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Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose

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San Jose, Costa Rica

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
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
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Test your paddling skills on the roaring Class III rapids of Costa Rica’s Chirripó River with this whitewater rafting adventure. Led by an expert guide, you’ll navigate the exciting twists and turns of the river while surrounded by a beautiful tropical forest. Select a morning or noon departure to suit your schedule. Round-trip hotel transport and lunch at a local restaurant are included.
  • Chirripó River whitewater rafting trip from San Jose
  • Learn to raft with an expert guide, no experience necessary
  • Expect to get wet as you paddle through more than 20 Class III rapids!
  • Soak up the gorgeous, lush forest scenery along sections of multi-hued water
  • Snack on a colorful fruit platter midway through the rafting trip and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch before or after rafting
  • Round-trip hotel transport from San Jose, just an hour's drive away!
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned van or coach (depending on the group size)
Certified guide
All river-rafting equipment
Lunch
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
On the arrival at the hotel the tour guide is going to ask in the reception of the hotel for the client

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Get your adrenaline pumping as you paddle through whitewater rapids in the midst of a stunning tropical landscape. You’ll be picked up at your San Jose hotel for the drive to the river launch site.

Before setting out on the river, you’ll receive a brief orientation and safety training from your experienced guide. Gear up with a paddle, life vest and helmet before hopping into the raft. Once adrift on the Chirripó, you’ll be able to admire the lush scenery, with a dense emerald forest rising up from the riverbanks. You may notice the river’s copper hue, which is the result of soil deposits from nearby volcanic fields. 

Paddle hard and fast to maneuver your raft through the roaring dips and bends of more than 20 Class III rapids. Take a break from the intense action halfway through your adventure, when you’ll disembark on the riverbank for a rest and replenishing snack of fresh fruit.

After experiencing the thrill of the rapids, step back on solid ground. You will then enjoy lunch at this point before the return drive to San Jose.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Irazu Volcano National Park
After pickup at your central San Jose hotel, travel by comfortable coach on a scenic 1-hour journey to the Chirripó 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!
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chirripo National Park
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.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo
After the fun and thrills of rafting the Chirripó 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.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Please bring a swimsuit, towel, sandals and a change of clothes
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Tours Costa Rica

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Whitewater Rafting on the Chirripó River from San Jose.

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it's a ride!!!
Coastal279766
, Nov 2019
exhilarating adventure that will guarantee to leave your heart racing, a smile on your face and be surrounded by a beauty that will take your breath away. jeffrey our guide was engaging, funny and a professional. the lunch provided afterward was awesome!! thank you for an amazing adventure!!
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This activity is sort of ok but let...
lexispencer
, Apr 2017
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.
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The water was at a low level and...
lexispencer
, Apr 2016
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!!!
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Our trip on the Chirripo River was...
CB
, Nov 2014
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.
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Beto was a wonderful guide--both on...
Laura M
, Jul 2014
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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Product code: 3171SJO_CHIRRI

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