Sarapiqui Geography

Sarapiqui Costa Rica is blessed by nature

Sarapiqui is a large town divided into three main districts with many different little communities inside each one of them. The most known district is called Puerto Viejo, with 20 small towns and communities along its length and sits on an elevation of 37 m over the sea level. Another district is called La Villa and this one houses 32 small communities and sits on an elevation of 187 m above sea level in the last district is called Horquetas and his home to 18 small villages and sits in an elevation of 68 m above sea level.

The captain of Sarapiqui is mainly constituted geologically by materials from the Cenozoic and the Quaternary periods, being the volcanic rocks from the Quaternary period the ones that predominate in the region. Also Sarapiqui presents to geomorphic units, which are called alluvial sedimentation form and volcanic origin form. The fluvial system and discounting corresponds to the northern flow of the Caribbean, which comes from the rivers Sarapiqui, Chiripo and Cureña.

Sarapiqui is a big canton, which covers up to 85% of the province of Heredia. It is widely known to be an agricultural town and they are proud farmers of coffee, cardamom, cacao, corn and many other fruits. Sarapiqui has a great and very fertile land because the Sarapiqui River flows through this region’s irrigating natural system and this adds up to the climate being mild and moderate for the best part of the year.

Sarapiquí is a convenient gateway to other tourist attractions such as Poás Volcano, La Paz Waterfalls, Tortuguero National Park, Braulio Carrillo National Park, Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs, Rainforest Aerial Tram, La Selva Biological Station, the Tirimbina Biological Reserve and the spectacular Centro Neotrópico Sarapiquís.

Sarapiquí has 425 colorful species of birds, from the 850 that exist in the country. You may also enjoy the canopy tour or white water rafting. If you wish a more relaxing atmosphere, visit the butterfly and frog gardens, the snake terrarium, go horseback riding or for long walks. Sarapiquí is a paradise covered with an immense forest, mighty rivers with transparent waters and unequaled flora and fauna.

Commonly observed wildlife around the area of Sarapiqui includes both Three-toed and Two-toed Sloths, Mantled Howler Monkeys, Southern River Otters, Black River Turtles, American Crocodiles, and a wide variety of birds.

Truthfully there are no domestic airports in the region and the only way to get there is by car driving north from San Jose through the Guapiles Highway to this region, that road trip will take you about two hours from the city.