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This is an exciting, class 3-4 Costa Rica rafting river — You’re going to love this intense, Costa Rica adventure of the Costa Rican jungle! The Sarapiquí River is one of Costa Rica’s most-exuberant rivers for some of the best rafting Costa Rica has to offer!

It is near the Arenal Volcano, San Jose and Caribbean with more than 45 continuous, class-3-4 rapids along more than 14 miles of lush, vibrant Costa Rica rain forest.

The meeting point for this tour is the Sarapiqui Outdoor Center in La Virgen de Sarapiqui. After checking in, you will take a short van ride to the town of San Miguel de Sarapiqui, where the Class 3/4 section begins.

Once you get to the Sarapiquí River, your experienced and certified rafting guide will give you thorough safety instructions, get you set up with top-quality adventure gear such as your helmet, personal flotation device, and paddle and then you're off – you'll be paddling for more than 2 hours!

The highly qualified guides make a difference in this labyrinth of rocks, holes, and waves. Your guide will always be there to make you feel comfortable and safe during the trip with a professional attitude and willingness to help.

Bring on the adrenaline! Experienced and first-time whitewater rafters love the Sarapiqui River, class 3-4 whitewater rafting in Costa Rica. Make you way through exciting rapids like: Morning coffee, The terminator, and Dos locos. 

The tour ends at our base, Sarapiqui Outdoor Center, where we have showers and changing rooms for your convenience. After the tour, enjoy a "fiesta, with fruits, yucca, and coconut cocktail. Plus, learn how to make sugar cane juice, and view the photos and videos from your tour.
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Prepare to get wet and wild as you tackle the class III and IV rapids of the Sarapiqui River on this half- or full-day white-water rafting adventure from La Virgen. Marvel over the dramatic scenery and lush rainforest of the Sarapiqui canyon as you hurtle downstream, then re-fuel with lunch (full-day tour only) or refreshments by the waterfront. Best of all: the rapids are suitable for all abilities, including complete beginners, and anyone over 14 can give it a go!
  • Half- or full-day river rafting tour on the Sarapiqui River
  • Get your adrenaline pumping on class IV and III rapids
  • Soak up the scenery of the Sarapiqui River Canyon
  • Enjoy lunch or refreshments by the riverside
  • Full instruction provided: suitable for all abilities
  • Perfect for adrenaline junkies!
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
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Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile
The place to go for rafting

SOC is the place to go if you want to go rafting in Sarapiqui. It is a small outfit with very professional staff and a personalised approach. We did the half day rafting toury III/|V class with our enthustiastic guide Steve in the boat and...More

Thank Walter M
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile
Amazing experience

I highly recommend this tour to anyone inclined. We had a blast on the white water rafting tour! We did the level 3 & 4 rapids and loved every minute. It was such an adrenaline buzz! The team is superb. Very professional with a relaxed...More

Thank NickWit
Reviewed 9 July 2018
Well organized rafting, thrilling but safe

Joined a rafting experience class III-IV with my daughter (16). We shared a boat with one other couple and two guides in the boat; another guide drove along in a kayak and shot some pictures. After a short but clear instruction we were driven upstream...More

Thank rio540
Reviewed 16 April 2018
Super fun

My friends and I had a great time with Luis rafting down the river. The water was a little low, but we still had some intense rapids to go over, and then would have little breaks where we would talk with Luis which was very...More

Thank Aaron W
outdoorcenter1, Owner at Sarapiqui Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Thanks for all we hope see ou aggain here at the river and also to tell others about us David,

Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile
Fantastic Tico Rafting Experience!

We had an amazing time rafting the San Miguel section of the Sarapiqui! It is one of the only remaining Tico (Costa Rican local) owned and operated rafting companies. The river wasn’t crowded and it wasn’t a huge commercial operation. As a beginner whitewater kayaker,...More

Thank Relax747045
outdoorcenter1, Owner at Sarapiqui Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018

Thank you so much for making other people find our family and help us improve blessings. David

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