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Sarapiqui River (Rio Sarapiquí) Tours

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Sarapiqui River (Rio Sarapiquí)
In 1856 this iconic Costa Rican river transported weapons, soldiers and food during the war against the filibusters. Today, Sarapiqui River (Rio Sarapiquí) has been named a national monument and is one of the country’s top destinations. Adventurous travelers can navigate the raging rapids of level III and IV white waters, while laid back visitors and families searching for fun can opt for a relaxing day tour or rive safari. 

The surrounding mountains, as well as the La Selva Biological Reserve are home to scenic landscapes and plenty of wildlife. During a river safari, keep eyes peeled for turtles, sloths, monkeys and iguanas, as well as colorful tropical birds found only here! And travelers who prefer to keep their feet on land can still catch their share of rugged beauty on hikes on the reserve’s epic trails.

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The river serves as the eastern border of Sarapiqui Canton and is a key hub for local fishermen and tourism. It runs from the Central Mountain Range north of San Jose to the San Marcos River. The river often floods during heavy rains, so proceed with caution in wetter months.
Address: Central Valley, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
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Costa Rica Sarapiqui Rafting - Class II-III Enjoy the river!Half-day Tours

Costa Rica Sarapiqui Rafting - Class II-III Enjoy the river!

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Appease your appetite for adventure during an exhilarating 3-hour rafting session on the Sarapiqui River from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui . With an experienced guide, conquer the Class II and III rapids on the river’s most intense section and feel your adrenaline levels surge. During calmer periods, marvel at the abundance of exotic wildlife on the banks of the Sarapiqui River and listen to fascinating commentary from your guide. All rafting equipment and round-trip transportation from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui is included on this tour.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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White Water Rafting Sarapiqui River | Class II - III Day Trips

White Water Rafting Sarapiqui River | Class II - III

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Explore the Sarapiquí River on a guided white-water adventure from Puerto Viejo. After a convenient hotel pickup, embark on your journey to La Virgen de Sarapiquí. Plow through class-II rapids that are ideal for both a beginner and an experienced paddler. Enjoy incredible jungle scenery and wildlife on your 10-mile (16-kilometer) trip downriver. 
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Irazu Volcano, Cartago Ruins and Sarapiqui River Tour from San JoseDay Trips

Irazu Volcano, Cartago Ruins and Sarapiqui River Tour from San Jose

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Discover Costa Rica's famous natural beauty, historical treasures, and fresh flavors on this full-day tour from San Jose. Visit the ruins of a 16th-century church in Cartago, soak up an awe-inspiring views into the crater of Irazú Volcano, and spot native wildlife such as sloths, crocodiles, and monkeys on a cruise down the Sarapiquí River. Savor a traditional lunch at a private farm and drive through the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park to round out a memorable day.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Free Cancellation
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Safari on Sarapiqui River From San JoseDay Trips

Safari on Sarapiqui River From San Jose

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Escape the city for a day in the wild on this full-day tour from the San Jose area, including a cruise down the Sarapiqui River, visits to various animal sanctuaries at the Black Madero private wildlife reserve, and a typical buffet lunch. Make it easy to see Costa Rica’s famous wildlife on this inclusive tour featuring a sample of popular rain forest and river activities in and around Braulio Carrillo National Forest.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
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Safari Float in The Sarapiqui RiverTubing

Safari Float in The Sarapiqui River

Soak up the scenery of the Sarapiqui River without facing the fury of the white-water rapids with a relaxing safari float. Wind your way downstream along the gentlest part of the river and soak up the scenery of the Sarapiqui canyon along the way. The leisurely pace is ideal for wildlife spotting so keep a look out for howler monkeys, iguanas, sloths and hummingbirds as you drift through the rainforest. Best of all: this rafting tour is suitable for all abilities, including complete beginners, and anyone over 4 years old can take part!
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Rafting in The Sarapiqui River Class III - IVHalf-day Tours

Rafting in The Sarapiqui River Class III - IV

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Prepare to get wet and wild as you tackle the class III and IV rapids of the Sarapiqui River on this half- or full-day white-water rafting adventure from La Virgen. Marvel over the dramatic scenery and lush rainforest of the Sarapiqui canyon as you hurtle downstream, then re-fuel with lunch (full-day tour only) or refreshments by the waterfront. Best of all: the rapids are suitable for all abilities, including complete beginners, and anyone over 14 can give it a go!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
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Safari Float Sarapiqui River From San JoseNature and Wildlife

Safari Float Sarapiqui River From San Jose

Experience the scenic beauty and wildlife of Costa Rica’s Sarapiqui River on this half-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, get outfitted with all the necessary equipment and begin paddling through lush rainforest. Learn about the region’s biodiversity from a knowledgeable local guide while searching for amphibians, birds, otters, sloths, and other native animals. Enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch before returning to your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-day Cartago Ruins, Irazú Volcano and Sarapiquí River Cruise From San JoseDay Cruises

Full-day Cartago Ruins, Irazú Volcano and Sarapiquí River Cruise From San Jose

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Discover Costa Rica’s historic sites, natural wonders, and native wildlife on this full-day tour from San Jose. Learn more about Costa Rica’s former capital at the Cartago ruins, admire views of Irazú Volcano, spot crocodiles as you cruise down the Sarapiquí River, and take in the highlights of the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and all activities.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Irazu Volcano & Boat on Sarapiqui River From San JoseDay Trips

Irazu Volcano & Boat on Sarapiqui River From San Jose

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See some of Costa Rica’s most famous cultural and natural attractions in a single day on this guided tour from San Jose. Travel quickly and hassle-free with a guide who takes you to must-see spots such as the Cartago ruins, the Irazú Volcano, and the Sarapiqui River for an animal-watching boat ride.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sarapiqui River Boat Tour and Zipline AdventureDay Trips

Sarapiqui River Boat Tour and Zipline Adventure

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Discover Costa Rica's famous biodiversity by water and by air on this action-packed combo tour from San Jose. Cruise up the Sarapiqui River on a boat tour, passing through the wildlife-rich forests of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Then, get a different perspective of the rain forest as you soar through the treetops on a thrilling zipline adventure. Back on solid ground, enjoy a delicious lunch at a private reserve and get a closer look at native species at a butterfly garden and reptile sanctuary.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kayak Jungle Tour - Sarapiqui River - Costa RicaKayaking

Kayak Jungle Tour - Sarapiqui River - Costa Rica

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Beginner kayakers are at ease on this Sarapiqui River kayaking tour. Roll over mild class I and II rapids on your way to wildlife watching zones along the river, which runs through a biodiverse section of the jungle. You might see tropical birds, wild orchids, and more as you follow your guide along the course.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Jose Whitewater Rafting One Day Tour on the Sarapiqui River Class 2-3Day Trips

San Jose Whitewater Rafting One Day Tour on the Sarapiqui River Class 2-3

Turn your day of travel into an action-packed adventure! Go Rafting on the Sarapiqui River class 2-3 from San Jose!  Visit Pozo Azul's amazing waterfall. Excellent chose for families that want to enjoy nature and natural cool crystal clear waters. The Sarapiqui River is perfect for all nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and people who are looking for an easy-going adventure. It's easy to get from San Jose to this exciting white water rafting trip and end back up in San Jose. You'll love this amazing day of adventure!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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San José to La Fortuna Whitewater Rafting on the Sarapiqui River Class 2-3Day Trips

San José to La Fortuna Whitewater Rafting on the Sarapiqui River Class 2-3

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Visit Pozo Azul's beautiful waterfall then prepare your self for our Class 2-3 rafting on the Sarapiqui River is perfect for all nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and people who are looking for an easy-going adventure! Challenge yourself as you paddle down 11 kilometers of exciting rapids. As you descend down the river, you’ll have a chance to admire the lush greenery, vines, and different types of insects, birds, and animals, like monkeys and sloths. About halfway down the river, you’ll have a chance to see the river rapids from the shore while enjoying fresh tropical fruit and relaxing with the rest of your group! Make your transfer a unique and very fun adventure while heading to your next vacation destination.
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  • 8 hours
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San Jose to La Fortuna Jungle Safari Float on the Sarapiqui RiverDay Trips

San Jose to La Fortuna Jungle Safari Float on the Sarapiqui River

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Visit Pozo Azul's beautiful waterfall then prepare your self to fall deeply in love with our  2hrs Jungle Safari float! Float next to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (San Juan La Selva Biological Corridor) where you will have the chance to see the abundance of nature and wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer. An unforgettable day to enjoy with your family nature and cool crystal waters! Make your transfer a unique and very fun adventure while heading to your next vacation destination.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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San Jose One Day tour Jungle Safari Float on the Sarapiqui RiverDay Trips

San Jose One Day tour Jungle Safari Float on the Sarapiqui River

Take a great trip out of the big city to come see the abundance of nature and wildlife. Visit Pozo Azul's beautiful waterfall and prepare your self to fall in love of our Jungle Safari Float in Sarapiqui! This river trip is a smooth two-hour paddle down the quiet Sarapiqui River on the class 1 section and is great for nature lovers of all ages, especially children and their parents! Your naturalist 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!
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  • 8 hours
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Sarapiqui River Cruise & Rain forest Hanging Bridge Walk. Private TourDay Trips

Sarapiqui River Cruise & Rain forest Hanging Bridge Walk. Private Tour

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The driving distance from San Jose to Sarapiqui will take about 90 minutes. Along the way, enjoy the beauty of the second largest National Park in Costa Rica: The Braulio Carrillo. Sarapiqui is the name of the river and it is the most important tourist attraction in the region. In the Upper part, the river is perfect for the practice of the Whitewater Rafting. In the Lower Part, boat tours, transfers and fishing are important economic activities. During this 2-hour river safari, you will ride a comfortable boat down the Sarapiqui River and enjoy the very rich wildlife of this region. In there, it is easy to see Howler Monkeys, White-Faced Capuchin Monkeys, Sloths, Toucans, Crocodiles. Giant Iguanas, River Turtles, Otters, many aquatic birds and more. After the boat safari, taste the local flavours with a delicious lunch, before continuing our journey to Tirimbina Reserve, where a nature walk into the rainforest will complement this amazing ecological experience.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 9 hours
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Semi Private La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui River from San JoseDay Trips

Semi Private La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui River from San Jose

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See Costa Rica’s iconic La Paz waterfall during this full-day guided, tour with animal sanctuary visit and an eco-boat ride down the famous Sarapiqui River. Get up close and personal with toucans and monkeys and learn about the five waterfalls, flowers, and rainforest within the sanctuary. Afterward, absorb the biodiversity on a relaxing boat trip down the Sarapiqui river ecosystem surrounded by wildlife in the water and on land.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Jose Combo Tour: Horseback Riding and Sarapiquí River Boat RideDay Trips

San Jose Combo Tour: Horseback Riding and Sarapiquí River Boat Ride

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Spend a full day discovering the beauty of Costa Rica’s rain forest on this guided combo tour to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí. Cruise down the Sarapiquí River on a riverboat, and then delve deeper into the jungle on a horseback ride while learning about native plants and wildlife from your knowledgeable guide. Round-trip hotel transport from San Jose and an authentic Costa Rican lunch are included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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San Jose One Day FULL Whitewater Rafting Sarapiqui Jungle Run Class 3-4 Day Trips

San Jose One Day FULL Whitewater Rafting Sarapiqui Jungle Run Class 3-4

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Get ready to enjoy one of Costa Rica's most exuberant and exciting rivers! White water rafting on the Sarapiqui River is considered one of the "Must-Do" Costa Rica tours. You'll experience over 45 exciting rapids with names like "The Terminator" and "Dos Locos" on this FULL DAY class 3-4 rafting trip. Whether you are a first-timer or a rafting expert, this rafting trip will guarantee to get your adrenaline pumping! Spend 3.5-hours of your best journey down the Sarapiqui River on a FULL DAY rafting adventure with nearly 22 kilometers of lush and vibrant rainforest.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Whitewater Rafting and Horseback Riding Combo. Private TourDay Trips

Whitewater Rafting and Horseback Riding Combo. Private Tour

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Enjoy two outdoor activities in one day on this 8-hour private combo tour from San Jose. With a naturalist guide, visit the Sarapiqui region of Costa Rica for both adventures — whitewater rafting and horseback riding. Lunch and private transportation are included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Costa Rica in EcolodgesMulti-day Tours

Costa Rica in Ecolodges

Prepare to drive along the national roads of Costa Rica and admire its beautiful landscapes, you will know places that have a large part of the country's biodiversity, rest in the most comfortable and attractive lodges surrounded by forests and exotic fauna that are found along the Great green areas of Costa Rica.
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  • 12 days
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Costa Rica Rivers and MountainsMulti-day Tours

Costa Rica Rivers and Mountains

You will have the possibility to move as a national driver during the national roads and enjoy the best landscapes and comforts that Costa Rica can offer you, you can visit mountainous forests, contemplate the amazing magic of Río Celeste and enjoy the warm warmth of Manuel's sun Antonio and appreciate the beautiful views that the Arenal Volcano can offer you.
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  • 13 days
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Day Trip from San Jose to La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui RiverDay Trips

Day Trip from San Jose to La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui River

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Experience the bio diversity and natural majesty of Costa Rica’s most-visited nature reserve on this full-day, guided tour to La Paz Waterfall gardens with safari boat tour on the Sarapiqui River included. Learn about and see exotic animals and insects living in the animal sanctuary. Relax during a boat cruise as your guide points out monkeys, birds, sloth, ocelots, jaguar and more along the shore line.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Coast to Coast Expedition 10D/9N Vacation PackageMulti-day Tours

Coast to Coast Expedition 10D/9N Vacation Package

Enjoy with us some of the best Costa Rica destinations, tours and experiences with this unique vacation package specially designed for nature lovers and adventurous people looking for an unforgettable experience in Costa Rica This vacation package includes 10 days and 9 nights in high quality hotels, exclusive tours, meals listed in itinerary, professional naturalist tour guides, deluxe transportation service and the visit the beautiful following Costa Rican destinations: San Jose, Tortuguero National Park, Sarapiqui, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs and Manuel Antonio National Park.
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  • 10 days
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  • 10 days
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