Chiriqui Viejo, is one of the best known rivers to enjoy white water rafting. The white water rafting operation is based in the middle of the Chiriqui Viejo valley which is on the border of Costa Rica in various sections. Starting from David, it is about a 40 minutes drive and about 7 hours from Panama City.
This river offers by far, the best white water rafting with relatively easy access. The river is 128 km long and originates on Cerro Picacho passing through the beautiful mountainous town of Cerro Punta. The best time to enjoy this white water rafting tour is during the rainy season, June through December, as the water rises and offers more of an adrenaline rush.
This rafting adventure lasts for about two to three hours depending on the water level and is recommended for everyone above 12 years old, with or without experience.
Full day tour
Option I: Starting from Chiriqui
Pick ups are done at David, Volcano Baru or Boquete around 7am. We arrive to the rafting spot around 9 to 10am and the adventure will end around 2pm.
Option II: Flying from Panama
You have the option to fly from Panama City to David. The flights are around one hour. We can pick you up at David Airport or Plaza Terronal around 8am and from there the tour will proceed the same as option I.
It is mandatory to bring along an ID that confirms you are legally in the country. Checks will be done at the Costa Rican border.
Valuable objects that can be ruined by water should not be brought along.
All guides are trained in white water rafting and safety procedures.
The upper section of the river is recommended for those older than eighteen years and with rafting experience. The lower section is for anyone in good health over 12 years.
Please do not forget your ID. If you forget your ID you will not be able to participate in the tour.
The river reaches its peak during October – November and it’s lowest during March to May.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.