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Costa Rica Kayaking Class I-IV

Price: $1,875 per person for Double Occupancy
(Additional $300 for “Single Occupancy”)

Price Includes: Lodging, Meals, Transportation, Paddling Equipment if needed, and extracurricular activities

Not Included: Airfare, airport departure tax, medical or travel insurance, guide gratuities

Prerequisites: For those who would prefer to use a hardshell kayak, a reliable roll in class III water is required for all paddling at class III and above. For those who would use an inflatable kayak, you must have experience executing maneauvers in class III water.

Call 303.988.2943 or

This trip is available for Class II through Class IV paddlers. One of the wonderful things about paddling in Costa Rica is not only the warm water, but also the variability of difficulty of whitewater, depending on the section you run. Consequently, we can run Class IV sections, followed by Class I-III water. This allows us to customize trips to a variety of different paddling abilities. Come join us for some warm water fun!

Available rivers include the Sarapiqui, Pacuare, Puerto Viejo, Pejibaye, Savegre, Chirripo, and Naranjo.

Ideal season is early December through late January.

All weeks are available. If the weeks above do not work for your schedule, please call to schedule a time that works for you.


Trip Name Fly in Fly out
Costa Rica trip 1 Saturday, November 3, 2018 Sunday, November 11, 2018
Costa Rica trip 2 Saturday, December 8, 2018 Sunday, December 16, 2018
Costa Rica trip 3 (class IV) Saturday, December 15, 2018 Sunday, December 23, 2018 FULL
Costa Rica trip 4 Saturday, January 12, 2019 Sunday, January 20, 2019



Typical itinerary involves flying into San Jose on Saturday and driving to La Virgen, Heredia Province, Costa Rica. From there we will paddle river throughout the area, depending on water levels. After 7 days of warm water paddling we will reurn to San Jose and fly out on Sunday.



Remember that everything you bring to Costa Rica is liable to get damp at sometime. Books do not do well in tropical climates, so bring only what you really need. Clothes are also vulnerable and for backcountry travel in particular 100% cotton clothes can rot surprisingly quickly. They also don't dry out after washing, sometimes for days, and then start to mold. Blends of cotton and synthetics such as nylon work well, and clothes made of one of the new all nylon fabrics work even better though, they are a little less comfortable, having in “artificial feel” to them. Also, though you may not anticipate wearing long sleeved shirts or long pants because of the heat, you may need them to protect from biting insects were exposure to the sun.

Shoes and Sandals
Socks (Stay away from cotton.  Once they get wet, they will never dry out)
Underwear/pajamas (great to have when rooming with other people) 
Quick-dry shorts
Long Pants (light enough to wear even when it is hot and you want to avoid chiggers and mosquitoes)
Button-down, short-sleeved or T- shirts (loose and breathable)
Long-sleeved shirt (loose and breathable)
A fleece jacket or pullover
A light rain Jacket or pullover
Hat (Great for shade)


Waterproof sunscreen
Insect repellent
Toiletries and medication 
Small towel
Flash light or head lamp
Water bottle (preferably a filtration type)
Copies of your passport (You do not need to carry your passport on you all the time, as long as you have a copy with you)
Drivers License
Money/Credit cards
Plane tickets
Super light sleeping bag (optional)

Kayak Equipment:
PFD (we do have plenty there)
Spray Skirt
Rash guard (long sleeve help keep the sun off)
Splash jacket/dry top (If you are normally cold)

*Please contact us in advance and let me know if you need me to bring gear down for you.


The plumbing in most parts of Costa Rica isn't strong enough to flush toilet paper. Attempting to do so will usually result in an immediate clog. To avoid backing-up every toilet you grace, dispose of used paper in the small basket beside the toilet. I believe in the entire country of Costa Rica there is only one modern sewer plant. The rest of the country uses leach fields or at least that's what I hope. Either way the rule in Costa Rica is if it's not body waste, don’t flush it.


Most showers have a small electric showerhead that heats the water as it comes out. The higher you turn the pressure the colder the shower will be. The running joke is that they are suicide showers because you see the wires coming out of the showerhead leading along the wall. They work best if you like a low-pressure long shower.


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