Costa Rica

Sarapiqui River, Chilamate, Costa Rica

The Sarapiqui River is my front yard. Set in the lush Costa Rican rainforest, the Sarapiqui River originates between the Poás and Barba volcanoes and runs for 85 Kms to the San Juan River, the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Thirty five kilometres of the river are used by paddlers of all levels from all over the world since it can be run all year long and is easily divided into three skill sections. Starting with 1200 feet of altitude and a flow volume of 1,300 ft3/second, twelve kilometres run through an impressive canyon with some of Costa Rica´s best paddling, big waves, technical rapids and pure white water followed by a long section of adrenaline filled scenic pad dling class III and IV where you can take out at Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat when the altitude starts to drop to 100 feet and the flow rate lowers to 5,000 ft3/second, perfect for a safari float or kayak lesson, for any age.

Close by you can also run the Rio Volcan the upper Rio Pozo Azul, the Rio Toro, Rio Sucio, Rio Chirripo Norte, Rio Toro Amarillo or Rio Patria. From nearby Turrialba you can also enjoy the Rio Pacuare, Reventazon, Orosi, Pejibaye or Chirripo Atlantico.

Check out this video from our friend Tom on the Sarapiqui River: YouTube Preview Image

Interested in the Rio Toro? Check out this one! YouTube Preview Image

Rio Sucio: YouTube Preview Image

Pacuare: YouTube Preview Image

and the Puerto Viejo!!! YouTube Preview Image

Recent News and Info

Official Video SARAPIQUI RIVER festival 2014

December 19th, 2014 Contributed by: chilamatecostarica

Check out this sick video of the 2014 Costa Rica Sarapiqui River Festival, also available on the official website. Thanks to sponsors Selva Whitewater, Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat, Sarapiqui River School, Chilamate Activo, and especially ... Read More →

POZA AZUL Extreme Race COSTA RICA 2014

December 19th, 2014 Contributed by: chilamatecostarica

This year the Poza Azul Extreme Race took place on Saturday November 22nd with 24 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico!
The Poza Azul River runs over volcanic ... Read More →

Costa Rica SARAPIQUI Boater Cross Race 2014

December 19th, 2014 Contributed by: chilamatecostarica

This years Sarapiqui Boater Cross took place on Friday November 21st, beginning at the bridge in La Virgen, Sarapiqui, and running 500 mts downstream. We had 27 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, ... Read More →



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