From USD $99.00
  • Duration: 11 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Betania
  • Product code: PN11TS

*Please note that any service (excursion, transportation, package, etc.) Will be subject to the 13% sales tax. The taxes will not be reflected in the price, but have to be paid at the time of payment.

Please note, an additional 1.75% booking fee will also be applied.

El Carmen Section is a big water run, ranked as moderately difficult.  Its lush surroundings, abundant birdlife, and plentiful rapids make this trip a perfect introduction to river running.

It is a 16 km /10 miles run that is clearly divided into two sections.  The first hour is very exciting, with big waves and long rapids.  Then we stop for a picnic lunch, at the most scenic beach on the river. The second half is more relaxed, as the river enters the true lower Caribbean at which time your surroundings take on a jungle character and the wildlife is more plentiful. At the end of the descent, we will take you to our Exploration Center where you can change, shower and relax while enjoying a cold beverage of your choice.

Difficulty: Class II III
Distance: 10 kms/7miles
Number of rapids: 9
Approximate river time: 2 hours
Minimum age: 6 years


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Transportation to/from San Jose, Puerto Viejo or Arenal
What to bring: 

Come with rafting cloths on (light shoes that will stay on, swimsuit, shorts, nylon shirt) sunscreen, water bottle, change of clothes, towel, insect repellent, and a credit card to buy photos, souvenirs or drinks. All luggage will be kept in lockers.

Approximate Itinerary:

6:00 – 6:30 am Pick- Ups in San José, Southern Caribbean Coast, and Arenal Volcano Area. In Arenal, Pick-Ups start earlier, approximately  5:20 – 5:40 a.m.

6:30 – 8:15 am In route San José, Southern Caribbean Coast and Arenal Volcano Area – “Exploration Center” (Siquirres)

8:15 – 9:00 am Breakfast at the Exploration Center.

9:00 – 9:30 pm Route Exploration Center – River access

10:15 pm Preparation for The Descent (safety orientation, paddle practice)

10:30 – 2:00 pm River Descent (including lunch)

2:00 – 3:00 pm Arrival at our “Exploration Center” with time to shower, change clothes, enjoy a beverage and reflect on the adventure just shared.

3:00 – 5:00 pm In Route “Exploration Center” – San José, Southern Caribbean Coast, and Arenal Volcano Area

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