Take a wet and wild ride down the Sarapiquí River on a thrilling white-water rafting tour! Paddle your way through Class III and IV rapids while surrounded by the lush tropical scenery of the Costa Rican rain forest. Refuel with a tropical snack on the river bank, and reward your white-water victory with a hearty lunch at an authentic restaurant. The tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off from La Fortuna.
Whitewater rafting trip down the Sarapiquí River in Costa Rica
Splash and bump along through Class III and IV rapids in the rainforest
Dig into a hearty Costa Rican lunch at a rustic local restaurant after rafting
Safety briefing, gear and instruction provided by first aid–certified professional guides
Snacks, lunch and round-trip transport from most La Fortuna hotels included
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Unlike gentler options, this white-water tour offers maximum thrills—ideal for experienced rafters.
Prepare to get soaked on this adrenaline-boosting ride down the Rio Sarapiquí! After morning pickup at your La Fortuna hotel, enjoy the scenic 2-hour drive to the launch site near the town of San Miguel de Sarapiquí. Gear up with a helmet, life vest and paddle, and receive a safety briefing from your expert rafting guide.
Test your mettle as you navigate through 30 Class III and IV rapids with names like the Terminator, the Pipeline and Dos Locos. Your guide will offer tips and techniques to help you triumph through the churning chutes. A professional photographer follows in a separate raft to capture all the action on film so you can focus on paddling. You can purchase photos at the end of the tour.
Midway through the 6-mile (10-km) descent, take a riverside break and recharge with a snack of tropical fruit. You may have a chance to swim in calmer waters or even splash into the river off of a cliff. Hop back in the raft to continue the white-knuckle adventure for another several miles.
Celebrate your triumph over the Sarapiquí with a savory lunch at a local restaurant. Shower and change into dry clothes before the return drive to La Fortuna.
Reviews by Viator travelers
This was such an exciting trip. And...
, Jul 2017
This was such an exciting trip. And our tour guide, Maurice, was outstanding. Besides making sure we were all safe he made it FUN. He purposely caught us in waterfalls and spun us to make the adventure even more memorable. As though 3s and 4s weren't exciting enough! He even let my daughter ride on the front of the boat! All the guides created a fun brothership and their comradery was infectious. Highly highly recommend this tour!
This was the best tour we did. Don't be afraid of the class of Rapids. Most of us have never rated before but this was totally worth it. The food was amazing but very small portions. Still best trip we did, just take a snack with you too. You'll need it.