costa rica white water rafting
Replies: 17 - Last Post: May 21, 2013 7:13 PM Last Post By: PapaH
Mar 7, 2009 6:16 PM
Mar 7, 2009 6:23 PM
1No need to book prior,, book once there from your hotel, Inn, lodge.
Affordable, is not a smart idea, safety is, you want a outfit that takes safety seriously, people die on the rivers every year. The best outfits are all the same price, you want to save money, you risk death.
I have used this family outfit, and told countless people about them.
Mar 8, 2009 3:38 PM
2Just out of curiosity, What does a day of rafting run you there. I've only done it in Canada would be $150 (but I go for free when they train guides in the spring)
And in Colombia where I pay $10 - 15. The $10 rafting in Colombia is better than the $150 rafting in Canada but I haven't done many rivers. I guide float trips in the summer part time but I wouldn't want the responsibility of a whitewater guide. There are no safety guarantees on an river.
I'm hoping to pass through CR on the way to Colombia soon.
Mar 8, 2009 3:57 PM
3Last time I went it was $110.
That included the hotel pick up, 1.5 hour drive to River, breakfast at a coffee plantation, lunch prepared on the river, safety course, equipment, and showers/towels and riverhouse use, and 1.5 hours drive back to the SJ area hotel.
This operation also has a guy in a kayak alongside to pick up paddles, and of need be, passengers flung overboard after hitting huge boulders.
Mar 8, 2009 4:54 PM
4Thanks, $110 is a little steep. North American prices pretty much. Too bad. I'll probably hang with my barfly gambling friends in SJ, dodging crackheads instead of boulders. Freak watching can be more interesting than bird watching but I would rather be going downstream sheltered from the harsh reality of urbanization.
Mar 8, 2009 5:28 PM
5Hit the bars in San Pedro late afternoon near the University, you like to play pool, and the beer is cheap, usually some kids playing music too.
If you are headed anywhere near the Arenal area, head up to Rincon and the Rio Negra, you can canoe this or just hire a small panga, lovely countryside.
Have you been down the Rio San Juan, I have always wanted to do this, not easy nor comfy, but some great fishing and lots of wildlife, and the river life is always interesting, its supposed to be a no mans land....just hard working Nicas.
Mar 8, 2009 5:54 PM
We just rafted with Exploradores in January . I think it was 100 per person.
We were picked up at our hotel outside Puerto Viejo, had breakfast at their expedition center, did the rafting thing (included picnic lunch), then were taken to Alajuela.
I thought that was good deal, considering the transportation costs we would have spent.
Very fun ... I had been so hot for so many days ... it felt so good to be wet and cool, and in a few calm places we were able to swim and float with the river ... simply delightful.
Here is a link to some p hotos -- look at the album costa rica 2009 - the Pacuare
Mar 8, 2009 6:29 PM
Mar 9, 2009 9:19 AM
8kgargr - They are nice pictures. The guides in kayaks take pics for rafters and will not decline a tip ... take waterproof disposable cameras, or a rugged digital so protected for abuse. Thanks for sharing. I have many like them (specifically of us on the river at great moments) from my rafting experience in Costa Rica on the Paquare in the year 1992 - I think the company was then called Rios Tropicales - all was included - pick up and transport to the river from a meeting spot, safety lessons, and some trials to see experience of individuals on the waters and taking orders to paddle the rafts in safe directional synchronicity, and frankly, who could handle the river's variety of challenges from Class I to Class V ... on that day in August, the guides took those of us in our particular raft (three out of six of us surfers, water-skiiers, capable swimmers, and able sailors with captain's licenses back home in NJ) on Class II up to Class IV before we had a "swimmer" (the 110 pound person)!
Mar 9, 2009 5:25 PM
9well, I have to admit that I did the 'total tourist' thing, and bought the CD from them ... 25.00 ..... there is NO way we could have taken pictures ourselves .. except maybe in the one area through the canyon when we were swimming and drifting .. and yes, the rapids were class 2 - 4, most being 3 ........ very fun.
Mar 9, 2009 5:29 PM
10On the CD, there are similar pictures of each raft (I think we had 4) .. going through the same stretch ... photographers were stationed along the way .... up on the rocks ... to be honest I didn't really notice them cause we were so busy laughing and screaming .......... the safety kayakers didn't take pictures ... (at least not that I noticed)
Mar 9, 2009 10:47 PM
11Karen, thanks for posting the pics. I enjoyed looking at them. Looks like you and your daughters did lots of neat things.
In the Cahuita section, I was wondering where the hanging bridge and waterfalls are at.
Mar 10, 2009 5:00 PM
12The hanging bridge and waterfall were part of the Bri Bri, chocolate, medicinal plants and waterfall, and lunch tour that we took with Willie's Tours. The waterfall was not something you could find yourself, as we walked across several streams or rivers, etc. to get there.
The hanging bridge was on the way to a Bri Bri house ... that was a little creepy, as the bridge wasn't in very good condition.
Mar 10, 2009 9:30 PM
Mar 13, 2009 7:36 PM
14I enjoyed the tour .. my favorite thing was the waterfall .... you can go to Willies tours website (in Cahuita) ... we went to a couple of different locations .. first a hike (across the bridge) to a very old Bri Bri home, that the fa mily still lives in .. then a different location where we learned about various plants .... then the waterfall, then a nummy lunch (organic chicken) at a restaurant in the town of Bri Bri ... then a visit to a chocolate place, where they demonstrated how chocolate is made (this is not a 'real' demonstration, cause it really takes many days) .. It just depends on what you like to do .. I would probably have preferred to snorkel, that is just me ... but all 3 of us enjoyed the day.
(4 star Hotel)
From US$149.00 per night
Las VegasBook now
(3 star Hotel)
From US$89.00 per night
San FranciscoBook now
(0 star Hotel)
From US$19.40 per night