Pura Vida! We are a small company based in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica; on the river-rich, Caribbean slopes of the mountain range that stretches up the center of the country, from Panama to Nicaragua. We are located along the borders of several National forests and private reserves including the vast Braulio Carrillo National Forest; the most extensive in Central America.The founder, Jeff Poffinberger, has been working in Costa Rica adventure tourism since 1996, and has over 20 years in both tourism and the sports of Kayaking and Rafting.
Tropical Duckies offers something new and exciting in Cost Rica. We specialize in safe adventures, and natural immersion into the amazing Rainforests of Costa Rica. We work in small groups where you andyour family and friends will not be herded among huge groups of other travelers. Most of the time it will be just you and your friends or family on the trip that you take. Our attention to clients is unparalleled. Our equipment is all new, and state of the art. We are insured by the National Institute of Insurance (INS), and you will be secured by the fact that our guides/ instructors are certified by the INA of Costa Rica as well as hold certifications in Swift Water Rescue, First Aid and CPR. But, most importantly, we are experienced at what we do, and we'll have you and your family's safety as priority number 1, and maximum fun, and learning as a close 2nd. Our one-person Inflatable Kayaks (affectionately referred to as; ¨Duckies¨ ) are the newest, and most adapted vehicle for enjoying the beautiful, tropical, warm-water rivers of Costa Rica!! In our Duckies, there are never low water days, and you´ll have the independence of being in your own boat, but also be a part of the group. The warm, scenic rivers we run are great for swimming as well as paddling, so the "ducky" is the ideal platform to get in and out of the water. There are tree swings and jumping rocks along our rivers that you won't be able to pass up! Our Modern, V-hulled Inflatable Kayaks;equipped with Knee Straps and comfortable seat backs are high performance machines that are adept to all types of paddling just like a sit inside kayak (or hard shell).If you choose one of our white water tours; we will grab eddies, surf waves, punch holes, and get a great sun tan on our legs to boot!! We'll give you the opportunity to learn White Water Kayaking without having to waste a day learning the Eskimo Roll. Our instructors will have you quickly prepared, and navigating rapids on your own...or if you choose a flat water tour, be prepared to be accepted by the wildlife of the rainforest; as kayaks are the least intrusive way to observe our abundant nature. Be independent and be a part of the team! Let's get on the water!
Jeff Poffinberger - Extreme Kayaker and Founder of Tropical Duckies