Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose

Province of Cartago, Costa Rica

From $85.00 USD

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


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!

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned van or coach (depending on the group size)
  • Certified guide
  • All river-rafting equipment
  • Lunch


  • Gratuities
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Tour departs from select San Jose hotels

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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What To Expect

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 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 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.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Please bring a swimsuit, towel, sandals and a change of clothes
  • Note: During the rainy season, the tour is subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date/tour option
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
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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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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Apr 2017

This activity is sort of ok but let me tell you the truth: it says you get picked up at your hotel. Truth: someone walks to your hotel to pick you up and you walk 15 minutes with them to reach the van. The ad says you get the use of a wet suit. Truth: the wet suits are old and ripped. It says that you have a professional English speaking guide. Truth: the guide speaks limited English. The ad says that you have a guaranteed security team. Truth: I don't have any idea what that is but we didn't have one. More truth: the water is so cold that you should be told to bring VERY warm clothing to wear after the rafting. The sauna is not warm, the showers are cold. The zip lining is poor and the gloves are ripped. On the positive side: our raft guide Cesear was friendly and helpful. IF I had known then what I know now, I would have gone with a different company not with: Bamba Experience.

, Apr 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!!!

, Dec 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
, Aug 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
, Aug 2014

Wonderful trip, and nice river-man.

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