We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Rios Tropicales

Address: #351 38th Street, San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 011 (506) 2 233-6455
Website
Improve this listing
97%
Ranked #3 of 79 Activities in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: Rios Tropicales is an eco-adventure company that operates throughout Costa Rica. We offer adventure...
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Tours, Adventure
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Write a Review

278 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    242
    27
    3
    2
    4
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Haugesund, Norway
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We have booked a one day rating trip on river Pacuare with Rios Tropicales and it was amazing! We were picked up with a bus with a trip guide. He was very informative telling us a lot about places we were passing by and general about Costa Rica. The base camp of Rios Tropicales is well established but the food... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks for you review , We have most people really like and enjoy the guides cooking , please let me know how you think we can make it better More 

Durham, NC
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Our overnight trip on the Pacure was the highlight of our week of adventures in Costa Rica. I highly recommend doing the overnight as opposed to the 1 day trip, if you have the option. With the extra day to get us down the stretch of river, the guide was able to pull us over for a bunch of small... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for such a beautifull and authentic write up , its sounds like our brochure , but its the real thing...We at Rios Tropicales are very thankfull about your review. More 

Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I am an Aquarian and so love all things water! I am a kayaker and also have been on a few rafting trips. I just love the water. This outfit was GREAT! Professional when they needed to be, but also with a sense of humor. From the pick up with a nice bus at the hotels, to the Operations facility,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, coming from a kayaker , you know what river running well is all about , see You Next Time!!! More 

Coimbra, Portugal
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We had an awesome time during rafting in pacuare river with Jonathan, the best guide in the business!! It's very safe, they provide delicious breakfast and lunch, the guides are very nice, and you'll be smiling all the way!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your review , everyone at Rios Tropicales got a great smile all day, and possibly all week and all month ....as we try to work hard to make everyone smile on our trips, yes Jonathan is great... More 

Vancouver
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I went on the 2-day Pacuare rafting trip in November 2014. The rafting itself was fun, but not the best rafting experience I've had. The best part of the trip was the scenery along the river - 30km of pristine rainforst, including one of the coolest canyons I've ever seen, with shear cliffs rising out of the water. We overnighted... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your review , on our property , I would like for you to consider staying two nights next time , you can rappell down wake up falls, and horseback into our sustainable development comunity of El tigre, having a great lunch at a butterfly garden . But thanks for enjoying our overnigh trip. More 

Mexico City, Mexico
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

River rafting is usually an exhilarating experience for me. Despite it's so tiring for your back, the wet and wild, soaking run is always a clear reminder of the power and beauty of the oudoors. Ríos Tropicales was the first hit upon googling a tour to the Pacuare. After some cross-check in TripAdvisor, I decided to book them. I was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear dyhtstriyk, Appreciating very much for choosing us to take you on our Pacuare River Trip. I will forward your valuable comments to our staff for further evaluation. Sincerely, Fernando Esquivel VP Rios Tropicales More 

Paris, France
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

What an amazing solution to what could have been an boring travel day from La Fortuna to San Jose. Instead of just getting the bus, Rio Tropicales picked us up, fed us breakfast and lunch a dropped us in San Jose at the end of the day. In the middle of all that we spent 3 hours rafting down the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear dizzysara, we appreciatte on taking your time to recommend us on TripAdvisor. I´m glad you took advantage to take the "Sceenic Route" from Arenal back to San José with us! Pura Vida, Fernando Esquivel VP Rios Tropicales More 

Mango Creek, Belize
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We did the Pacuare River one day trip with Rios Tropicales. The cost of the trip was very reasonable as it included 2 meals (the food was good!), pick up and drop off, and all of the rafting equipment. The staff and our guides were friendly and knowledgeable. It was a little crowded on the way to the river from... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear EvinZab, Thanks for joining one of our Pacuare River trips and writing your review on TripAdvisor. We take all recommendations and notes seriously, I know our guides always tell clients to bring water, we will double check on this matter. Sincerely, Fernando Esquivel VP Rios Tropicales More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My husband and I braved a rafting trip on the Pacuare river on day 2 of our recent honeymoon. We were picked up at our hotel (bright and EARLY) in the morning, transported to the operations center where we enjoyed a great breakfast, had an AMAZING rafting experience (class III-IV rapids), came back to the operations center for a hearty... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear NRae80, Thank you for joining one of our Multiday trips to the Pacuare river and staying at our Lodge. Awesome, Top Notch, Exceptional and amazing is the way you make us feel when taking your time to recommend us. Pura Vida, Fernando Esquivel VP Rios Tropicales More 

Salida, Colorado
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We booked the 2 night trip with Rios Tropicales and it was the best part of our 8 days in Costa Rica. The creek hiking at the Lodge was as much fun as the river rapids. We jumped off logs and waterfalls into natural swimming pools, hiked to the top of the canyon for the view and went zip lining.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Dear 534AmyLou23, thanks for your recommendation and paddling with us the famous Pacuare river. Hope you come back to get away from the daily routine and charge your batteries. Pura Vida, Fernando Esquivel VP Rios Tropicales More 

Travelers who viewed Rios Tropicales also viewed

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park
San Jose, San Jose Metro
 
Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela
 

Been to Rios Tropicales? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Rios Tropicales and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Rios Tropicales staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?