Introducing Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí & Around
At the scenic confluence of Ríos Puerto Viejo and Sarapiquí, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí was once the most important port in Costa Rica. Boats laden with fruit, coffee and other commercial exports plied the Sarapiquí as far as the Nicaraguan border, then turned east on the Río San Juan to the sea. Today, it is simply a gritty palm-shaded market town. But there's grace here too, evidenced by the cute tiled benches and archways along the shopping district adjacent to the soccer field. There's also educational innovation. The local polytechnic high school offers students advanced tourism, ecology and agriculture degrees. The school even has its own reserve, laced with trails. Visitors, meanwhile, can choose from any number of activities in the surrounding area such as bird-watching, rafting, kayaking, boating and hiking. Migración (immigration office) is near the small wooden dock, sometimes avoided by visiting Nicaraguans who share the river with local fishers and visiting birders.
There is no dry season, but from late January to early May is the ‘less wet’ season. On the upside, when it rains here there are fewer mosquitoes.
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí & Around destination guides
Sarapiqui Canopy and Rainforest Day Tour
Admire scenic views as you travel to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui for a full-day riverboat trip and canopy adventure! Swing through the treetops of the Central American rainforest and enjoy a unique perspective of Costa Rica on a day trip from San Jose. After pickup from your San Jose hotel in the morning, begin your 1.