When we head to a destination, it’s sometimes just to participate in a particular activity or see one special attraction. But if you’re the kind of person who wants to try everything under the sun, this post is for you.
Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a longer vacation, Sarapiquí is the perfect place to live life to the fullest. Why is that, you ask?
Just look at all of the activities that you and your family have at your fingertips:

  1. Ziplining: more than just an adrenaline rush, this tour will take you through breathtaking scenery, passing through the treetops or even crossing over the Río Sarapiquí.

  2. Rafting tour: Sarapiquí is a region of rivers, meaning that there is no shortage of water activities. Rafting is an adventure that simply can’t be missed. Remember that there are tours for all different levels and classes of rapids, and that guides will give you all the information you need to do what suits you the best. And that’s not all – the food you’ll enjoy on the way there is out of this world.

  3. Hanging bridges: if you like walking through nature and observing your surroundings, this one’s for you. Sarapiquí has several hanging bridges, with the longest measuring over 260 m. If you’re lucky, your spectacular views of the river and forest might also include some of the local fauna!

  4. Pineapple tour: a chance to learn about the crop for which the region is famous. This tour is fun for the whole family, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the delicious fruit.

  5. Heart-of-palm tour: if the pineapple got you hungry, keep exploring new tastes with this gourmet tour. This tour of the Río Frío area offers a chance to get to know more about this delicacy, a favorite on salads. Locally, it is also enjoyed in picadillos (stir-fries) and pancake-like tortillas called chorreadas.

  6. Cacao tour: we can’t leave out the delicious cacao tour, which will teach you about its importance in Costa Rican culture, how it’s produced and – of course – the different ways to savor it.

  7. Boat tour along the Río Sarapiquí: see the variety of birds and reptiles that call the mouth of the Río Sarapiquí home. This tour is recommended for the entire family, offering relaxation while you learn about culture and wildlife.

  8. Tubing tour: This tour is just what it sounds like: heading down the river on an inflated inner tube. Depending on the section of the river, you can relax as the current slowly pulls you along, or enjoy the adrenaline of some of the faster-moving water.

  9. Horseback riding tour: a favorite among children – and adults, too. With several companies offering tours, it’s a cinch to enjoy a morning filled with adventure and fun. The tour is well worth your while, as the routes will take you along sections of the river and through the forest.

  10. Ant tour: yes, you read that right. As if there wasn’t enough to do, you can also head out and learn about our tiny friends, how they eat, how they work, and their importance in the world we live in. You’re sure to learn a lot in this educational activity for the whole family.

  11. Waterfall tour: like many parts of the country, this is a region rich in waterfalls. Make sure to bring plenty of swimming gear, because you may not want to do anything else! The prices for visiting the waterfalls are also very reasonable.

  12. Bike tour: if pedaling is your thing, you can opt for a self-guided experience through the area, or join a tour with a company that will show you the perfect route to see the local sights on two wheels.

  13. River safari: enjoy a leisurely trip down the river, with options including rafts or paddleboards. A perfect choice for the whole family or a group of friends.

  14. Bird tours: Sarapiquí is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with incredible experiences in store for hobbyists and researchers alike. Local guides will tell you everything you need to know about the times and places where the region’s iconic species can be found.

  15. Night tour: last but not least, if you’re looking for a unique way to explore the local ecology, several companies offer night tours to see the fauna that only comes out after dark. These include frogs, snakes, bats and more.

There’s no excuse – come and see Sarapiquí from top to bottom with these 15 tried and true suggestions to get the most out of your visit. Best of all? It’s just 2 hours from San José.