Sarapiqui River Tours

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In 1856 this iconic Costa Rican river transported weapons, soldiers and food during the war against the filibusters. Today, Sarapiqui River 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.

Practical Info

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.
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Address: Central Valley, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
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Sarapiqui River Rafting Class II-III Rapids

Unleash your inner daredevil as you tackle the hair-raising rapids of the Sarapiqui River on this full-day tour from either San Jose or La Fortuna. Hurtle downstream over class II and III rapids like the ‘Roller Coaster’ and ‘Superman’; marvel over the dramatic scenery of the Sarapiqui canyon, then cool off with a swim. After 2.5-hours of adrenaline-fuelled fun, tuck into lunch by the riverside, before heading back to the city.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Rafting in The Sarapiqui River Class III - IV

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!
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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White Water River Rafting Class III-IV from La Fortuna-Arenal

Prepare to ‘take the plunge’ during this fun-filled, 8-hour, whitewater rafting excursion between Arenal and San Jose. Feel the adrenaline during a safe, but fun, adventure on the Class III and IV rapids of the Rio Sarapiqui or Rio Toro. Rafting equipment, snacks, beverages, and a Costa Rican-style lunch are also included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Rafting in The Sarapiqui River Class II - III

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Kayak Jungle Tour on the Sarapiqui River

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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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!
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Full-day Cartago Ruins, Irazú Volcano and Sarapiquí River Cruise From San Jose

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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Class II-III Rafting and Chocolate Tour from La Fortuna

Get a dose of Costa Rica's ‘pura vida’ lifestyle on this full-day combo tour featuring plenty of sweet treats, adventure, and relaxation. Navigate the rapids of the Balsa River on a whitewater rafting trip, learn how to turn raw cacao beans into delicious chocolate at a cacao farm, and savor lunch at a traditional country estate. The tour includes all food, drink, and equipment, plus round-trip transport from La Fortuna hotels for a stress-free day sampling Costa Rican highlights.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Sarapiqui White Water Rafting from La Fortuna

Whether you're a novice rafter or a rapid expert, this 8-hour trip down Costa Rica's Sarapiqui River is sure to please. Navigate Class III and IV rapids with a professional guide who ensures both your safety and your entertainment during the trip, which passes through 7.5 miles of tropical rain forest environments. This tour includes a typical Costa Rican lunch and round-trip transportation from your hotel.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Canopy Tour and Safari in Sarapiqui River from San José

Experience the jungle in two ways on this canopy walk and riverboat tour that gets you up close and personal with the country’s incredible bio diversity. Defy gravity by crossing 17 canopy platforms using various apparatus like a suspension bridge. See tropical animals like crocodiles, toucans, sloths, and monkeys as you float down the Sarapiqui River accompanied by a naturalist guide.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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