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

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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8 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


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

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Driver and professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Equipment: Raft, paddles, rafting vest and helmet


  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Soft Drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from hotels outside of immediate La Fortuna area
  • Gratuities
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Pickup at hotels in immediate San Jose area.  Additional charge for hotels outside of immediate San Jose area.

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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What To Expect

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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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age 12 years old
  • Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Weather dependent. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is flooding or other government river closure. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Participants will get wet, please dress ready to raft in bathing suit and shoes that will stay on feet. No flip-flops allowed
  • Not responsible for items lost or damaged on river or the bus, please do not take anything on the river that you are not willing to lose, please make sure you have all your items before getting off the bus at the end of the day
  • This tour requires a 2 passenger minimum to book
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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(888) 651-9785
(888) 651-9785
Product code: 16121P4

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