Sarapiqui River

Northern Lowlands

Originating from clear mountain streams, the Sarapiqui River runs from the Central Mountain Range just north of San Jose to the San Marcos River which runs along the shared border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The river is considered a national monument because of the vital service it provided in transporting arms, goods and soldiers in the 1856 war against the filibusters.

In a tropical wet forest environment, the crystal water river travels along green pastures and farmland, lush vegetation of towering trees, vines and flowers, cascading mountains and the La Selva Biological Reserve, a scene that is worth at least 1,000 words. This environment is the habitat to several different species of monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, river turtles, iguanas, toucans, hummingbirds, woodpeckers and much more.

The fantastic setting also makes the Sarapiqui a great river for white water rafting. The moderate class III rapids are ideal for novices and families. A rafting trip on this river is a perfect balance of excitement and relaxation, as there is plenty of opportunity for wildlife viewing on the calm stretches between rapids.

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Rafting Sarapiqui River Class III-IV

Rafting|7 hours

Arenal

4.8 / 5.0
Starting At$89
Rafting Sarapiqui River Class III-IV

The Sarapiquí River is known as a rafting hotspot. These Class III and Class IV rapids offer significant technical challenges as well as lush, jungle scenery.

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Sarapiquí River Rafting

Rafting|7 hours

Arenal

4.8 / 5.0
Starting At$80
Sarapiquí River Rafting

Sarapiquí River is one of Costa Rica’s loveliest and most exciting destinations for rafting. This tour takes you down some of the swiftest parts of the river,...

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One Day Adventure Combo

2-in-1 combo|10 hours

San Jose

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$126
One Day Adventure Combo

Costa Rica offers different kinds of white water rafting where the adrenaline shoots to the limit and fascinating canopy tours can be experienced from the top of...

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Sarapiqui River Safari Guided Tour

3-in-1 combo|2 hours

Sarapiqui

4.1 / 5.0
Starting At$35
Sarapiqui River Safari Guided Tour

The Sarapiqui River flows along the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua and is home to some of the country's most gorgeous scenery. During this 2-hour river...

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Sarapiqui One Day Tour

3-in-1 combo|8 hours

Sarapiqui

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Starting At$75
Sarapiqui One Day Tour

This tour combines a safari-style float on the Sarapiquí River with a hike through the forest. As such, it is a fantastic way to experience both riparian and...

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La Quinta Country Inn

Sarapiqui

Air Conditioning

Bar

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4.7 / 5.0
From$124

La Quinta Country Inn

La Quinta Country Inn is located in the northeastern portion of Cost Rica, in Sarapiqui, just 60 miles from San Jose. Surrounded by tropical rainforest, private reserves...

4.7 / 5.0
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Hacienda Pozo Azul Adventures

Sarapiqui

Bar

Cable TV

Free Breakfast

Restaurant

Wireless Internet

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4.6 / 5.0
From$99

Hacienda Pozo Azul Adventures

Hacienda Pozo Azul Adventures can be found just 90 minutes north of San Jose, in the Sarapiqui valley. This valley is known throughout Costa Rica for its amazing, rich...

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Hotel Bambu

Sarapiqui

Air Conditioning

Cable TV

Restaurant

Swimming Pool

Wireless Internet

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3.9 / 5.0
From$88

Hotel Bambu

Located at the heart of Puerto Viejo in Sarapiqui, neighbors of the exuberant tropical rain forest, Hotel El Bambu offers comfortable and pleasant accommodations on the...

3.9 / 5.0
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Sueno Azul Hotel and Spa

Sarapiqui

Jacuzzi

Restaurant

Swimming Pool

Wireless Internet

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4.1 / 5.0
From$150

Sueno Azul Hotel and Spa

The Sueno Azul Hotel & Spa is located in Horquetas of Sarapiqui, only an hour and fifteen minute drive from San Jose. The nature and beauty that thrives in this area...

4.1 / 5.0
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Sarapiquis Rain Forest Lodge

Sarapiqui

Bar

Cable TV

Restaurant

Swimming Pool

Wireless Internet

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4.8 / 5.0
From$110

Sarapiquis Rain Forest Lodge

The Sarapiqui Neotropical Center is located in the Sarapiqui river valley, in the northeastern region of the country, just two hours from San Jose. This area is...

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Poas Volcano Lodge

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Bar

Free Breakfast

Restaurant

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4.8 / 5.0
From$164

Poas Volcano Lodge

The Poas Volcano Lodge is situated in Costa Rica’s Central Valley outside the capital city of San José. Nestled between the Poás and Barva volcanoes at an elevation of...

4.8 / 5.0
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