White Water Rafting
We have daily departures from San José, the Caribbean Coast and the Arenal Volcano, giving you the choice to start and finish at the place of your convenience. Half way between these locations is our Exploration Center, a private base for our river trips and our Tortuguero Expeditions.
- RATE: $99
- Difficulty: Class II III
- Distance: 10 kms/7miles
- Number of rapids: 9
- Approximate river time: 2 hours
- Minimum age: 6 years
Approximate Itinerary for our EL Carmen Section River Expeditions
6:30 - 6:30 am Pick- Ups in San José, Southern Caribbean Coast and Arenal Volcano Area
6:30 - 8:15 am In route San José, Southern Caribbean Coast and Arenal Volcano Area - "Exploration Center" (Siquirres)
8:15 - 9:00 am Breakfast at the Exploration Center.
9:00 - 9:30 pm Route Exploration Center - River access
10:15 pm Preparation for the Descent (safety orientation, paddle practice)
10:30 - 2:00 pm River Descent (including lunch)
2:00 - 3:00 pm Arrival at our "Exploration Center" with time to shower, change clothes, enjoy a beverage and reflect on the adventure just shared.
3:00 - 5:00 pm In Route "Exploration Center" - San José, Southern Caribbean Coast and Arenal Volcano Area
El Carmen Section is a big water run, ranked as moderately difficult. Its lush surroundings, abundant bird life and plentiful rapids make this trip a perfect introduction to river running.
It is a 16 km /10 miles run that is clearly divided into two sections. The first hour is very exciting, with big waves and long rapids. Then we stop for a picnic lunch, at the most scenic beach on the river. The second half is more relaxed, as the river enters the true lower Caribbean at which time your surroundings take on a jungle character and the wildlife is more plentiful. At the end of the descent we will take you to our Exploration Center where you can change, shower and relax while enjoying a cold beverage of your choice.
|River GradeThe well known and widely used system which rates rivers ranges from class I to class VI. A class I river would be the easiest choice while class V would be the most challenging. The fact that rivers are rated based on their hardest rapids can often times be misleading. For example, many rivers that are rated class IV only have a few rapids at this level.||Excitement
The number of rapids at a variety of different levels is also taken into consideration. The higher the rating, the greater the thrill of excitement.
It's quite common to have rivers with great rapids, but then a lot of flat water inbetween . We are fortunate that this is not the case in Costa Rica, something you will quickly notice!. So, the higher the rating, the more continuous the rapids.
|Wilderness & IsolationTraveling by river into the rainforest takes you to destinations not accessable by other means of transport. Therefore, you really have the sense of exploration and being connected to nature. A high rating is equivalent to a more remote experience.||Wild Life SpotingSomething most people really want. Look for a high grade.||Physical ChallengeInformation coming Soon.|