It starts with the ride to the pier of the boats. Once you have passed Filadelfia first come the extensive melon fields and the Del Monte factories where the melons are processed. Then the sugar cane fields, at different stages, depending on the time of year.
Eventually you will come to Bolson, a real Costa Rican village with many old wooden houses, the Plaza annex soccer field with the church, school and pub.
After Bolson you drive first by lightly wooded meadows with typically cows of Guanacaste. If you are lucky you can see and hear the red macaw in the big mango trees lining the fields. Eventually the fields end up into tropical forests with a wide variety of trees and plants. Often there is a group of howler monkeys and many iguanas along the way.
The boat tour is very relaxing; the rippling water, the trees, the quietness of the many species of birds. The captains of the boats know exactly where they can find the different animals. Moreover, they have sharp eyes that constantly look at the trees and wall sides to search for “wild”, large green (and in the med in season oranges) iguanas, the funny Jesus Christ iguana, so named because they can run on the water, howler monkeys, squirrels , crocodiles of different sizes and once I saw an anteater.
But the most fun for me is always the Capuchin monkeys. There are several groups that are more or less along the water. One group is clearly bolder and more used to humans than the other. The monkeys of the shy group hardly dare to approach the boat. If you have a piece of banana on the front of the boat, they come very cautiously pick it up and run with it in a tree. The brutal group jumps on the boat, walking on the roof of the boat and the most impudent come in the boat and on your shoulder or head. It is a pleasure to feel that soft gentle hand in your hand when a monkey takes a piece of banana out of your hand.
I recommend doing this tour including lunch. Lunch is served or in Bolson or in the adjacent Ortega. It is a typical Costa Rican rich lunch, well prepared and very tasty.