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Best Whitewater Rafting Sarapiqui River, Costa Rica, Class II-III

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Rafting in The Sarapiqui River Class II III
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Appease your appetite for adventure during an exhilarating 3-hour rafting session on the Sarapiqui River from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui . With an experienced guide, conquer the Class II and III rapids on the river’s most intense section and feel your adrenaline levels surge. During calmer periods, marvel at the abundance of exotic wildlife on the banks of the Sarapiqui River and listen to fascinating commentary from your guide.
  • 3-hour white water rafting experience on the Sarapiqui River from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
  • Paddle through intensive Class II and III rapids with an experienced guide
  • Observe the abundance of exotic wildlife during calmer sections of the river
  • Receive All rafting equipment and certified instructor is included on this tour.

What's Included

  • Includes: Kayak and safety equipment rental Certified instructor/tour guide Transportation to and from our base sites to the paddling location Tropical fruit and tropical coconut cocktail Sugar cane tour Self-guided botanical tour
  • Fruits, yucca snack and a little demostration of ¨Caña de Azucar´´
  • Bath Towel
  • Extra services of Vegan Restaurant for additional price in the menu
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Photos (available for purchase after the tour with additional price of $35) it's not mandatory

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Sarapiqui Outdoor Center - Costa Rica
    75 metros norte del Ebais, Heredia, La Virgen, Costa Rica

    We are approximately ***2 hours*** away from the city of San José. Take travel time into account, verifying that access routes do not present interruptions to avoid delays in tour departures.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Sarapiqui River

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • You will be required to sign a waiver upon tour check-in
  • Recommend you bring: Sunscreen, string or strap to secure your glasses, clothes to change into after the tour
  • Recommend you wear: Swimsuit, Shorts or long pants (for sun protection only - no jeans), tennis shoes or sandals with ankle straps (no flip flops), light rain jacket and/or polypropylene, wool shirts for cool or rainy days. Cotton T-shirts for sunny days only (they make you colder when wet)
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
  • For your safety, the 8.30 am schedule may change because the river level.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Ben_A
Good rapids, despite being relatively low depth for the time of the season. Eric, our guide/pilot(?) was really clear & thorough in his pre-rafting briefing. Excellent communication throughout the adventure & we felt safe, but positively challenged, throughout the course. David, the company owner & safety kayaker on the day, was really helpful & also gave us loads of really interesting local knowledge which further enhanced the experience. The lunch provided afterwards was (vegan) tasty & filled a hole. David even included us in a demonstration of how sugar cane juice used to be made. This was a nice, unexpected addition, which enhanced the experience by learning more about the local history of the Costa Rican ways. And finally, a positive mention to receptionist Tatiana, who was super helpful, friendly & fun. A great adventure all round & highly recommended!!

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Book this authentic, family-run, Sarapiqui rafting experience!
Ben_A, Apr 2024
Good rapids, despite being relatively low depth for the time of the season. Eric, our guide/pilot(?) was really clear & thorough in his pre-rafting briefing. Excellent communication throughout the adventure & we felt safe, but positively challenged, throughout the course. David, the company owner & safety kayaker on the day, was really helpful & also gave us loads of really interesting local knowledge which further enhanced the experience. The lunch provided afterwards was (vegan) tasty & filled a hole. David even included us in a demonstration of how sugar cane juice used to be made. This was a nice, unexpected addition, which enhanced the experience by learning more about the local history of the Costa Rican ways. And finally, a positive mention to receptionist Tatiana, who was super helpful, friendly & fun. A great adventure all round & highly recommended!!
Fun rafting in the jungle
Peter_G, Jan 2024
We had the raft to ourselves (with guide Arturo and kayak spotter, Tucan.) Arturo knew his birds and had good stories of the river. He was a lot of fun. We had a great snack afterwards with a crushed sugarcane drink!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
thank you for your comment
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Tammy_F, Dec 2023
Absolute rip off! They tell you they will pick you up from your hotel, I made sure it included transportation and had to put the name of my hotel in. Was on another tour the day before so very limited access to WiFi. I got confirmation the night before of pickup time, however a few hours later when I had access to WiFi again the destination had been changed and no longer had transportation and everyone all of a sudden developed amnesia that they had ever included transportation!!! Book rafting directly with your hotel because Viator can’t or won’t verify after they change description
Great family experience on beautiful river
Pamela_M, Sep 2023
Great guides, lovely experience for our family (included a younger son). The river was just beautiful. We drove there from San Jose past Poas (easy, about 1 hou each way), and so far this is the prettiest place in CR for me. It was an easy commute and great rafting experience. The guides were so thoughtful pointing our flora/fauna along the way. Really made this a special memorable experience. Can't wait to come back!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you, we hope to see you soon
Great experience with a great crew
Marek_V, Aug 2023
Great experience for us and the kids. The rafting was brilliant with good care of the team (next to two rafts we did have a guide in a kayak to help). Rapids were good enough for us parents to enjoy, whilst it was really impressive for the kids (9 and 11 yrs) without being too much. After the rafting we had great lunch included, with fresh fruit, cassave, coffee and self-made sugar cane
Response from Host, Aug 2023
we are glad to know that it was a great experiance.
River too low
Rebecca_J, May 2023
Our guide was nice and very knowledgeable of the River but the water was just too low, we kept getting stuck on the rocks. Since the river level is controlled by a dam, it seems this would be an easy problem to fix. Just don’t offer the tour this early in the day, wait until the water has risen enough for us to actually raft down it.
Response from Host, May 2023
you opinion is very important to us,thanks you for coming
Great company
Evan_A, Jan 2023
Great guides, very attentive and invested in a wonderful experience. Awesome vegan snack afterwards. River is beautiful, saw Monkeys, Sloth, Tucán
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you Evan, hope see you again!
It was our first...
Pavan_A, Dec 2022
It was our first experience white water rafting and it was wonderful . The entire staff was very friendly, the security instructions were detailed and guide Aturo was very knowledgeable. David our photographer and savior along the way was funny, caring and made the best sugarcane juice. Fabian, the front desk person was cordial and took care of us throughout and after the trip. There were 10-12 rapids through our journey which lasted a couple of hours. The kids even got to swim during the journey which was a high point . The guide pointed out many birds and animals and sighting an iguana lazing on the banks made our day! The snacks and coffee at the end was a nice touch. One the best experiences of our Costa Rica trip👍🏼 Would highly recommend it!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you Paval, hope see you again :D
Amazing rafting tour!
Jol_W, Apr 2022
Amazing rafting tour. As we were doing the rafting tour in April, at the end of the dry season, the water level was relatively low. Nonetheless we had an exciting tour and it was totally worth it. All guides were very friendly, speak good English (useful in our case as our Spanish does not suffice) and have pointed out several typically Costa Rican animals, among which is the Toucan. The Sarapiqui Outdoor Center has changing rooms and restrooms. After the tour we got towels and we were brought back to the Outdoor Center. Once there, a nice fruits meal had already been prepared. Perfect service!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience with us, we are thrilled you enjoyed your time at the Sarapiqui Outdoor Centre. We hope to see you again!!
Amazing Adventure
Alexis_Y, Dec 2021
This tour was exhilarating! The tour guides were fantastic— they were all patient, knowledgeable and experts at navigating us safely through the rapids. Before we began, they taught us the commands we’d need to follow and gave us time to review an instruction manual and practice in the raft before we took off. Don’t skip the delicious complimentary fruit or the meals available for purchase!
Outstanding Rafting Experience
Aruna_T, Dec 2021
Outstanding experience. Our family of 6 (3 kids) were new to rafting. The guides were extremely good and knowledgeable and made us feel very comfortable. In addition to their mastery of the (c)raft, our guide also had good knowledge of local wildlife. At the end of the rafting, we got to sample some fresh fruit and great Costa Rica coffee! Highly recommended.
Fun, and amazing experience
RUTH_R, Nov 2021
It was a very fun and wonderful experience! It was knowledgeable as well, and in my opinion you get more than what you pay for!
Super expérience
damien_L, Dec 2023
Super guide, personnel très compétent gentil avec plein d’explications faune et flore locale. Très bon moment avec les enfants
Pura vida
JUNE_G, Jul 2023
Fue una experiencia muy completa porque no solo hicimos rafting. Al terminar, nos invitaron a un almuerzo-cena típico de la zona y nos enseñaron cómo hacer jugo de caña de azúcar. Pudimos prensar nosotros mismos la caña y ver cómo hacían el café de la forma tradicional. Fue muy completo.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Genial!!!! pura vidaaaa!!!! ustedes son exelentes personas
¡Riquísimo el rafting!
Lupita_R, Dec 2022
Las personas del lugar muy amables, cuidadosas y atentas. Se divierte uno en forma muy segura. Sus instalaciones son pequeñas pero limpias y suficientes. ¡Súper divertido y finaliza uno con un fresco alimento!
Super accueillant
77evelyne, Oct 2019
L’équipe de Sarapiquí Outdoor center est super accueillante. La descente est rafting était géniale. Les fruits servis étaient excellents et le guaro également. Nous avons vu plein d’animaux. Merci à David et Jean Carlos d’avoir partager avec nous leurs connaissances. Nous recommandons vivement cette activité avec ce centre.
Response from Host, Sep 2020
Merci beaucoup pour votre avis et pour votre aide à nos bénédictions familiales, David

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