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  •  Bring on the adrenaline and enjoy the "Jungle Run" on the Sarapiqui River!
  • This is the perfect rafting trip for adventurous paddlers!
  • We’ll make sure to get your adrenaline pumping!
  • This is the perfect rafting trip for adventurous paddlers!
  • So much fun rafting in Costa Rica with Desafio on Sarapiqui River.

Costa Rica Whitewater Rafting Sarapiqui Extreme Rafting

Arenal Rafting at its best!


Costa Rica Whitewater Rafting Class 3 and 4 Sarapiqui River Jungle Run

Bring on the adrenaline on the class 3-4 rafting trip on the Sarapiqui "Jungle Run!" This is the perfect Costa Rica rafting trip for adventurous paddlers! Whether you are a first-timer or a rafting expert, this rafting trip will guarantee to get your adrenaline pumping! Costa Rica Whitewater Rafting Sarapiqui class III-IV is one of the best adventure tours in Costa Rica!

You'll experience over 30 continuous rapids with names like "The Terminator" and "Dos Locos" while surrounded by deep, lush jungle. That's why we call it the Jungle Run!

Rafting is one of the most-popular activities to do in Costa Rica and runs rain or shine just about EVERY day of the year. You are going to get wet anyway!

One of our friendly and professional river guides will come by your hotel to pick you up. Be sure to be waiting in the lobby about 5 minutes prior to the established pick up time just in case he gets there a little early. He will check to make sure you have secure shoes, clothes to get wet in and that you have a day sack to bring along a change of clothes for after the tour. You can also meet us at our office in the center of La Fortuna before starting your Costa Rica whitewater rafting trip.

We sell dry bags and Chums sunglass holders, river shoes and commemorative souvenir Rio Sarapiqui t-shirts at our office in our EGO Store in case you need any last-minute supplies.

You will then travel through small Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel de Sarapiquí. There, your rafting guides will give you the 101 on rafting including safety tips and technical instructions before heading on your 2 hour journey down one of Costa Rica’s most exuberant rivers! We will get you fitted with your top-quality rafting gear such as an NRS helmet, lifejacket and paddle.

Your guide will divide you into groups of 4 or 5 paddlers -- we use high-quality 13-ft rafts that seat up to 5 people plus your guide in the back (please note in some cases, we may have to divide up your party or family to provide a safe paddling experience in each boat). Your professional guide will provide paddling and safety instructions to prepare you for your adventure!

Our "Paparrazzi" photographer will be hovering around you to catch the best shots (of the sometimes apprehensive faces) as you listen intently to the thorough safety talk from the head guide of your trip.

During your descent down the river, you will experience over 40 exciting rapids along 12 km of lush, vibrant rainforest. As you make your way through exciting rapids, we’ll be sure to get your adrenaline pumping!

About half way down the river, you’ll stop and watch the rapids from the shore, while enjoying refreshing tropical fruit and relaxing with the rest of the group. Take a swim and enjoy the rushing waters around you!

Then, after the second leg of your Arenal Costa Rica rafting journey, you’ll finish the day with a delicious traditional lunch before heading back to your hotel on our comfortable air-conditioned van with FREE WiFi so be sure to post your photos to FaceBook and Instagram! You'll sleep well after so much adventure!

Find out why this is the best Arenal Rafting tour in Costa Rica:

"My friends told me 'if you don´t go rafting in Costa Rica with Desafio, you haven´t been to Costa Rica!' Now I see why! The Sarapiqui River was the best rafting in Costa Rica and these guys know what they're doing. Felt safe the whole time, but still got my adrenaline flowing. Highly-recommended!" --D. Jacobs, Colorado

Read more here on our Desafio Travel Blog about other rafting options. incluging Extreme Rafting in Costa Rica on the Tenorio River.

Check out the official Costa Rica Rafting La Fortuna in Sarapiqui Video here!



  • Free Wifi with the transport to/from your hotel; top quality adventure gear; fun and professional guides who love their job; tropical fruit break; delicious meal; towel; photographer


  • 13-65 YEARS


  • 8 Hrs


  • Clothes to get wet in; change of clothes; secure shoes; a big smile


  • 8:30am


Be sure to check out our FAQs for Rafting in Costa Rica

Have a look at our Adventure Waiver if you have questions about our adventure tour policies for rafting in Costa Rica.

Arenal rafting involves inherent risk and you should be in good phyisical condition with no prior injury or medical condition such as asthma, heart issues, pregnancy, etc.



For reasons beyond our control (climate, river levels, etc.), we may change to a more-suitable tour with an equal or similar adventure-appeal or offer other tour options so you don`t miss out on a fun day in Costa Rica. We reserve the right to cancel a trip due to unfavorable conditions & will only run a tour according to our policies. Full refund is given if (on rare occasion) no tour is run. 

NOTE: We have an extra transport charge for hotels outside of our normal pick-up
ZONE 1: 1-22 pax: No extra charge
ZONE 2: Lost Iguana, Observatory Lodge, Arenal Lodge & The Springs Resort: $20 per trip or $40 roundtrip. ZONE 3: Rancho Margot, Linda Vista, Arenal Vista: $25; $50 rndtrp
ZONE 4: Leaves & Lizards, V. Hermosa, Tilajari: $35/trip; $70 rndtrp



Our trip was a perfect mix of adventure and scenery. It was a ton of fun and we saw two sloths! The guides were amazing and fun. They spoke great English and knew how to make us feel safe and adventurous.
Chase Alexander - June 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM
The Sarapiqui River white water rafting more than exceeded our expectations. Almost continuous level 3/4 rapids. but felt safe with our great guide, Bryan. Couple of stops - one to jump of a cliff (about 5m) and another to do a rope swing and drop into the river. NIce fruit snack part way through and then a great dinner at the end (rice, salad, and choice of meat).
Nancy Loewen - April 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM
Our foursome booked a Class 3-4 rafting trip on the Sarapiqui River in Costa Rica. None of us had rafted before. The guides were professional and fun, we all felt we could handle the trip after our training. Our guide, Jorge, said he had worked on this river for 9 years--he was great! The trip was thrilling! And they fed us a great lunch. All four of us ranked the raft trip at the top of our CR adventures, and we had many great experiences during our week there.
Pat Fettes - January 13, 2016 at 12:00 AM
I had a blast on this rafting tour. It ended up being one of my favorite things that I did during my stay in Costa Rica. I had rafted once before but they were very small rapids. This tour had good size rapids from beginning to end and it was much more exciting. I would recommend this tour to anyone who may be interested in rafting. The only downer was that it was a pretty long drive from La Fortuna where I was staying to the river. I think it was nearly 2 hours each way. The Desafio van was equipped with wi-fi though and that made the time go by a little faster.
Robert Schwartz - March 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM

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