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How to get Sarapiquí Outdoor Center:


Drive yourself: If you are traveling by car, you can find us very easily. We are conveniently located less than an hour from La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano, 2 hours from the Caribbean, and 2 hours from San Jose! Use the map below to get directions from your current location. You can also search “Sarapiqui Outdoor Center” in Google Maps or Waze.

Take the Bus from San José: Coming from San José, there are two bus routes you can take, both heading towards Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí – via the Vara Blanca (Route 126) or the Braulio Carrillo (Route 32). 

  • If you take the bus going via the Vara Blanca, you will get off the bus before Puerto Viejo, in the town of La Virgen. Tell the bus driver to drop you off at “Sombrilla” (our owner’s nickname, who is known all over Costa Rica). There is a bus stop right outside of our business, with a big blue sign (pictured above), shortly after entering the town of La Virgen.
  • If you take the bus going via the Braulio Carrillo, get off in Puerto Viejo. Then take another bus to La Virgen de Sarapiquí (you can pay on the bus). You can ask the bus driver to drop you off at “Sombrilla.” There is a stop right outside of our business, which is about 1 km past the center of town. 

Bus Times San José to Puerto Viejo:

Via Vara Blanca: 6:30 am, 1:00 pm, 5:30 pm

Via Braulio Carrillo: 6:30 am, 7:30 am, 10:00 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:00 pm

About The Best Costa Rica Whitewater Rafting & River Kayaking

The Sarapiqui Outdoor Center has been offering high quality rafting and kayaking trips since 1990. We are the pioneer whitewater company in Sarapiqui and the only kayak school with certified instructors in Costa Rica. Being a small family-owned company, when you come to paddle with us, we are inviting you into our home and sharing our passion with you - connecting with mother nature. Our guest experience is always personal, exciting, and memorable.

The purpose of our river tours and clinics go beyond our own benefit. We use a portion of our profits to maintain and improve the river and the community. We respect the river by cleaning trash and debris, and making it more accessible for all to enjoy. We also watch our neighbors to make sure they always respect the river, too. Consider us guardians of the river because after all, we only have one planet. Let’s keep it healthy.