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“rather be rafting”
Review of Rios Tropicales

Rios Tropicales
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Owner description: Rios Tropicales is an eco-adventure company that operates throughout Costa Rica. We offer adventure activities that take advantage of Costa Rica’s unique variety of environments: whitewater rafting, multisport activities that feature kayaking,canoeing, hiking, and cycling, family adventures, cultural encounters, nature and wildlife tours, and “volun-tourism”. Our mission, to share the rivers, natural resources and culture of Costa Rica while sharing conservation values, has not changed since we began in 1985. Rios Tropicales was established by native Central Americans, El Salvadorian Rafael Gallo and Costa Rican Fernando Esquivel, whose deep connection with the region and culture are apparent in every aspect of the company.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 9 August 2014

We had the best time ever rafting back in July with our amazing raft guides Andres and Mae. They were so nice to us and helped us out so much. Once we got back to the river lodge, we were able to help prepare meals with orellio the photographer (not sure how to spell his name) and Juan Carlos the gear boat guide. We made some delicious fish and they were super funny. Totally recommend this!!! By any chance is there a way that we can get their face books or contact info so we can thank them personally and stay in touch? Thanks again!!!!!!

Thank Barbara P
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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2014

Dear Barbara P: Thanks for your recommendation on TripAdvisor and coming along on one of our Multiday Pacuare River Trips. If you want you can send me an email to fernando@riostropicales.com and I will forward it to Andrés, Mey and Aurelio.

Pura vida,

Fernando Esquivel
VP

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Excellent day-trip beginning with breakfast and safety training followed by amazing rafting experience with class III and IV rapids. Excellent guides. Finished with a refreshing shower and a delicious lunch.

Thank Rob K
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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2014

Dear Rob K, thanks for joining one of our trips and taking your time ro recommend us on TripAvisor.

Take care,

Fernando Esquivel
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Rios Tropicales

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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We took the 2 day overnight Pacuare trip and highly recommend it! Yes, they pick you up early from your hotel and we had lots of traffic in San Jose on our return trip so the term 'river time' applies, but it is sooooo worth it! The adventure starts on the tractor ride down to the river, but I am so glad we didn't have to walk it! We had too much wait time at the river to start our adventure. I am not sure why none of our boats were ready, I guess 'river time' (everything moves slow). Our young guide Fernando was fantastic and the second day we were even serenaded. The best part of the lodge was the swimming hole with waterfall, but the cable bridge and zip-line adventure (included if weather permits) are great fun! The second day has better rafting and a waterfall to go under. We were also allowed to swim along by the raft. Get the pictures (for an extra charge), you will be so glad you did. This is our second time overnight on the Pacuare and a different company, I think you will be very please with this choice, we are!

Thank SuzannaVirginia
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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2014

Dear SuzannaVirginia, Thanks for coming on our Overnight Pacuare river trip and taking your valuable time to write your review and recommendation. I would like for you to let me know (fernando@riostropicales.com) which day you went so I can check what caused the delay at the put-in.

Take care,

Fernando Esquivel
VP

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

What a wonderful tour group. Took us through Fortuna to a waterfall for rappelling. ( I am not a natural athlete) so I had a guide assigned to stay by me through the entire rappel while climbing over rocks and boulders through the water. Then after a hearty breakfast they transported us off to the Balsa river for a white water rafting trip and then on to a fantastic late lunch and sugar cane tour. Fantastic group

Thank James E. H
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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2014

Dear James E. H, Thanks you for recommending your experience with us while staying at the Arenal/ La Fortuna area. I will send your info to the rest of our staff.

Sincerely,

Fernando Esquivel
VP

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Day rafting on the River Paquare..... great day..... fairly long drive from San Jose which wasn't well planned as we had to return to San Jose only to go back on the same road to get to Tortuguero the next day.... but this aside, it was a well organised day. The rafting was superb, we all enjoyed it, although you cannot help get soaked..... the scenery was spectacular and the guides helpful, considerate and knowledgeable. Lunch was adequate.... showers are only cold and remember a towel! But all in all a great trip.

1  Thank LJ888
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RiosTropicales, Owner at Rios Tropicales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2014

Dear Lesley R, Thank you for joining our Pacuare River day trip and writing your recommendation on TripAdvisor. Our information on what to bring is specified on our website and sent to travel agents, please always make sure you ask for this before any trip.

Take care,

Fernando Esquivel
VP

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