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Raft down raging whitewater rivers like the Pacuare, Sarapiqui & Savegre while surrounded by pristine rainforest on your Costa Rica adventure. Costa Rica has warm tropical, crystal-clear waters featuring a plethora of Class III and IV rapids with exciting waves and holes that are perfect for beginners and experienced rafters alike. Come experience why Costa Rica is considered one of the world's top destinations for whitewater rafting. Contact one of our Costa Rica travel experts for help finding the pefect combination of rivers and adventures for your dream trip to Costa Rica. 

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Where to go Rafting 
There are three main rafting locations on our multisport adventure tours:
Pacuare River
  • Features Class III-IV rapids
  • Access from: San Jose, Arenal
  • Travels through mountains & rainforest
  • Expect to see: howler monkeys, toucans, sloths, ocelots, and more
Sarapiqui River
  • Features Class II-III rapids
  • Access from Tortuguero, Arenal
  • Travels through La Virgen community
  • Expect opportunities to swim in calm waters along the way
Savegre River
  • Features Class II-III rapids
  • Access from: Manuel Antonio, San Jose
  • Travels through jungle gorges & waterfalls
  • Expect to see: egrets, osprey, kingfishers, cormorants, parrots and more
Whitewater Rafting Do's & Don'ts

  • Wear a life jacket at all times and keep it buckled
  • Listen carefully to your guide
  • Wear shoes, water shoes, or sandals with ankle straps, rather than flip flops 
  • Advise your guide of any medical conditions
  • Help others back into the raft if they fall out

  • Stand up in a moving current
  • Splash people with your paddle or use it as a toy or weapon
  • Bring glass bottles or alcohol onto the raft
  • Go rafting alone
IF YOU FALL OUT OF THE RAFT, it's okay, just float on your back with your toes pointed up, facing downstream.
River Lodges for Whitewater Rafting Trips
Many of the whitewater excursions are already built into the itineraries of our multisport and adventure tours, meaning that there's no need to decide which hotels to stay at. If you are planning to do a whitewater excursion as an extension, then consider these lodges:

Pacuare Lodge
Rios Tropicales Lodge

Hotel La Quinta Sarapiqui
Selva Verde Lodge

Savegre Valley Hotels 
Savegre Mountain Hotel


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