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Sarapiqui River

Address: Costa Rica
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This narrow river offers white-water rafting that's enjoyable at every level.
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This narrow river offers white-water rafting that's enjoyable at every level.
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Virginia, USA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We went whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui with an outfit out of La Fortuna (Desafio). They were fantastic tour guides and the run down the river, which includes class-III and IV rapids, was exhilarating and fun. Be prepared to do a bit of work as paddling for 2-1/2 hours, although intermittent, can be exhausting. Our tour included lunch at a... More 

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Broomfield, Colorado
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Rafting is something to do in Costa Rica. It's a great way to experience the natural environment. The Sarapiqui River, at least the section I rafted, was class 2/3 -- some thrills but not at all sufficient for true adrenaline seekers. The water temperature was perfectly enjoyable. This would be a good river for families with kids over, say, 8... More 

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Sanford, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Did 9mi with Desafio as our guides. Great river and a lifelong memorable time!! River as a great mix of small drops, extended rapids, and rest areas. The scenery is to die for!!

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Fabulous fun high waters rated 2-3 in difficulty some beautiful scenery along the route and wildlife as a bonus. Look out for the Vultures. Our instructor wss friendly and knowledgeable - great experience. $60 per person for 2.5 hrs.

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Farnham, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had a fantastic time on the river Sarapiqui with the wonderful Walter who guided us safely but also with plenty of excitement through the grade 2 and 3 rapids. Kids were very impressed by the "superman" rapid. Don't miss out.

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Our intrepid team of 5 headed off with Flow Tours to white water raft the Sarapiqui River. The rains had just started and the flow down the river was great especially for first timers. Never once did we feel unsafe as our guide Rohland was exceptional. He made the trip fun and full of laughter and exhilarating. At the half... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Took a boat tour of this river on Christmas day. Nice, calm and relaxing ride. Make sure to bring a DSLR camera with a telephotos lens to take high quality pictures. The other passengers on the boat were disappointed that they brought their point-and-shoot camera and couldn't get the range or sharpness in their photos. I recommend this boat ride... More 

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New York City, New York
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178 reviews 178 reviews
27 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We took an easy boat ride on the Sarapiqui River to view birds and we got to see more than 20 varieties. Also a caiman on the shore. The water line was very very low so the boat driver had to navigate the waters slowly which was better for us since we fell upon a family of howlers in the... More 

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Midwest
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

We visited the Sarapiqui River as part of an organized tour. We participated in a boat ride during which our guide pointed out monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas and various types of birds. It was a great way to enjoy the river and nature.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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109 reviews 109 reviews
60 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

The Rio Sarapiqui reminds me of the lovely rushing streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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