Womens Novice Whitewater Week Costa Rica


Girls at Play is renowned for giving our students results they can’t get anywhere else. Our skills foundation allows you to progress comfortably and confidently on the water. Add in tropical waters, toucans, lush scenery, delicious food, yoga and warm weather and you have got the perfect active winter vacation!

Skill Level and River Difficulty: This trip is for beginner-intermediate whitewater kayakers who have some experience in class II whitewater. We start in flatwater and work our way up to class II and possibly III.  Skills you will learn on this trip are the roll, eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, reading water and more!


Day 1 – Arriving in Tropical Paradise

Girls at Play staff will greet you at the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), upon your arrival. After leaving the airport, we begin the journey to the town of Sarapiqui about a two hour drive through mountains and rain forest.

Upon arrival in Sarapiqui you will settle into Ara Ambuigua hotel nestled in the rainforest with local characters including howler monkeys, toucans, macaws, and tree frogs. This evening you will enjoy a delicious and authentic Costa Rican meal. This will be a great opportunity to practice your high school Spanish, as you enjoy Tico company with dinner. The remainder of the evening is spent getting to know everyone, setting goals for the week and relaxing.

Day 2: Intro in Flatwater

This morning we’re taking it easy with a morning yoga class, leisurely breakfast and outfitting of gear. After lunch we’ll head to a flatwater pool on the beautiful Sarapiqui River to start with the basics. The Sarapiquí is often referred to as the “Jewel of Costa Rica” with clear water, deep pools and excellent whitewater. We’ll be working on reviewing basic strokes and concepts, including the roll. Dinner and relaxing this evening.

Day 3: Hitting the water for review

Early morning yoga will warm up the body and relax the mind. After yoga, we’re served a delicious Tico breakfast before heading back to the Sarapiqui river.

Starting with an easy-going section where we’ll  work on stroke technique and river running technique.  We’ll also focus on having lots of fun (which isn’t hard kayaking in the winter in Costa Rica!!) We’ll play around in the river all day and then head back to the hotel.  There may be time this afternoon for you to experience a canopy tour or rainforest walk, or you may just want to relax by the pool!

Day 4: Last Day on Sarapiqui!

Yoga class helps to warm us up for our last day on the Sarapiqui. After breakfast we’ll hit the river to review and refresh our skills!  Today you’ll really start feeling your skills improving and you’ll feel way more confident on the water. You’re well on your way to becoming a strong whitewater paddler!  After the river we pack up and head over to Turrialba and La Cascada B&B for the last four days of the trip.  Dinner is prepared and served by our wonderful hostess Gerardina and desert will be a special evening activity of chocolate making. Learn how to roast the cacao bean and grind it up for a delicious local treat!

Day 5: River Running on the Pejibaye!

 Yoga starts our day followed by a delicious breakfast.  Today we head to the beautiful waters of the Pejibaye River.  The Pejibaye is a fun jungle river with clear water and spectacular scenery.  We’ll start with the The Lower Pejibaye is class II/III with fun surf waves and deep pools for practice.

Day 6: More River Running!

Yoga and breakfast start the day before heading out to enjoy the beauty and rapids of the Pejibaye again!  We’ll enjoy lunch on the river.  Today we may make a stop at the Serpentarium on the way home.

Day 7:  Last Paddling Day!

Enjoy the yoga, the delicious food and the paddling as this will be your last day in paradise.  You’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills and meet your goals one last time.  We may head up to the Upper Pejibaye today to challenge ourselves.  We’ll enjoy lunch on the river and our last delicious dinner with Gerardina.

Day 8 – Saying Goodbye

We enjoy one last yoga class and a great breakfast sharing our experiences. We say our good-byes at the airport and we start making plans for your return to Costa Rica!

**We do our very best to adhere to the specific itinerary listed above, but activities and locations may be subject to change due to a number of reasons beyond our control (i.e. weather, water levels, road and safety conditions).

Dates:  January 24 – 31, 2015

Price: $1850.00 per person

Single Supplement
$300 – If you are traveling alone we will arrange shared accommodations with an appropriate roommate. If you prefer single accommodations during the 7 nights, you have the option of paying the single supplement fee to guarantee a single room during the week.

What does all inclusive mean?
All inclusive with Girls at Play means from the moment you step out of the San Jose airport and meet your guides, all of your worldly needs are met, so you can focus on having fun in paradise. Bed and breakfast lodging, freshly prepared meals, private transportation, quality equipment, and professional Girls at Play staff will exceed your expectations

  • Experienced Girls at Play guides always available
  • All adventure activities and equipment
  • Daily yoga class
  • All trip accommodations
  • All meals
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Private ground transportation
  • Entrance fees and permits

What is not included?
International airfare to San Jose – Costa Rica, yoga mats, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance, optional guide gratuities, airport departure tax ($26 USD payable in cash or credit), and items of personal needs (snacks, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).

How to book your spot or ask questions
Call 828.333.4482
Email info@watergirlsatplay.com or send us a message

Cancellation Policy:  A 50% deposit is required to book your spot. The balance is due the first day of the class. 25% of the deposit is non-refundable. If you cancel before 14 days before the trip you’ll receive refund of your deposit minus the 25%. If you cancel within 13 – 0 days before the course your deposit is non-refundable. At that time credit for a future or different program may be offered.