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Rivers of Costa Rica

Visiting Costa Rica Rivers

From small city streams popular as a local hangout to raging rapids loved by the adventure tourist, Cosa Rica has many amazing rivers to boast about. Costa Rica is knowns as the adventure capital of Central America as well as the world. Explore rivers that are almost a 100 meters wide and 100 kilometers long. Spot many species of wildlife along the river banks like monkeys, sloths, iguanas and birds. Let us introduce you to some of the most famous Costa Rica and rivers and exactly what makes them so unique!

Famous Rivers

One of the most famous Costa Rican Rivers is without a doubt the Pacuare River. This river is rated in the top five white water rafting locations in the world. Additionally, it boasts the 5-star Pacuare Lodge where your adventures can be combined with a stay surrounded by lush jungles teaming with wildlife. Wondering about the other famous streams running through Costa Rica?

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Sierpe Boat

Sierpe River

Explore the outer most reaches of Costa Rica. The Sierpe River is a strong hold for the largest mangrove system in Latin America and is the river you use to travel to Drake Bay by boat. Looking for the perfect kayak tour? Kayakers will love exploring this beautiful area surrounded by primary rainforest.

Glass river Barra del Colorado

Barra del Colorado

Located in the most northern peak of Costa Rica’s Caribbean, Barra del Colorado is a great experience for the off the beaten path explorer looking for a unique Costa Rica trip. This is also a great area for sport fishing!

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

Caño Negro is a natural wildlife refuge full of biodiversity and is considered the third most important wetland in the world.  It serves as a shelter for many migratory bird species and other plants and animals close to extinction. It is a paradise for bird watchers!

Tenorio Volcano river

Rio Celeste

Renowned for its piercing blue waters, Rio Celeste and its mesmerizing waterfall are one of the highlights of Tenorio National Park. This blue river is perfect for nature lovers as well as those looking for a nice, relaxing day hike.

Pacuare River Costa Rica

Pacuare River

As far as tropical rivers go, Pacuare may be the most famous. Paddle through Class III/IV rapids in some of the most beautiful scenery and countryside that Costa Rica has to offer! This full day adventure includes breakfast and lunch and transportation to and from some of Costa Rica’s major destinations. Located on the Atlantic slope of the country, the Pacuare borders the Talamanca Mountain where the flora and fauna gets more diverse and more beautiful. Enjoy but also make sure to always check with us for the best time ot go rafting and when the water levels are either too high or too low.


Tarcoles River

If you like crocodiles than come to this bridge and look over the edge. They don’t call it the Crocodile bridge for nothing!

Tubing Costa Rica Savegre River

Savegre River

Apart from getting your adrenaline levels high, you are going to encounter the true wilderness of Costa Rica. on the Savegre River!

Other Rivers in Costa Rica

Sarapiqui River

Sarapiqui River

Rio Sarapiqui extends some 50 miles from start to finish and flows from the San Juan River in Nicaragua. The Sarapiqui, for the most part, is dense forest, jungle and rainforest. Also along side the banks of this river you will see a lot of different wildlife species. For example Monkeys, Sloths, Crocodiles, Toucans and so much more.

Tenorio River

Tenorio River

The Tenorio River in Costa Rica rises towards the Tenorio Volcano. This means along this river you will have amazing volcano views. Many parts of the Tenorio River are fast moving and contain a lot of rapids.

Balsa River

Balsa River

The Balsa River is located near the iconic Arenal Volcano, so coming here to see the river isn’t the only thing you will want to explore. You can have an amazing tour up the Balsa River with a rafting expedition.  It has class II and class III rapids.

Rio Toro Amarillo

Rio Toro

The Rio Toro also known as the bull river is stunning to experience. As the name suggests, it is almost like riding a bull. The Rapids range from class II all the way up to class IV so you’re sure to love a whitewater rafting tour through this one.

Corobici River

Corobici River

The Corobici River is also close to the Volcano Tenorio near the mountains of Guanacaste. It stems from the Tempisque River and then flows towards the Tenorio River.

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