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Sarapiqui River
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.

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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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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
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  • 8 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

Safari on Sarapiqui River From San Jose

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
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  • 7 hours
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White Water Rafting

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.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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White Water Rafting

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.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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White Water Rafting

Whitewater River Rafting Class III-IV from San Jose to Arenal

If your Costa Rica itinerary includes traveling from San Jose to Arenal, turn the trip into an adventure with this whitewater rafting tour and transfer. Tackle class III and IV rapids on the Sarapiqui River that winds through the rain forest, taking a break for swimming and a tropical fruit snack among the wildlife-rich river banks. Reward your wet and wild efforts with lunch at a traditional country estate before being dropped off at your La Fortuna–area hotel
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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White Water Rafting

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.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

White Water Rafting Sarapiquí |Class III-IV From Arenal

Get outside and experience the adrenalin rush of white-water rafting on Costa Rica’s Sarapiqui River on this guided tour that includes scenic drive and local lunch. Learn what to expect during your thrill-ride down the river and push off to tackle challenging class III and IV rapids. Take in the lush, jungle scenery throughout the 9-mile (13-kilometer) run and rest during a snack break at the halfway point.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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White Water Rafting

Rafting Sarapiqui River | Class II - III From Sarapiqui

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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

White Water Rafting Class III- IV From Sarapiquí

For experienced and keen rafters, this guided, full-day, white-water rafting adventure that traverses 12 class IV technical rapids presents an exciting challenge. Get your adrenaline pumping as you tackle 6.5-miles (11-kilometers) of the Sarapiquí River with your fellow rafters and certified guide.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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

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 withnearly 22 kilometers of lush and vibrant rainforest.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trips

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NEW! Jungle Safari Float on Sarapiqui River

Families love this La Fortuna Safari Float. A perfect tour for all ages! One of the best Arenal tours for families visiting La Fortuna and those who want to take it easy on their vacation in Costa Rica.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Day Trips

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

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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Full day kayaking and biking at Sarapiqui from San Jose with lunch

The canton includes the major portion of the Province of Heredia, and is named for its major waterway, the Sarapiquí River. The western half of the canton gives way to the San Carlos Plain. Heredia's provincial border with Alajuela, which runs through the middle of the San Carlos Plain, marks the canton's western limit. Rio Cuarto has the best vegetation and fauna of the country with a lots of rivers and lagoons. Discover two beutiful lagoons at the mountains bikes with spectaculars views and having a typical lunch at the incredibles restaurants with views, after take a rest lets take the kayaks to explore the lagoons.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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Day Trips

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

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 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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HALF DAY SARAPIQUI CLASS IV ADVENTURE

STRAP ON, because you are about to feel like you are being launched out of a rocket! The action starts on this run immediately, and you will understand why this section is the favorite run for adventure seekers in this part of Costa Rica. Location: San Miguel de Sarapiqui, Epic Adventure Center, 500 meters north from the Red Cross Includes: transportation from/to our Center, guide, equipment and snacks
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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

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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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La Fortuna to San Jose FULL Rafting on the Sarapiqui Jungle Run Class 3-4

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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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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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  • 8 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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

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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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White water rafting Sarapiqui river class 3-4

Whether you're a first-timer or a rafting expert, this class 3-4 white water rafting trip is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping!Build up the anticipation as you receive your safety gear and instructions on the bank of the Sarapiqui River! Our "paparrazzi" photographer will be ready to snap the best shots as you embark on your Costa Rica rafting adventure.You'll hit the water and your adrenaline levels will soar as you experience over 40 exciting rapids along 12 km of lush, vibrant rainforest! Feel the rush of excitement as you tackle rolling rapids like "The Terminator" and "Dos Locos."Take a break about half-way down the river and enjoy a refreshing tropical fruit snack as you take in the beauty of the nature surrounding you. Feel free to go for a swim or just relax with the rest of the group!Get back on the water and finish your unforgettable river adventure! When you reach the end, you'll enjoy a delicious lunch before heading back to your hotel
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Safaris

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

Safaris

Safari Float Sarapiqui River From Sarapiquí

The best safari float in a large river surrounded by incomparable jungle beauty! Enjoy 2 ½ hours immersed in the lush tropical rainforest, floating along the Sarapiqui River which lies next to important reserves renowned for their biodiversity. Exotic amphibians, countless tropical birds, otters, fish, sloths, iguanas, and incredible flora will make this experience unforgettable.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Day Trips

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

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

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
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  • 9 hours
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