Starting at $95 per night

Overview

Hold on tight and brace yourself for adventure! Whitewater rafting on the Rio Sarapiqui is sure to provide plenty of thrills, spills and all around awesome experience.

The day starts off as you are picked up from your Arenal Volcano area hotel. After picking up your fellow adventurers, you will be driven through the scenic north central country side. The drive takes about an hour to reach the river. Along the way you will pass papaya, pineapple and yucca plantations as well as rural villages.

When you reach the river your guide will provide you with a paddle and helmet. You will also receive instructions for both operation and safety. Then you will be on your way down river.

The Rio Sarapiqui offers adventurers a thrilling run of class III and IV rapids. The river run is 13 kilometers and takes about 2 to 2.5 hours to navigate depending on the flow that day. Half way down the run, we will stop for a riverside snack. Your guides will flip a boat for a make shift picnic table and serve freshly sliced fruits and water. Then you will be back on your way bumping, buckling, and bouncing down the river.

At the end of the run a dry towel will be waiting for you. Then we will drive to a place where you can change your clothes and eat a typical Costa Rican style lunch.

This river is physically demanding and should only be reserved by those that are experienced rafters and-or in good physical condition. Please inform us if you weigh over 200 pounds as restrictions may apply.

After lunch a transfer will be provided back to your hotel. Including round trip transfers, this tour is expected to last 6 – 7 hours, though this is subject to change. It includes transportation, guides, safety kayaker, lunch and equipment.

Highlights

  • Whitewater rafting on one of the best class III and IV rivers in Costa Rica
  • Enjoy a typical Costa Rican style lunch

What to Bring

  • Clothes That Can Get Wet
  • Secure Shoes
  • Sun Block
  • Dry Clothes To Change Into

Location and Availability

The Whitewater Rafting Rio Sarapiqui is available from Arenal, Arenal Zone 2, and Arenal Zone 3

Tour Time

  • 8:30am

Tour Type

  • Extreme
  • Rafting

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

Age 12 - 55

Location

Latitude: N 10°20'45.27". Longitude: W 85°45'16.26"

Reviews

  • Overall 96.3% (81 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 96.5%
  • Expectations: 95.8%
  • Guides: 96.7%
  • Logistics: 96.3%
  • Value: 99.2%

11/12/2018

Great employee offer great customer service!

09/25/2018

Highlight of the trip! Yuud was the best!

08/12/2018

Our tour guide Jorge “Momo” was the best guide! So much fun and full of energy and made the difference in our rafting experience!

08/09/2018

This was a GREAT trip! Would do it every day if we could. The guides were friendly and fun and we felt very safe in their hands. They were very experienced and confident and knowledgable. They love their jobs and they love Costa Rica. Great time! Highly recommend. (we did have a 1+ hour drive each way, but it was comfortable)

07/30/2018

the experience I had being an experienced rafter on other occasions, left me very satisfied and wanting to come back again.

07/10/2018

The lunch was amazing! I just wish I knew I could bring my phone to take pics and leave it in the van.

03/19/2018

We were disappointed the water flow was so low. We got hung up on what felt like every rock. It made it a lot more work and a lot less adventure. Our river guide was pretty dull compared to what we saw happening in other boats with their guides. The bus driver/guide were very nice and informative. The other guests on the adventure made it memorable and fun. Oh, and the lunch provided was so delicious! I'm sure it is a great trip when the water flow is high enough. I would love to go back and try it then.

02/26/2018

Had a great time on this tour.

02/24/2018

Great time! Loved the Costa Rican lunch

12/24/2017

Our favorite activity of the whole trip. So much fun.

12/20/2017

Our guide Steven was so fun and energetic. I think our raft had the best time!

12/16/2017

Our guys were very funny and knowledgeable. I felt extremely safe on the river and enjoyed the trip immensely

08/28/2017

Wave expeditions was great. The only problem was that one person in our group didn't bring toe-covering shoes. We had to stop and buy some. So, perhaps your instructions could be more strongly worded such as, "Toe-covering shoes REQUIRED" as opposed to recommended.

08/19/2017

Wonderful guides. We asked if we would see any sloths on the way and they found some for us. The rafting was a lot of fun and our guide Jorge was great.

02/20/2017

Water levels were shallow in some spots, hanging us up on the rocks in a few places, but not much could be done about that. Enjoyed the day.

12/05/2016

Guides were amazing. Super informative

09/22/2016

The guides and river were great. The equipment was starting to wear a bit. We went with two older men who couldn't paddle all that well, it would have been better if we could've gone in different boats or been more closely matched. The lunch stop afterwards also took quite awhile and though the food was good did not have any options that fit our normal healthy diet.

08/01/2016

Another must do...

03/24/2016

So much fun!! The guides were so much fun and the trip was a blast!

03/06/2016

Awesome experience - would recommend to everyone. So much fun!

03/01/2016

Jorge was awesome!!!!

12/29/2015

Great guides! More time rafting would have been nice.

11/25/2015

This was an amazing time, we had a blast.

06/14/2015

Awesome!

03/05/2015

PERFECTAMUNDO (OR, PERFECT, ONCE AGAIN)

03/04/2015

Important: I chose not to bring my wallet on the trip, only a few bucks for incidentals. At the lunch site (great) we were presented with a video of the entire trip, including the other boat and several nature pictures. I could buy that for 30 dollars, which I did not have. Nor did I want volcano pictures of pictures of another boat with a strange family. I would be more inclined to buy a couple of pictures if I were offered, let's say 10 pictures for 10 dollars, just of MY boating experience. -- However, Please let customers know that there is this purchase option after the trip, whether it is a full on video or select pictures, so they are prepared. LIke I said, I would prefer select pictures, which could even be picked out by the photographer if that is the easiest. Tourists generally are suckers to a degree, myself included, but I am not dumb. No film for me. The trip and the guide: absolutely fantastic. Technical rafting, great guiding, not a minute to dilly dally. Loved it.

01/05/2015

Could have been longer.