Agua Pura Pura Vida!  Pure Water Pure Life!  Around the globe there is no destination that ignites ones spirit of adventure like Costa Rica. Two coasts, mountains, rivers and rainforest set the stage for an adventure holiday like no other.

Based north of San Jose in the mountains draining towards the Caribbean lies our base, a quaint eco-lodge in the Sarapiqui River valley. Our trip features 6 days of on  water adventures including 2 days “Learn to paddle whitewater kayak/canoe” 2 days of surfing lessons at the Caribbean Coast, and a 2 day overnight “Jungle” whitewater rafting adventure on the spectacular and challenging Pacuare River.

Our journey starts in San Jose where you will be met at the airport by your Esprit guides. From there it’s a 2 hour drive to our lodge where our adventures begin. While learning to paddle we enjoy clean, warm, challenging whitewater….

We then head to the Caribbean coast to try our hand at surfing.  The coastline has an amazing array of locations suitable for learning.  While at the coast we visit the Jaguar Animal Rehabilitation Centre where abandoned and injured animals are treated and rehabilitated to eventually (hopefully) be released into the wild.  Here we will come into close contact with Sloths (everybody loves sloths), 3 different species of monkeys, anteaters, white nosed coati and a variety of bird life.

From the coast its off to the Pacuare River.  Famous for its challenging rapids and lush jungle scenery the Pacuare dishes up some of the best adventure in Costa Rica.  Our overnight “Jungle Camp” experience is one of the highlights of the week as we stay in river view cabañas and soak in the jungle vibe overnighting deep in the heart of virgin rainforest.  Our second day on the river features the most challenging rapids including the Dos Montañas Canyon.  The river abound with wildlife such as howler monkeys, three toed sloth, iguanas, the world’s most abundant and unique varieties of frogs, as well as tropical plants and birdlife (including Toucans) too numerous to count.

We try to include a series of  “off the river” activities to compliment our day of adventure.  These activities include a wildlife spotting boat safari, rainforest hikes to  beautiful waterfalls, its even possible to take an early morning  stroll through the rainforest right out the front door of the lodge.  Optional activities (at an additional cost) can be arranged including horseback riding, chocolate tour, serpentarium and zipline/canopy tours.  If you are looking for an exotic, exciting, and adventurous “liquid” holiday well off the beaten track… we hope you join us this season in Costa Rica!





Availability & Costs

Agua Pura Pura Vida (Pure Water Pure Life)! Adults Youth (under 12)
Kayak/Canoe Lessons, Surfing Lessons, Jungle Rafting $1950 $1750

New! Bring 5 friends and pay just $1750 per adult person! Contact us for specialized dates or customized itineraries.

Agua Pura Pura Vida (Pure Water Pure Life)!Adults/YouthDates 2018/2019
Kayak/Canoe Lessons, Surfing Lessons, Jungle Rafting$1950 CDN / $1750CDNSat. to Sat starting Dec. 22 2018 - Feb. 9 2019

Agua Pura Pura Vida Daily Itinerary


Day 1

Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica and transfer to La Virgen de Sarapiqui (D)

Day 2

Learn to Paddle (Kayak/Canoe) Sarapiqui River (B, L, D)

Day 3

Learn to Paddle (Kayak/Canoe) Sarapiqui River (B, L, D)

Day 4

Surf Lessons Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Caribbean Coast (B)

Day 5

Surf Lessons Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Caribbean Coast & Jaguare Animal Rescue Centre (B)

Day 6

Day 1· Pacuare River Expedition with overnight in our Pacuare River Jungle Camp (B, L, D)

Day 7

Day 2· Pacuare River Expedition including Las Huacas and Dos Montañas rapids (B, L, D)

Day 8

Departure (B)

Note: We do our best to adhere to the itinerary outlined above. Activities and river specified are subject to change based on circumstances outside of our control (ie.weather, water levels, road and safety conditions)

What's included in your Rivers and Rainforest trip

Transfers to/from San Jose International airport (SJO)
All in country transportation
Freshly prepared meals (certain meals excluded at the coast)
All accommodations
Professional guide service
All instruction and equipment (Kayak/Canoe, Surfing, Rafting)

We want to make sure that once you’ve arrived in Costa Rica all your daily needs are taken care of so all you have to concentrate on is the purpose of your trip – and that is to have fun paddling, surfing and rafting  in Costa Rica.  Agua Pura Pura Vida  Pure Water Pure Life!

Some things you may choose to add to your adventure or rent from us in Costa Rica. Prices are listed per person and include taxes.

Rental Options, Add-ons & Upgrades

Shuttles:San Jose International Airport Pick Up/Drop Off$150USD - Outside of scheduled pickup or drop off.
Accommodation Upgrades:Single/Private Room Supplement$300USD
EquipmentKayak Paddle Rental$60
Kayak Paddle Damage/Loss Deposit$90
Memories PackagesPhoto Package$100 USD
Double your stayAdditional consecutive week$1750
(for early arrivals or late departures)

Accommodation in Alajuela (near SJO Airport)

Hotel Mi Tierra / Casa Blanca2-3 StarsA clean, comfortable and secure hotel/hostel located in a great area of Alajuela. Highly recommended! This is where most of our participants choose to stay. www.hotelmitierra.net$30.00 - $50.00 USD

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Email: costarica@whitewater.ca

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