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Rios Tropicales

#351 38th Street, San Jose, Costa Rica
011 (506) 2 233-6455
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Ranked #2 of 67 Activities in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
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Newbury, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Just been on a 2 day raft tour with these guys and they are amazing! The lodge was beautiful - clean, comfortable and with fantastic scenery. The guides were lovely and excellent cooks! They looked after us so well and the rafting itself was the most fun I have had in a very long time. Everything was very well organised... More

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Crown Point, Indiana
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Our family took the 3-night Rio Pacuari trip with Rios Tropicales. The rafting was classfied as Class III-IV. Even though it had been raining, most of the rafting we did on two different days had almost all Class III white water. Our young grandson who was an experienced rafter was disappointed. The experience of the guides was very good and... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear Geezerette46307, Thanks for joining one of our Multiday Pacuare River Trips. I will forward your comments to our staff. Sincerely, Fernnado Esquivel More

Norther California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We spent two days rafting the RIo Pacuare, what a trip! The guides were excellent and certainly knew what they were doing. They were accomodating, made the reip fun. They even cooked dinner at the lodge on the way. The lodge itself is such an experience. It is rustic and a little damp.. but it is in the jungle, with... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear TuesdayTraveler, Thanks for joining one of our Multiday Pacuare River Trips. I'm glad that your time at Rios Tropicales Lodge was unforgetable. I will forward your comments to our staff. Pura vida, Fernando Esquivel VP More

Burlington, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My fiance and I took the one day river rafting tour down the Pacuare river and had such a blast with the best guide, Otto!!! Since we went with only two people, we were paired with four others who were awesome. We had breakfast prior to leaving for our trip and had lunch upon our return. We did get hungry... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear Amanda F, Thank you for taking you valuable time to write this recommendation on TripAdvisor. I will send Otto and the rest of the staff your comments. Pura vida, Fernando Esquivel VP More

Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We loved the rafting trip and our guide Kevin was awesome. It's a first class rafing experience and our family of four loved it. That being said, here are a few downwsides: It's a long drive to raft. We were picked up at 5:30 am at our hotel. We were the first pickup and the last to be dropped off.... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear wendelyn, Thanks for coming on our Pacuare River day trip. I appreciatte your recommendations and comments. We will act on them immediatelly, as we usually do. Sincerely, Fernando Esquivel VP More

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We had the best time ever rafting back in July with our amazing raft guides Andres and Mae. They were so nice to us and helped us out so much. Once we got back to the river lodge, we were able to help prepare meals with orellio the photographer (not sure how to spell his name) and Juan Carlos the... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear Barbara P: Thanks for your recommendation on TripAdvisor and coming along on one of our Multiday Pacuare River Trips. If you want you can send me an email to fernando@riostropicales.com and I will forward it to Andrés, Mey and Aurelio. Pura vida, Fernando Esquivel VP More

Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Excellent day-trip beginning with breakfast and safety training followed by amazing rafting experience with class III and IV rapids. Excellent guides. Finished with a refreshing shower and a delicious lunch.

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear Rob K, thanks for joining one of our trips and taking your time ro recommend us on TripAvisor. Take care, Fernando Esquivel VP Rios Tropicales More

Lakeland, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We took the 2 day overnight Pacuare trip and highly recommend it! Yes, they pick you up early from your hotel and we had lots of traffic in San Jose on our return trip so the term 'river time' applies, but it is sooooo worth it! The adventure starts on the tractor ride down to the river, but I am... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear SuzannaVirginia, Thanks for coming on our Overnight Pacuare river trip and taking your valuable time to write your review and recommendation. I would like for you to let me know (fernando@riostropicales.com) which day you went so I can check what caused the delay at the put-in. Take care, Fernando Esquivel VP More

Summerfield
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

What a wonderful tour group. Took us through Fortuna to a waterfall for rappelling. ( I am not a natural athlete) so I had a guide assigned to stay by me through the entire rappel while climbing over rocks and boulders through the water. Then after a hearty breakfast they transported us off to the Balsa river for a white... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear James E. H, Thanks you for recommending your experience with us while staying at the Arenal/ La Fortuna area. I will send your info to the rest of our staff. Sincerely, Fernando Esquivel VP More

London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Day rafting on the River Paquare..... great day..... fairly long drive from San Jose which wasn't well planned as we had to return to San Jose only to go back on the same road to get to Tortuguero the next day.... but this aside, it was a well organised day. The rafting was superb, we all enjoyed it, although you... More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear Lesley R, Thank you for joining our Pacuare River day trip and writing your recommendation on TripAdvisor. Our information on what to bring is specified on our website and sent to travel agents, please always make sure you ask for this before any trip. Take care, Fernando Esquivel VP More

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