Sarapiquí Travel Guide

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Sarapiquí Things to Do

  • Raft the River

    We drove to the Hacienda Pozo Azul to go rafting on the Sarapiqui River, through Class II and III rapids. We were decked out in life jackets and helmets and given a safety briefing on the commands we needed to know, and what to do if we fell out. (Experienced rafters can book a more challenging route.) Their joke: Do you want right-handed or...

  • Great Cheap Cruise on Rio Sarapiqui

    Porto Viejo de Sarapiqui, which used to be the main coffee export port of Costa Rica in the 19th century, is a sleepy little town north of San Jose in the Caribbean lowlands. It is hot here, the real tropics. The great attraction of the place is a cruise by a tourist boat (lancha) on the Sarapiqui river. The cruise lasts for about an hour in a...

  • Selva Verde Jungle Lodge

    Our day tour through consisted of a visit to the Sarapiqui Regions of the country. Once we reached the Caribbean Plains, we stopped for a lunch break at Selva Verde Lodge. It is a beautiful lodge surrounded by tropical rainforest. After lunch, we walked the grounds and saw poison dart frogs and different types of lizards. We...

  • Sarapiqui river safari

    We took a boat ride down the Sarapiqui River, which is located in a remote area near the Nicaraguan border. This is a relaxing way to see how locals live and have a chance to view Costa Rica's wildlife. We saw howler monkeys, crocodiles, bats, iguanas, and picturesque jungle homes. I wasn't able to take great pictures because we were moving along...

  • Up the river

    For the river boat trip ask at your hotel. I can remember the company we got to take us. We were quite lucky - since it wasn't high season, there weren't many people there so we got the boat all to ourselves and the boy that was driving it, so we got some good talking and explanations!I think you have longer trips that'll take you all the way up to...

  • Rio Sarapiqui

    A lovely relaxing few hours on the Rio Sarapiqui will show you lots and lots of great wildlife or a ride on the wildside by going on one of the white water rafting trips on a different section. This is a wonderful river to experience a rainforest from.Birds, monkeys (mostly howler), bats (look closely or you will miss them-guide will help you find...

  • Selva verde jungle lodge

    There are many tour companies that offer a visit to this lodge with lunch included. The property where this lodge is located is part of the tropical rainforest. There is a suspension bridge over the Sarapiqui river and you can have the opportunity to walk around the property. The hotel offers guided tours if you are staying at the facilities. It...

  • White Water Rafting

    My poor parents get dragged into something adventurous and dangerous again! (funnily enough, after this holiday they decided they would join us on more trips. Wonder why?)The four of us are kitted out in life jackets and given a safety briefing before we get in the inflatable raft. Floating down the river past thick rain forest with the sun beating...

  • Butterfly House

    The air is a-flutter with little wings as beautifully coloured butterflies whizz past you on their way to another flower.From pupa to fully fledged, all the stages of the life of a butterfly can be seen here, and the large enclosure is full of many different species. The are accustomed to people and several landed on me while I was trying to...

  • Poison Dart Frog garden

    These frogs are incredibly small - only about 10-12mm long and therefore almost impossible to spot. The guide did remarkably well and we saw several specimens in the wild grounds of the lodge. Poison dart frogs are best known for the deadly poison some species produce in their skin glands. This poison is said to be 200 times more effective than...

  • Pineapple packing plant

    All around us when we were ccyling, we saw pineapple plantations, and therefore it came as no surpirse when we stopped at a pineapple packing plant. Seeing the process from start to finish and sampling the goods. Very sweet and fresh, not like the ones we get in the UK.

  • Mountain biking

    The lodge rents out bikes and you can choose the grade of difficulty you would like to cycle. We chose country tracks as we had my 75-year old mum and dad with us. It's probably only the second time the two of them have been on bikes in the last 20 years (and the previous time was our "fault" as well). Going down a particularly steep and rugged...


Sarapiquí Hotels

  • Selva Verde Lodge

    Another interesting place to stay is La Selva - we actually tried to stay there first, but it was...

  • Hotel El Bambu De Sarapiqui

    Frente Plaza De Deportes, SARAPIQUI, Alajuela, 000

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hacienda Pozo Azul

    Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Sarapiquí Restaurants

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    Selva verde lodge: eco lodge buffet

    by Suzanne123 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    My lunch here was excellent. I enjoyed a heart of palm salad, gallo pinto (rice and beans) and a egg/spinach/mushroom dish. with delicious corn tortillas and a chyote vegetable dish on the side. It was not a vegertarian buffet, but I am vegetarian so that is what I ate there for my meal. For dessert they had a custard-flan-like dish that I did not try. Bon appetite. I do not know what the cost is. I payed for it as part of a tour trip, I think the lodge might be an all-inclusive type facility. I got to dine with people who can afford to stay here. It was nice to able to visit a facility that I could not otherwise afford.

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Sarapiquí Local Customs

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    Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

    by ginguba Written Jan 25, 2006

    It is a very small town, but has all the obligatory: the school, the church, the soccer field and the kids playing during the weekend!

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Sarapiquí Warnings and Dangers

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    'Big Mouth' bugs

    by JessieLang Written Mar 28, 2015

    When you are in forested areas, be sure to use plenty of insect repellent with DEET. Long pants are a good idea also. There is a tiny black bug here with a ferocious bite. The locals call them “big mouths” and they are much worse than mosquitoes. Itching from their bite was severe, and it lasted about a week.

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