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

La Fortuna, Costa Rica
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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
  • Whitewater rafting tour plus transfer from San Jose to Arenal
  • Conquer class III and IV whitewater rapids on the Sarapiqui River
  • Enjoy lunch at a traditional country estate
  • Rafting instruction and all equipment included
  • Includes bus transport with luggage storage
  • Fun and exciting way to travel from the Costa Rican capital to the Arenal/La Fortuna area
Climb aboard a bus during morning pickup at your San Jose hotel, storing a change of dry clothes and other items you may need during the day above your seat. After picking up any other fellow travelers, enjoy the scenery while passing through yucca and papaya fields en route to the put-in spot on the Sarapiqui River. Get a safety orientation and instruction on paddling and commands from your river guide, and then gear up with a provided raft, paddle, safety vest, and helmet before launching onto the currents.

During the 2-hour voyage downriver, navigate class III and IV whitewater rapids with names like ‘Dredges’ and ‘Magnetic Rock.’ Soak up the lush rain forest scenery during calmer stretches, and keep an eye out for native wildlife such as sloths, monkeys, and toucans. Take a break to swim in river pools and replenish your energy with a snack of fresh tropical fruit and cold drinks.

Once you have conquered the Sarapiqui, change into dry clothes and head to a traditional country estate for a taste of Costa Rica’s pura vida lifestyle. Enjoy a delicious lunch of simple but fresh cuisine here before completing the bus journey to Arenal/La Fortuna, where you will be dropped off at your accommodations in the late afternoon just in time for check-in.
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Sarapiqui River
This exciting Class III-IV white water rafting tour begins with your pickup at your hotel in San Jose. The bus may stop at other hotels to pickup fellow rafters. Storage above your seat is available for your backpack, change of clothing and toiletry items you might need at the end of the tour.   Once you reach the river, our helpful, trained guides will go over the safety procedure to prepare you for your day of paddling. When you are familiar with the commands – you are ready to start your Rafting Adventure.  The Sarapiqui River is  action  packed  and you  wont miss a beat on  this continuous  class 3-4 river. It winds through spectacular tropical  scenery so between rapids you might be treated to sights of great Costa Rica wildlife species.  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. A delicious, typical lunch is served at a traditional country estate designed for guests to truly experience Costa Rica’s peaceful country life. Come to understand the meaning of Costa Rica’s favorite saying, “Pura Vida!” The rafting bus will take you to your La Fortuna hotel between 3:30pm and 4pm
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Best time ever
Dina N
, Jun 2019
Wave Expeditions was wonderful and so much fun. Our trip got delayed and they were able to easily accommodate us on another day for no extra money. Our guide, Yuud, along with the other guides were incredible and so much fun. The rafting was a blast and not scary at all, just a ton of fun with really great rapids. Highly recommend and would do this rafting trip again in a heart beat.

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Highly recommend this combo excursion

Full Day Class II-III Rafting and Zipline Tour from La Fortuna-Arenal | Mar 2020
The zipline and rafting adventures were both top notch! Kristal was outstanding at the zipline tour and Mario made our rafting trip memorable.
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Thrilling experience with expert guides

Full Day Class II-III Rafting and Zipline Tour from La Fortuna-Arenal | Mar 2020
The guides have a great working relationship so the instructions for all groups are clear and consistent. It was a thrilling experience and well organized! Their photographers take great action shots as well! I would definitely do it again!
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great time

Full Day Class II-III Rafting and Zipline Tour from La Fortuna-Arenal | Mar 2020
so awesome! the zipline course went over the la fortuna waterfall! the river rafting was also wonderful, some exciting parts and lovely scenery. would definitely do it again
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Rafting and Laughing

Full Day Class II-III Rafting and Zipline Tour from La Fortuna-Arenal | Mar 2020
Amazing!!! so much fun and great tour experience. Loved the lunch they took us and Jose was a great raft leader, it made the experience so much better.
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Awesome experience!

Full Day Class II-III Rafting and Zipline Tour from La Fortuna-Arenal | Mar 2020
The tour was great! It left on time, they were all nice and courteous, and we felt safe throughout the whole experience. The lunch was really good as well, and our Kayak guide (Koki) was amazing, if you can ask for him!!
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Adventurously fun !

Full Day Class II-III Rafting and Zipline Tour from La Fortuna-Arenal | Feb 2020
Definitely a highlight of our time in Costa Rica! Everyone was very kind and helped us get out of our comfort zones! Jeffery was very helpful during zip lining and Estevan was very fun for us during rafting. It made for the most adventurous extraordinary valentine day ever!
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Great tour, great lunch

White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal | Feb 2020
Great tour. Our tour guide Mario was amazing at giving instructions. Also gave us bit of history knowledge. Amazing lunch as well. Great tour for first timers.
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Relaxed nature float

Nature Wildlife Safari Float Tour from La Fortuna-Arenal | Feb 2020
This has been one of our favorite excursions so far in CR. A nice relaxed pace with a very knowledgeable guide made for a great float. A sloth, 2 species of monkey, lots of birds, a Jesus Christ lizard, just to name some of what we saw. We would definitely recommend this for anyone wanting to slow down and enjoy nature instead of zipping through it..
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Second time here.

Rainforest Waterfall Rappelling and Monkey Drop Tour from La Fortuna-Arenal | Feb 2020
All the staff were very kind and made us feel safe throughout our adventure. I loved that they took pictures for us so we didn’t have to worry about losing or breaking phones or cameras.
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Must do!

star-5Kelly S
White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal | Jan 2020
This was such an awesome tour, probably the best one from our trip! Our guide Augosto did such an awesome job! He made sure to make our trip memorable! We were fortunate to see a sloth moving!
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Full Day Class II-III Rafting and Canyoning Rappelling from La Fortuna-Arenal | Jan 2020
Absolutely one of the best excursions we have EVER booked! Guaranteed to please all! rappelling down the waterfalls was so much fun! jonathon and staff worked very hard to ensure that everyone had a great time! The white water rafting was equally fabulous! Mario and staff worked hard to find wildlife and ro navigate the exciting rapids. We would highly recommend this tour!
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Full Day Class II-III Rafting and Zipline Tour from La Fortuna-Arenal | Dec 2019
Both experiences were unreal our driver Carlos was amazing and our guide augusto kept us safe in the rapids and made it an unforgettable experience spotting two sloths for us and generally having fun!
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Rafting with Wave Expeditions

White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal | Dec 2019
My family and I went rafting with Braulio as our guide. It was an awesome experience. Braulio pointed out the wildlife as we went down the river and even pulled off to the side and found a tiny blue jean frog to show us, it was amazing. My daughter fell out of the raft at one point and Braulio was quick to get her back in safely. After the trip they took our group to a local restaurant/farm and I had the most delicious meal of my trip! It was a wonderful day spent with professional courteous people!!!!
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Pura vida!

star-5Rachel L
Class II-III Rafting and Chocolate Tour from La Fortuna | Oct 2019
We had such a great time doing this tour! The chocolate tour was at Rainforest Chocolate Your and Kevin was our tour guide. He was fantastic at explaining everything and we are all the chocolate we could ever want! Then, the bus took us to the Wave Expeditions Rafting office and we were able to purchase some water shoes before our rafting trip. Everything went smoothly thanks to Jairo, Mario, and Horacio. This was our first time rafting, but we never felt nervous and had so much fun! We are ready for class IV rapids next time! They even provided cold drinks and cervezas and watermelon and pineapple. Lunch afterwards was delicious and we were able to try sugarcane. This was easily our favorite and most well rounded tour of our trip and would wholeheartedly recommend to everyone going to La Fortuna. Thank you again!
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It was good. Easier than expected from Class 3-4 rapids

star-5Ankush G
White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal | Oct 2019
It was good. Easier than expected from Class 3-4 rapids. The transportation was good, tour was friendly & equipment was good as well.
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