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Sarapiqui lowlands


Surrounded by lush forests and banana plantations, this town was a little port city.  Situated at the intersection of the Puerto Viejo River (Rio Puerto Viejo) and Sarapiqui River(Rio Sarapiqui), this developing region is fast turning into a most important destination for adventure-seeking tourists and nature fans. And for a  good reason, because this place has to offer you. This was the most significant port in Costa Rica. Boats laden with coffee, fruit and other exports plied the far as the border, then turned east into the sea to the Río San Juan. Now it's merely a marketplace city that is gritty but enjoyable. Concessions have been made of the town together with the high school offering innovative ecology, tourism and agriculture levels to pupils. The school has its book, laced with paths. Visitors can select in the region, for example, biking, Sarapiqui river rafting, bird-watching, boating, and trekking.


Location: Caribbean lowlands

Nearest Airport: La Fortuna Airport

How to reach: via road

Famous for: Scenic beauty

Months Open: All year

Best time to visit: December to April


Farms and plantations




North of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range, In the bottom, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí is your gateway to actions and a lot of locations in the region. Many active and famous volcanoes, such as the Poás Volcano, and the ranges to the southwest are in driving distance. Driving a bit farther to the east gets one to Tortuguero National Park and Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge around the Caribbean shore.


Places to see


-Sarapiqui Canopy Tour and Boat From San José  A ride around the Sarapiqui River, in which you've got the chance to discover the rainforest and its inhabitants. You will find toucans, sloths, crocodiles, alligators and a massive number of birds. The Canopy Tour takes you across the treetops via seventeen platforms along with a suspension bridge 45 meters long at the center of a rain forest, with a unique system of steel wires and skilled scaling gear.


  • San Jose to Sarapiqui River Safari
  • Explore and about the Braulio Carrillo National Park, at which you can observe the beauty of flora and fauna of the rainforest. Proceed a river cruise, enjoy a buffet dinner and find attractions like the Serpentarium, the Frog Pond and the Butterfly Pavilion.


-Sarapiqui River Boat Tour and Zipline Adventure


Watch the natural beauty of Costa Rica using a group on a day excursion to the Braulio Carrillo National Park along with Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. Enjoy a boat tour and embark on a zipline experience. Lunch along with transportation are all included.


-White Water Rafting

Get ready for the adrenaline rush during this white water rafting.There is a word thrown around about Costa Rica with the river density on the planet. This makes for white water. During this rafting, you will not only enjoy sailing on rapids but you will also see wildlife around like howler monkeys, birds species and turtles.


-La Selva Biological Station


A World Renowned Tropical Ecosystem Research. La Selva's biological channel operated by The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). And focusing on education. Known among 70 species of bats, holding over 450 bird species and the world’s most crucial websites for ecosystem study. This is the world-famous bio station that focuses on ecotourism, education & research, along with conservation. It covers around 1600 acres of tropical forest and holds its importance in Costa Rica for contributing to tropical ecosystem research.

-Braulio Carrillo National Park


Braulio Carrillo National Park is among the most diverse and most important parks in Costa Rica. The area is composed mainly of the forest, comprises the Barva Volcano and covers over 108,000 acres of rolling hills covered with scenery that was dense.


-Tapiria Wildlife Reserve


Aside from nature reservations and the volcanoes, rivers, there's so much wildlife to encounter. Among those hot spots of the region of the volcano is Tapiria Wildlife Reserve. Stretching over 129 hectares (318 yards ) which stretch from the border of Nicaragua. The corridor is that the migration course of countless birds like the green macaw"Ara ambiguous," that is endangered.


How to reach




From San Jose, buses leave from the Terminal del Caribe, Ave.13, Calle Central. Buses to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui usually arrive from San Jose. One goes shooting a scenic route.




FROM SAN JOSE (DIRECT ROUTE)  Is the quickest route and requires approximately 1.5 hours by car.  FROM SAN JOSE VIA HEREDIA A scenic drive from San Jose through Heredia indications into Barva from Heredia. Switch right & Continue with this twisting mountain road, passing La Paz Waterfall Gardens in your left the westbound (left) fork contributes to La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano and the north fork leads to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui into the northeast.




Another route heads north by Vara Blanca, La Paz Waterfalls, as well as also the cities of San Miguel and La Virgen and departs from Alajuela.

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