Located just 11 km north of the capital San Jose
is the picturesque province of Heredia. Often referred to by many as the most beautiful province in Costa Rica, Heredia is known for its soaring mountains, verdant coffee plantations and stunning national parks. This region is a nature lover’s delight with lush rainforests to hike and trek through, gushing waterfalls and roaring rivers were one can enjoy some top quality white water rafting.
Head to Puerto Viejo
If you are interested in white water rafting in Heredia, you will need to head north to the town of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
. A backwater port nowadays, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui was once a vital trade port in Costa Rica carrying large shipments of goods right up to the Nicaraguan border. However, today the town has transformed itself into an excellent destination to come white water rafting.
You can enjoy rafting trip all year round on the Rio Sarapiqui, but the best time to visit is between July and December when the river is fast and at its peak. There are three classes of rapids on the Rio Sarapiqui you can try out. Class I and II offers a gentle ride, and is safe to take children on. You will have ample wildlife watching opportunities as you drift down the river.
Class II and IV Rapids
Class II and IV rapids are on hand at the Lower Sarapiqui, near the town of La Virgen and though it is a scenic ride, the waters here are more challenging and tougher to navigate. For those who are experienced white water rafters and who are looking for some big thrills, head to the Upper Sarapiqui, where you will find Class IV and V rapids, which offer a 7 miles long stretch of some intense rafting.
If you are interested in white water rafting in Heredia, you will find a number of outfitters in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
. Some white water rafting companies are also located in La Virgen.