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Rios Tropicales

San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2233 6455
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Disappointed about the whole experience

To be honest the river experience is fantastic, and the landscape is terrific! The whole activity... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Well organized, exhilarating

First time for two in our group and second whitewater experience for the two others and we all had... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
Toronto, Canada
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Rios Tropicales is an eco-adventure company that operates throughout Costa Rica. We offer adventure activities that take advantage of Costa Rica’s unique variety of environments: whitewater rafting, multisport activities that feature kayaking,canoeing, hiking, and cycling, family adventures, cultural encounters, nature and wildlife tours, and “volun-tourism”. Our mission, to share the rivers, natural resources and culture of Costa Rica while sharing conservation values, has not changed since we began in 1985. Rios Tropicales was established by native Central Americans, El Salvadorian Rafael Gallo and Costa Rican Fernando Esquivel, whose deep connection with the region and culture are apparent in every aspect of the company.
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“rafting trip” (65 reviews)
“pacuare river” (125 reviews)
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San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2233 6455

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To be honest the river experience is fantastic, and the landscape is terrific! The whole activity in the water is pretty well organized, and it’s evident they know what they are doing. It is also quite interesting to see how a bunch of people who...More

Thank ctgo
Reviewed 18 August 2017

First time for two in our group and second whitewater experience for the two others and we all had a blast. After a short ride from cruise terminal, we were greeted and provided equipment. A short lesson was provided and off we went. The initial...More

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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2017

Thanks a lot for your review, we feel like you do, its over too quickly , and lots of fun. Thanks for enjoying our dessert,

Reviewed 14 August 2017

The other reviews have already covered the main elements and so no need to repeat them at length - do it, be prepared to work hard to get the most from this experience, enjoy. Only minor complaint was that the tardy French family kept us...More

Thank Patrick B
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Unfortunately we were collected from Puerto Viejo at our scheduled collection time of 5.45am by an absolute idiot. His loud car music woke up our neighbours in our hotel and he then proceeded to drive at 80km an hour down the beach road from Playa...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We made a mistake of staying in San Jose for 3 nights, there's nothing, am glad I read an article in traveler megazine about rios tropicales river rafting, booked a day ahead, and wallah.....was picked from our hotel, inclusive pick up from hotel, breakfast, river...More

Thank Pravin A
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Wow!! Just wow! Had the most exhilarating time rafting the Rios Pacuare with Rios Tropicales. They are a very professional rafting company with experienced guides. We were picked up in La Fortuna at 5:00 am and had a 2 1/2 hr drive to Rios Tropicales...More

Thank dfwMom99
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Highly recommend this adventure tour. You will be guided by professional and well educated guides, that will point out so many things you would never see on your own. Many friends have stayed with us as we are close by the area, they have all...More

Thank Caryn S
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing raft adventure with Rios Tropicales. The guides were amazing -- friendly, helpful, funny, kind, and unbelievably skilled. The instructions were terrific, the equipment was great, the river was unbelievable. We've been on several whitewater adventures in North America and this was...More

Thank kirkster1
Reviewed 25 July 2017

They have a two day and a one day trip. Same river, same time on the river. With the two day, its broken by a stay at their lodge into about 3 hours and 2 hours. One day goes straight thru. For less $ one...More

Thank drronline
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

My second time white water rafting, my wife's first. Kevin helped lay out what we should expect during our rafting experience on the bus ride to the river. He went over the possible the dangers and what to do if you do end up outside...More

Thank Joshua B
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25 March 2017|
Response from marketing838 |
Good afternoon, if you want to enjoy the Pacuare River it´s only in the mornings starting 6.00 am aprox from San Jose, 5.00 am from Arenal or 6.00 am from Puerto Viejo of Limon, please take note that we can pick you up from... More
18 March 2017|
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Response from Vesela_Hristova | Reviewed this property |
We had a day trip. We had 4.30 hours on the river
24 February 2017|
Response from RafaGallo58 | Property representative |
Yes its a great river for novice , and if you have rafted in alaska you will enjoy our warm water