person the tour costs $80. For two or more people the tour costs only $40 per person. For families with their children, the tour costs $40 per adult and $20 per child.

On shore fishing with guide: For a single person the tour costs $50. For two or more people the tour costs only $25 per person. For families with their children, the tour costs $25 per adult and $10 per child.

Rio Esquinas by boat
(depending on whether we have a qualified guide on site)

A relaxing river tour that explores the maze-like mangroves of the Rio Esquinas. This is where the salt water Golfo Dulce meets the fresh waters of the river and the mangroves form a thriving estuary for fledgling fishes and nesting areas for many marine birds. The mystic mangrove estuary is a paradise for birding. Watch for crocodiles sunbathing on the banks or logs. 

 

Designated a marine sanctuary by the government four years ago, the wildlife is not under any insoluble pressure  and is seldom visited by tourists. Birders won't miss scores of Whimbrels and White Ibis. Other birds we've spotted include Osprey, Yellow-headed Caracara, four different species of Kingfishers and Boat-billed Heron.

 

Duration: 2 - 2 1/2 hours (Tide dependent)

Price: For a single person the tour costs $80. For two or more people the tour costs only $40 per person. For families with their children, the tour costs $40 per adult and $20 per child. 

Bird Watching
(depending on whether we have a qualified guide on site)

The guided birding starts mornings around 5:15 a.m. and afternoons at 3:00 p.m. in our gardens and forests. Hike in the gardens, secondary forest, around our mangrove area and in primary rainforest. If you include the Golfo Dulce with marine birding we have 5 different ecosystems all within walking distance of each other. There's something here to satisfy all types of birders.

 

Hard-core "listers" will likely come for the Yellow-billed Cotinga, Scaly-throated Leaftosser and Black-cheeked Antthrush, which are found with relative ease in the forest trails behind the lodge. The Cotinga can only be seen when the wild nutmeg is flowering, which is from December to March, but the other two are available year-round. The Endangered Mangrove Hummingbird may also be a target of hard-core birders, and it can be found in the mangroves adjacent to the lodge year-round.

 

Duration: 2 hours

Price: For a single person the tour costs $50. For two or more people the tour costs only $25 per person. For families with their children, the tour costs $25 per adult and $10 per child. 

Multi Day Kayaking the Golfo Dulce

If you are a keen kayaker, we recommend the following two companies that organize expedition type kayaking trips in the Golfo Dulce. They are the best providers in the region. You will find more information on their trips and rates on their website . Please contact them directly.

www.tropicalseakayaking.com

www.burnhamguides.com