White Water Rafting Class 3/4 Tenorio River from Tamarindo

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 7 hours

Departs: costa rica, costa rica

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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If you are prepared for a huge adventure, you are surely ready for this. The Tenorio River will test your courage with its Class III and IV rapids (irregular and medium waves, complex maneuverings in fast rapids in its class III; intense and powerful but yet predictable in the class IV). You will enjoy a thrilling adventure as you plunge through twists, turns and drops down 8 miles of intense, challenging rapids. All participants must be in a good physical condition.

What's Included

Bottled water

Hotel pickup and drop-off (if guided option selected)

Light snacks on the river

Local guides


Transport by air-conditioned minivan

What's Not Included

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase at lunch)

DVD (available to purchase)


Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • It is recommended that you bring/wear: a change of clothes, shoes that can get wet and won't fall off your feet (Teva style or water shoes); bathing suit; a towel, insect repellent, sunscreen, a waterproof camera if you have one and a plastic bag for your
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • A change of clothes; shoes that can get wet and won't fall off your feet (Teva style or water shoes); bathing suit; a towel; insect repellent; sunscreen; a waterproof camera if you have one; and a plastic bag for your wet things.
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

What To Expect

Tenorio Volcano National Park
Your tour starts early in the morning with pickup in the Tamarindo area. For Self-Drive you drive to the meeting spot in about 2 hours.
The Tenorio River will test your courage and challenge your skills for the next two and a half hours in its incredible rapids.

As you ride through Class III and IV rapids, you will see where the dry and rainforest blend their beauties creating a magic place surrounded by lust vegetation, house of an enormous variety of animals. Spot some some of the migratory birds, butterflies, monkeys, and reptiles. For those who have done rafting already, this trip is a must and they choose to go through one of a kind class V-12 foot drop (does not run all year) to experience a purely magical trip with unsurpassed beauty and stunning wildlife scenery.
This adventure will truly take your breath away.
After your white water rafting tour, you will be returned to the start point and enjoy lunch to then return to the Tamarindo area.

5 hours • Admission Ticket Free


Fun for all rafting levels
FreddyC, 11-02-2021
Wonderful rafting on the Tenorio River. Guides Roberto and Sam made the trip fun for our friends who like to sit in the front of the boat and enjoy the ride as well as myself who likes to sit up front and dig into the rapids. I would definitely do this again!
Puma Hunter
pmvance, 23-07-2019
From start to finish, we had such a fantastic time on our white water rafting trip with Xplore Costa Rica! Eugene was our driver and was so kind and accommodating. We stayed at the Westin in Playa Conchal, which made the trip to the Tenorio River over 2 hours. Eugene made a stop in Libera on the way so we could use the bathrooms, grab coffee and snacks and take a few minutes to be out of the van. Throughout the drive (to and from) we had a fantastic conversation with Eugene who went into detail about the culture and history of Costa Rica and the Guanacaste Province. Eugene enriched our lives with the conversation we had. He is simply a wonderful and amazing person!

The pick-up spot for white water rafting was at the river restaurant just off the highway. There, the wait staff took our order for lunch for when we returned. We got together the things we planned to take on the raft and left the rest with Eugene (he stayed at the restaurant until our return). My husband and I sat in the front seat of the trailer truck, and a family of four sat in the back seat. It was roomy and comfortable. Then when we got to the turnoff for the river, we sat in the paddy wagon in the back of the trailer truck along with the family of four and another family of four. Again, this was roomy and comfortable. However, it was definitely bumpy! The ride was beautiful! The views of the volcanos and country side were stunning. When we got closer, we went over a narrow wooden bridge (it was very well constructed). Then we pulled off to a clearing under the canopy where a set of stairs led down to the river. There was no bathroom at the drop-off, but there is plenty of coverage and myself and another women walked off to use a bush. As we prepared for our trip a group of monkeys showed up (be warned-watch out for falling poop!). Once the rafts were off the trailer, a staff member went over safety instructions with our group. The rafts are smaller than other rafts we've used on other white water rafting trips, so when you "get down" it can be a little snug. However, the nice part of the smaller rafts is that they are more intimate and more maneuverable in the rapids.

It was just myself and my husband on a raft with our guide Roberto (Rob). The 2 families of four each had their own raft with guide as well. Rob was a hoot! Literally! He made fun animal sounds the entire time. He particularly liked making cat noises, which I got into and joined in. We tried calling the Puma's out of hiding-it didn't work, no sightings. Rob was fun and light-hearted. We had a great conversation with Rob. He pointed out as much wildlife and flora/fauna as possible, he explained things in English and also told us the correct words in Spanish. We told Rob that we had been white water rafting before a number of times and didn't mind falling out to float on the water. He definitely took that up and we had fun going backwards on a rapid and getting booted out. He stayed along side and let us float until we could stand and get back in. He did ask us for permission to fall out on the "mama" rapid. She is definitely no joke, and comes closest to the end. She is part of a series: baby, mama and daddy. Whether you want to flip or not, be prepared for it to happen because she's a big girl and fairly powerful. We again told Rob we didn't mind falling out (I don't think we would have had a chose anyway). My husband ended up under the raft when it flipped. I got pushed out a little further and the water jetted me toward the small cove to the left of the rapid. I stuck my feet out to not get near the rocks and there was water coming down from overheard. I sucked up a little water in my nose, but immediately felt one of the guides grab my life preserver. They had a series of swing ropes to help people out of the little whirl pool where I ended up.

Rob felt terrible about me getting pushed out under the small waterfall, but I told him it was a lot of fun. He was concerned but it really was all very enthralling. I would recommend that once you get past the "baby" to hold the red rope on the side of the raft going down the "mama" to ensure you end up under the raft if it flips. I didn't, which is why I ended up over near the little cove. If you don't want to fall out, be sure to tell your guide. They will do everything possible to keep you safe, calm and happy. All of them are very professional and put safety as the number priority. I highly recommend this trip! It really was fantastic!

When we finished, they had snacks and drinks for us at a small pavilion. There were also bathrooms available. When we all recovered, we got back in the paddy wagon and headed back to the restaurant for lunch. Lunch was AMAZING! Great local food! We both had the chicken and it was excellent. Plus, the view on the river was beautiful!

Again, I highly recommend this trip! This was exceptionally memorable and we enjoyed every minute of it!

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