As a slightly more rustic and off the beaten path corner of Costa Rica, the Sarapiquí Valley is a perfect Eco-tourism destination.

The Sarapiquí river has long been a favourite spot for white water rafting thrill seekers. Although it is not as wild as the Pacuare river in the Central Valley, it is still fast enough to get your heart racing! The Sarapiquí area is mostly flat farmland with many rural farmhouses surrounded by dense jungle and rainforest. There are a handful of fantastic but rustic eco-tourism focussed lodges which offer an educational experience of the local flora and fauna. The La Selva biological station is a hub for tropical scientists and those who want to learn more about the local wildlife and eco-system.

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Best Time To Visit Sarapiqui

Sarapiqui is located in the northern lowlands on the eastern, Caribbean side of the country. The weather here is wet year round with showers expected any time of year. It is a rainforest, after all!

December until April is the drier half of the year. May until November is generally wetter, with the exception of July where there is a temporary lull and usually more sunshine. This is known as the veranito (little summer).

September and October are the wettest months.

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Sarapiquí Highlights

A lesser known destination in Costa Rica, the Sarapiquí Valley rewards the more curious traveller.

  • Exhilarating white water rafting on the Sarapiquí River
  • Learn about the tropical research at La Selva Biological Station
  • Search for the endangered Great Green Macaw on a rainforest hike
  • Indulge on a fascinating chocolate tour
  • Take a scenic boat trip on the Sarapiqui River
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