Introduce your family (ages 8+) to the magic of white-water rafting on one of Costa Rica’s most exciting rivers: the Naranjo River. This gorgeous river is the natural southern border of Manuel Antonio National Park and offers Class III-IV rapids for an exhilarating ride.
Only 30 minutes away from the Manuel Antonio / Quepos area, we’ll run a section of the river that stretches from the town of Villanueva in the mountains to the Llamarón Bridge on the road from Quepos to Dominical. Over a 6-mile section, we’ll raft rapids such as La Piñata, El Cesar and Robin Hood. Prior to the river, you’ll get a private tour of a local organic spice farm! This is a half-day tour for all the senses.
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Trip Length Half Day
Departures: Morning and afternoon trips available.
Experience Type Family, Explorers, Adventurers
Our trip starts at your hotel, where our minibus will pick you up and take you to the put-in of the Naranjo River, passing through the towns of Naranjito and Villanueva. Once there, we offer a tour inside the tour at an organic spice farm.
Here, we show our guests exotic heliconias, the importance of pejibaye for pre-colonial natives, vanilla, cinnamon, lemongrass and allspice among others. Once at the river, the guides will gear you up and after our safety talk, we will start our descent maneuvering the rapids of the mighty Naranjo River.
The section we run goes from the town of Villanueva in the mountains to the Llamarón Bridge on the road from Quepos to Dominical. On these 10 kilometers of white water we will run rapids such as La Piñata, El Cesar and Robin Hood. We will break halfway through the run for a snack of fresh fruit, juice, water and cookies.
On the second half of our run, the river opens up on the Pacific flatlands, giving us the opportunity to enjoy the view and see many species of birds such as the ringed kingfisher and the white ibis. With a little bit of luck, we might be able to see one of the crocodiles that live on the river.
Minimum Age 8.
About 4 hours.
Extend your trip by a day (or two or three!) and stay at the award-winning Rios Tropicales Lodge on the Pacuare River. Our all-inclusive ecolodge trips include on-site rainforest adventure activities and three lodging options to meet varied tastes and budgets.