Around the globe there is no destination that ignites one’s spirit of adventure like Costa Rica. Two coasts, mountains, rivers and rainforest set the stage for a paddling adventure like no other.

Located 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 on the river paddling the best of Costa Rican whitewater.

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 paddling adventures begin. While on the river, we enjoy clean, warm, challenging whitewater… and keep an eye out for some of Costa Rica’s abundant flora and fauna. The rivers 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 daily “off the river” adventure to compliment our day of paddling.  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 as well as zip-line/canopy tours.  If you are looking for an exotic, exciting, and adventurous whitewater holiday well off the beaten track… we hope you join us this season in Costa Rica!

Availability & Costs

Rivers and Rainforest of Costa RicaAdults / YouthDates 2018 -2019
(Canoe, Kayak, Raft, Inflatable Kayak)$1950 CDN / $1750CDNSat. to Sat. Dec. 22 2018 - Feb. 9 2019

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

Rivers and Rainforest Daily Itinerary


Day 1

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

Day 2

Paddle La Virgen Section of Sarapiqui River

Day 3

San Miguel Section Sarapiqui River and Pozo Azul waterfall

Day 4

Paddle one (or 2) of Rio Soucio, Toro, Balsas, Puerto Viejo, Pozo Azul, depending on water levels, interests and abilities.

Day 5

Paddle the Pejebaye or Upper Upper Pacuare

Day 6

Day 1· Pacuare River Expedition with overnight in our Pacuare River Jungle Camp

Day 7

Day 2· Pacuare River Expedition including Las Huacas and Dos Montañas rapids

Day 8


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
Smooth river shuttles
Professional guide services
Kayak, Canoe, Raft or Inflatable Kayak

We make sure that once you’ve arrived in Costa Rica all your daily needs are taken care of .  All you have to do is concentrate on is the purpose of your trip, and that is to have fun paddling some of the best whitewater in Costa Rica.

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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Esprit Costa Rica

• Head Office, Davidson (Mansfield-et-Pontefract), QC, Canada

Email: costarica@whitewater.ca

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