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.
- 7 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 7:30 AM, 8:30 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Your tour begins with a 1.5-hour drive through scenic pineapple, papaya, and yucca fields. On the day of the tour your guide will choose from several runs on two different rivers, depending on the conditions the weather and water conditions.
Upon reaching your rafting destination, your skilled guides will review the rules and safety guidelines before you take the plunge into the river. Guides on this tour are friendly and prepared to help you feel comfortable with your equipment.
Halfway through the trip you'll get to take a break on the scenic bank of the river. All together you can expect to spend between 2.5 and 3 hours on the river.
At the end of the journey your tour will continue to a restaurant, where you’ll eat a typical Costa Rican lunch, including gallo pinto (rice and beans), along with fresh fruit. When you emerge from the water your river guides will give you a cold drink and a dry towel. Before you eat lunch you’ll get to change clothes.
Please be advised that this tour is not possible for pregnant women, people who have had recent surgeries, people who have suffered recent injuries, and people with heart problems.
Arenal and San José rafting link: Round trip transportation from San José is not available.
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.
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What to Bring
Closed toed water shoes, quick drying clothing, sunscreen, and a change of clothes.
Transportation to and from your hotel, bilingual certified guides, towels, lunch, fruit, snacks, and drinks.
Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “BOOKING REQUEST” for full details.
One of the highlights of our trip! Very exciting and so much fun! Our guide was really knowledgeable and safely got us down the river. The rapids were thrilling and this was a great way to start our vacation!
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