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Adventure Rafting Class III and IV in Tenorio River from Playa Tamarindo

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Adventure Rafting Class III and IV in Tenorio River from Playa Tamarindo

From USD 155.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 9 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get your adrenaline pumping on a whitewater rafting trip down the Tenorio River, located in a red-rock canyon in the Guanacaste mountain range. Depart from Tamarindo for a day trip to Costa Rica’s nearby forests, including lunch.
  • Day-long whitewater rafting trip down the Tenorio River from Tamarindo
  • Paddle over 22 rapids along 12.4 miles of water with a guide ensuring your safety
  • See local wildlife such as howler monkey, iguanas, and tropical birds in their natural habitat
  • Fresh fruit and local lunch included; vegetarian option available upon request
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All necessary equipment
  • Bilingual guide
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Tenorio River
    Tenorio River, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

    A beautiful river that rises at Tenorio Volcano at Guanacaste mountain range, it’s pure and white water makes it the best river on Guanacaste area for rafting. You can combine almost 20 kilometers of rapids with magnificent landscapes surrounded by tropical forest.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

06:45 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

any Rental home around tamarindo beach, flamingo and potrero beach town

What To Expect

Meet your guide at your centrally located hotel in Tamarindo and drive for about two hours until you reach the rugged back roads of the Guanacaste countryside. Transfer to a 4x4 and ride the rest of the way to your starting point at a bridge over the Tenorio River.

Upon arrival, complete a thorough safety briefing and don a helmet and life jacket. Grab a paddle and begin your rafting trip, maneuvering over 22 rapids along 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) of water. Pause to enjoy a fresh fruit snack and view the local wildlife, such as iguanas, tropical birds, and howler monkeys.

Finish your journey with a final drop down the 12-foot Cascabel Falls, before heading back to the 4x4. Change into dry clothes and enjoy lunch before heading back to your hotel in Tamarindo in time to catch the sunset.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 6 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Minimum 2 passengers. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Infant seats available
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Wow!!!! This experience was amazing. The guides were so much fun. They were also very kind and understanding. We had one person in our group who was terrified. They put us with Sam who has 25 years of experience. He made sure she was taken care of. The other part of our group was with Luis. He was absolutely hilarious. We had a great time!!! I highly recommend this adventure!!!


25 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Cory Shawn and Alyssa give FIVE STARS!
Cory_N, Aug 2023
We had the owner Chuy and I can’t be more thrilled about the experience we had today! Jose the driver picked us up early in the morning and pulled over to show us monkeys and crocodiles, also buying us fruit from a fruit stand during route! Jose is the best driver!!!! We took this excursion from the JW Marriott Guanacaste. Then Chuy made us laugh the whole time! We saw Macaws and Toucans, Kingfisher, snakes, fish, a ton of butterfly’s, heron, and felt like we really got the Costa Rica experience. They feed you a delicious lunch which you can opt in to buy a beer while resting after your two hour rafting trip. If you are smart you’ll book this trip, the river was intimidating at a few spots but beyond that was accessible to most!
Great ride, great guides
Carole_C, Aug 2023
We took our three college aged children on this adventure and had an amazing time. Everyone enjoyed it, it was exciting but not over the top. The guides were great, knowledgeable and very friendly. There can only be 4 people and 1 guide in each raft, so we were split up, which actually worked out good. They kept our 2 rafts close to each other, so we always had them in sight. The kids loved it, we loved it. Be prepared for some travel to get there and back from Tamarindo, but everyone agreed the ride was worth it.
Whitewater Rafting
Rebecca_C, July 2023
Mario our guide was very attentive and took extra care to ensure we had a great time but were safe Lunch was very tasty and guide pointed out wildlife during the day
Good but not great
Faheema_A, June 2023
Overall, it was a great experience! I do think that the safety concerns should be reviewed more thoroughly by the staff. It would also be nice to have a guided tour as we drive along the coast.
A great day with friends
Laura_M, Dec 2022
We went in December and had a wonderful time. The guides were all so much fun, and definitely made you feel very safe throughout the entire experience! This was one of our favorite excursions and we would love to do it again, especially during the rainy season!
Highlight of our Trip!
Maggie_K, Sept 2022
We had the most incredible time white-water rafting with Rodrigo. He made the trip so much fun and it was our favorite activity of our whole vacation. Rodrigo took the time to identify the nature, too. He was funny, friendly, and his English was excellent. Definitely worth the money! Only drawback is the nauseating ride back to camp.
Best rafting trip ever!!
Judy_S, Aug 2022
Wow!!!! This experience was amazing. The guides were so much fun. They were also very kind and understanding. We had one person in our group who was terrified. They put us with Sam who has 25 years of experience. He made sure she was taken care of. The other part of our group was with Luis. He was absolutely hilarious. We had a great time!!! I highly recommend this adventure!!!
A great experience for the kids!
Audrey_F, Aug 2022
The entire experience was fun. The views were beautiful, and the river was perfect. Daniel was our guide and he was very nice and knowledgeable. Overall it was a great way to spend the day.
Fun and exciting
Derek_O, Sept 2021
The rapids were awesome and the guides were friendly and professional. Plus, there is a bonus off-road adventure to get back to the highway!!!
Response from Host, Sept 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, In Pininos Adventures ,We are so happy to hear that you guys has a great time traveling through this beautiful country and that we were able to help you plan the perfect Rafting trip for both, that we were able to provide you with a hassle-free and fun vacation. #Rafting #creatingmemories #resetyourlife #pininosadventures
Awesome rafting. Long drive to get there.
Richard_B, July 2021
The actual white water rafting was fantastic. Our instructor made it both safe and fun. The organization from Viator was poor. They don’t tell you that rafting is two hours and three buses away from Tamarindo. They even said we needed to take our passports when we didn’t.
Recommend for all levels of river rafting.
Chyrel_H, Apr 2021
I never felt in danger as our guide Daniel was very experienced. He worked hard to set up the self-bailer raft to keep us upright. Getting pictures of the waterfalls was awesome. We are getting WOW's from all our friends. Our family are all rafters. Experience with rafting the famous Oregon's Lower Rogue River through trip which are 3's and 4's but the Tenorio falls are unique and made for a fantastic memory.
Response from Host, May 2021
Thank you so much for your kind words and wonderful review! We aim to make things easy and stress-free during the planning of vacations, and we certainly want the trips we plan to be memorable. Sounds like we did exactly that in your case, We are thrilled to know that our staff as well work with made you happy throughout the different stages of your trip, providing customized and unforgettable vacations is our passion. It will be our pleasure to assist you in the future, come back soon! #pininosadventures
Family Trip
Anne_S, Jan 2020
We were 2 couples and had 2 young kids with us (8 & 9 years). The kids had a blast and it was plenty safe for them. We even flipped over and all was fine.
As advertised
mrgorlando, Aug 2018
My son and I wanted to experience the thrill of class lll and lV white water and they delivered. Brian was our captain and was outstanding. It’s a whole day but getting too and from is part of the experience so be prepared
Had a blast!
Victoria_F, July 2018
We had a great time. Our 19 and 17 year old boys loved it! I would recommend this trip for anyone who loves nature and adventure. The food was excellent. Our guide “Chewy” made the adventure exciting and you could tell he loves his job!
This trip was a load of fun! Took a...
Stephanie M, Apr 2018
This trip was a load of fun! Took a while to get there and we went over some bumpy dirt roads but was worth the drive. Daniel the terminator was our guide and made the whole experience even more fun! The waterfall natural pool was unexpected and beautiful. I would highly recommend.
I was scared to death to go white...
laura_w, Jan 2017
I was scared to death to go white water rafting, but I am so glad that I did. It was one of the best tours I have ever taken. Our guide, The Terminator, was so much fun and so good at what he does! We had an absolute blast. The lunch and snacks provided were really good too! Highly recommended!!!!

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