Sarapiqui River

Sarapiqui River: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rafting Class 3-4 "Jungle Run": Río Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

1. Rafting Class 3-4 "Jungle Run": Río Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

Take an exciting break during your travels to your new vacation destination! Bring on the adrenaline and enjoy the "Jungle Run" on the Sarapiqui River. This is the perfect rafting trip for adventurous paddlers! Get piked up from your hotel and travel through small Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel de Sarapiquí. There, your professional rafting guide will give you the 101 on rafting including safety tips and technical instructions before heading on your 2 hour journey down one of Costa Rica’s most exuberant rivers! During your descent down the river, you will experience over 30 exciting rapids along 10 km of lush, vibrant rainforest. As you make your way through exciting rapids like "The Pipeline," "The Terminator," and "Dos Locos", you will get your adrenaline pumping! About half way down the river, you’ll stop and watch the rapids from the shore, while enjoying refreshing tropical fruit and relaxing with the rest of the group. Then, after the second leg of your rafting journey, you’ll finish the day with an unforgettable homemade lunch before heading to your next vacation destination!

San Jose: Sarapiqui River & La Paz Gardens Tour with Lunch

2. San Jose: Sarapiqui River & La Paz Gardens Tour with Lunch

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in San Jose and heads to the stunning La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This private nature reserve has been designed to educate visitors and provide sanctuary for rescued wildlife through a variety of gardens and exhibits. Enjoy a stroll through the park's luscious green landscapes and see rescued jaguars, colorful butterflies, exotic birds, and unique plants. Theres's also plenty of tropical cascades to admire and snap photos of for your vacation album. Later, discover the wonders of the Sarapiqui River on a relaxing boat cruise. Soak up the tranquility of the river and surrounding rainforest as you listen to the sound of bird’s chirping and trickling water. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, be dropped off back to your accommodation.

La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

3. La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

Turn your day of travel into an action-packed adventure with the Safari Float Adventure Connection! Come see the abundance of nature and wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer! This Costa Rica Safari Float is a smooth, two-hour paddle down the quiet, lower section of the Sarapiqui River. Your bilingual nature guide will paddle and steer your boat as you float down the river and point out all of the exotic wildlife such as birds, frogs, insects, and monkeys in the Costa Rican rainforest! You'll be picked up at your hotel in La Fortuna's Area and travel to a beautiful waterfall on the Pozo Azul River of Sarapiqui. Here you and your family can enjoy nature and the cool crystal clear water that the waterfall offers you. Then, head towards the Red Eye Frog restaurant located in El Roble of Sarapiqui while getting yourself ready to fall deeply in love with the 2-hour Jungle Safari float. Your eagle-eyed guide will show off Costa Rica's amazing wildlife as he points out a wide array of plant and animal species. You’ll float next to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (San Juan La Selva Biological Corridor) where there is a good possibility of seeing sloths, howler monkeys, lizards, and even black river otters. This area is also famous for the incredible amount of tropical birds such as ospreys, boat-billed herons, parrots, kingfishers and the great green macaw which is on the endangered species list. For those who want to be even closer to nature, you will have the chance to get out of the raft and into the river and refresh yourself. The Jungle Safari Float is great for nature lovers of all ages! To finish your day, return to the Red Eye Frog Restaurant to have a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch called a “Casado” along with some amazing Costa Rican gourmet coffee. Following this, drive to your next vacation destination in a comfortable air-conditioned van with free WiFi.

La Fortuna: Sarapiqui River Jungle Safari Float

4. La Fortuna: Sarapiqui River Jungle Safari Float

Experience the abundance of nature and wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer. This Costa Rica safari float is a smooth 2-hour paddle down the quiet, lower section of the Sarapiqui River. Your bilingual nature guide will paddle and steer your boat as you float down the river, whilst pointing out all of the exotic wildlife such as birds, frogs, insects, and monkeys in the Costa Rica rainforest. You will begin going down the river from the Red Eye Frog restaurant, which is located in El Roble de Sarapiqui. Your eagle-eyed guide will begin to show off Costa Rica's amazing wildlife, as they point out a wide array of plant and animal species. You’ll float next to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (San Juan La Selva Biological Corridor) where there is a good possibility of seeing sloths, howler monkeys, lizards, and even black-river otters. This area is also famous for its incredible amount of tropical birds such as ospreys, boat-billed herons, parrots, kingfishers, and the great green macaw, which is on the endangered species list. For those who want to be even closer to nature, you will have the chance to get out of the raft and into the river to refresh yourself along the way. To finish your day you will return to the Red Eye Frog Restaurant to enjoy a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch called a “Casado”, along with some amazing gourmet Costa Rican coffee.

From La Fortuna/Arenal: Sarapiqui Rafting Trip with Volcano

5. From La Fortuna/Arenal: Sarapiqui Rafting Trip with Volcano

Discover the rushing whitewater of the Sarapiqui River with a full-day rafting trip, including transportation from Arenal or La Fortuna. Along with your guide, maneuver your way through the rapids, watch for toucans and crocodiles, taste-test fresh jungle fruit, and relax with a traditional lunch. Your tour begins with a bus ride from the city center and into the surrounding Alajuela countryside dotted with papaya, pineapple, and yucca plantations. Watch as the majestic Arenal Volcano appears in the distance, towering 1.6 meters above you, as well as nearby hot springs and ice-cold lakes. Upon arrival at the Sarapiqui River, learn safety protocol, paddling techniques, and directional commands. Then it's time to get into the rafts and paddle the fierce rapids. During breaks, look into the jungle and along he banks to see monkeys, toucans, and butterflies, crocodiles and turtles. At the halfway point, take a break and snack on fruit from the jungle. Then return to your raft and tour further down the rapids for more heart-pounding action. At the end of the river, savor a traditional Costa Rican lunch with your fellow rafters before being driven back into town.

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What people are saying about Sarapiqui River

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 26 reviews

If you are looking to experience the wonderful central Cloud Forests and Rainforests that lie in the mountains and valleys in Braulio Carillo National Park near San Jose and see Rainforests on the Caribbean lowlands, this Tour is the best!! I enjoyed the Cloud Forests so much. Oscar, the guide was so kind and knowledgeable to help me fully understand and experience their geography. He is enthusiastic and loves Costa Rica and its nature! He took me on the best routes to ensure I could see the best views including San Fernando waterfall! The Sarapiqui river is a peaceful place in the Jungle. I saw numerous Howler Monkeys, river Turtles and many birds including Toucans, Kingfishers and Comorants. La Paz Waterfall Gardens is an impressive centre with very good facilities. It was wonderful to see Jaguars and Ocelots there at the centre. The waterfalls are mighty and impressive and the centre sits in a beautiful part of the mountains with incredible views. I had a great day! :)

This was the absolute highlight of our trip to Costa Rica! The tour guides were hilarious and helpful and the rivers were the perfect amount of thrilling without being utterly terrifying. And we didn't fall in! Definitely pay for the picture package because those pictures are both awesome and hilarious. You get delicious fruit when you take your first break and a very tasty lunch when you get back to their staging area. We will absolutely be doing a tour with this company again!

Super provider. Great tour

The organization (pick-up, equipment, support, ...) worked really well and all guides really enjoy their job, which is skipped. The provider Desafio is really good and professional. We were in the dry season at the beginning of March, so the water level was a bit low. Nevertheless, the rafting was totally fun and there were some action-packed rapids. Again at any time, no matter if it is dry or rainy.

Excellent experience, with a bit of action that opens the doors to try level 2 and 3. Our rafting guide, David, was very professional, with an exceptional attitude that made us spend the whole moment in an unforgettable way and very well cared for. .

The guides ensured we had an amazing experience. The rafting is a must do when in Costa Rica!