La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge, in the vicinity of the Sarapiquí River, the Braulio Carrillo National Park and the world wide known La Selva Biological Station, is favored with unique flora and fauna.
In our area, we offer our guests prime fresh water rapids ideal for white water rafting, ranging from Class I to Class IV. There are other more relaxing experiences as well, such as scenic cruises on the Sarapiqui river, horseback rides, canopy, night tours in the forest, volcanoes, waterfalls and more! Other educational activities are also available such as the pineapple tour, chocolate tour or coffee tour.
We will be pleased to help you at the front desk with information and planning for your tours and activities.
This scenic tropical river has its origins high on the northern slopes of Barva and Poás Volcanoes, but by the time it reaches the San Juan River on the border with Nicaragua, it has received water from as far away as Irazú Volcano via the Sucio River. The Sarapiquí River, which is navigable upstream from the San Juan River (which flows into the Caribbean) as far inland as Puerto Viejo (Old Port) de Sarapiquí at the volcanos’ base on the northern side, was an important transportation route for those few hardy settlers who first moved into this region. Continuing upstream from Puerto Viejo, the river picks up gradient and becomes one of the country’s finest rivers for kayaking and whitewater rafting. The further upstream you go, the more challenging the rapids become.
Venture down the Sarapiquí River for an unforgettable two hour ride in a comfortable and safe powerboat. Enjoy more than 200 species of beautiful tropical birds, howler monkeys, sloth, crocodiles and river turtles. We have a flexible schedule starting from 8:30 am through 3:30 pm.
One of the premier neotropical sites for biological studies, La Selva is a Mecca not only for scientists, but also hardcore birders and serious naturalists. The state-of-the-art laboratory facilities on the edge of the rain forest have allowed researchers at La Selva the opportunity to make many exciting new discoveries about the workings of the most incredibly complex and biologically diverse ecosystem on planet earth. La Selva Biological Station is favoured with a unique flora and fauna viewing experience. Agouties, sloth, howler and spider monkeys are seen frequently, as well as a wide variety of plants. Nearly half of the 850 species of birds in Costa Rica inhabit these lowlands, more than 70 species of bats and 5 of the 6 species of cats in the country.
La Selva Biological Station
Tirimbina Rainforest Center
Where education, research and striking beauty combine for outstanding encounters with nature. Tirimbina Rainforest Center (TRC) is an internationally recognized, non-profit organization created to conserve the tropical rainforest of Costa Rica; provide environmental education to the local community, students and ecotourists; and accommodate scientific research. Located within the rainforest and river environments of Sarapiquí County, TRC is a Private Wildlife Refuge which protects 345 hectares (852.5 acres) of mid-elevation (pre-montane) forest through which 9km (5½ mi.) of trails pass. One third of the forest is used for ecotourism and environmental education, keeping the majority of the Reserve naturally intact. TRC’s conservation-education efforts and beautiful natural rainforest have made it a primary tropical science research center as well as a popular ecotourism travel destination.
Discover the secrets and marvels of one of the favorite foods of human kind.
Cacao: Originally from Mesoamerica, with a rich and extraordinary history. The discovery of America took it to Europe, transforming into the product we know today. This tour, which highlights one of our native and most historic plants, includes:
- Guided walk through Tirimbina suspension bridge
- Cacao plantation
- Forest and wild species of cacao
- Natural and cultural history of the cacao
- Process: From cacao to chocolate (Harvesting, fermentation and drying)
- Chocolate, cacao and organic chocolate production tasting
Visit a Local School
This is an activity that we offer as part of our social responsibility program. The program is called “Escuelas Felices” or “Happy Schools” and we visit 5 schools in our community. Children make a brief presentation for the visitors and then there is an open space for a interaction to take pictures, sing, eat or play.
We ask the visitors to give a donation, anything that is useful for the students ranging from a pencil to a computer. We coordinate beforehand with the school on their necessities at the moment, and will let the visitors know. In the past, some of the donations have been: fans, kitchen utilities, pencils, pilots, paper, notebooks, paints, etc. We have made arrangements for cash donations, for which we give a bonus and improvements have been made to the schools’ infrastructure, such as the building of a new schoolroom, the restoration of a ceiling, the paint of a roof, etc.
This is not a tour. There is no charge for it. We depend on the approval of the school’s principal. The purpose is to support the children in their education and empower the community. This will only be available during school terms and takes no longer than 1 hour.
This activity consists of a guided walk through the trail, ending in the vegetable garden where people can harvest fresh products to cook. Then we proceed to the cooking class, where all the group will learn about the properties of each one of the vegetables and participate cutting, boiling, or frying to prepare the dish for dinner. In the meantime, we try some other dishes.
The cooking area is a beautiful thatched roof building next to a pond on the trail. The main dish we usually prepare is a heart of palm dice or a green papaya dice and the snacks we try while cooking are tortillas, fried yuca, fried bread fruit and pineapple.
White Water Rafting
Tour Includes: transportation, equipment, guide and fruits.
Nearby, on the Sarapiquí River, are prime spots for white water rafting, ranging from Class I to Class IV. Arrangements for this safe but exhilarating and breath-taking adventure can be made at the reception area.
- Class I-II: From Chilamate to Puerto Viejo (Floating): This 7-mile journey takes you through the small communities of Chilamate and Puerto Viejo. This trip is especially attractive for bird watchers and tropical forest lovers of all ages, including small children. This level does not require previous experience. The journey on the inflatable rafts is calm enough for passengers to take their cameras, phones and binoculars with them.
- Class II-III: From La Virgen to Chilamate: This 7.5 mile trip takes you through the communities of La Virgen and Chilamate in Sarapiquí. It is a trip especially suitable by crystalline ponds and agitated rapids. Along the journey one can enjoy four Class III rapids and about 20 Class II rapids, all of which have a good technical level. Half way of the journey on a peaceful pond, passengers can swim and eat the tasty tropical fruits of the season. No previous experience required.
- Class IV: From San Miguel to La Virgen : This 5 mile long trip takes you through the steepest slope of the river. This is a 100% adrenaline and experience is a must. No beginners or intermediate riders are allowed on this journey.
We have dedicated several areas in La Quinta to reforestation. Since the beginning we have invited our guests to plant a native tree in order to cooperate with the restoration process of the native flora. There are a variety of species planted, but “Almendro de Montaña” has been the main one as it also helps in expanding the Green Macaw. This activity is exclusive for our guests and is free of charge.
Plant a Tree
Tubing around Costa Rican rivers is a favourite hobby for locals, and Sarapiquí is one of the best examples of it. That’s why we offer you the opportunity to enjoy this fun family-friendly activity. To ensure that the ride will be safe and exciting, we chose our neighbour, the Sardinal River.
This adventure starts with a 15 minute walk. A safety orientation talk will follow and the actual descent takes about 45 minutes. During this tour, you will have the opportunity to spot many of the more than 400 species of birds that live in this area. For this adventure, make sure to bring:
- River shoes or sandals with straps
- Swimsuit or light clothes
- Towel and dry clothes to change
Tubing is strictly subject to the weather conditions at the moment not only on site but on the mountains as well. If there are heavy rains in the mountains, even if there is no rain in La Quinta, tubing is not permitted as there is a high risk of having dangerous and rapid rises in the water level. On the other hand, if during summer the water level is too low, tubing is not recommended as the tubes need a certain amount of water to slide and cruise properly.
This activity consists of a walk through a farm dedicated to pineapple plantation. The guide offers an interesting talk about the history and cultivation of pineapple and shows all the stages of pineapple growth, from planting to harvest. Includes the visit to the packing plant and the organic pineapple project. Everyone is invited to a generous snack of piña colada in a fresh fruit, fresh pineapple and freshly prepared pineapple juice.
This amazing experience consists of 12 ziplines located in Hacienda La Linda, from which you can enjoy incredible passages through fields of ornamental plants, an exciting tropical rainforest of 114 hectares, as well as the magnificent Sarapiquí River, which we will cross two times during the trip. During this experience, you will be accompanied by experienced guides, using top tier specialized equipment. This exciting trip includes:
- All specialized equipment for canopy
- Special harness for children
- Specialized and certified guides
- Tropical fruit snacks
This tour combines two hours horseback ride along the Sarapiquí riverside, a visit to a dairy and to several crops characteristic of the area. It includes a bilingual guide. It is located 8 kilometres away from La Quinta.
- A minimum of two passengers is required.
- Transfer is not included in the rate.
- There is a flexible schedule. Tours initiate from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wilson’s Horseback Riding
This is a very interesting experience with a cultural exchange as a plus. The two hours horseback riding tour takes place at a local farm with great views and a large forest. The cultural exchange is born out of the possibility of sharing with the tour operators, a peasant Costa Rican family with two children, who at the end of the journey offer visitors their hospitality with home made tortillas and natural juices. It takes place 7 kilometres away from La Quinta. This option is only available for Spanish speakers or for those traveling with a guide that can serve as a translator.
Minimum of 2 passengers is required
Here are some places to visit while you are in the area
- Poas Volcano National Park
- Braulio Carrillo National Park
- Arenal Volcano National Park
- Tortuguero National Park
- La Paz Waterfall
- Aerial Tram