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

Badge of ExcellenceLa Virgen, Costa Rica

From USD 65.00

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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. All rafting equipment and round-trip transportation from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui is included on this tour.
  • 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 enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

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
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Photos (available for purchase after the tour)
  • Meals (available for additional $7 for breakfast, $10 for lunch, $15 for dinner per person)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • For your safety, the 7am schedule may change because the river level is low at this time of year.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 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.

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99 reviews
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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!
¡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, Sept 2020
Merci beaucoup pour votre avis et pour votre aide à nos bénédictions familiales, David