Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui - Costa Rica

In the past the Rio Sarapiqui was an important route of transport, nowadays it is a touristy destination.
In the past the Rio Sarapiqui was an important route of transport, nowadays it is a touristy destination.

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui used to be an important port town in colonial times. Boats floated the Rio Sarapiqui until they reached Rio San Juan to the north. Boats continued down the Rio San Juan to the open sea.

The Rio San Juan forms a natural border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Kayakers and rafters enjoy their sport on the Rio Sarapiqui, which runs south of the Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.

Various tour operators offer rafting tours on different sections of the river with varying levels of difficulty.

Birdwatching from Rio Sarapiqui...
Close to town the river is calm, further south it is a wild river with lots of rapids.
Close to town the river is calm, further south it is a wild river with lots of rapids.

Further to the north the river runs calmer and it is possible to observe wildlife on the river banks.

Birds, Monkeys, Sloth, Crocodile, and Caimans have their natural habitat close to the river.

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui has a lot to offer, but the amount of tourists is still limited in this beautiful town.

One of the reasons for that is that travelers won't pass Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui on the average travel route.

You only pass it when you are on your way from the Caribbean to the Arenal region or vice versa.

Cold coconuts (pipas frias) are sold in the street in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.
Cold coconuts (pipas frias) are sold in the street in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.

A good amount of the visitors are bird watchers. This is one of the places where the Scarlet Macaw can be observed.

A variety of boat trips start at Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. It is possible to travel by boat to Tortuguero.

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui on the map

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui on the map

Facts about Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

  • Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui is located in the province of Heredia.

Driving times and distances

  • Distance from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui: 79.3 kilometers respectively 49.3 miles.
  • Travel time from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui: 1.48 hours.
  • Distance from Liberia to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui: 265.8 kilometers respectively 165 miles.
  • Travel time from Liberia to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui: 5.52 hours.

 



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