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Sarapiqui River Tours

In 1856 this iconic Costa Rican river transported weapons, soldiers and food during the war against the filibusters. Today, Sarapiqui River has been named a national monument and is one of the country’s top destinations. Adventurous travelers can navigate the raging rapids of level III and IV white waters, while laid back visitors and families searching for fun can opt for a relaxing day tour or rive safari. 

The surrounding mountains, as well as the La Selva Biological Reserve are home to scenic landscapes and plenty of wildlife. During a river safari, keep eyes peeled for turtles, sloths, monkeys and iguanas, as well as colorful tropical birds found only here! And travelers who prefer to keep their feet on land can still catch their share of rugged beauty on hikes on the reserve’s epic trails.

Practical Info

The river serves as the eastern border of Sarapiqui Canton and is a key hub for local fishermen and tourism. It runs from the Central Mountain Range north of San Jose to the San Marcos River. The river often floods during heavy rains, so proceed with caution in wetter months.

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White Water River Rafting Class III-IV from La Fortuna-Arenal, La Fortuna, null
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White Water River Rafting Class III-IV from La Fortuna-Arenal

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Paddle down the exciting Class III-IV rapids on the Sarapiqui or Toro rivers, between Arenal and San Jose. After instructions by your certified guides, you'll ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui River from San Jose, San Jose, White Water Rafting
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Safari in Sarapiqui River from San Jose

Take a walk through an enchanting Costa Rican landscape alive with rescued jaguars, resplendent butterflies, exotic birds, and tropical cascades with a tour ...  Read more

Location: San José, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $145.00
Class II-III Rafting and Chocolate Tour from La Fortuna, La Fortuna, Full-day Tours
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Class II-III Rafting and Chocolate Tour from La Fortuna

Experience the best of Costa Rica on a full-day tour that combines a chocolate tour with a whitewater rafting trip on the Balsa River. You’ll get a hands-on ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Sarapiqui River Rafting Class II-III Rapids, San Jose, White Water Rafting
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Sarapiqui River Rafting Class II-III Rapids

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

The Sarapiqui River is the perfect combination of adventure and nature. This section is filled with class II to III rapids of clear, refreshing water that ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Duration: Flexible

From USD $65.00
Rafting in The Sarapiqui River Class III - IV, San Jose, White Water Rafting
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Rafting in The Sarapiqui River Class III - IV

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Experience a  Sarapiqui rafting  adventure on the most exciting section of the  Sarapiqui River.  You will love this exciting, intense adventure through the ...  Read more

Location: La Virgen, Costa Rica
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Rafting in The Sarapiqui River Class II - III, San Jose, White Water Rafting
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Rafting in The Sarapiqui River Class II - III

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Experience the adventure of rafting on the beautiful and clean Sarapiqui River in this 2-hour tour. If you’re new to whitewater rafting or seeking ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Safari Float in The Sarapiqui River, San Jose, White Water Rafting
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Safari Float in The Sarapiqui River

This half-day tour is the perfect scenic adventure for families with children over 4 years. The trip takes about 2-1/2 hours, depending on the amount of ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Kayak Jungle Tour on the Sarapiqui River, San Jose, Tubing
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Kayak Jungle Tour on the Sarapiqui River

Explore the natural beauty of Sarapiqui region from the waters of the Sarapiqui River. In this tour, you will see and learn about the variety of wildlife and ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Canopy Tour and Safari in Sarapiqui River from San José, San Jose, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Canopy Tour and Safari in Sarapiqui River from San José

Ride on the Sarapiqui River, where you have the opportunity to observe the spectacular rainforest and its inhabitants. There are toucans, sloths, crocodiles, ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Double Kayak Along the Sarapiqui River from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, Day Trips
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Double Kayak Along the Sarapiqui River from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Explore the Sarapiqui River and rainforest in a two-person kayak. Experienced guides will be with you every step of the way as you progress down the rapids, ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00

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