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Test your paddling skills on the roaring Class III rapids of Costa Rica’s Chirripó River with this whitewater rafting adventure. Led by an expert guide, you’ll navigate the exciting twists and turns of the river while surrounded by a beautiful tropical forest. Select a morning or noon departure to suit your schedule. Round-trip hotel transport and lunch at a local restaurant are included.


  • Chirripó River whitewater rafting trip from San Jose
  • Learn to raft with an expert guide, no experience necessary
  • Expect to get wet as you paddle through more than 20 Class III rapids!
  • Soak up the gorgeous, lush forest scenery along sections of multi-hued water
  • Snack on a colorful fruit platter midway through the rafting trip and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch before or after rafting
  • Round-trip hotel transport from San Jose, just an hour's drive away!

What You Can Expect

Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose

Enjoy the adreline rush as you raft through the rapids!

Get your adrenaline pumping as you paddle through whitewater rapids in the midst of a stunning tropical landscape. You’ll be picked up at your San Jose hotel for the 1-hour drive to the river launch site.

Before setting out on the river, you’ll receive a brief orientation and safety training from your experienced guide. Gear up with a paddle, life vest and helmet before hopping into the raft. Once adrift on the Chirripó, you’ll be able to admire the lush scenery, with a dense emerald forest rising up from the riverbanks. You may notice the river’s copper hue, which is the result of soil deposits from nearby volcanic fields. 
Paddle hard and fast to maneuver your raft through the roaring dips and bends of more than 20 Class III rapids. Take a break from the intense action halfway through your adventure, when you’ll disembark on the riverbank for a rest and replenishing snack of fresh fruit.
After about 2 hours experiencing the thrill of the rapids, step back on solid ground. You will then enjoy lunch at this point before the return drive to San Jose.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our trip on the Chirripo River was cancelled because of dangerous conditions on the river. We however did not miss a whitewater activity.
. The tour company made arrangements to take us to another location which was safe and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We had a snack at a spot where we got out of the boat and could go swimming. We continued our trip. After a very nice lunch we headed back to our hotel.

Laura M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Beto was a wonderful guide--both on and off the water. Wali was a skilled driver who kept us safe on mountain roads between San Jose and the River. Beto is a skilled and sympathetic teacher. He's got clear communication skills and is able to anticipate what novice paddlers will do on the water. He got us through some challenging stretches of river and we all had a great time while doing it! I would definitely book this trip again!

Allen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Wonderful trip, and nice river-man.


4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

The water was at a low level and that was disappointing but our guide Stanley made the ride interesting and fun! He was funny, informative and open to our questions. Stanley was the reason the rafting turned out to be a great time! The fruit snack and jumping off the edge of the hill in to the water was an added bonus. I would recommend this excursion! Ask for Stanley - he was great!!!

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