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Rios Tropicales

#351 38th Street, San Jose, Costa Rica
011 (506) 2 233-6455
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Ranked #4 of 65 activities in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Tours
Owner description: Rios Tropicales is an eco-adventure company that operates throughout Costa Rica. We offer adventure activities that take advantage of Costa Rica’s... more » Owner description: Rios Tropicales is an eco-adventure company that operates throughout Costa Rica. We offer adventure activities that take advantage of Costa Rica’s unique variety of environments: whitewater rafting, multisport activities that feature kayaking,canoeing, hiking, and cycling, family adventures, cultural encounters, nature and wildlife tours, and “volun-tourism”. Our mission, to share the rivers, natural resources and culture of Costa Rica while sharing conservation values, has not changed since we began in 1985. Rios Tropicales was established by native Central Americans, El Salvadorian Rafael Gallo and Costa Rican Fernando Esquivel, whose deep connection with the region and culture are apparent in every aspect of the company. « less
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Lawrence, Kansas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

My husband, sister, and I booked this tour on a recent trip to visit family in Costa Rica. They have a great selection of pick-up sites in San Jose and it was very easy to make the reservation and coordinate with them. We picked Rios Tropicales because I had been on an adventure tour in 2006 and remembered it being... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We have been very impressed by the quality of the rafting tour we have got with Rios Tropicales. Everything was included with high standards and low price. 1st, they came to pick-up us in the surroundings of San José airport. After a ride of 3 hours with plenty of explanations about Costa Rica, we could have some nice breakfast (gallo... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Rio Pacuare is touted to be one of the 10 best White Water Rafting sites in the world. And having Rios Tropicales in the forefront of making the experience possible for tourists is an absolutely rewarding event. The logistics is very impressive particuarly the attention to details (timeliness, cleanliness, safety and courtesy of the staff/tour guides). Matias was exceptional today.... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear Dan R, Thanks you for paddling with us andtaking your time to express your experience on the Pacuare river. I will forward your comments to our staff. Pura vida, Fernando Esquivel VP More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We took the night float and it was an amazing experience. Spooky but exhilarating to see and, mainly, hear the jungle come to life! The pit stop at the farm afterwards just topped it all off! Thoroughly recommend, especially as the guides were great.

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear Jimmyfarold, Thanks for taking your time to express your experience on the Peñas Blancas River. Indeed it is very special to be floating at night on this natural corridor. Take care, Fernando Esquivel VP More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Rafting on the Pacuare River with Rios Tropicales was the highlight of my Costa Rican holiday! The guides were great, they cooked superbly, and ensured we had a safe but fun experience. We stayed in the Rios Tropicales lodge on the Pacuare River and it was magical! Our room looked straight out onto the rapids, dinner was eaten overlooking the... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear Cassie N, Thanks for joining one of our Multiday Trips into the Pacuare river and Rios Tropicales Lodge. I am very happy that you described our Lodge as "magical" and appreciate taking your time to recommend us on TripAdvisor. Sincerely, Fernando Esquivel VP More

Bellingham, Washington, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

My son and I recently returned from Costa Rica where we had a blast rafting down the Sarapiqui River out of La Fortuna (Class IV). The guides were amazing and although I fell out on one rapid, I was back in the boat in a matter of seconds..thanks to Rodlando. They also were kind enough to stop the bus 4... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear Teresa T, Thanks for paddling with us on the Sarapiquí, hope to see you back someday for more adventures. Sincerely, Fernando Esquivel VP More

Whitby, Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Zabe6 reviewed Rios Tropicales exactly as I do! Change the name of the guide from Fernando to the knowledgeable, funny and friendly Andres B. and my experience was nearly identical. Everything about the time with the Rios Tropicales tour team exceeded my expectations!

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear teamMx3, Thanks for paddling with us and recommending our company on TripAdvisor. Hope to have you back some day for more adventures. Take care, Fernando Esquivel VP More

Fort Worth, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The guides and supporting staff are all very friendly and helpful. The river is beautiful and lots of fun to run. The two day overnight at the lodge would be great, but the house next door got a new dog that either plays too aggressively (bites) or barks incessantly when penned. Not exactly the jungle experience I was looking for;... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear David S, Thanks for joining one of our multiday trips, I'm sorry for the dog bothering your stay. We'll take note of that and look into it immediatelly. Sincerely, Fernando Esquivel VP More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Rio Tropicales is definitely the best company to choose for white water rafting down the Pacuare! I couldn't imagine another company coming close to this one. We were picked up right on time at our hotel in San Jose and taken to the headquarters where we were served a delicious buffet breakfast complete with both traditional Costa Rican breakfast as... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear Zabe6: Wow, thanks for your fabulous recommendation. We are proud of our team that continues applying our Vision since 1985: To achieve excellence and uniformity in all of Rios Tropicales services. I will make sure to send your comments to our staff. Pura vida, Fernando Esquivel VP More

San Francisco, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I bought a deal on The Clymb for the 4 day rafting trip with Rios and couldn't be happier with my experience. DEFINITELY DO A OVERNIGHT TRIP IF YOU HAVE THE TIME - IT IS TOTALLY WORTH IT!! Here's how our trip went: Day 1: Picked us up exactly on time from our hotel in San Jose. They even called... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear safarigahry, As I start to write my response I'm "virtually" flavoring your Piña Coladas on Day 2! Thanks for your detailed description recommending of our 4 day trip and of course for choosing us. Having read all our reviews you are on the top for describing major details. As we post in one of our descriptions "Our Lodge invites... More

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