Whitewater Rafting On The Chirripó River From San Jose

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Get a taste of Costa Rica's untamed rivers on a Chirrip River whitewater rafting trip. Located just an hours drive from San Jose, this section of the Chirrip River thrills rafters with continuous action on a series of Class III rapids! Your expert guide provides all instruction and equipment for the day; you bring your sense of adventure. Be prepared to get wet and paddle hard as you rush along this spectacularly scenic river, surrounded by dense forest. Choose a morning or midday departure and relax while eating a tasty lunch at a local restaurant.


  • All necessary equipment included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included

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After pickup at your central San Jose hotel, travel by comfortable coach on a scenic 1-hour journey to the Chirrip River.

Once you arrive at the river, take in the stunning scenery of red rock and lush green vegetation. Near the Irazu volcano, the river sports an orange tint from volcanic sulphur deposits that have washed into the water. Your expert guide provides a safety briefing, paddling instructions and all rafting equipment as you get outfitted in your lifejacket, helmet and paddle. Then you're ready to hit the river!
Enjoy the adrenaline rush as you raft through waves and holes on more than 20 Class III rapids. Expect to spend about two hours on the river with a lot of action throughout the adventure. At the halfway point, refuel at a rest stop where your guide provides a platter of fresh tropical fruit.

After the fun and thrills of rafting the Chirrip River, dry off and enjoy the delicious eats as you share stories about your rafting adventures. While riding back to San Jose, take in the beautiful landscape around you as you pass through Braulio Carrillo National Park.

Inclusions for Whitewater Rafting On The Chirripó River From San Jose

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned van or coach (depending on the group size)
  • Certified guide
  • All river-rafting equipment
  • Lunch

Exclusions for Whitewater Rafting On The Chirripó River From San Jose

  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Minimum age is 12 years

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes

Please bring a swimsuit, towel, sandals and a change of clothes

Not recommended for participants with back problems

Note: During the rainy season, the tour is subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date/tour option

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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5 Traveler Reviews

  • This activity is sort of ok but let me tell you the truth: it says you get picked up at your hotel. Truth: someone walks to your hotel to pick you up and you walk 15 minutes with them to reach the van. The ad says you get the use of a wet suit. Truth: the wet suits are old and ripped. It says that you have a professional English speaking guide. Truth: the guide speaks limited English. The ad says that you have a guaranteed security team. Truth: I don't have any idea what that is but we didn't have one. More truth: the water is so cold that you should be told to bring VERY warm clothing to wear after the rafting. The sauna is not warm, the showers are cold. The zip lining is poor and the gloves are ripped. On the positive side: our raft guide Cesear was friendly and helpful. IF I had known then what I know now, I would have gone with a different company not with: Bamba Experience.

  • The water was at a low level and that was disappointing but our guide Stanley made the ride interesting and fun! He was funny, informative and open to our questions. Stanley was the reason the rafting turned out to be a great time! The fruit snack and jumping off the edge of the hill in to the water was an added bonus. I would recommend this excursion! Ask for Stanley - he was great!!!

  • Our trip on the Chirripo River was cancelled because of dangerous conditions on the river. We however did not miss a whitewater activity.
    . The tour company made arrangements to take us to another location which was safe and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We had a snack at a spot where we got out of the boat and could go swimming. We continued our trip. After a very nice lunch we headed back to our hotel.

  • Wonderful trip, and nice river-man.

  • Beto was a wonderful guide--both on and off the water. Wali was a skilled driver who kept us safe on mountain roads between San Jose and the River. Beto is a skilled and sympathetic teacher. He's got clear communication skills and is able to anticipate what novice paddlers will do on the water. He got us through some challenging stretches of river and we all had a great time while doing it! I would definitely book this trip again!

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