WHITE WATER RAFTING
Season specific boats - Professional bilingual guides - Safe family friendly trips
We strive to have one of the most unique white water rafting experiences in the Quepos area. Rafiki is the only river rafting outfitter based on the Savegre River. Our location allows us freedom enjoy "river time" without worrying about getting back to town. Our company is composed of a team of guides that are locally born and internationally trained. Rafiki will give you and your family a personalized experience of a life time. Whether you want to enjoy watching the shore birds on the side of the river, or want to join the "Saverge Swim Team", we have a journey just for you.
Who can go?
Savegre River Statistics
White water rafting is a great family activity but it does have inherit risks. Guests that want to participate should be comfortable in water. We set the minimum age limit to 6, but honestly I took my kids rafting when they were 4. The reaction a person has to being exposed to the rushing water is much more telling than their age. Our ultimate test to see if someone is ready for the river is to see how they feel after going down the water slide for the first time. The head guide will help you evaluate the "fitness" of your crew. They will then choose the appropriate size boat and the section of river that is suitable for your family. The Savegre is a free flowing river so conditions are always changing. Therefore we evaluate each family to make sure everyone has a safe and fun experience.
Level: Class II-III
River Temps: 77-81 ℉ahrenheit, 25-27 ℃elsius
Float Distance: 8 miles, 13 kilometers
Number of named rapids: 18
Elevation drop: 300ft, 100 meters
What you will need...
Our standard* rafting trip starts at the main lodge. The safari truck will drive you through Rafiki's private reserve to start the trip in Rio Blanco where you will have a safety talk and get geared up for adventure.
Warm up... the first 5kms
The first rapids are some of the steepest. In the rainy season it almost feels like it is one rapid all the way to lunch! In the dry season, this part is a technical decent. The entire morning stretch is lined with primary forests. You will see rare birds, mists dancing through the mountains, and find great places to float in between the whitewater. Many of the local rafting companies skip this portion due to the extra effort it takes to get here. We think it is absolutely worth the 4x4 trek and we run this section year round!
Refill...Lunch on the river
Rafiki serves a hot grilled lunch at our private picnic spot over looking the river. Lunch comes with salad, pasta, fruit juice, and cookies at the end! Some say you should not go swimming after a big lunch, we say it makes your life jacket a little tighter for Boca Diablo!
Back to Work... Boca Diablo
After lunch the trip continues with more trilling white water. Boca Diablo is the first rapid after lunch. Boca has classic Savegre River character. It is a short rapid featuring big waves before spilling out into along calm swimming pool. This is one of the most likely places to join the "Savegre Swim Team". Even if you do go in the drink, we will be ready to rescue you in a matter of seconds! (Those who don't want to swim can skirt the rapid).
Soak it all in... The waterfall of Quebrada Arroyo
After Boca Diablo there are several more rapids before arriving to Quebrada Arroyo. You will take a short hike to see an amazing spring fed waterfall. You will get to swim, face paint with clay, have your family portrait taken, or simply sit in awe under the thundering falls.
Float to finish... enjoy the scenery
The last 5 kilometers have a few nice rapids, but the valley widens and beautiful panoramas unfold. The current slows down allowing for some truly world class lazy river time. When you finally arrive at the truck, it will feel like an eternity since you started up stream... Your arms might be tired, but don't worry Yerlin would happy to give you a massage when you get back to the lodge.