In a country renowned for its beauty and spectacular eco-diversity, the Savegre River is one of the most spectacular untouched areas in Costa Rica.
Located in the beautiful western Puntarenas district of Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast, the Savegre River is a pristine waterway that is popular for canoeing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and exploring the wetlands. Exotic animals inhabit the thick jungle on the banks of the Savegre, including jaguars, tapirs, and monkeys. There are also enormous crocodiles that call the river home. And the Savegre is home to a wide variety of fish, including rainbow trout and the little-known machaca fish, a relative of the famous piranha.
It’s also possible to see a wide variety of birds that live in the area, including egrets, kingfishers, tiger herons, sparrowhawks, and the legendary quetzal bird, a sacred symbol to ancient Mesoamerican cultures and the national bird of Guatemala. With its long, colorful tail, the quetzal was once nearly hunted to extinction for its tail feathers but is now making a comeback thanks to strong conservation efforts by the government of Costa Rica.
The Savegre River measures 25 miles (41 kilometers) long, but it’s protected location far from any industrial or municipal sites have made this one of the most ecologically diverse waterways in the country. On June 14, 2017, the Savegre River basin was declared a protected biosphere by the United Nations. More than half of the river’s length is lush rainforest. There are also several waterfalls along the river’s course, including navigable rapids perfect for rafting.
The Savegre River is conveniently located just a short distance from the city of Quepos and the world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Once difficult to access, the Pacific Coastal Highway now has several exits that access the lower part of the river. Despite easier access, the Savegre River remains largely unknown to the outside world, meaning visitors will rarely encounter large crowds.
Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp not only offers the best surfing tours in Costa Rica but also offers a unique river and mangrove kayaking experience on the Savegre River. The tour includes an experienced local guide, instruction period, safety talk, and detailed information about the bird and animal life spotted during the trip.
The Savegre River tour includes kayaking the river, a lunch prepared from delicious local fruits, and an exploration of the mangrove wetlands.