Jan 6, 2019 - Jan 14, 2020
SUP Caribbean Rivers with Brittany Parker & Natali Zollinger
9 Days, 8 nights; All-Inclusive Price: TBA
Join professional whitewater stand up paddler and river surfer Brittany Parker on an incredible all inclusive trip in Costa Rica and she wants to share that love with you other river lovers and paddlers.
Over the course of 9 days we will paddle three different rivers, decorated by dense jungle and waterfalls. Come face to face with with endemic wildlife in their natural habitat. We will zipline through the jungle canopy and swing like monkeys over the Pacuare River. Spend a day at the iconic Carribean surf town of Puerto Viejo where we’ll snorkel and explore the National Park. Relax our muscles in thermal waters heated by nearby volcanos. And indulge in delicious authentic Costa Rican food. You’ll receive plenty of tips and coaching from Brittany and our other star guide Arnaldo Cespedes. And if stand up paddling isn’t your thing hop in one of our kayaks, duckies, or rafts.
*All Levels welcome. SUP and Paddle are not included but are available for rent for $150 for the 8 days.
- Price is per person
- Room is based on Double occupancy
- 9 days total
- Airfare is not included in the price
- Costa Rica top quality Guides throughout the duration of your trip
- Breakfast included every day
- Lunch included, Days number: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
- Dinner included, Days number: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
- Hotsprings Included
- Zipline and Tarzan swing included
- Raft support at Pacuare River
- Snorkel and fees at Cahuita National Park
- Instruction and coaching
- Kayak safety and support
- Airport Pick Up – Hotel Chilamate Rainforest
- SUP El Roble – Sarapiqui River
- SUP La Virgen – Sarapiqui River – Transfer to Turrialba B&B
- SUP Pejibaye River
- Pacuare River Part 1 – Pacuare outdoor Center
- Zip Line – Tarzan Swing/Rest Day
- Pacuare River Part 2 – Hotel Cariblue
- Snorkel and hike at Cahuita National Park
Costa Rica SUP Carribean River Trip with Brittany Parker & Natali Zollinger
January 6 – January 14, 2020
Meet Your SUP Guides
Brittany, from Rifle, Colorado, is a professional whitewater SUP paddler and river surfer paddling for Badfish Stand Up Paddle. She’s working to grow river surfing and whitewater SUP through her co-owned instructional business RVR 2 RVR. Almost every year she has landed on the podium for multiple stand up paddling competitions. Her love of SUP and river surfing has taken her all over the world, from Japan to Zimbabwe, where she was part of a team attempting the first descent of the Zambezi on boards.
Brittany is a certified Level 4 ACA instructor, as well as a Wilderness First Responder. She’s been stand up paddling for over eight years and has built her life around the river. Her years of paddling shows in her consistent podium standings in downriver racing and SUP Cross.
She has also co-produced and starred in a film called ‘Can I Surf That’ where she traveled around the country in search of the “perfect” river wave. Her love of writing transcends her paddling career and has been a part of her life as far back as she can remember. She’s been published in several magazines and regularly writes poetry; all of which lives on her website www.bpsurfs.com. She believes nature and the river is life’s greatest teacher and will do everything she can to help others realize and learn the lessons the river has to teach. She fell in love with Costa Rica last Winter and is making efforts to make it her Winter home base. It’s her passion to share her love for our country with others.
Natali is a desert girl at heart. From her home base in Moab, Utah, she’s built the perfect surf-and-turf lifestyle as a raft guide, professional stand up paddle boarder representing Badfish SUP, RVR 2 RVR Instructor, and fitness trainer. She loves empowering her clients through paddling and personal training.
Natali has moved steadily up the ranks of SUP racing over the past few years winning the most competitive races in the river scene for both sup cross + downriver sprint at the Go-Pro Mountain Games. As a competitor, ambassador and instructor, her natural energy and passion always shines through. And even though her heart is in the desert, you can usually find her playing, training or teaching on a river.
Monday - Jan 6
Transfer to Sarapiqui
Sarapiqui is known throughout Costa Rica for its amazing and rich biodiversity as well as for being an adventure seeker’s dream destination. Lying in the northeast of the country and bordered by Nicaragua in the north, Sarapiqui is now a very popular tourist getaway for families and thrill seekers alike.
Originating from high atop the Poás Volcano, the Sarapiquí River provides incredible Class I through IV white-water rafting, SUP and kayaking.
Check in Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat
Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat is a family run conservation and sustainable tourism project .The family owned reserve includes over 50 acres of privately owned rainforest where guests can view monkeys, sloths, anteaters, birds, frogs, and butterflies. Chilamate Retreat has received recognition for best practices and sustainable tourism. The property has its own gardens, a river flowing through, and almost 6 kilometers of jungle trails. You can visit their solar power operation station and learn all about solar power.
Monday - Jan 7
Sarapiqui River (Roble to Chilamate)
On the Sarapiqui River, get ready for some Class II & III Whitewater. Long and short rapids, wallshots, and boiling water are some of the different things you can find along your way.
Tuesday - Jan 8
SUP Sarapiqui River – La Virgen to El Roble (Class III+)
This 6 mile (10 km) section of the Sarapiqui River takes you through the lush Tirimbina Biologocal Reserve. Get ready for some real whitewater excitement! Continuous Class III rapids in a striking location make this one of the more popular stretches of the river among river paddlers. There will be the option to scout and/or portage the more challenging parts. Your guides will pick great lines for you and will make sure you have a safe and exiting time!
Tuesday Cont. - Jan 8
Afternoon Transfer to Turrialba
You will travel for about 37 miles (60 km) east of San Jose passing the slopes of the Irazu and Turrialba Volcanos. Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes full of natural beauty as you arrive at the Turrialba Valley. The Valley is for the most part undeveloped compared to many of the other tourist locations in Costa Rica and still has the “local, authentic” feel and is off the normal tourist routes. Expect moderate temperatures from 68-84 degrees and low humidity due to its proximity to the Caribbean side of the country.
Tuesday Cont. - Jan 8
Check in Turrialba Bed and Breakfast
Wednesday - Jan 9
Pejibaye River SUP
This is a super fun section of river for people to experience in SUP. A section of this river was recently used for the whitewater kayak slalom international competition and often paddlers can paddle through the gates on the course.
We could use the first section of river to work, to learn and practice, so you become more comfortable with turns, and experience “pushy” water.
You’ll get to experience just the right amount of rapids, rocks and swift water while paddling below the jungle canopy.
This is one of our favorite sections of rivers in all of Costa Rica because there are spots where the trees completely cover the river with vines and branches, making you feel like you are in a movie set.
Thursday - Jan 10
SUP Pacuare River Part 1 (Class III) SUP
Get ready to paddle one of the most famous sections of river in Costa Rica! It is rated as one of the top rivers in the world, not only for it’s many class III and IV rapids, but for it’s remote jungle experience. Today you will enjoy the first section of the Lower Pacuare River.
Today you will run 6 miles of class II-III whitewater, around 14 rapids. We will have many opportunity to play, surf, and work on skills on our way to Jungle Camp (Pacuare Outdoor Center) where we’ll be staying for the night. This is a great stretch of river to get you ready for some of the bigger rapids to come on the second part.
Thursday Cont. - Jan 10
Check in Pacuare Outdoor Center (aka Jungle Camp)
The Pacuare Outdoor Center (POC) is nestled in the heart of the rainforest with views down the canyon and mountain ridge of the famous Pacuare River. Most of the time, people will arrive here via raft. However, it is possible to drive into this location. Our team often refers to this as “Jungle Camp”, but although the camp is incredibly remote with no electricity (we do recommend bringing a headlamp or flashlight) or cell service, each screen enclosed cabin does have its own flush toilet and shower with warm water and is completely surrounded by jungle and trees. There is something special about being able to completely unplug from the world in this location by kicking back in a hammock or rocking chair and relaxing with a drink in hand.
POC offers one of the most unique experiences in Costa Rica by offering a deep sense of the wilderness and gardens that are very well taken care of that perfectly blend with their surroundings. The main building provides the perfect “hang out” space and an incredible view of the river. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included and typically provided by your guides in the gourmet chef’s kitchen.
Friday - Jan 11
Zipline and Tarzan Swing at Pacuare Outdoor Center (Rest Day)
This course containing 5 ziplines and multiple tree platforms, makes it a thrilling, must do experience. This activity starts with a 10 minute walk from the POC Jungle Lodge through the forest. Once there, the views are second to none. The cables travel above the Pacuare river, along the side of a steep canyon and the platforms are located high up in the trees so you can experience life in the canopy. The ride will be unforgettable.
After the ziplines, you’ll head over to the Tarzan swing! The swing is reported by many of our guests as the highlight of their entire trip. From a platform located over 200+ feet (61 m) above the river bank, you’ll launch yourself into a free fall out towards the river. You will then swing 100+ feet (30m) out before returning back towards the steep hill in the jungle. It is an adrenaline rush for those craving extreme fun and something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
After the activities, we will return to the lodge, where our guests will typically relax with a drink and book in hand and rest in a hammock or rocking chair while looking out over the river.
Saturday - Jan 12
SUP Pacuare River Part 2 (Class III-IV) NEW
Get ready for one rapid after another, including our favorite stretch of Class III and Class IV rapids in the country. This is the day that will truly test the skills you learned on on this trip. The second day is significantly longer on the river, with 14 miles (23 km) to travel and about 30 rapids. You will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, which is 5 miles (8 km) of some of the best whitewater Costa Rica has to offer.
There will be several mandatory portages so wear shoes with strong soles. If there is a rapid you feel is above your skill level, no problem, all rapids are portagable. We will also have a raft available to hop in if needed. You will also see the Huacas watefall, a 150 foot (46 m) dramatic drop into the river. When you’re almost at the end, get your camera ready to shoot one of the most beautiful places on this river: Dos Montanas Canyon. We finish in Siquirres, where you can take a shower and get changed for your next destination.
Saturday Cont. - Jan 12
Transfer to Puerto Viejo
Get ready to take a drive by Costa Rica’s Caribbean slope to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. This is a laid back beach town with a distinctly Caribbean feel. With a population of both Afro-Caribbean and indigenous people, Puerto Viejo offers a unique culture that can be found only in this part of Costa Rica. Here, coconut rice, Reggaeton beats, Jamaican food, colorful homes, and a laid back attitude dominate. Puerto Viejo has some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, lush jungle, and an array of restaurants and nightlife.
Saturday Cont. - Jan 12
Cariblue Beach and Jungle Resort sits on the beautiful white sand beach of Playa Cocles and affords excellent bird watching opportunities. You will be a one minute walk from enjoying the beach. The mission of Cariblue is to preserve the environment through eco-tourism.
Take a relaxing swim in the pool, soak in the jacuzzi, freshen up with a cool tropical drink at the wet bar, or relax with a spa treatment. There are plenty of open spaces to relax and enjoy.
Sunday - Jan 13
Snorkel & Hike at Cahuita National Park
Cahuita National Park was established in 1978, with over 240 marine species including wildlife such as tropical fish, mollusks, nurse sharks and lobsters. This morning you’ll join our amazing team and discover this tropical coral reef.
Later you’ll be dropped off at the national park and have an incredible hike along one of our favorite trails to look for wildlife. The trail ends super close to where you’ll be staying at your hotel, so you can take as much time as you would like. Keep your eyes out for sloths, monkeys and other animals along your walk.