Sarapiqui River- Past and Present
The crystal clear waters of Sarapiqui begin high in the mountains. The Sarapiqui River extends from the Central Mountain Range north of San Jose to the San Juan River which flows along the Costa Rica/ Nicaragua border.
This beautiful river is considered of national importance and heritage due to the important service it provided the national civil army in 1856 during the war against William Walker and the Filibusters. The river was an important means of transportation for weapons, food, soldiers, and goods.
With a longitud of 85 km (nearly 53 miles). The Sarapiqui River springs from the ancient crater of the Poas Volcano, which is now a fresh water lagoon.
During the Colonial and Republican times the Sarapiqui River was also incredibly important for the country, it served to allow the Central Valley population to reach the Caribbean coast, through the mouth of the river in the San Juan River. Later, it served as the main means of transportation between Costa Rica and Europe.
Today, the Sarapiqui River still provides a great service to the region. Small boats are used to transport people or goods to the San Juan River, as well as to collect harvests on the riverbanks.
In addition, the combination of protected ecosystems and first quality labs offered in the region is very unique in tropical rainforests. Here, we will find the Tirimbina Biological Rainforest, the La Selva Biological Reserve, the Organization for Tropical Studies, and others. More than 250 scientific articles are written each year about this amazing river and the priceless biodiversity that encompasses it.
All this biodiversity, the perfect weather, and the crystal clean waters in this wide tropcial river make Saapiqui very attractive for national and international tourists who enjoy nature tours like safari by raft, safari in motorboat, and nature hikes. Culture lovers can enjoy coffee, chocolate, and pineapple tours, or local farm tours, and adventure lovers will find canopy zip lines, and rafting in this amazing river, with sections from Class I to Class IV.
Sarapiqui—a complete destination to discover, and closer to La Fortuna than Caño Negro!