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San Jose One Day: Sarapiqui Class 2&3 Rafting Adventure

1. San Jose One Day: Sarapiqui Class 2&3 Rafting Adventure

The Sarapiqui River is famous for its lush rainforest scenery. Enjoy it up close rafting down the Jungle Run – a section of river that is home to monkeys, iguanas, and other amazing Costa Rican wildlife. Start with pickup from select hotels and travel to El Roble de Sarapiquí, where the adventure begins. Your guide will fit you with the proper gear and go over safety instructions before hitting the river. Duck, dodge, paddle, and laugh your way down the river. Along the way, the "paparrazzi" photographer will be around to catch the best action shots as your Costa Rican river adventure unfolds. About halfway down the river, stop to enjoy a refreshing tropical fruit snack, take a swim, and relax. This area is known for its variety of birdlife, so keep an eye out for interesting tropical species.  Finish the rafting adventure at the Red-Eyed Frog Restaurant, located right next to the river. Savor a traditional Costa Rican meal before heading back to your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned van with free WiFi. Photos are available for purchase from the local provider after the tour.

Sarapiqui River Rafting

2. Sarapiqui River Rafting

Ideal for those who want to combine the thrills of whitewater rafting with nature, the tour is especially suitable for beginners and intermediate rafters. The refreshing waters snake through the tropical jungle, and offer great spots to swim or pretend to be Tarzan and leap from the banks. Meet your guide at the riverside Operation Center in Chilamte Sarapiqui, leave your car in the safe parking lot, and jump on the van for a short 10 minute ride to the river or schedule a pick up from your Sarapiqui hotel. Once you arrive to the put in, the certified guides will prepare you with your professional gear and a briefing with safety commands and paddling instructions. Then, the adventure begins! Rapids with names like “Roller Coaster”, “Superman”, and “Air Force” will thrill you while the incredible surrounding flora and fauna will leave you breathless. After 2 ½ hours filled with extreme adventure, a delicious traditional lunch will be awaiting you in the riverside facilities. After lunch, you will be ready to return to your hotel to continue enjoying the charm of Sarapiqui or head on to your next destination.

Rafting Class 3-4 "Jungle Run": Río Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

3. Rafting Class 3-4 "Jungle Run": Río Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

Take an exciting break during your travels to your new vacation destination! Bring on the adrenaline and enjoy the "Jungle Run" on the Sarapiqui River. This is the perfect rafting trip for adventurous paddlers! Get piked up from your hotel and travel through small Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel de Sarapiquí. There, your professional rafting guide will give you the 101 on rafting including safety tips and technical instructions before heading on your 2 hour journey down one of Costa Rica’s most exuberant rivers! During your descent down the river, you will experience over 30 exciting rapids along 10 km of lush, vibrant rainforest. As you make your way through exciting rapids like "The Pipeline," "The Terminator," and "Dos Locos", you will get your adrenaline pumping! About half way down the river, you’ll stop and watch the rapids from the shore, while enjoying refreshing tropical fruit and relaxing with the rest of the group. Then, after the second leg of your rafting journey, you’ll finish the day with an unforgettable homemade lunch before heading to your next vacation destination!

San Jose Rafting Class 3-4 with Connection to La Fortuna

4. San Jose Rafting Class 3-4 with Connection to La Fortuna

Bring on the adrenaline and enjoy the “Jungle Run” on the Sarapiqui River, the perfect rafting trip for adventurous paddlers. Join the tour on your way from San Jose to La Fortuna or from La Fortuna to San Jose and spend the day taking on challenging rapids and admiring jungle wildlife.  The day beings with pickup from select locations in San Jose or La Fortuna. Travel through small Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel to start your rafting experience, passing La Virgen and finishing up in El Roble de Sarapiquí. Here, your professional guide will give you the 101 on rafting, including safety tips and technical instructions before starting your 3.5-hour journey down the Sarapiqui River on a full-day rafting adventure. Experience over 40 exciting rapids along nearly 22 kilometers of lush, vibrant rainforest. Make your way through exciting rapids like “The Pipeline”, “The Terminator”, and “Dos Locos”, that will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping.  About halfway down the Sarapiqui River, you’ll stop and watch the rapids from the shore, while enjoying tropical fruit and relaxing with the rest of the group. Then, after the second leg of your journey, take out right at the Red-Eyed Frog Restaurant, located on the Sarapiqui River. Savor a typical Costa Rican casado (rice with beans, plantain, and meat) and some gourmet coffee. After lunch, take advantage of the showers and changing rooms on-site before continuing on your journey.

San Jose Rafting Class 2-3 with Connection to La Fortuna

5. San Jose Rafting Class 2-3 with Connection to La Fortuna

Your experience will begin as you are picked up from your hotel in La Fortuna town. From there you will travel through small Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel to begin your rafting experience. There, your professional rafting guide will give you the "101" on rafting, including safety tips and technical instructions. You will then head out on your 3.5-hour journey down the Sarapiqui River on a full-day rafting adventure. During your Arenal rafting trip, you will experience over 40 exciting rapids along nearly 22 kilometers of lush, vibrant rainforest. You will make your way through exciting rapids such as “the Pipeline,” “the Terminator,” and “Dos Locos”, all of which are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. About halfway down the Sarapiqui River, you’ll stop and watch the rapids from the shore while enjoying refreshing tropical fruit and relaxing with your group. Following the second leg of your rafting journey, you’ll step out of the river right at the Red-Eyed Frog restaurant located right on the Sarapiqui River. The venue comes complete with changing rooms, showers, and a cool Caribbean vibe. There you will enjoy an unforgettable homemade lunch, before heading to your next destination in a comfortable air-conditioned van.

La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

6. La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

Turn your day of travel into an action-packed adventure with the Safari Float Adventure Connection! Come see the abundance of nature and wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer! This Costa Rica Safari Float is a smooth, two-hour paddle down the quiet, lower section of the Sarapiqui River. Your bilingual nature guide will paddle and steer your boat as you float down the river and point out all of the exotic wildlife such as birds, frogs, insects, and monkeys in the Costa Rican rainforest! You'll be picked up at your hotel in La Fortuna's Area and travel to a beautiful waterfall on the Pozo Azul River of Sarapiqui. Here you and your family can enjoy nature and the cool crystal clear water that the waterfall offers you. Then, head towards the Red Eye Frog restaurant located in El Roble of Sarapiqui while getting yourself ready to fall deeply in love with the 2-hour Jungle Safari float. Your eagle-eyed guide will show off Costa Rica's amazing wildlife as he points out a wide array of plant and animal species. You’ll float next to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (San Juan La Selva Biological Corridor) where there is a good possibility of seeing sloths, howler monkeys, lizards, and even black river otters. This area is also famous for the incredible amount of tropical birds such as ospreys, boat-billed herons, parrots, kingfishers and the great green macaw which is on the endangered species list. For those who want to be even closer to nature, you will have the chance to get out of the raft and into the river and refresh yourself. The Jungle Safari Float is great for nature lovers of all ages! To finish your day, return to the Red Eye Frog Restaurant to have a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch called a “Casado” along with some amazing Costa Rican gourmet coffee. Following this, drive to your next vacation destination in a comfortable air-conditioned van with free WiFi.

Sarapiqui River White Water Rafting Class IV (Extreme)

7. Sarapiqui River White Water Rafting Class IV (Extreme)

Enjoy our most challenging adventure a white water rafting tour with rapids III & IV this thrilling adventure of 2 hours is the best option for adrenaline junkies raft 9 miles 14.5 kilometers down the Rio Sarapiqui with over 30 continues rapids while leaving enough time to swim and snack on Costa Rican fruit afterwards your guide rewards you with water towels and takes you to a local restaurant at La Fortuna for lunch Rio Sarapiqui is also surrounded by lush vegetation giving the opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife during the tour including sloths iguanas tucans and monkeys.

San Jose: Sarapiqui River & La Paz Gardens Tour with Lunch

8. San Jose: Sarapiqui River & La Paz Gardens Tour with Lunch

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in San Jose and heads to the stunning La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This private nature reserve has been designed to educate visitors and provide sanctuary for rescued wildlife through a variety of gardens and exhibits. Enjoy a stroll through the park's luscious green landscapes and see rescued jaguars, colorful butterflies, exotic birds, and unique plants. Theres's also plenty of tropical cascades to admire and snap photos of for your vacation album. Later, discover the wonders of the Sarapiqui River on a relaxing boat cruise. Soak up the tranquility of the river and surrounding rainforest as you listen to the sound of bird’s chirping and trickling water. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, be dropped off back to your accommodation.

La Fortuna: Sarapiqui River Jungle Safari Float

9. La Fortuna: Sarapiqui River Jungle Safari Float

Experience the abundance of nature and wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer. This Costa Rica safari float is a smooth 2-hour paddle down the quiet, lower section of the Sarapiqui River. Your bilingual nature guide will paddle and steer your boat as you float down the river, whilst pointing out all of the exotic wildlife such as birds, frogs, insects, and monkeys in the Costa Rica rainforest. You will begin going down the river from the Red Eye Frog restaurant, which is located in El Roble de Sarapiqui. Your eagle-eyed guide will begin to show off Costa Rica's amazing wildlife, as they point out a wide array of plant and animal species. You’ll float next to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (San Juan La Selva Biological Corridor) where there is a good possibility of seeing sloths, howler monkeys, lizards, and even black-river otters. This area is also famous for its incredible amount of tropical birds such as ospreys, boat-billed herons, parrots, kingfishers, and the great green macaw, which is on the endangered species list. For those who want to be even closer to nature, you will have the chance to get out of the raft and into the river to refresh yourself along the way. To finish your day you will return to the Red Eye Frog Restaurant to enjoy a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch called a “Casado”, along with some amazing gourmet Costa Rican coffee.

Eco-Adventure Rafting and Zipline Combo

10. Eco-Adventure Rafting and Zipline Combo

Your full-day eco-adventure begins with a drive to the river that takes you through the majestic flora of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Your certified tour guide will tell you about the sights along the way. On arrival, your guide will give you a briefing on safety and paddling commands. You’ll also receive all the professional equipment you’ll need for the rafting adventure. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rafter, you’re sure to get a thrill from this wide class III+ river with its continuous rapids, huge splashes, and deep holes. Halfway through the rafting trip you’ll stop to enjoy a colorful buffet of tropical fruit on the river bank. After 2 hours of intense white water activity through more than 20 class III rapids, you’ll head to the Rainforest Aerial Tram, where a delicious hot lunch awaits. You’ll have a chance to re-energize before flying over the Sarapiqui River on an exhilarating canopy zipline tour. The route that takes you along the lush rainforest canopy includes 10 lines and 14 platforms, giving you the opportunity to see the beauty of the rainforest from up high.

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What people are saying about Sarapiqui River

Overall rating

4.9
(35 reviews)

So much damn fun, highlight of my trip so far. Our guides caught a pirahna fish with a pineapple and a piece of fishing line! One guide helped us have the most fun, and was super enthusiastic and fun to be around. Totally recommend, the rapids were SICK.

Ivan, Felix, and Daniel were excellent tour guides. They were very motivational, knowledgeable, and caring. Throughout the activity, they were always making sure that we understood all the rules and making sure that we were having a good time.

Perfect experience. The whole tour was very fun. Guide David makes the experience incredible.

Amazing driver, awesome experience. It was my first time rafting and i thoroughly enjoyed it

Everything was very good, I was really suspicious at first, but everything satisfied me.