Stand Up Paddle With Davide Sartoni
8 Days, 7 Nights; All Inclusive Price: $2,389*In early 2018, Davide Sartoni ran the first SUP River trip we know of in Costa Rica. What started as a fun trip for him and his wife has blossomed into partnerships with some of the top SUP companies in the world such as Badfish and Hala. Amazing vacations has hosted trips for SUP Pros and in 2019 started offering SUP trips to the general public. Hala Pro, Davide Sartoni will be hosting his own trip for SUP and Raft during this week and kayakers are also welcome to join. “I’m super excited to team up with Amazing Vacations Costa Rica to offer an unforgettable river SUP adventure across the Caribbean jungles of Costa Rica. We will paddle four rivers in seven days: Sarapiqui, Puerto Viejo, Pejibaye and the famed Pacuare River. The pristine whitewaters of these rivers flow across one of the most densely biodiverse regions in the world. In addition to experiencing thrilling rapids in stunning locations, you will come face to face with endemic wildlife in their natural habitat, consume delicious local food, relax in the mineral-laden volcanic waters of a secluded hot spring, and Tarzan swing and zip-line high above the jungle canopy. I really hope you can join us!” commented Davide in a recent email. Price includes all transportation, lodging, food (all meals), guides, and daily activities and excursions. The guide team at Amazing Vacations has been managing river and group adventure trips for over 14 years and knows how to make this an incredible experience for all.
One of a Kind Trip with Top Stand Up Paddle GuidesThis is an all inclusive trip that includes everything except your paddle board and paddle, which can be rented for a small fee*. For questions about Davide’s SUP trip, you can email him directly by clicking here and he’ll be happy to respond as quickly as possible. * +$150 for Hala or Badfish SUP river paddle board and Werner paddle rental for the week; Does not include price of flights to San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica SUP Adventure Trip With Davide Sartoni
Meet Your Guides
Davide, aka “The River SUP Guy”, originally from Florence, Italy, is a professional whitewater SUP athlete paddling for Hala Gear. He promotes the sport of river SUP through his instruction and guiding business operating out of Northern Nevada and California. He was first introduced to a SUP on the crisp, blue waters of Lake Tahoe, CA. Captivated from the very first paddle stroke, he now spends over 100+ days a year SUPing on rivers all over the world. Davide is a certified river SUP instructor with the American Canoe Association and he is also certified in Swift Water Rescue and as a Wilderness First Responder.
Send Davide an email at: TheRiverSUPGuy@gmail.com
Arnaldo Céspedes Pérez “Pelon”
Arnaldo is a native of Turrialba, Costa Rica and one of our co-founders. His favorite thing to do is teach people to learn to kayak and SUP and safely run a river. He is an incredible teacher and guide.
He is also one of the top kayakers in Costa Rica and has competed in the World Freestyle Championships in North Carolina and Costa Rica. He’s had many amazing opportunities to paddle around the world but he’s also one of the most humble people you will meet. He has so many funny stories about his experiences paddling rivers that he can keep you entertained for hours. If you have a chance to spend time with him, be sure to ask him about being chased by killer bees, getting lost in the jungle after losing his boat or having to hike out of the jungle because the water was too high to safely run.
He tried SUP for the first time in early 2019 and within a month was signed as a Hala SUP Pro and was invited to compete in the 2019 GoPro games for both SUP and Kayak. He also has spent many summers teaching kayaking at the world famous Otter Bar Kayak school in Northern California.
He has an amazing family and two young boys who are full of energy and you’ll always find a smile on his face.
He knows the rivers of Costa Rica as well as anyone in the country and has guided hundreds of trips along the rivers of Costa Rica. He is an incredible teacher and loves working with newer kayakers to help them gain confidence on the river. He has provided instruction and classes to hundreds of people in both Costa Rica and the United States and has taught kayak classes at area universities to promote recreational kayaking, SUP and river conservation.
Send Davide an email at: TheRiverSUPGuy@gmail.com
All Inclusive Costa Rica SUP River Adventure Trip
This Costa Rica Caribbean SUP Adventure trip is ALL-INCLUSIVE from the time we pick you up at the airport in San Jose (SJO) Costa Rica until we drop you back off at the airport in San Jose.
All transportation, food, and lodging is included in the price of the trip. You will stay in some of our favorite hotels, eat at our favorite restaurants, enjoy Costa Rican food from our own private chef on some of the nights and have a driver for the duration of the trip for one low price. You can see the full itinerary for Davide’s trip here.
SUP and Experience Costa Rica’s Best Rivers
You’ll have a chance to SUP paddle some of the most amazing sections of whitewater during this amazing week in Costa Rica.
Our trip includes different sections of river on our favorite rivers throughout Costa Rica. You’ll experience Class II, III rapids with a some optional Class IV sections of river throughout the week that you may choose to experience in a raft.
Depending on water levels, you will have a chance to paddle on the Pequibaye, Sarapiqui, Puerto Viejo and multiple sections of the Pacuare River.
Gear, Food, and Accommodations
OK, so can we just mention that the food will be amazing. Whether you are eating lunch along the river or enjoying home cooked meals, family style from our private chef, you’re going to be talking about the food as much as the rivers and adventures of the day. Oh yeah, and did we mention the fruit and pineapple that you’re going be able to eat pretty much every day as well?
You’ll be staying in top rated hotels and lodges while you are on the trip. Each of the hotels has wi-fi (except for the two nights at Jungle Camp where there is no electricity) that is fast enough to do video chats with family back home so you can be sure to send them plenty of photos about your adventure. When you are driving, we provide a mobile hotspot in the vehicle, so you’re always connected, as long as we are within cell service.
If you decide not to bring your own paddleboard (most people do), we have both Hala and Badfish river paddleboards and Werner paddles that can be rented for the week for an additional $150. You can also take advantage of our new fleet of kayaks and gear if you’d like to learn to roll a kayak or have one of our ACA guides teach you to roll a boat. Our fleet includes new boats from Dagger, LiquidLogid, and Jackson.
River Rescue Training
For those who are interested, our team is happy to teach and practice river rescue skills with your group while you are on the river and/or traveling. Our ACA certified guides may provide an option to learn or practice rescue training during certain days on the river at no extra charge. Our Costa Rican guides have several ACA certifications and even worked as instructors at the world famous Otter Bar Kayak School. They love sharing their knowledge of how to deal with river emergencies, avoid accidents, and promote safer river trips for you and those you paddle with in the future.
What SUP Ability Level Is This Trip For?
This Costa Rica kayaking trip is for SUP Paddlers who are comfortable on the river and should have at least a few days of experience on a SUP board. We are expecting to have a small group of beginners and a larger group of more experienced SUP paddle boarders. The beginners will receive small group instruction and on some days will be paddling a different section of river than the more experienced people.
For some of the days and some sections of the river, we will take the group down in a raft. Our goal is to make this a super fun trip for everyone. Our team has tons of experience with working with two groups on a trip and we have spots along each river that will help everyone who wants to, have the opportunity to push themselves and learn new skills.
If you have a spouse or partner that does not SUP, Raft or kayak, we are happy to build a separate itinerary for them that will keep them busy in the areas we visit and also include them on some of the river rafting days so they can still spend time with you.
If you have questions, please contact us and we’re happy to talk with you more about which trip is right for you.
Itinerary & Schedule For The Week
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Upcoming River Trips
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How It Started
Can I Bring My Spouse?
YES! We have great options to keep spouses, friends and even kids super busy and having as much fun as you are having on the river. Just let us know if you need more info about options.