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Activities in Arenal

White Water Rafting on the Sarapiqui River

Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts

Ride the rapids of the Sarapiqui River at full speed through the Costa Rican jungle. A real adventure!

Ride the rapids of the Sarapiqui River at full speed through the Costa Rican jungle. A real adventure!

White Water Rafting on the Sarapiqui River

After picking you up from your hotel in Arenal at 10:30 am, we'll set off on the 50-minute drive to the Sarapiqui River. This natural paradise has been used as a means of transport since pre-Columbian times and will be the setting for our rafting trip.

Our adventure will begin on the Sarpiqui River near the La Virgen Bridge. Once our expert guides have given us a safety talk, we'll climb onto our rafts and set off on our incredible rafting experience through the white water. We'll tackle class II and II rapids including "Superman", "Ay Caramba", "Confusion" and many others with equally exciting names - ideal for beginners and advanced rafters alike!

The white water rafting trip will last between an hour and a half and two hours, depending on the river flow, which changes daily. As we crash through the Costa Rican jungle, we'll admire the spectacular gorges, canyons and waterfalls along the river and feel the spray of water on our skin.

If we're lucky, along the river we'll also see some of the local wildlife like monkeys, toucans and other tropical animals - an exciting afternoon getting to know Costa Rica's wild side!

At the end of the rafting trip, we'll return to dry land and you'll be treated to a refreshing beer or a juice before we make the return journey to hotels. After a full day of fun, we'll take you back to your hotel in Arenal at around 3 pm.

Advanced rafting

Are you a rafting pro? If so, we recommend booking the advanced level activity, which includes class III and IV rafting. Get ready for an amazing experience!


  • Beginners rafting: starts at 10:30 am and ends at 3 pm.
  • Advanced rafting: starts at 8 am and ends at 4 pm.



The tour includes pickup and drop-off at the main hotels in La Fortuna. If your accommodation is located elsewhere, you'll have to pay a supplementary charge on the day, which varies depending on location:

  • Zone 2: Arenal Lodge, Lost Iguana, New Moon, Chachagua Forest, Chachagua Rainforest and Tilajari, US$ 25 each way.
  • Zone 3: Leaves and Lizards, Observatory Lodge, La Mansion, El Castillo and Rancho Margot, US$ 30 each way.
  • Zone 4: Nueva Arenal Hotels, Termales el Bosque, El Tucano, US$ 45 each way.


Balsa River Rafting and Abseiling

If you enjoyed rafting and you'd like to do it again, check out this rafting and abseiling activity on the Balsa River in Costa Rica. 

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8 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.


Hotel pickup and drop off

English speaking guide

Rafting equipment



When to book?

You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


Not wheelchair accessible.


All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.


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Corporate name: Wave Tours S.A

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Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Who can participate in this activity?

    A - People who have recently had an operation, people with heart problems and pregnant women cannot participate in this tour.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

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