Explore the natural beauty of Sarapiqui region from the waters of the Sarapiqui River. In this tour, you will see and learn about the variety of wildlife and plants that can be seen only from the river.
This white water kayak trip (class I and II) gives beginners and advanced the opportunity to gain experience and paddle a new river. This trip is not a kayak clinic, but is a wonderful opportunity to practice your kayaking techniques under the guidance of a qualified instructor in a calm section of the river.
The tour lasts about 4 hours in total and is great for passengers who are willing to paddle and follow instructions of the guide.
Certified instructor/tour guide
Kayak and safety equipment
Photos and Videos
Tropical fruit and tropical coconut cocktail
What's Not Included
Hotel pickup and drop-off
ADULT: Age: 8 - 60
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Minimum age is 16 years
Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Recommend you bring: Sunscreen, string or strap to secure your glasses, clothes to change into after the tour
Regular temperature checks for staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
You will be required to sign a waiver upon tour check-in
A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
Face masks provided for travellers
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
Public transportation options are available nearby
Recommend you wear: Swimsuit, Shorts or long pants (for sun protection only - no jeans), tennis shoes or sandals with ankle straps (no flip flops), light rain jacket and/or polypropylene, wool shirts for cool or rainy days. Cotton T-shirts for sunny days
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Suitable for all physical fitness levels
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Incredible trip & lovely family business
This trip was truly incredible! My boyfriend was more experienced than me, so I was quite scared at first, but our guide ("Bob") made me feel so at ease, he was very experienced and kind. And it was amazing to see the wildlife from this perspective, we even saw a monkey swim! Besides, he made some really nice pictures and videos for us/of us which we received for free. Also his family was really kind by the way, because (I think it was) his wife cooked a lovely meal for us and he showed us how they prepare their food, such as sugarcane. He also showed us the river from their backyard, which was a beautiful sight. Super grateful for this amazing experience! Definitely recommend!
Healing, high vibration adventure stay
We had a rented camper van with our own whitewater equipment. We were offered a Riverside campsite (4x4) or a creekside spot surrounded with spectacular jungle botanicals, toucans, frogs and salamanders. Rasta was a world class kayak guide and showed us all the great lines. Davi (the owner) fed us beautiful healing vegan foods and was gracious and Informative company. The center offers ecologically sound journeys and stays with folk that understand and value the planet and human connections. This is a hidden gem in the agricultural Caribbean regions that will be well worth the drive. Pura vida!
Swiftwater Kayaking with amazing guides!
Two friends and I, who live in Costa Rica, kayaked on a Kayak Jungle Tour with Sarapiqui Outdoor Center. David was great to work with as I was making reservations for the tour and he was very patient with all my questions. Eric and Stanley were amazing guides and taught us how to "read" the river as we paddled on swiftly moving water. Before we started the trip down the Sarapiqui River they gave us an instructional safety session - teaching us to how to do "wet exit" from the kayak. As we paddled down river we saw iguanas in the trees and a Boat-Billed Heron with her nest! After the kayak adventure we had an amazing lunch on the property and tried our hand at "squishing" sugar cane to make sugar cane juice. I would highly recommend kayaking with Sarapiqui Outdoor Center.
Best Experience Ever!
Safety was their main priority and were extremely patient with beginner kayakers! From the clear instructions and lessons, to the valuable new knowledge of the wildlife, to the personalities, to the home-cooked food, this place is one of a kind! Definitely make this place part of your trip to Costa Rica. It’s a great way to get immersed into the culture and nature of Costa Rica. Fruit was fresh, food was delicious, safety was priority, Sarapiquí River was gorgeous, and the team was amazing and friendly! This was an exhilarating yet relaxing experience! Friendly for all ages!
Best Kayaking Experience!
We had gone whitewater rafting with the folks at Sarapiqui Outdoor Center and we were so thrilled that we came back for river kayaking. We’re a family with two kids (8 and 12 years old) and we were all completely new to kayaking. We could not have asked for a better experience!
When we arrived in the morning, David had already assessed river conditions and found an area that would be safe for beginners even though the river was high after heavy rains. He and his team happily took us to that spot even though it required extra driving. We could tell that David knows the river and tributaries in the whole area like the back of his hand, and that our safety was his top priority.
David is a wonderful teacher and is especially great with kids. He taught us kayaking safety and technique clearly and patiently. We each practiced balance, maneuvering and how to get out of the kayak safely in a pinch. My younger son was nervous at first and David put him at ease.
We spent two solid hours on the river and it was such an amazing way to experience the rainforest. David and his staff have an encyclopedic knowledge of the wildlife and spotted many kinds of birds and monkeys and a huge iguana in a tree. Gliding along the river was the ultimate way to experience the profound beauty and tranquility of the forest! Along the way, Carlos took a lot of great photos of us kayaking which we’ll treasure.
When we were done, the van was there promptly to meet us. Back at the center, a delicious homemade lunch of local food was waiting for us. David and Carlos gave our kids bananas and cacao pods straight from the trees. Our kids loved eating the sweet fruit from around the cacao beans!
We had an incredible experience with David and his team! They went the extra mile in every possible way to make sure we had an unforgettable day. We recommend them wholeheartedly!
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