Savegre River Rafting Class II-III From Manuel Antonio - Quepos

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    08:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up included at hotels, private houses, airbnb, others.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Run the cleanest river in Costa Rica that just so happens to have Class III rapids year-round! An adrenaline-packed adventure is just an hour away from Manuel Antonio hotels area. Come and enjoy this tropical outdoor excursion, where everyone is welcome nature lovers, families, and especially adrenaline enthusiasts!


  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Lunch included
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Begin the day with a pickup from your Manuel Antonio hotel. The Savegre River is about an hour away from the main Manuel Antonio hotels area. It is an easy drive that your guides will turn it into an extremely informative ride. Along the way, you will see part of Quepos history, including little towns called Cuadrantes and the cultural and architectural inheritance of the United Fruit Company presence in the area.

Once you arrive at the river, youll start the tour, but not without a safety briefing and some practice. Besides you expert river guide, a safety kayaker and professional photographer will join the trip. After a little over 2 hours, enjoy the riverside occasional stops and stunning views. This amazing journey will end in the best way possible; after a change of clothes, delight in an exquisite typical Costa Rican homemade meal.

After your meal, re board the vehicle and travel back to your accommodations.


Hotel pickup and drop-off




Professional guide

Safety equipment



Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Not recommended for child aged 7 and under

Please bring a change of clothes with you

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Traveler Reviews

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  • 07-Jul-2022

    My boyfriend and I had the best adventure after two days prior of rain and our guides Jilo and Orlando. Not to Forget Super Mario our amazing driver safely venturing up the narrow roads to a higher altitude for the more advanced rapids! He also showed us the many plants that make up modern household products like citronella and BenGay. These guides love what they do and it’s apparent through the pictures that we taken that day! Facial expressions say it all! The guides were extremely personal and shared their experiences and history with the river and adventures! The rapids were a 3/4 that day and we didn’t fall out! We also had a delicious authentic Costa Rican meal following our trip. We are happy to have found this group and will be bringing many of our guests from the states!

  • 06-Jul-2022

    This is the third time we’ve gone with this company and have not been disappointed once. I highly recommend them to anybody looking for fun and adventure. I will use them again 100%

  • 14-May-2022

    Marcos was the best guide we could ask for. He was friendly, funny, professional, and great at his job. He even recommended a great restaurant for dinner.

  • 08-May-2022

    We had an amazing trip down the river with this tour company. It was a quiet day so we ended up with a private tour just the three of us, myself, my husband and our 20 year old daughter. Nicholas was our river guide, he was amazing and although it was very much still an adventure, we all felt very safe! Erik and Jonathan were our kayakers for extra safety and to take pictures and they too were excellent. All three were funny and entertaining, yet always mindful of our safety! Our driver was “Super Mario” and he also was a gem, providing lots of information about the environment, he had a refreshing drink and snacks ready for us after the rafting and got us safely to and from our location! Great lunch at the tour office afterwards capped off a perfect day! Thank you all for making our rafting adventure something we will never forget! Highly recommended!

  • 15-Apr-2022

    I’ve wanted to go white water rafting for years, this was my first trip. Was way beyond what I imagined! So fun, so beautiful, so memorable! Niko was a blast too! A well informed tour guide, shared fascinating info about Costa Rica and was the perfect, fun, safe guide!

  • 11-Apr-2022

    White water rafting has always been an activity i've always wanted to do, but not one that is very accessible where I live in the States. So when I saw I could sign up for it at our hotel in Manuel Antonio, I signed up right away. And I can't speak more highly of the overall experience, and especially that our guide Orlando, who has very personable and very professional. My wife and I were complete novices as it was our first time rafting, and Orlando made sure he was very clear and firm with his guidance on keeping us having fun and still safe. He also went above what I was seeing from other guides on the river (you can often see multiple rafts from other groups as you sail down) to make sure we had a fun time and really experienced the rapids, which is what we came out there to do. Also, Orlando and the photographer really made sure to set up some great shots and videos of the experience, which was an extra fee to get a copy of those pictures/videos, but very reasonably priced I found and a great way to remember the experience while not having to worry about using a Go-Pro or the like. Overall great time, and I would use them again if we went back.

  • 27-Mar-2022

    would have given it a 5 but the water was very low so was expecting more white water ( not the tour companies fault) for advertised 2-3 - id say mostly 2

  • 25-Mar-2022

    The tour guides were very fun spirited and kind. It was the dry season so we were able to hop out and swim in the river. Lunch when we returned was great too!

  • 23-Mar-2022

    We road this river with the guide group, River Runners. It was so much fun and our guide group was excellent! The photos and videos they took were a welcome addition to our vacation. We highly recommend going with this group.

  • 05-Jan-2022

    I've rafted the Gauley and New River in West Virginia, among others. This trip on the Savegre was at least as fun and still safe for our pre-teen son and his cousins. They all said this was their favorite excursion ever in Costa Rica, and I don't blame them. We drove to the Tucanes Tours HQ outside Quepos on the morning of our trip and met our friendly bus driver, Super Mario. The bus has a roof onto which they strap the boats, but is open on the sides (with proper railings). We headed down the highway a little way, then turned on a road to head upstream next to the Savegre. Along the way, we stopped at a primary school. Costa Ricans are (and should be) proud that they have an excellent education system. We drove through little villages going up into the mountains. Orlando harvested a cacao fruit off a tree and we got to taste the berries. They pointed out hawks by the roadside and teak plantations. Honestly, the drive upriver in the bus was pretty and informative and almost worth the fee itself. Then we got to the river and the staff got the boats down and fitted us to gear. They use good equipment--almost exclusively NRS, I noticed. We were impressed that there would be a safety kayaker in addition to a guide in each raft. An additional kayaker went on the trip, but his job was to paddle ahead and set up to take photos. Any gear that you don't want to take on the river with you, you leave in the cab of Mario's bus. All he does after dropping you off is head down to the takeout spot downriver, so it's safe with him. The kids were a little scared when we first got on the river, but our guide Nico had us all practice taking strokes and getting down on the floor of the raft. I've had good and bad whitewater rafting guides. A good one shouldn't make you do all that much paddling to correct course, and you can tell when you've charted the intended course through the rapids. Nico was very good, but all the while making it fun. I think he played it a little safe with us, having us get down in the floor of the boat pretty often, but I think that was the right move with three boys aged 9-11 in the boat. We hit the standing waves, all got soaked, and were all smiles the whole time. The Savegre is just beautiful. Crystal clear water, beautiful nature on either side of the river, and some interesting twists and turns in the river. Plenty of deep pools in which to swim between rapids. At one point, we pulled over to the side and hiked a short way to a beautiful waterfall. We got some family pictures taken there and let the water run over our helmeted heads. When we pulled out at the takeout spot, Super Mario the bus driver had already set up a fruit buffet of yummy watermelon and pineapple, water and tea. Then he just started grabbing nearby plants and showing the kids how they could slap this fern on their skin and make a temporary spore tattoo, touch this plant and the leaf closes up in reaction, and scratch this bark because it's cinnamon. We were all tired but elated from the rafting trip, so it was a quieter ride back to Tucanes Tours HQ, but when we got there, we were offered use of the big, clean bathrooms (with showers and changing rooms) and then sat down for a really excellent typical casado meal. Often, tour operators who include lunch with your tour have a captive audience and don't need to serve excellent food, but all of us really enjoyed our lunches. The photographer came by with an iPad to show us some of the photos. If you want to purchase, you pay a flat fee for all the pictures of your group. I *think* it was $40 for our group of 7. We have found that experiences are more valuable in the long run than material toys, and photos often help us remember and be grateful for the experiences, so we bought the photos. I'm including some in this review. As you can see, the photographer did an excellent job. They emailed me a link later to download the photos. COVID: All the guides got on the bus wearing face masks. We asked if we had to wear them, and they said it was up to us. Since we had all been vaccinated and were riding open air, we elected to take ours off, and only then did the guides. We put our masks back on to walk through the restaurant (as is usual these days in CR), but felt comfortable taking them off to eat since the Tucanes Tours restaurant is, like most in CR, open air. We were impressed with everything about this trip: the river, the rapids, the guides, the safety equipment and protocols of Tucanes Tours, the drive, the snack, the lunch, and the photos.

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