Sarapiqui & Pacuare

Nature and adventure await in Sarapiqui’s wildlife-rich rainforest and the fast-flowing Sarapiqui and Pacuare rivers, ideal for rafting.

Our rafting experience with Pablo at Sarapiqui. Not quite white water but exciting enough for us. Quiet drifting which followed the 'rapids' allowed us to really enjoy the wildlife of the riverbank. Magical !!!

  • Aerial view of Pacuare River, Costa Rica © FernandoAcuña

    Aerial view of Pacuare River near Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica

  • Rafting at Pacuare, Costa Rica © PacuareLodge

    Rafting at Pacuare, Costa Rica

  • Ziplining at Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica © rebecasaborio

    Ziplining at Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica

  • Chocolate tour near Sarapiqui, Costa Rica © AGMarks

    Chocolate tour near Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

  • Red-eyed frog, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica © Shutterstock

    Red-eyed frog, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

  • Tent-making bats, Costa Rica © Shutterstock

    Tent-making bats, Costa Rica

  • Squirrel monkey, Costa Rica © Shutterstock

    Squirrel monkey, Costa Rica

  • Black-cheeked woodpecker. Birding in Costa Rica © DanielBlindt

    Black-cheeked woodpecker. Birding in Costa Rica

  • Rafting at Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

    Rafting at Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

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Venturing slightly off the beaten track to Sarapiqui and Pacuare you are rewarded by pristine nature and fewer crowds. Hikes into the rainforest showcase the rich flora and fauna with your expert guide on hand to offer invaluable insights. There are thrills to be had whilst zip-lining, canyoning and whitewater river rafting. And who can resist the chance to sample freshly made chocolate?

  • Rainforest & wildlife: Guided hikes in reserves such as Braulio Carillo allow you to penetrate the rainforest, see the varied vegetation and come face to face with monkeys, ocelots, tapirs and more, while an early morning bird-watching walk is the best start your day and a night walk spotting frogs, bats and other nocturnal creatures is the perfect way to round it off.
  • Rafting & other thrills: Pacuare is the best place in Costa Rica for river rafting with grade III and IV rapids as the river flows through deep canyons are past tropical forest. Rio Sarapiqui may have fewer thrills but rafting here is still plenty of fun. Canyoning, a mix of abseiling, rope swings and cable slides, is a Pacuare speciality while in Sarapiqui you can fly through the forest canopy along a series of ziplines.
  • Chocolate: Tirimbina is Sarapiqui offers one of Costa Rica’s best chocolate tours, informative and fun as you learn about the history of this much-prized commodity and taste it in various stages of production during a chocolate-making demonstration. At the end, of course, you have the chance to sample some of the different types of chocolate created on site.
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Sarapiqui & Pacuare

Red-eyed frog, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

Nature and adventure await in Sarapiqui’s wildlife-rich rainforest and the fast-flowing Sarapiqui and Pacuare rivers, ideal for rafting.

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