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White Water River Rafting Class III-IV from La Fortuna-Arenal provided by Wave Expeditions

White Water River Rafting Class III-IV from La Fortuna-Arenal

White Water River Rafting Class III-IV from La Fortuna-Arenal
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Receive a morning pickup from your hotel in the La Fortuna area. You’ll have space aboard your transport for a backpack, toiletry items, and a change of clothing for the end of your rafting adventure. You’ll wind your way from La Fortuna through the Costa Rican countryside, passing through lush plantations ripe with pineapple, yucca, and papaya crops along the flanks of Arenal Volcano. You’ll eventually reach your chosen rafting destination for the day, a site that will be selected by your guide on either the Rio Sarapiqui or Rio Toro depending on current conditions. Before setting off you’ll be given all necessary rafting gear and learn the proper rafting commands and safety procedures from your guides. Then set off on a thrilling, 9-mile (13-kilometer) rafting trip, spending between 2.5 and 3 hours total on the water. Prepare to get wet as you challenge a range of Class III and IV rapids, stopping to catch your breath in the calm sections and look for toucans, monkeys and other wildlife in the surrounding forests. At the trip halfway point, you’ll take a break to enjoy an included snack of fresh fruit on the river bank before braving more rapids for the second half of the trip. When your whitewater adventure comes to an end, enjoy an icy-cold beverage along with a dry towel and included Costa Rican-style lunch. After your meal, you’ll be delivered back to your hotel between 3:30 and 4pm. Guests who are interested can also select a one-way transfer to San Jose after the rafting trip (please arrange at the time of booking).
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 16121P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Beverages • Lunch • Snacks • Driver and professional guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only) • Air-conditioned vehicle • Equipment: raft, paddles, rafting vest and helmet • Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • Entry/Admission - Sarapiqui River
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks • Gratuities
Duration
8h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Hotels outside of the normal route may have an extra transportation charge. o Arenal Lodge o Lost Iguana o Luna Nueva o Bosque de Chachagua o Chachagua Rainforest o Tilajari o Leaves and Lizards o Observatory Lodge o La Mansion o El Castillo o Rancho Margot. o Nuevo Arenal Hotels o Termales el Bosque o El Tucano o Lands in Love o La Garza
WAVE Rafting, Av. 331, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Beverages • Lunch • Snacks • Driver and professional guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only) • Air-conditioned vehicle • Equipment: raft, paddles, rafting vest and helmet • Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • Entry/Admission - Sarapiqui River
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks • Gratuities
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Hotels outside of the normal route may have an extra transportation charge. o Arenal Lodge o Lost Iguana o Luna Nueva o Bosque de Chachagua o Chachagua Rainforest o Tilajari o Leaves and Lizards o Observatory Lodge o La Mansion o El Castillo o Rancho Margot. o Nuevo Arenal Hotels o Termales el Bosque o El Tucano o Lands in Love o La Garza
WAVE Rafting, Av. 331, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
Not wheelchair accessible
Children must be accompanied by an adult (Min Age 12)
May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Weather dependent. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is flooding or other government river closure. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
Participants will get wet, please dress ready to raft in bathing suit and shoes that will stay on feet. No flipflops allowed
Not responsible for items lost or damaged on river, please do not take anything on the river that you are not willing to lose
Tour requires 1 adult minimum to book
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
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5.0
77 reviews
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C C
6 contributions
The best! Look no further!
Jul 2021
This was my second white water rafting trip, both in Costa Rica. While I enjoyed the first one immensely, this one was head and shoulders above it. The guides were so friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgable. They really seemed to love their work. This run was longer than the other one I did. We got to get out at one point and float in the slow current and that was super fun. The meal at the end was a great end to an already fantastic day. They take great action pictures that you can buy if you choose. There was a couple on our tour that had done it the day before and had so much fun they decided to do it again combined with another activity. I would highly recommend them.
Written 29 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

@Rowill0522
7 contributions
Amazing experience
We had the most amazing time. Gerald (Flacco) was our guide and he was so fun, knowledgeable. He found out it was my birthday and the staff surprised me with a cake and sang a beautiful song to me after lunch, it was so special. I would recommend this tour to everyone. The entire staff was great. 5 star fo sure!!!
Written 12 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
WaveRafting
Hello, Hi-five for Gerald! Life is about collecting memories, Glad to be on yours! Hope was the first but not the last time we will see you paddling with us. Pura Vida! Wave Staff
Written 13 July 2021
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Ashley W
San Francisco, CA3 contributions
Amazing rafting experience!
Jul 2021
We had the best time on this experience! The staff in the office were so friendly and helpful and not only helped us find the best option for rafting but also gave us fantastic local favorites for restaurants and things to do! Flaco was our guide for the actual rafting and did a fantastic job keeping us all safe but also providing such a fun experience! Definitely recommend this company to everyone! The lunch that was included was also traditional Costa Rican cuisine and was delicious.
Written 11 July 2021
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WaveRafting
Hi Ashlee, Thanks for sharing your river story with us. Your experience rafting with WAVE and especially your recommendation will be useful for travelers looking for Rafting near Arenal Volcano. I´ll make sure that Flaco hears from you. Pura Vida, Wave Staff.
Written 13 July 2021
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Whichway2thebeach40
Finksburg, MD140 contributions
Wonderful and safe family experience with teenagers.
These guides are incredible. I can’t believe they take a group of American yahoos that have no idea what they are doing and guide them in a very safe and wonderful, exciting and fun experience! Siviany is very skilled and professional, personable, while maintaining safety for all.
Written 11 July 2021
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WaveRafting
Hello! Thanks for sharing your river story with us!. We have been operating our Rafting tours for more than 15 years with one of the BEST rafting experts teams in Costa Rica. We hope to see you again on the River soon!. Pura Vida, Wave Staff
Written 13 July 2021
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Ethan
Frederick, MD2 contributions
Must Do Activity For Adventurers!
We visited Costa Rica in July of 2021 as a group of four. On our second day we went to Wave Rafting and we had a great experience because of their friendliness and great customer service. The river was beautiful and intense with lots of rapids that were navigated by our guide Momo. Momo helped us have a great time as a very funny and experienced guide! He was an expert at navigating the very tight river while also showing us wildlife and teaching us about Costa Rica history and geography. While we were on the river we ate fruit for a snack and had a delicious meal included after. The workers were even nice enough to purchase a cake to celebrate the birthday of another group that was with us during the day. Overall it was an incredible experience and my family and I would definitely do it again!
Written 5 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
WaveRafting
Hi! Thanks for sharing your River story with us! Our goal is to offer you an unforgettable experience, where rowing is one of the main attractions, with a complete adventure concept, and suitable for the whole family. Our guides are professionals with a lot of experience and vocation for the service; it will be a pleasure to share with them this review. We will be more than happy to see you on the river again soon! Pura Vida, Wave Staff
Written 8 July 2021
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lalaureusa
Orlando, FL20 contributions
A total blast with Momo and the entire Wave team
Jun 2021
Our family of 5 (2 adults and 3 teenagers) booked a white water rafting tour with Wave Expeditions in early June.
The communication with the company was awesome from the moment I made the reservation. They answered all my questions very quickly and were super professional.
We got picked up at our hotel (The Arenal Springs) on time (8:30am). Everyone was wearing masks and following protocol.
It took a little less than 2 hours to reach our drop off point. The head of the team (Augusto I think) explained all the rules and gave us a good security pep talk.
We got assigned the amazing Momo as our guide. He was the best. Very professional, friendly, funny and always up for some action.
Mid-way through our trip, we stopped for a delicious snack (fresh fruits) and then continued our trip. Overall, we were 2 good hours on the boat.
Momo made the experience especially fun for my teens who were able to jump in the water and experience other fun tricks. But he also was always about safety, which was giving me peace of mind!
The Sarapiqui water rafting class III-IV is intense and non stop rapids. It was perfect for us and exactly the kind of thrill we were looking for.
At the end of the trip, we got dry towels and we drove about 10min to a restaurant where we were able to change into dry clothes and got a delicious local meal. And then back on the bus for a little over 1 hour trip back to La Fortuna headquarter of Wave Expeditions, where we were able to purchase the pictures of our adventure. And the bus finally dropped us off back at our hotel by 4pm.
It was definitely a very memorable adventure and I would highly recommend it to any family seeking fun with teenagers. Momo is the absolute best and we could not recommend Wave Expeditions more.
Written 30 June 2021
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WaveRafting
Hi @Lalareusa! We are on the TOP of the world with these amazing comments. Thanks for sharing your river story with us. Rafting Class IV at Sarapiqui River is an experience that we highly recommend for travelers looking for an adventurous tour. This activity is fun and, in good hands very safe. We hope to see you again next time. Pura Vida!.
Written 5 July 2021
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Jennifer P
17 contributions
Costa Rica Rapids are Great
Jun 2021 • Family
Fantastic day on the Sarapiqui with a great group of guides. Momo, Jude, Brandon and Alonzo took excellent care of our group of seven while still allowing plenty of excitement in the fun rapids.

We had a blast, learned a lot and enjoyed the entire experience.
Written 24 June 2021
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WaveRafting
Hi Jennifer! Thanks for sharing your river story with us, we are glad to hear that you had a great time on the river. Hope to see you back on the river soon. Pura Vida! Wave Rafting.
Written 28 June 2021
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Covadonga G
Madrid, Spain9 contributions
Highly recommended
May 2021
We booked this activity in advanced and everything worked really well! They picked us up on time from our hotel in La Fortuna in a comfortable mini-van and we drove for about an hour to the Sarapiquí river. We did the rafting Class III and IV and it was incredibly fun! The rapids were very exciting and the views amazing.
We also want to thank our guides (Jorge, Brandon and Javier, the driver), as they were very professional, really nice and had planned everything very well. They offered us fruit during the rafting, and gave us drinks when we finished it. Also, the meal we had afterwards was really good, in an incredible environment, surrounded by nature.
Thank you very much, we really enjoyed the day!!
Written 23 June 2021
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WaveRafting
Hello! Thank you so much for the great review and we are thrilled to know that you had an awesome adventure with Wave Rafting. We will share your glowing review with the team. We know you have a choice with tour operators and we thank you for choosing Wave Rafting. Hope to see you on the river again soon! Wave Rafting team.
Written 28 June 2021
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Scott V
Wesley Chapel, FL41 contributions
Had a blast!
Showed up on time & energetic, made for an exciting start to a day of adventure. After a quick safety briefing, we got directly on the rafts and immediately started our trip. This river was slightly narrower than most, so our rafts were small, holding just 4 passengers and 1 guide. But, smaller rafts means more maneuverability and faster speeds! It also wasn't very cold, which is great, since the tour started early and cold water would have been a shock. The rapids were great, but not too crazy... So even the novice can have fun without any worries. Our guides were very quick and gave loud & clear commands; it was obvious that safety was their main concern, and that having a lot of fun was the goal. Our guide was Siviani, who knew a lot about everything and was very eager to teach us about Costa Rica, help us with our Spanglish, and made sure we didn't miss out on anything that went by. The pictures & videos were amazing quality and sitting in our inbox within an hour of our departure. It's obvious they love and care about their country and wanted us to experience everything!

Definitely recommended!
Written 21 June 2021
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WaveRafting
Hi Scott! We´re on the TOP of the world with this review! And so happy to hear that you enjoyed our Rafting day! From the start to the end, this tour is sure to be the highlight of any vacation, funny and very safe, recommended for all ages. We hope to see you again in the river soon! Pura Vida!
Written 23 June 2021
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Aurora and Gaz
Barcelona, Spain3 contributions
A team that will give you a memory for life!
Walking into Wave HQ in La Fortuna we meet Carlos at the front desk, such an awesome personality and he encouraged us do the III and IV rapids on the Sarapiqui river. From start to finish this team is professional hands down! Safety is number one and they make the less experienced feel so comfortable and confident! We had Jude as our guide and he couldn’t have made our experience more enjoyable, with knowledge of the river and wildlife! The lunch at the end was the best local meal we had on the island…

Thanks so much team Wave! Keep doing what you guys do best!!!

High paddle five PURA VIDA!!!

Aurora and Gaz
Written 9 June 2021
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WaveRafting
Hello Aurora & Gaz! We´re on the TOP of the world with this review! And so happy to hear that you enjoyed your rafting day! We are passionate about what we do, behind each operation, we have the best professionals taking care of every little detail. Our lunch is homemade with organic ingredients and definitely, that marks a difference. We hope to see you again next time! Pura Vida, Wave Staff.
Written 11 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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TOTAL BLAST!!
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A must do activity in Arenal
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Amazing Sarapiqui River
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Catch the wave!
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Absolutely wonderful experience!
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Absolutely amazing experience!
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A must do experience in Arenal area
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Amazing experience!
What an amazing time!! We went on this excursion with 10 of us total and from the beginning, the company was extrem
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Awesome rafting trip with beautiful scenery and great guides!
We did the Class II/III excursion in Jul 2021 and this was definitely one of the highlights of our vacation. Our g
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Wave Expedition Did It Right!
Perfect excursion to start our trip on 7/4/2021. Pure Adrenaline rush! This was our first time in Costa Rica with t
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