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Rios Tropicales

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Address: #351 38th Street, San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 011 (506) 2 233-6455
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Rios Tropicales is an eco-adventure company that operates throughout Costa...

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.

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Excellent Experience to Embark upon for your Ideal Trip to Costa Rica.

Whole trip was smooth and fun packed from the beginning to the end. Picked up directly from hotel, car ride to breakfast was full of Costa Rican History and interesting facts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Wesley S
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whole trip was smooth and fun packed from the beginning to the end. Picked up directly from hotel, car ride to breakfast was full of Costa Rican History and interesting facts about the country courtesy of our trip leader, breakfast was amazing, rafting along the Pacuare was thrilling and full of scenic waterfalls and dense forest, and of course, lunch... More 

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Thank Wesley S
RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your review, it makes all our staff happy that you enjoyed and learned about our country during your trip, I agree Reynaldo is full of information More 

Elyria, Ohio
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rios Tropicales picked us up on the early morning shuttle (5:20 am) from the Rosti Pollos Restaurant, San Jose. We rode the comfortable bus for a couple hours as the guide discussed the country and sites along the way. At their private restaurant, we were able to change and eat. The 2 - 4 whitewater was fantastic, and our guide,... More 

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for the review on our trip to Pacuare River , yes those three hours are magic, come back and stay at our Lodge next time, thanks again More 

Miami Springs, Florida, United States
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment your tour begins till you leave the Rios Tropicales staff are amazing and attentive. Luis is an excellent driver and Reynaldo an tremendous guide. They put the journey together an entertaining fashion. Reynaldo points out some of the most profoundly spectacular views along the way to the River. Once there our guide/navigator Sassy, did an incredible job... More 

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for a great review, you sure enjoyed our guides and river, all the staff is happy to know that you had an awesome time More 

Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were picked up from our hotel and had to travel for about 2 hours to the river. The ride in the bus was entertaining and educational. Ray, our guide, made the ride go by quickly. We had a typical breakfast and then set out to the river. The Pacuare river did not disappoint! We had the time of our... More 

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your review, I am glad you enjoyed one of the best rivers in the world , and our staff as well... More 

San Ramon, California
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our one day rafting trip down the Pocuare river with our guide Reynaldo (Rey) was definitely the adrenaline rush of our Costa Rica trip! Rey did an amazing job guiding us through the class III/IV rapids while entertaining us with some Costa Rican history. We were picked up at our San Jose hotel and enjoyed the sites on the bus... More 

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your review, Our Lodge is definitedlly a highlight for many , come back again More 

Jersey, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the most brilliant two days rafting experience on the Panacure river . We were very lucky to have a charming and attentive guide , who went out of his way to ensure we were happy , thank you Estaban for being so brilliant at your job ! We stayed at the Rios tropical lodge which is so stunning... More 

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for enjoying our Lodge and guides so much , we are very happy that our Mission was accomplished More 

Nevada
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35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with our guide Kevin. He was a lot of fun. Felt safe the entire trip. Beautiful river. Great company. Awesome guide.

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your review, ThePacuare River is one of the best in the world, and yes​ Kevin is great More 

San Jose, Costa Rica
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The company to use, if you are interested in rafting! Very professional and reliable. Experiment the Pacuare river on a one day tour or two. Exciting experience in a wonderful enviroment!

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, we have always tried to place a great interest on our professionalism, safety , and service More 

Denver, Colorado
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rafting with Johnny was awesome. He takes his job seriously but knows how to have fun. If you come during raining season the water levels are perfect for an enjoyable ride! The bus ride for day trips is always a bit of drag. Anticipate the typical hotel stops in the morning to get other passengers. Breakfast and lunch are included... More 

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your review, thanks for choosing a rafting trip with us. More 

San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our 1 day Pacuare River rafting trip was utterly fantastic. The rapids are plenty challenging and fun. I felt very comfortable and safe with our guide Rey. The river is one of the most beautiful I've seen. If you get a chance, DO THIS.

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your great review, we do beleive the Pacuare River is one of the best in the World More 

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