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Whitewater Rafting Guide To River Trips

Sarapiqui River

Location: Near San Jose

Costa Rica’s “Rio Sarapiqui” flows down the country’s Atlantic Slope on its way to the sea and its clear waters are sourced high in the rugged terrain of the Poas volcano. Most outfitters offer transport from San Jose hotels to the river put-in site.

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Level of Difficulty: Class III-IV / Intermediate

Sarapiqui rafting trips are divided into two sections, each offering a different whitewater experience. The “La Virgen” section is Class III, with fun rapids interspersed with tranquil pools—perfect for families with kids as young as twelve. The “Sarapiqui-San Miguel” section is more challenging with continuous Class III-IV whitewater. Intermediate rafters and families with teenagers will enjoy the excitement of this run.

Scenery: Tropical bird-watching, monkeys

River otters play in the clear waters of the Sarapiqui and the rainforest along its banks are alive with large black howler monkeys, hummingbirds, and rainbow-colored toucans. Kingfishers, parrots and hawks will delight bird-watchers.

Season: May – March

One day Sarapiqui river rafting trips are available almost all year long, from May to March.