Womens Week of Rivers Costa Rica


“This was more than great. I really had a lot of fun! Many thanks for having made this trip possible.” – Meryl, France

“It was very inspiring (and of course soooo relaxing) to paddle and yogi with you in Costa Rica. I am glad you are doing what your doing – as it showed me new ways to approach paddling. You are really good reminders to me that it is important to step up to your potential, but remain true to yourself.”  – Almut, Germany

“It was a real treat to return to Costa Rica to paddle the Women’s Week of Rivers after being on the Women’s Novice trip the year before. The rivers are beautiful and I fell in love with the Pacuare River and staying at Jungle Camp. Not only did my kayaking skills grow as well as my confidence, but also I was able to share this experience with such great women and instructors. And to top it off, I loved the yoga every morning and the laughter and celebration in the evening.  I am so glad I did not miss this experience!” – Sarah, WI, USA

Ready to expand your boundaries through fun, supportive, confidence building, kayaking and yoga in the tropics? Then this life-changing trip is for you! Expand your outer limits with kayaking and your inner limits with yoga. Allow yourself to be challenged and inspired to go beyond what you think is possible. You’ll come away with renewed confidence on and off the water. Pura Vida!


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 our base in the town of Turrialba, about a two hour drive through orchards, small towns and beautiful coffee fields.

Upon arrival in Turrialba you will settle into your home away from home: comfortable accommodations with tropical courtyard, Volcano view balcony and relaxing hammock area. This evening you will enjoy a delicious and authentic Costa Rican meal prepared by our Chef, Flor. 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.

DSC_0466Day 2 – Outfitting, River Adventure and Yoga

After breakfast, we outfit you with your reserved paddling gear from our wide selection. We start out at the Lower Rio Pejibaye, a calm jungle river with clear water and spectacular scenery. This river is an excellent introduction to Costa Rican whitewater with fun surf waves and deep pools for practice. It’s the perfect warm-up for the upcoming week. When we return to our hotel we treat our bodies to a post-kayaking yoga class and a delicious dinner.

Day 3 – Sarapiqui and Yoga

We will hit the road just after an early breakfast and travel to the Sarapiquí River, located on the north side of the Caribbean slope. The Sarapiquí is often referred to as the “Jewel of Costa Rica” with clear water, deep pools and excellent whitewater. There are 3 distinct sections on this river that we paddle, generally the more difficult whitewater is located upstream while the lower sections provide fantastic opportunities to practice and improve in the warm tropical water and sunshine.  After the river we head to our base for the night in the town of Puerto Viejo Sarapiquí, close to the river, enjoying a post-kayaking yoga class, jungle setting and the use of a swimming pool.

IMG_3165Day 4 – More Yoga and Sarapiqui

Morning yoga eases us into another great day on the Sarapiqui. Today we put in upstream at La Virgen or San Miguel section. These sections have much to offer paddlers of all ability levels. There are some exciting class III+ rapids and class IV rapids on the San Miguel section, and some fun play waves to practice your moves. This section will very much depend on water levels!!!

Day 5 – Top Pacuare – Remote Jungle Setting

After morning yoga we travel to the remote and absolutely beautiful mountains of the Pacuare headwaters. This rarely paddled section of river starts with class II and III rapids and progresses in difficulty as we continue downstream. Not a problem for class II paddlers as there is a small road following the river during the first several kilometers – a quick shuttle gives plenty of opportunities for surfing the friendly waves again and again. Experienced paddlers will love the steep rapids and super-fun playspots of the Upper-Upper Pacuare.

Day 6 – Lower Pacuare to Jungle Camp

DSC_0043This 24 kilometer (17 miles) class III/IV section is your paddling gem today. This is the most popular run on the Pacuare, often said to be one of the top five river sections in the world. We will put-in a bit higher than other groups and enjoy an additional 4 kilometers of whitewater and rapids as we paddle to our riverside Jungle Lodge. To spend a night along the shores of the Pacuare river is an experience every person should enjoy at least once in their lives. Not to mention a post-kayaking yoga class by the river! We light the camp with candles and prepare delicious tropical cuisine in our kitchen with all amenities. The camp is complete with flush toilets, showers, raised platform cabinas with real beds and fully landscaped grounds. The whitewater on the first day is class II and III, fun surf waves and rolling rapids abound.

Day 7 – Lower Pacuare Adventure

DSC_0159After morning yoga and our delicious breakfast we launch and begin preparing for the action downstream. There are about 3 kilometers of warm-up rapids before we enter Huacas canyon and the first of several class IV rapids. The river then opens up as we play and paddle mostly class III whitewater until Cimarrones, a steep and technical class IV drop. There are still 5 more kilometers of whitewater action before we arrive in the Caribbean flatland town of Siquirres where we take out. Class II/III paddlers will experience all these thrilling class III and IV rapids in a guided raft or shredder. We then return to Turrialba for an evening goodbye fiesta.

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 17 – 24, 2015

Price: $1795.00 per person

Skill Level Required: To participate in this trip you must have a success rate of 50% or more with your whitewater roll.

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
  • 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, paddling gear (PFD, Helmet, Paddle, Sprayskirt – please bring your own) 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 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 30 days before the trip you’ll receive refund of your deposit minus the 25%. If you cancel within 29 – 0 days before the course your deposit is non-refundable. At that time credit for a future or different program may be offered.