6 Hour White Water Rafting in Sarapiqui River Class 3 and 4

Costa Rica is known for world-class rafting and the Class III-IV rapids of the Río Sarapiquí won’t disappoint. Fed by waters from Poas Volcano, you will raft 13 km (9 miles) through dramatic scenery on your adrenaline-packed ride on continuous white-water rapids. The Sarapiqui River is only 15 minutes apart. Rafting time varies between 2.5 and 3 hours depending on daily water flow changes.

Your journey begins with a 1.5-hour scenic drive that winds through plantations of papaya, pineapple, and yucca at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano. Once you reach the “put-in” spot, trained guides will go over the safety procedure and rules to prepare you for your paddling responsibilities. Once you know the rules and show you are familiar with the commands – you are ready to take the plunge. You will push off and head down the river with your experienced guide. The Sarapiqui River winds through spectacular greenery, so between rapids, you might be treated to sights of monkeys, toucans, and other tropical wildlife. At the halfway point you will take a break while your guides prepare some delicious snacks and tropical fruit on the river bank, so you can refuel, surrounded by the serene and majestic beauty of the rainforest. After your snack, it is time to hit the rapids again for more heart-pumping excitement. At the “take out” spot, you will be greeted with an icy beverage and dry towel. Just a short jaunt down the road, you will change into dry clothing and enjoy a delicious, typical Costa Rican lunch, where you can recount the adventure shared by your fellow rafters.

Your rafting trip is sure to be one of the highlights of your Costa Rican vacation.

Tour Duration: Approx 6 hours

Zone: North Zone
Location: Sarapiquí See map
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The Departure time may vary, we’ll confirm the time with you.

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What’s included

  • Towel
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Bilingual certified guide
  • Fruits and snacks on the river
  • Transportation to and from some La Fortuna hotels

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Bathing Suit
  • Change of dry clothes
  • River shoes with a heel strap
  • Vaccination card or copy



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